Did you know that March is the 32nd annual National March Frozen Food Month? It’s a month to celebrate all the delicious possibilities that your freezer has to offer, while taking a fresh look at frozen! There’s more to the freezer aisle than just ice cream and frozen pizzas. There are lots of basic, prepared ingredients you can incorporate into everyday recipes, as well as pre-made meals for weeknights that are just way too busy.
To end Frozen Food Month, and because it’s the beginning of spring, I decided to do some spring cleaning in my freezer. You can check out EasyHomeMeals.com for some great tips on how to clean out your freezer. I started by tossing everything in my deep freezer that had expired or had freezer burn. Then, because my deep freezer doesn’t defrost itself, I removed the excess ice and then organized all my frozen foods for easy access. I want to make sure I have lots of extra space in my deep freezer because right now I’m in the planning stages for make-ahead freezer meals that my husband will be able to easily prepare once the baby arrives.
While cleaning out my freezer, I found lots of frozen fruits that I had bought for smoothies that I had forgotten about, and some puff pastry. I always like to have puff pastry on hand, because it’s so versatile! So, with the addition of some frozen whipped topping, I decided to put together these quick and easy Mixed Berry Napoleons.
To start these indulgent desserts, I just defrosted my puff pastry according to package directions, and then cut each sheet into 6 equal rectangle shapes. Then, I baked them to a nice golden brown, per package directions, and let them cool completely.
To make the Napoleons, I layer my pastry cream, which is a combination of cream cheese and Cool Whip, with the mixed berries and crisp puff pastry. It’s so easy, and looks way harder than it actually is. To garnish, I just sprinkle on some powdered sugar. Now, how cute is that?
Don’t forget that the frozen food aisle also has healthy produce, perfectly-portioned meals and a variety of ethnic cuisines and dishes to meet various dietary needs/culinary preferences. What I want for my family is the same as you – real, simple, nutritious, delicious, affordable and customizable meals and snacks. And, all of these needs can be met in our grocer’s freezer section.
Frozen produce is captured at the peak of freshness, right from the moment they’re harvested or procured. This is why I absolutely love making choices from the freezer aisle, especially for those fruits and vegetables that are out of season. They are convenient and you can use only what you need and put the rest back in the freezer, so there’s no waste.
To celebrate National March Frozen Food Month, the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) is giving away 4 glass-top chest freezers during the month of March! You can enter to win a beautiful Hussmann freezer here, or on EasyHomeMeal’s Facebook page here. They are also having an awesome sweepstakes and some lucky person is going to win a cool $10,000! Be sure to enter here! The $10,000 sweepstakes ends April 27th.
For more mealtime inspiration, visit www.EasyHomeMeals.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest too! Be sure to also visit the March Frozen Food Month 2015 Sponsoring Brands for product information, tasty recipes and meal ideas.
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Yield: 4 servings
For the pastry cream:
Bake puff pastry squares according to package directions.
Combine whipped cream cheese, powdered sugar and Cool Whip. Beat with the electric mixer until well-incorporated. Set aside.
After puff pastry is done, use a bread knife to halve pastry lengthwise to form two thin pastries. Layer a piece of puff pastry, pastry cream and berries. Add another layer of pastry, pastry cream and berries. End with another layer of pastry and top with a dollop of pastry cream. Garnish with powdered sugar.
This post sponsored by NFRAweb.org. I was compensated for my time. All opinions 100% mine.