• Arlen Dancziger

7 Tastiest Battle-Tested Frozen Foods

We’ve all been there. It’s a weekday night and you’ve had a long day at work and all you want is to melt into your couch. But you’re hungry, or the kids are hungry, and you just don’t have it in you to cook a meal.


You could always order some delivery, with Skip the Dishes or Uber Eats or some other delivery service. But when you look at the cost, plus delivery, it’s not a sustainable solution.


Now, I know processed foods aren’t the best for you but hear me out. If you eat these once a week or once every couple weeks you should be alright (I’m not a doctor, don’t trust me).


I’ve narrowed your choices down to the 7 best-tasting options for you.


(I am in no way affiliated with these brands, but I’d love to be, if they decide to hire a new spokesperson.)


Delissio Pizzeria Vintage (Chicken Parmesan) Pizza


I know Delissio can be a hot-button issue. Some people love their rising crust pizza, some people hate it. Some people like their thin and crispy line of pizzas, some people like their pizza doughier.


But you can’t go wrong with this pizza. It’s not too thin, not too doughy. The chicken parmesan flavour has a nice balance to it, topped with tomatoes as well as chicken.


Pro Tips:


Cook it right on your oven rack for the first 15 minutes or until the bottom of the pie reaches the desired level of crispiness. Then throw it on a baking tray for the last little bit or turn on broil if you like some crispy edges.


After you take it out, you can top it with extra shredded cheese if you are an insane cheese addict like myself.


As for dips, I find that a 50/50 marinara and caesar mix is a great dipping sauce for most pizzas.


Cavendish FlavourCrisp Crispy Straight Cut Classic Fries

What a name.


There are tons of frozen fries on the market. They come in different shapes and sizes, and some are better suited to certain meals.


These are just a classic-style fry. They are best baked at high heat and turned over once. If you use parchment paper, you don’t need to oil the sheet. They come out nice and crispy with a nice soft middle. They are not too salty and can be seasoned to your liking.


Pro Tips:

If you want to make a full meal out of them, make some poutine! Buy some Club House brand poutine gravy (10 minute prep time) and some french-canadian style cheese curds (I was always going to find a way to get cheese involved). If you don’t have cheese curds, shredded cheese is a fine substitute.


If you have some leftover meat, repurpose it on top of the fries, then put on the cheese, then pour on the gravy.


If you’re feeling especially motivated, green onions are the perfect flavourful garnish.


Janes Hand-Cut Battered Haddock

A healthy option? As much as any battered food can be healthy, at least these are made from ‘responsibly caught’ haddock.


These are just tender, juicy, and crispy if done right. Another meal that’s best done on parchment paper, under high heat and flipped once.


Pro Tips:


If you don’t have any tartar sauce and are unsure of what to dip these in (because this is North America and everything needs a dip), making tartar sauce is quick and easy. Mayonnaise, relish (or cut some pickles), yellow mustard, and lemon juice is all you need.


And if you don’t have some of those, relish and mayo is enough for an even quicker tartar sauce.


And if that’s too complicated I have nothing for you.


Pelmen Perogies: Potato with Cheddar Cheese and Bacon

Another healthy option? I think so. There are numerous perogies on the market, but nothing comes close to Pelmen brand perogies (except for my Mom’s homemade perogies).


They have a nice dough, are packed with filling, and come in a wide variety of flavours, including some dessert flavours! My personal favourite is the cheddar cheese and bacon, but there’s also onion, mushroom, sauerkraut, and many more to choose from.


Pro Tips:


Start by boiling them, and once they float to the surface, strain them and toss them on a frying pan on medium to high heat for a couple minutes to capture that classic crispy texture.


If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can fry up some finely chopped onions while the perogies are boiling, and then finish them in the pan simultaneously.


Serve with sour cream or Heluva Good’s French Onion Sour Cream Dip.

Black River Angus Homestyle Burgers

Good frozen burgers are hard to come by. Most of them are too fatty or too salty for a lot of people’s liking. These are just good, juicy, tasty burgers.


But who else than the company that makes the best frozen steaks to bring you the best frozen burgers: Black River. These burgers are individually packaged and vacuum sealed to do whatever that’s supposed to do. Whatever it is, it works.


They also come with a free burger glaze (more about that in a minute).


Pro Tips:


Skip the burger glaze. Go for Kiihne Chipotle Burger Style sauce. This sauce is made with no preservatives and no artificial colours or flavours. And it’s sublime. It has some chunks of vegetables in it too so we can both pretend that it’s healthy.

In addition, whether you cook your burgers on a grill, in an oven, or on a pan, top them with cheese for the last minute of cook time (because CHEESE).


Pinty’s Pub & Grill Jumbo Chicken Tenders

Another category with a few lackluster options, but nothing special in general. But these chickie fingies are good.


These come with a caveat: they are relatively expensive considering the amount of product you get in the box. But for one person, you’ll eat well with a box of these.


Pro Tips:


Cook under high heat on parchment paper and flip them halfway (duh).


Sauce options are plentiful for these bad boys. Classic Ketchup. Ranch. Mayo. Kiihne Chipotle Burger Style sauce. Marinara. Caesar. Can’t go wrong with any of those.


Bonus Content!: Freeze Your Own


If you are not impressed by any of the options here, or are a person of especially high class and standards, there is one option left for you if you’re lazy (but still high class).


Most of the meals you cook on a regular basis can be frozen and reheated later. It is best to let them cool off after cooking, and then keep them in glass containers for a month (you can push it longer, but why though?).


Some of the best tasting frozen leftovers are pasta dishes (especially lasagna and alfredo), rice and veggie dishes, and various frozen meats including ribs and chicken.


So there’s something for everybody. Save some time this week and cook something frozen while you sink into the cushions.


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