A Fresh Take on Frozen Favorites

by in Recipes, March 31st, 2011
No need to nuke these nuggets

Today is the last day of National Frozen Food Month, and while we love frozen margaritas, store-bought TV dinners are often laden with sodium, sugar and fat. Our fresh recipes for frozen food-inspired classics will turn a drab weeknight meal into a glowing dish.

Tired of greasy fish sticks? Try Parmesan Salmon Fish Sticks from food.com. Not only are they lightly baked instead of fried, they’re also made with heart-healthy salmon. Serve these sticks alongside a marinara or pesto sauce instead of the usual tartar for an Italian twist.

Rachael Ray’s Lazy Lasagna With Lamb Ragu, Spinach and Ricotta from cookingchanneltv.com is as simple to make as its name suggests. A quick meat ragu is tossed with pasta and ricotta cheese before being topped with creamy béchamel sauce. And there’s no need to spend time layering sheets of noodles — just add the prepared ingredients to a pan and bake away.

Panko Chicken Nuggets from foodnetwork.com are a healthy alternative to their freezer-section counterparts (you know, the ones that never seem to defrost completely). Japanese-style breadcrumbs can be found in most grocery stores and make these baked bites extra crispy.

With BBQ Chicken Pizza from food2.com, tangy barbecue sauce, creamy mozzarella cheese and shredded chicken top a store-bought pizza crust. Throw this pie in the oven any night of the week for a quick, crowd-pleasing meal.

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Comments (5)

  1. bette says:

    I will lend INA 100 dollars if she needs it to visit that sick little boy. wow first reject him then tell him to come to her. REALLY?
    Prove yourself if you didn't know and fire those agents who told the boy NO. AND why didn't you know? Oh my, thought you were such a nice lady no no no no no!
    Hey Food Network whats up with your opinion?

  2. s748 says:

    drop ina no food tv for me

  3. Jane says:

    Why are you talking about Ina Garten in a post about something not related to her? Give it a rest already.

    How other people live their lives — whether they’re famous or not — is none of our business. And none of YOUR business either.

    She made a decision. Maybe you don’t agree with it. Maybe you do. Maybe we all should leave it up to her and get on with living our OWN lives in a positive and charitable manner instead of attacking other people

  4. bobby_fillet says:

    I heard they only serve spam

  5. Sal says:

    this looks amazing!!

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