Monday, March 14, 2011

It's National Frozen Food Month!

I bet you didn't know that March is officially National Frozen Food Month. By declaration of the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association the month of March is dedicated to the promotion of all foods frozen (or at least the official food brand sponsors).


This is very exciting for a bachelor like myself who's current sustenance is no less then 40% frozen foodstuffs.

Now before you start knocking my choice in culinary consumption let me defend myself a bit.

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First of all, my primary alternative to frozen foods is eating out. So when it comes to a "value meal" that costs nearly five dollars or more after tax or the $10-$15 I'll spend at a restaurant versus the $2.50 I spend on a frozen dinner, I actually come out ahead by eating frozen.

Secondly, I actually eat healthier by eating from the freezer. For one, I eat less. If I'm going to eat out, I usually end up with a double portion that I still manage to finish off to the last bite. If I'm cooking for myself than I end up with an entire pot full of pasta that I eat bowl after bowl until it's gone within a couple of days. Could I eat less and save the leftovers at a restaurant? Could I cook smaller portions at home? Yes and yes but the simple truth is that it's just harder for me than heating up a properly portioned meal for one.

The other way is that I make more health-conscious choices. There are plenty of TV dinners that are downright terrible in terms of fat, sugar, and sodium content. Fortunately, there is a subsection of more healthful options. Even among those, there are a few that still have higher than expected fat and sodium levels. So I do my homework and double check the numbers. I'm not a super crazy calorie counter or anything but I am at least more aware of nutrition content than most other bachelors.

Did I mention it's super easy? Just a few minutes in a microwave and dinner is done. The most complicated it ever gets is heating for 3:00 minutes, peeling back the film cover, stirring the potatoes, recovering and finishing for another few minutes. Either way, it's still a complete meal in minutes. (Dang it, I didn't mean for that to sound like a commercial.)

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So as you can see, I'm pretty excited for a month to recognize the importance of frozen cuisine. That being said, I know I could and should start putting a little more stock in home cooking. So if anyone's willing to offer, I won't turn down a home-cooked meal. Heck, I'll even bring the drinks or dessert.

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So any offers for having a dinner guest sometime this month?

How about other frozen food fans? (My personal favorite brand is Lean Cuisine in case you were wondering) What about yours?

4 comments:

dorothy said...

Eric there's no way I can compete with your mom's cooking when you are in Albuquerque.

We eat a lot of frozen here, too, since there are just two of us and we don't always even eat at the same time...

Anonymous said...

All I can say is WOW!

Raquel Carlson said...

So, we live in the same neighborhood, and my roomie and I love cooking! Well, when we actually have time to cook. We should have a fun little dinner sometime.

Eric Castillo said...

@raquel - i think this should be arranged. soon. like, whenever you guys can. just let me know :-)