CONFESSION TIME…

 pic credit: www.thenewiceage.com

Here goes… (deep breath)… I feed my daughter frozen food. 

There, I’ve said it.

I don’t mean that I actually serve it to her rock hard, and covered in ice – of course I do cook it first. But immediately prior to that, it came from a plastic bag, stored in my freezer section.

And, just to clarify further, I’m talking about frozen veggies – not Turkey Twizzlers or chicken nuggets. 

If I’m rushing about, or really busy with work, I have a stash of those cook-in-the-bag veggie mixes with corn, broccoli, peas, and carrot. I just chuck them in the microwave for a few minutes, stir in some brown rice, cooked chicken, or tuna, and hey presto – dinner’s up! 

Big Sis absolutely loves them too – especially the broccoli and peas (go figure – a kid who willingly eats her greens!!).

People often assume that fresh or chilled food is better for you, but research has shown that frozen food can be just as healthy and nutritious, and taste just as good. That’s why I was particularly interested to read about a company called BABYLICIOUS which makes and snap freezes weaning food. 

I thought the idea was ingenious. When I was introducing Big Sis to solids, I spent untold hours wielding a handmixer over a bowl of steamed sweet potato, and broccoli. It was messy, and time consuming, so I’m definitely planning to stock up on frozen Babylicious purees when number two arrives later this year. 

Because the purees are pasteurised by cooking at high temperatures, then immediately frozen, all the goodness is sealed in, and no preservatives are needed to prolong their shelf life. They come packed in a tray with ten separate servings, so you only thaw the exact amount you need, and cut down on waste. 

If you want more frozen food inspiration, visit this great site I found: www.theNewIceAge.com.

Why make life harder than it has to be??

7 Comments

  1. Lou - April 16, 2010

    Ab-sa-bloomin-lutely. We live out of our freezers, I’ve got 4 and 1 is dedicated to summer fruits like blackberries, strawberries and damsons. Mostly I batch cook on a single day (which is exhausting)and then I freeze amounts for dinners. It means I get to write all day while it defrosts and the family get to eat good food that I’ve made previously.

    [Sorry had to remove the previous comment as my spelling was AWFUL!]

  2. Mummy's Little Monkey - April 16, 2010

    Fab! You’ve totally got the right idea. We’re planning a move soon, from our teeny, tiny flat to a grown-up house, so one of my planned purchases is a proper big freezer, so I can make big meal batches as well. Sooooo much easier when you’re a working Mum (or any kind of Mum really!!!) x

  3. christinemosler - April 17, 2010

    Hear hear! I have 4 kids and a freezer which is taller than me. It is vital in my mission to stay sane through parenthood. As they get older (eldest is nearly 14, youngest is 4) the ‘meals in minutes’ thing becomes essential as I try to get them all fed and watered between music lessons, clunbs, mates etc! Bags of frozen mixed veg are genius!

  4. james - May 17, 2010

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  5. james - May 17, 2010

    Frozen food is also really useful for packed lunches – freeze a juice or a frozen yoghurt, put it in the lunch box with your sandwiches and it’ll keep everything cool till lunch – and defrost in time.

    Anyhow, I couldn’t help but notice the site you reviewed above is giving away 3 freezers and you say a freezer is your next purchase… what are you waiting for?!

  6. Maria Jose @verybusymama - June 14, 2015

    I will NEVER forget this. EVER. Its the first “mummy” blog post I ever laid my eyes on and I devoured and read every post on your site. Thanks to YOU I started blogging!

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