Stop Buying These Frozen Foods and Try These Fresher Alternatives Instead

Stop Buying These Frozen Foods and Try These Fresher Alternatives Instead

Are you stuck in a frozen food rut, reaching for the same icy box meal after meal? It's easy to fall for the convenience of frozen foods, but not all of them do your health or taste buds any favours. Here's a quick guide to 20 frozen foods you might want to reconsider, along with easy, tasty alternatives that'll make you forget why you ever ventured into the frosty aisles in the first place.

1. Frozen Pizza

Let's face it, frozen pizzas often taste like the box they came in. Swap out that freezer aisle special for homemade flatbread pizzas. Grab some pita, slather on tomato sauce, sprinkle your favourite toppings, and you've got a gourmet meal in minutes. It's quicker than delivery, and your taste buds will thank you!

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2. Bagged Frozen Fries

Soggy, limp fries from a bag? No thanks! Try cutting up fresh potatoes or sweet potatoes, toss them with a little olive oil and your favourite seasonings, and roast them in the oven or air-fryer. You'll get crispy, flavourful fries that put those frozen disappointments to shame.

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3. Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Ever wonder what's really in those chicken nuggets? Ditch the dubious and go for homemade chicken tenders. Coat strips of chicken breast in breadcrumbs and spices, then bake. You'll know exactly what you're eating and actually enjoy it, too!

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4. Frozen Fish Sticks

Frozen fish sticks often lack flavour and texture. Instead, buy fresh or refrigerated fish fillets, coat them in breadcrumbs, and bake or fry. This swap guarantees a tastier and healthier seafood experience that'll have you hooked.

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5. Pre-made Frozen Smoothie Packs

Why pay a premium for frozen fruit in a bag? Buy fresh fruit in bulk, chop it up, and freeze it yourself. Throw your mix into a blender with some yogurt or juice, and voila – a fresher, cheaper smoothie in seconds.

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6. Frozen Burritos

Frozen burritos are convenience wrapped in a tortilla, but they're also loaded with sodium. Make a batch of burritos at home with fresh ingredients, wrap them up, and freeze. You'll have a healthier grab-and-go option without the salt overload.

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7. Frozen Lasagna

It takes just as long to bake a frozen lasagna as it does to make one from scratch. Layer noodles, sauce, cheese, and veggies or meat in a pan. Not only is homemade lasagna more delicious, but you can also control what goes into it, making it healthier.

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8. Frozen Meatballs

Frozen meatballs can be hit or miss, often lacking in flavor and texture. Mix up your own meatballs with ground meat, breadcrumbs, and spices. Bake and freeze them yourself for a homemade taste that's miles ahead of store-bought.

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9. Frozen Waffles

Frozen waffles are convenient but can taste like cardboard. Try making a large batch of waffles on a lazy Sunday morning, then freeze the leftovers. You'll have homemade waffles ready to toast on busy mornings.

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10. Frozen Stir-Fry Mixes

These mixes may seem like a time saver, but they often come with bland, mushy vegetables. Chop up fresh veggies and freeze them yourself. When it's stir-fry time, your meal will be vibrant, crunchy, and full of flavour.

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11. Frozen Quiche

Frozen quiche often suffers from soggy crust syndrome. Making quiche is surprisingly easy, and doing it yourself means you can fill it with fresh, flavourful ingredients. Plus, homemade crust is a game-changer.

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12. Frozen Creamed Spinach

This side dish often comes out watery and lacks flavour. Make your own with fresh spinach and a touch of cream and garlic. It’s richer, tastier, and you control the creaminess.

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13. Frozen Fruit Pies

Pre-made frozen pies are often overly sweet and lack the homemade touch. Baking your own pie allows you to control the sugar and brings a sense of accomplishment. Plus, nothing beats the smell of a pie baking in the oven.

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14. Frozen Shrimp

Frozen shrimp can easily turn rubbery if not cooked properly. Buy fresh shrimp; it cooks quickly and tastes better. Marinate it, grill it, or add it to a stir-fry for a succulent seafood dish.

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15. Frozen Breaded Eggplant

These breaded slices often come out soggy from the oven. Slice, bread, and bake your own eggplant for a crispier, fresher alternative. It's a perfect base for eggplant parmigiana that won't disappoint.

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16. Frozen Cheesecake

The convenience of frozen cheesecake comes with a cost: a taste that's just not the same as fresh. Making your own might take time, but the creamy, rich flavor of homemade cheesecake is unbeatable. Plus, you can customize the toppings!

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17. Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches

These are usually high in sodium and preservatives. Assemble your own breakfast sandwiches with fresh eggs, cheese, and ham. Freeze them, and you’ve got a better, tastier morning meal.

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18. Frozen Corn

Frozen corn often lacks the sweet, crisp taste of fresh. When corn is in season, buy it fresh, blanch it, and cut it off the cob to freeze. You'll preserve the taste of summer all year long.

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19. Frozen Onion Rings

Frozen onion rings often come out greasy and lackluster. Slice onions, dip them in batter, and bake or air-fry. You’ll get a crunchier, less oily snack that's actually worth the effort.

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20. Frozen Vegetable Patties

Frozen veggie burgers can be pretty bland and unsatisfying. Making your own with beans, grains, and spices allows for a tastier, more personalized patty. You can batch-cook and freeze them, ensuring you always have a hearty option on hand.

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