Millennials are often thought of as the generation who are buying more avocado toast than houses, but they’re also the same group that are bringing the frozen food market back to life. North Americans in general are buying more frozen food, but with millennials waiting longer to start families, the frozen food trend is on the uptake, with young people easily warming up meals and side dishes for one. With more interest in the frozen food market, retailers are responding with new gourmet options that satisfy customers when feeding families of two or 10.
No longer relegated to dishes that serve as a last-minute option when your fridge has been emptied and you don’t have the energy to pick up groceries, frozen food is now making it easier than ever to make a delicious meal at home or work. And yeah, they’re even better than take out. Here are some of the latest gourmet frozen foods that are actually good.
SENSATIONS BY COMPLIMENTS SHRIMP TACOS
Anyone who loves shrimp tacos probably has a favourite restaurant that puts their own spin on the ever-popular Mexican-inspired dish. Now your kitchen can double as your favourite restaurant with the Compliments Shrimp Tacos, which are food truck-inspired. Make Taco Tuesday any night of the week with these hand-held treats.
IRRESISTIBLES GREEN SMOOTHIE FRUIT
Eating healthy and in a hurry are usually two things that can’t co-exist, but with the new pre-packaged Irresistibles Green Smoothie Fruit, you can quickly make a smoothie that is packed full of mango, pineapple, kale and avocado with no added sugar. Something else that’s not added? The time it would take you to cut up all these fruits and vegetables.
IRRESISTIBLES ORGANIC EDAMAME
Edamame has been a staple at Japanese restaurants for a while, but now you can bring the healthy and delicious appetizer or snack home. Even better? It’s organic. The healthy snack everyone loves just got even healthier.
When we think of frozen food, ‘healthy’ isn’t always the first word that comes to mind, but PC is changing that with their Blue Menu options. With the Coconut Lemongrass Chicken, customers will love the jasmine and black rice served with a medley of vegetables and topped with a Vietnamese-inspired aromatic sauce with coconut and lemongrass.
IRRESISTIBLES GREEN TEA WHITE CHOCOLATE MINI ICED BAR
The search for the guilt-free dessert may have finally come to an end. Thanks to the new Irresistibles Green Tea White Chocolate Mini Iced Bar, you can now get your sweet tooth fix – chocolate included – without feeling like you need to schedule an extra workout the next day.
COMPLIMENTS NATURALLY SIMPLE MEXICAN-STYLE CHICKEN BURRITO BAKE
If you’re looking for a meal full of flavour that will also leaving you feeling full, try the Mexican-Style Chicken Burrito Bake. Thanks to its use of brown rice and quinoa, this wholesome spin on a burrito will leave you feeling satisfied and full of energy, which you can use to do something other than clean up after making a big meal.
SENSATIONS BY COMPLIMENTS KOREAN-STYLE CHUNKZ
Tired of the usual frozen chicken nuggets? We have your new favourite alternative. Whether you’re looking for a dish to serve as an appetizer at your next gathering or want a scrumptious treat for yourself, these Korean Style-Chunkz, made with chicken breasts and served with sweet and spicy dumpling sauce, will be a hit with any crowd.
COMPLIMENTS NATURALLY SIMPLE MOROCCAN-INSPIRED CHICKEN BAKE
No added artificial flavours or preservatives can be found in this new Moroccan-Inspired Chicken Bake that will have you feeling like you just walked into a café in Casablanca.
Mac and cheese may be one of the most commonly found items in the frozen food aisle, but that doesn’t mean it can’t benefit from a few updates. With the Chorizo Mac & Cheese, the frozen food aisle staple gets a zesty nacho-inspired revamp, complete with a creamy jalapeno cheddar sauce and chopped chorizo sausage, as well as diced tomatoes, garlic and spices. Comfort food just got exciting.
GREAT VALUE PRETZEL COATED CHICKEN FINGERS
A staple of any freezer is chicken fingers, but a new staple of any freezer should be Pretzel Coated Chicken Fingers. Putting a new (pretzel) twist on a freezer favourite, these breaded chicken breasts, which come with sweet mustard dipping sauce, are so delicious and addictive that they’re now finalists for the Retail Council of Canada’s Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards. So yeah, we’re not the only ones loving them.
It’s late at night. Your favourite Indian restaurant is now closed and you’re craving Tikka Masala. Thankfully, there’s now an Option B. The new PC Blue Menu Chicken Tikka Masala is seasoned chicken breast pieces in a rich tomato curry masala sauce with hints of coconut, garlic, ginger and cilantro. And yes, something this delicious can still be healthy. The new Tikka Masala is both high in fiber and has 60 per cent less fat than the currently offered PC Butter Chicken.
If you’re in search of a dish that cuts down on fat without sacrificing flavour, try the new Chicken Korma from PC’s Blue Menu. With 35 per cent less fat than the traditional PC Chicken Korma, this delicious new gourmet frozen food option tops a seasoned chicken breast with yogurt coconut-almond sauce, paired perfectly with Indian basmati rice.
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