Your Freezer Forecast
If you're looking for some new staples to jazz up your freezer options, here are a few trending ingredients to keep on hand for quick and easy weeknight meals.
Butternut Squash "Risotto"
Frozen finely-diced butternut squash stands in for Arborio rice for a lower-carb alternative to traditional risotto—and it's an easy way to sneak extra veggies into a meal. This dish cooks in just 6 minutes in the microwave or 11 minutes on the stovetop, making it a perfect weeknight shortcut. Savory and delicious with Parmesan and sea salt, it works as a delicious side dish on its own or main when topped with your favorite protein. Try it garnished with bacon, mushrooms, peas and fresh herbs.
Acai Puree Packets
Acai berries are purple, grape-like fruits that grow on palm trees in South America. These so-called "superfoods" are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, and keeping packs of their puree in the freezer (it's available sweetened or unsweetened) makes it that much easier to incorporate them into smoothies or trendy breakfast bowls—try one topped with sliced fruit, coconut, granola, nut butter or chia seeds.
Beet Pizza Crust
The newest addition to the ever-growing options of alternative, veggie-based pizza crusts, beet crust is gluten-free and grain-free, and with its vibrant purple color, it's a feast for the eyes too. Beet pizza crust is plenty flavorful, made with Parmesan and mozzarella. Go traditional and top it with tomato sauce and mozzarella, or mix it up and try it with goat cheese, walnut pesto and arugula.