Crunch it up

While frozen meals are delicious and super convenient they do lose some of their texture when heated.  You will be surprised how easy it is to get it tasting like a freshly made meal.  Try these ideas to ‘Crunch it Up’.


A simple salad – Serve your meal with a simple side salad of lettuce, cucumber and onion and you will be amazed how different it tastes

Fresh Herbs – see a previous blog ‘Add Flavour with Herbs’

Celery – Sounds odd, but try chopping it finely and add it to dishes like Chicken a la King, Moroccan Lamb, Roast vegetables or buttered carrots.

Onions – Use in the same way as celery.  Try regular onions, red onions, spring onions or pickling onions for a variety of tastes.  Use raw, stir fried or caramelised

Yoghurt – This is the easiest way to liven up a curry.  Add some chopped coriander, onion, cucumber or parsley to a small tub of natural yoghurt and put a dollop on the curry.

Cream – Ideal for soups.  Simply stir in a spoonful when the soup is hot

Nuts – Slivered almonds, whole cashews, pecan nuts and peanuts can be stirred into many dishes.  Try them with creamed spinach, curries, roast butternut, savoury rice and vegetarian meals

Tomatoes – Cut some cocktail tomatoes in half and add them to the dish.  You could also mix some chopped fresh herbs for extra flavour

Side veg – steam broccoli, cauliflower, green beans or another veggie to serve alongside the meal

Cucumber – Delicious chopped up and added to curries, soups and pasta dishes

Croutons – Perfect with soups and salads, and they add some crunch to pasta dishes too.

Bacon bits – Chop some bacon and fry until crispy.  Use it top soups, veggies or meals with a sauce

Grated carrots or beetroot – These will add some crunch and colour.