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A few nights ago my mother-in-law took all three kids kids out to dinner..by herself..bless her heart. Kidding, but I have to say that she’s pretty brave and I’m happy to hear it went smoothly. Leaving my husband home to figure out a quick meal for two I made a small plate of fried ravioli with marinara and a side of green beans. It was quick and perfect for the two of us. I used Buitoni spicy beef & sausage ravioli covered in a buttermilk italian bread crumb batter and fresh parmesan cheese. This recipe is easy and took maybe ten minutes start to finish. I have to say that I often rely on frozen food like this a lot when it’s the two of us. Some of the staples I usually keep on hand are Buitoni ravioli, lean pockets for my oldest (they’re his favorite after school snack!), healthy choice baked meals (for when I don’t have a chance to cook lunch), Marie calendar chicken pot pies, stouffer’s lasagna, Birdseye steam fresh vegetables, and Green giant frozen vegetables. A common misconception is that frozen foods are unhealthy, but research suggests that frozen fruits and vegetables can be nutritionally equal to fresh produce. Since fruits and vegetables are picked at their peek ripeness they maintain their high nutritional value once frozen. A study conduced by the Frozen Food Foundation and University of Georgia studied the consumption of fruits and vegetables and their nutritional value. The study was based on fresh (on day of purchase), stored (up to five days at home), and frozen food. The resulted revealed that in many cases the nutritional value of frozen fruits and vegetablea is greater than fresh produce due to storage time, which results in a declination of nutritional value over time. You can learn more about the study by following Frozen Food Foundation Facebook and Frozen Food Foundation Twitter.
The key for me is to balance our meals with nutritional foods and keeping an eye on sodium content. Fresh fruit is definitely a staple in our home. We buy endless amount of bags of frozen berries, peaches, and pineapples for protein smoothies. Using frozen fruit eliminates the use of ice and gives the smoothies texture. Another favorite are the Steamfresh frozen vegetables. These are so easy to throw together as a side dish when I’m running late on dinner.
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