I’ve started thinking about prepping some freezer meals for after baby. And today’s post has many ideas for easy freezer-convenient meal ideas, and how to use these frozen mussels in every day meals.
As part of my ongoing partnership with Pier 33, I’m aiming to help show how seafood can be an easy and healthy ingredient for many meals!
Like I mentioned in my this sheet pan shrimp recipe, I often forget about shrimp – really, all seafood except salmon and tuna. Yet, shrimp are so easy and tasty and are really versatile in cooking.
Today’s focus is on mussels, another healthy seafood option I tend to forget about. Since these are freezer friendly, they will last a while and cook quickly. You can really add them to anything you like!
I love mussels, but in the past, they have only been something I’ll order out at a restaurant. I’ve been so intimidated at the thought of making them on my own.
They seem so fancy, and while I love them, I save them as a “special order” for when we eat out.
But now, with Pier 33’s Fully Cooked Mussels, you can have them ready in under 10 minutes in your own house. And not only do they provide a hefty dose of protein, but they also offer ample healthy omega 3 fats, Vitamin D and iron, nutrients that many Americans are often low in.
The mussels come in a butter garlic sauce, or in a natural flavor, which you can season however you want. While mussels are great on their own, today I’m sharing some easy ideas for how you can incorporate them into your home cooking!
Do you guys remember that one day I want to throw an epic dinner party? It’s a total bucket list item.
Realistically speaking, it’s still probably years in the making because I want to have a fun theme and go all out. When I think of entertaining, I picture this outdoor dinner party that will happen someday.
Until the day I throw my epic dinner party (you are all invited), I take little hints about what I’d include. You guys know I love my easy, healthy and quick meal options and ideas.
There will be lots of those involved. I will also probably go all out on some dishes too. Sometimes, when I have the time, cooking sophisticated recipes with flavor and flare are appealing. I don’t know what I’d make, but maybe a fancy roasted duck, or beef wellington, or an intricate risotto dish.
I’m thinking I’d throw these quick cooking mussels into the mix because no one would know how quickly they came together.
But, in the meantime, I can practice with some appetizer and dinner ideas. And here are three easy ways you can incorporate these nutritious mollusks in your own routine at home, or even make a fancy entertaining meal.
Grilled cheese and tomato soup with mussels
Why not add a new fun twist to the typical, cozy grilled cheese and tomato soup?! Some extra protein is always a good thing.
I enjoyed dipping the mussels in the soup themselves, or you could get really creative, and stuff them in the grilled cheese. Mussels fare really well in tomato based sauces and broths, so this was a delicious combination.
Stuffed spaghetti squash with veggies and mussels
Who doesn’t love a good stuffed spaghetti squash? I know I do! Often times, they lack in protein, though, unless you’re intentionally adding some in the stuffing.
Why not add some mussels to give it a bit of a seafood flare? The mussels are already cooked in butter garlic sauce, which is a pleasant and natural flavor addition to the spaghetti squash.
I added onions, chopped peppers, cherry tomatoes, garlic butter mussels, and topped with shredded cheese and marinara sauce.
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
You can really stuff sweet potatoes with whatever you want! Short on time?
Microwave your sweet potatoes or cook them in bulk the day before. The mussels can be cooked in just 6 minutes, so you can realistically have a balanced dinner meal ready in under 10 minutes.
I had tried shrimp in sweet potatoes before, and mussels work just as well. I chose to stuff these with butter, garlic, mussels, paprika and shredded cheese.
Minimal prep, easy clean up and a balance of your protein, fat and carbohydrates.
We’ll definitely keep some of these on hand for when baby comes, because microwaveable and quick dinner options are going to be essential. Healthy doesn’t have to be time consuming!
What’s your one word or focus for this year?
Have you ever made mussels at home before?