Frozen meals are always handy. At the end of a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is spend a couple more hectic hours in the kitchen. When faced with the thought of preparing a meal from scratch with the inevitable clean up after, that casserole in the freezer looks very tempting. While frozen dinners can certainly be delicious and nutritious, sometimes they can lack that little extra something.
You don’t have to resign yourself to bland meals though. With a few quick extras, you could be enjoying a tasty dinner for the family in minutes! Read on to discover some delicious ways to spice up your frozen dinner and make each meal time unique.
Serve up with a classic
Perfect with everything from lasagne to some spicy vegetable chilli, French fries are perhaps the ultimate quick and easy side dish, that will satisfy everyone. Try McCain French fries for something warm and tasty, straight from the oven. You can put these in while you prepare your meal, and have them both ready in time to satisfy those hungry bellies.
Add a touch of greenery
If French fries aren’t your thing, then a quick and easy green salad will add some fresh flavour to your plate. Salads are super quick to whip up. And you can go as complex or as simple as you like. Mixed leaves, tossed in a light dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and some light seasoning, are delicious with a pasta meal. For extra texture, add crunchy croutons, some grated Parmesan cheese and mayo.
If you want to make sure you get a few of your 5 a day with your frozen meal, then roasted vegetables or a crispy stir-fry are perfect with virtually anything. For those of you who are cooking up their frozen dinner in the oven, a quick multi-tasking tip is to stash in an extra tray of vegetables alongside your frozen dish. Drizzle with olive oil, herbs and seasoning and cook through, to enjoy at dinner time. You can opt for something traditional, maybe carrots, potatoes and parsnips which are delicious with a beef casserole. Or you could add some Mediterranean flavour by using peppers and onions.
Mix up the flavours
Just because your frozen meal is pretty much ‘ready to eat’ (barring the frozen part), it doesn’t mean that you can’t experiment with flavours. Dishes like stews, casseroles and hot pots can be easily transformed with some extra herbs and seasoning. Give a dish an Indian flavour by making up a basic gravy of sautéed onions, tomatoes, chilli powder and cumin seeds, before mixing in to your frozen meal. Allow to cook through completely and finish off with a handful of fresh coriander leaves, and serve over a bed of Basmati rice, or with a warm, fluffy naan bread.
So there are a few suggestions for spicing up your frozen meals. Quick, frozen meals don’t have to be boring! Get creative today
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