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    Updated Mar 20, 2020

    15 Ways To Upgrade Frozen Foods Into Actually Impressive Meals

    Work with what's in your freezer.

    So you didn't have the chance to go grocery shopping for fresh ingredients? Here are 15 ways to upgrade common frozen foods into gourmet recipes that truly taste impressive.

    1. Start with frozen Tater Tots...

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    ...and turn them into epic nachos, aka "totchos," complete with toppings like black beans, diced tomatoes, sliced olives, bacon, and lots of queso.

    2. Turn frozen fish sticks....

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    ...into restaurant-quality fish tacos. Lay on the guacamole, jalapeños, slaw, and more. Hello, Taco Tuesday.

    3. Start with a pair of frozen waffles...

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    ...and use them to create a seriously decadent DIY breakfast sandwich, complete with anything from sausage and fried egg to bacon and avocado...

    ...or the best damn BLT sandwich you've ever tasted.

    4. Grab a frozen pizza...

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    ...then cut it into slices, add more mozzarella or your favorite queso, and turn it into pizza grilled cheese...

    ...or just dress up that boring old pie into something much more flavorful and exciting.

    5. Start with frozen chicken nuggets...

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    ...then top those nuggets with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese and pop them in the oven. Voilà: mini chicken Parm. Serve them over pasta for a nice Italian-inspired supper.

    6. Take frozen gyoza or pot stickers...

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    ...and add to miso soup or chicken broth with your favorite veggies for wonton soup that rivals that of your favorite takeout spot.

    7. Take frozen naan bread...

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    ...and turn it into flatbread, complete with creative ingredients from pesto and prosciutto to hummus and roasted vegetables.

    8. Reach for a box of frozen taquitos....

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    ...then cover them in sauce and cheese to create mini enchiladas. Bonus points for refried beans and rice on the side.

    9. Grab a bag of frozen meatballs...

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    ...and make little meatball sliders, perfect for a stand-alone meal.

    10. Take frozen boneless Buffalo chicken wings...

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    11. ...and turn them into a crispy chicken sandwich or wrap. Don't forget the blue cheese!

    12. Start with frozen french fries...

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    ...and turn those fries into a bowl of poutine tasty enough to transport you to Canada by way of the kitchen table.

    13. Grab a bag of frozen ravioli...

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    ...and use it to make a cheesy baked lasagna.

    14. Start with a frozen hamburger, turkey burger, or veggie burger...

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    ...then crumble it up and serve it on a bed of rice with your favorite Mexican toppings, like avocado, black beans, and corn, as a burrito bowl...

    ...or turn it into a makeshift yet incredibly satisfying pasta Bolognese.

    15. Turn cauliflower gnocchi and frozen veggies...

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    ...into a hearty one-skillet dinner.