Freezer full? Here’s some inspiration for your frozen food…
In Episode 135, we share three delicious Thermomix ideas that utilise frozen food. We refer to these foods as the freezer loiterers. The foods that clog up your freezer. We’re talking frozen fish fillets, frozen berries, bananas, chicken. All the loiters that hang around in most family freezers.
The challenge for this week was to make delicious meals from these freezer loiterers, here’s what we came up with:
Recipe 1 – Frozen Brekkie Bags
These are not a new idea by any stretch of the imagination. They are, however, a new idea in our house. Basically, if you regularly have a blended shake or breakfast bowl, fast track the process by putting all the ingredients into portioned bags at the beginning of the week. While it may seem easy to throw all your shake ingredients into the Thermomix each morning, brekkie bags will save you digging through the cupboards and fridge to find everything you need. Not to mention saving the fruit and veg that may go off! These Brekkie Bags are great to help you stay organised and make sure you’re energised for the day ahead. You can make a whole week’s worth in advance. We made a brekkie bag each and here are the results. (Can you guess which one belongs to Bec and which one to Joe?)
Nutty Strawberry Breakfast Thickshake
- 100g strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
- 20g peanut butter
- 250g milk
|Place strawberries (100g), banana (1) and peanut butter (20g) in a ziplock bag and freeze. |
|Add frozen contents of ziplock bag to bowl with milk (250g) and blend Speed 9 / 30 seconds.|
Spinach Choc Berry Brekkie Bag
- 50g blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 25g Spinach
- 5g cacao (about half a dessert spoon)
- 15g xylitol (about 1.5 dessert spoons)
- 25g peanut butter
- 250-300g almond milk
- 1 handful ice
|Add blueberries (50g), Spinach (25g), cacao (5g), xylitol (15g), peanut butter (25g) to a ziplock bag and freeze|
|Add frozen contents of bag with almond milk (250g-300g). Blitz Sp 9 / 30 seconds (process for 1 minute if you add ice).|
Recipe 2 – Frozen Fish Cakes
Fish fillets. They are an absolute bandit for rattling around the freezer. They seem like a good idea at the time but then… Nothing. The madness ends today. These fish cakes are delicious. We used frozen cod which we got from the supermarket. Using different fish is going to affect the taste, however if you use a firm white fish you should be fine.
Tenina mentioned this recipe on a recent podcast where we got some of our fave Thermo Mixers to tell us about their go-to quick dinners. This really is a super quick and tasty dinner that is just like a bought one. Tenina calls this style of meal ‘fake-away’. we love it.
We omitted the kaffir lime leaves and used brown sugar in lieu of palm sugar (more for cost effectiveness and convenience than anything else!) It worked great!
Here are some cool tips from this podcast…
- For an environmentally friendly brekkie bag, re-use your ziplock bags or use containers each week.
- You can freeze the Thai Basil Chicken for double the freezer efficiency.
- Make sure the frozen fish is semi thawed otherwise you could damage your blades.
Do you have any tips and tricks for using up freezer food? Leave us a note in the comments below!
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