Freezer Finds

Updated: 03/26/2014 7:33 AM
Created: 03/25/2014 5:00 AM

March is Frozen Food Month – when is the last time you scouted out what is in your freezer?  Is your freezer set up to help you or hinder you in balanced meal planning?  Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian, Jen Haugen, will identify which foods must be in your freezer to create nourishing meals for the entire family.



Power of Frozen

Frozen fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh.  Picked at their peak ripeness, fruits and vegetables are frozen quickly after picking.  Because of this, nutrients and flavor are locked in.


Cool Fruits and Veggies

Think beyond corn, green beans and peas to now butternut squash, artichokes, Brussels sprouts and more.  Jen will share new products you can find now in your freezer aisles.


An Easy Home Meal

Jen will share a balanced meal made quickly using frozen fruits and vegetables.

Penne Shrimp and Broccoli


Serves 4.


A scrumptious pasta dish perfect for shrimp lovers!


All you need:

12 ounces uncooked penne whole grain pasta

3 garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup chopped onion

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

¼ teaspoon salt

1 pound frozen shrimp, thawed, peeled and deveined

8 ounces frozen broccoli florets

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


All you do:

1.  Cook pasta and drain. In a large skillet, sauté garlic and onion in butter, oil and salt until tender. Add broccoli; cook and stir over medium heat for approximately 6 minutes.

2.  Add shrimp; cook additional 4- 5 minutes, or until shrimp is pink and broccoli is tender. Stir in pasta and sprinkle with cheese.

Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community.  Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.