And yes, you can cook salmon filets from frozen—just rinse the filet with a little water, pat dry, season, and cook in a skillet with a healthy fat like avocado oil. In fact, one of my absolute favorite meals can be made from all frozen staples: salmon, slathered with pesto served over a combo of cauliflower rice and peas. All of which comes together in 10 to 15 minutes, delivers loads of nourishing nutrients, and helps me feel in control of my health without amplifying my stress.
What else should you stock up on to eat really well for minimal effort? I chatted with a few registered dietitians and culinary pros about their favorite freezer staples, plus how to morph them into quick and easy meals so you’re not spending hours in the kitchen or calling in yet another takeout order…
High-quality frozen beef, turkey, or veggie burgers
“I usually keep some organic turkey burgers on hand, and I’m currently obsessed with the half-turkey, half-mushroom organic Blend Burger from Applegate Farms,” says Cording. Veggie burgers from brands like Sweet Earth, Morning Star, Hilary’s, and Dr. Praeger’s, and beef and poultry burgers from Applegate, Tribali Foods, and Teton Waters Ranch all make high-quality options as well. (Check out all of our favorite healthy burgers here.)
And you don’t have to eat your burger on a bun either—serve one up on top of a salad, along with some mixed veggies in a grain bowl, or even sautéed into your next stir-fry.