When I worked at Food & Home Entertaining magazine, we had a page called “Cheat Smart” – recipes and methods for foodies who were looking for shortcuts or smart ways to save time. I often categorise frozen veggies and chips as “cheating smart” – you don’t have to buy fresh, peel and chop, plus the results are pretty good.
And if you’re worried that frozen isn’t healthy, there are studies that say frozen vegetables are best because they’re packed and frozen straight after picking, which means nutrients are preserved from the beginning.
I have been carbo-loading on McCain frozen chips for years as they’re tasty, low-fat and come out crispy, and often microwave or boil their veggies to accompany main meals (often a Woolies roast chicken bought after a full day’s work).
McCain sent me some new variants to try (rustic oven chips, crispy bites, Mediterranean roast vegetables, and classic roast vegetables), and I like them a lot. Serious foodies and purists might notice there’s a difference in flavour and colour between these frozen veggies and fresh, but with some salt, Herbamare and a bit of balsamic and olive oil. I can’t tell. They taste great and it saves me a whole lot of time when I don’t have it, and a huge amount of effort when I’ve got a toddler – and me – wanting a meal.
Note: Products were supplied to me for tasting and review. All words are my own