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16 Boderline Genius Ways To Upgrade Frozen Foods

Stock up in the freezer aisle, then try these creative hacks.

1. Add veggies, proteins, and condiments to spice up your basic frozen mac 'n' cheese dinner.

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Want to get really fancy? Try adding broccoli and sun dried tomato with a drizzle of truffle oil or bacon and mushrooms with a bit of hot honey.

2. Or turn chicken nuggets into mini chicken parmesan bites.

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Cook them according to the package directions, then top them with marinara sauce and shredded cheese, then pop them back in the oven until melted.

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3. Combine frozen dumplings and chicken broth for an easy DIY wonton soup.

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You can also add whatever veggies you have lying around like bok choy, scallions, mushrooms, and carrots.

4. Turn packaged taquitos into enchiladas.

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Just top them with store-bought enchilada sauce and shredded cheese plus any of your favorite Mexican toppings.

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5. Turn frozen waffle fries into pizza nachos, a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

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Just bake the fries according to the package directions, then add marinara sauce, shredded cheese, pepperoni, and any of your favorite pizza toppings.

6. Make cheater's fish tacos using frozen fish sticks.

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Tortillas + fish sticks + your favorite toppings = one epic taco Tuesday.

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7. Upgrade frozen pizza with whatever is in your fridge.

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Add a bunch of chopped veggies, prosciutto, rotisserie chicken, and extra cheese to take store-bought pizza to the next level.

8. Pop frozen meatballs into a roll with marinara sauce and cheese for delicious meatball subs.

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All you need is four ingredients!

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9. Spice up canned soup with the help of frozen gnocchi.

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If you find yourself with a can of chicken, tomato, or even butternut squash soup, gnocchi will instantly make it taste homemade. We also love using this hack with Trader Joe's frozen caulifower gnocchi.

10. Turn frozen waffles into a delicious breakfast sandwich.

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Just defrost two waffles and fill them with anything from scrambled eggs and cheese to almond butter and jelly.

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11. Or make waffle grilled cheese.

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All you need are two frozen waffles and your favorite sliced cheese.

12. Turn frozen french fries into poutine.

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You may not be able to swing a trip to Canada tonight, but you can top your fries with cheese and gravy.

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13. Or make a casserole from frozen tater tots.

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Get creative and combine tater tots with whatever is in your kitchen, from shredded cheese and ground beef to marinara sauce and vegetables.

14. Or upgrade frozen naan into a dinner-worthy flatbread.

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Top these babies with a layer of pesto, marinara or ricotta, then add your favorite veggies, protein, and seasonings.

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15. Or make a southern-inspired breakfast using frozen waffles and chicken tenders.

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Then top them off with a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.

16. Whip up frozen cauliflower rice and stir-fry veggies into a healthy take on fried rice.

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Make it a complete meal with the help of a fried egg, frozen shrimp, shredded chicken, or bacon.

For more easy dinner inspiration, check out these posts:

-27 Trader Joe's Frozen Foods People Swear By

-20 Cheap And Easy One Pot Dinner Ideas To Bookmark

-7 Easy Weeknight Recipes That Use Store-Bought Rotisserie Chicken

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