Whether it’s busy weeknights or lazy weekends, easy freezer meals are perfect for any day. However, there are still many misconceptions about the quality and nutritional value of frozen foods. McCain and Sea Harvest tell us why you can still get all the health benefits and delicious taste, without the hassle.
It’s fresh – Fresh produce forms part of a healthy diet as it contains nutrients that are essential for good health. However, there are some disadvantages. The limited shelf life increases the risk of expiring before consumption, which results in more frequent visits to the store and higher expenditure on fresh produce.
When cooking with trusted frozen foods brands like McCain and Sea Harvest, you can rest assured that all their produce is harvested at its peak, sustainably sourced and snap frozen within hours to maintain freshness and lock in nutrients. Freezing is a safe and natural way of preventing bacterial growth and enzyme activity and eliminates the need for undesirable chemical preservatives.
It’s convenient – There’s no way around it, frozen meals are a win on a busy weeknight. The cleaning, chopping, crumbing and portioning has all been done for you. All you need to do is take it out of your freezer, heat it according to the on-pack instructions, and serve.
It’s healthy – Contrary to popular belief, freezing causes very little nutrient loss and preserves the vitamins and minerals in food – so all those fantastic nutrients end up on your dinner table, meaning you get a nutritional meal every time. Frozen produce is packed with nutritional value and provides the easiest way for you and your family to get your daily nutrition.
It’s affordable – Frozen vegetables and fish have a much longer shelf-life than fresh produce so there’s less wastage, meaning you get more broccoli for your buck.
It’s constantly available – Buying frozen food means you can enjoy your favourite vegetables and fish year-round. And, because of its longer shelf life, you can make sure you always have a quick dinner-time solution in the freezer!
TRY THIS EASY FISH FINGER AND AVOCADO SLIDERS WITH SMILES
You’ll need: 400 g Sea Harvest Fish Fingers; 1 x 415 g packet McCain Smiles; 6 slider rolls, buttered and toasted; 1 avocado, sliced; 60 ml mayonnaise; 60 ml tomato sauce; 1 head of cos lettuce, shredded; 6 small blocks of cheddar cheese; 6 baby tomatoes; 6 toothpicks
How to: Preheat the oven to 200°C. Arrange the fish fingers and smiles onto a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes until golden. Season with salt as soon as they come out of the oven.
To make a crunchy pink sauce, add the mayonnaise and tomato sauce to a small bowl then add half of the shredded lettuce and mix well to combine.
To assemble, add three fish fingers to the bottom half of a toasted slider roll, then top with slices of avocado. Top with crunchy pink sauce and a little more lettuce and then close up the slider.
Thread a piece of cheese and tomato onto a toothpick and use it to secure the slider. Serve with the sliders and Smiles and extra pink sauce for dipping.
You can also download this fun activity book to keep the kids busy!