Frozen Fresh

When the freezer is healthier than the shelf


| Utne Reader July / August 2007



Since the recent discoveries of E. coli and salmonella lurking in spinach and other fresh produce, it's not easy eating green. But relax--and open the freezer. Frozen leafy veggies, especially spinach, are more nutritious than supermarket fresh, according to a Journal of Food Science report on a study by Penn State scientists. When fresh leaves are stored on trucks and shelves, they lose many nutrients. Unless you eat from your garden, frozen veggies offer more essential compounds, such as B vitamins (boosts immunity), folate (builds cells), and carotenoids (helps prevent heart disease, cancer, and degenerative diseases like osteoporosis).

And store this in your cupboard: Canned veggies match fresh and frozen in dietary fiber, folate, carotenoids, and other vitamins, say scientists from the University of Illinois. Canned products are precooked, so don't reduce nutrients by overcooking, and defrost frozen veggies to cut cooking time.

How does it taste? Hmmm. Not bad!

Mediterranean Veggie Stew

Brew a protein-rich meal for four from frozen and canned ingredients:

Saut? 1 small chopped onion in 1 tablespoon olive oil until soft.