One of the soundest pieces of parenting advice I ever heard was
“On the good days, cook double; on the bad days, defrost”.
It’s advice that holds true for anyone trying to eat better despite the demands of a busy life – vegan or not, using your freezer is a really good way of saving yourself time and money. Here’s a selection of tips for making the most of your home freezer:
- Freeze cooked beans ready for use another day
- Freeze curries and naan breads for a no-mess home-cooked ready meal at the end of a long day.
- Frozen raspberries and blueberries are brilliant – put them in cakes, smoothies, and porridge, or eat them with non-dairy yoghurt
- Frozen peas or green beans can be thrown in the pan with the pasta for a quick meal of pasta and vegan pesto.
- Freeze a batch of Heavenly Chocolate Brownies so that you have a chocolate-y vegan treat on hand whenever you want one but are less tempted to eat the whole lot in one day.
- Freeze cubes of Beetroot-berry juice and defrost a few at a time whenever you want to make Pink milk, or Pink protein shake.
- Freeze homemade cake, ready sliced, in individual tubs ready to pop straight into the kids’ packed lunch bags.
- Freeze sliced bread and pop it in the toaster straight from the freezer to avoid food waste
- Make kids’ sandwiches on still-frozen bread – by lunchtime it will have defrosted nicely.
- Slice bagels and freeze them so that they can go straight in the toaster when you need them, avoiding food waste.
- Freeze homemade flour tortillas
- Freeze fresh ginger and grate it straight from frozen whenever you need it.
- Freeze ripe avocados (peeled and halved in zip-lock bags or mashed with a little lemon juice) to save food waste or to take full advantage of a bargain price.
- Keep some vegan-friendly ready-made pastry in the freezer
Have I missed anything? Share your freezer-friendly tips in a comment below.