In honor of National Frozen Food month, we’re celebrating some of the best frozen produce you can get. Frozen is not always inferior to fresh, especially since frozen veggies and fruit are flash-frozen at the peak of ripeness, preserving more of their nutrition and flavor. This week, we’ll be taking a look at frozen corn, which is versatile and handy, as well as very affordable.
Available at your local grocery store for $1.50 a bag or even less, frozen corn is cheap per serving and handy for bulking up meals and keeping you full longer. Corn is great for a side dish or main dish, and we’ve put together a few fantastic ideas and recipes below.
Limed Corn Salad
1 bag frozen corn (roasted, preferably – I recommend Trader Joe’s brand), defrosted
½ red onion, diced finely
¼ cup cilantro
1 cup crumbled cotija cheese – feta cheese works as well
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 clove of garlic
1 whole lime, zested and juiced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Greek yogurt, 0% fat
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp Adobo seasoning
Over medium heat, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a nonstick saucepan. Add the red onion and sauté until translucent. Grate or press the garlic into the pan, then add a good pinch of salt to help bring the liquid out of the onion and garlic. Continue sautéing for 2-3 more minutes, then add a pinch of pepper along with the lime zest and stir.
Add the corn, along with the chili and paprika. Continue stirring until all ingredients are incorporated. Remove from heat and pour into a large serving bowl. Add the cilantro and lime juice and mix while warm. Let cool, and add feta cheese.
For the topping, mix the ingredients together and chill. Top the corn salad and serve.
Need more corn ideas? We’ve got them!
- Try adding corn to any soup – it bulks up a chicken and rice soup, adds substance to a chili, and rounds out the flavor of any tortilla soup.
- Corn holds up very well in a crockpot. Try this jalapeno creamed corn from Yahoo! Shine, a great side dish to any grilled meat.
- Corn pairs perfectly with black beans, whether hot or cold. Try this black bean and corn salad from Rachael Ray for the next potluck picnic or BBQ. I like to add avocado.
- Cornbread is delicious on its own or paired with chili. The only thing that makes cornbread better than a smear of fresh butter is corn baked inside of it. Try this recipe for cornbread that uses fresh or frozen corn.