Frozen vegetables are great to have on hand for those last minute healthy dinners. In fact, they can be even better for you than fresh produce because they’re frozen at the peak of their nutritional value and flavor. Here are five ways you can enjoy the convenience and health-factor of frozen vegetables while maximizing their deliciousness:
Simple Veggie Sauté
If you want to round out a home cooked meal, adding a side of sautéed frozen vegetables is a great idea. It’s quick and easy, and can be quite delicious with the right cooking technique. This recipe adds a little steaming action to the cooking process, which is ideal for creating optimal texture in your frozen vegetables. Throw in some salt and pepper to taste, plus fresh tarragon near the end of cooking, and you have a borderline gourmet side dish made from a bag of frozen veg (yeah, I said it!). Here’s a recipe to try: Quick Vegetable Sauté.
With just a few components, including that bag of frozen broccoli you’ve got hiding in your icebox, you can whip up a hearty and delicious vegetable chowder. Frozen broccoli works particularly well in soups because it purees easily. This recipe is super simple and incorporates broccoli and cheese – a classic combo. It’s a healthy and easy option for lunch or dinner. Get the recipe: Cheesy Potato Broccoli Chowder.
A Creative Spin on Hummus
The world of hummus isn’t limited to chickpeas… many other beans and legumes can work just as well. Take edamame, for example. These green soybeans are not only nutritious and packed with protein, but they also make a great dip when mashed up with a few complementary seasonings. If you have a bag of edamame in your freezer, try making this simple recipe: Edamame Lemongrass Hummus.
Armed with a bag of mixed frozen vegetables and a few other ingredients, you can make an easy, hearty and wholesome chili. Just toss all the ingredients together in a pot and let the flavors simmer together for a few hours and dig in! Try this recipe: Kickin’ Chicken Chili with Vegetables.
Shepherd’s pie and frozen vegetables are a match made in heaven, and this savory pie is pretty much ideal comfort food for cold winter nights. This one is made with ground sirloin, which is as light as extra-lean ground beef: Spiffed Up Sirloin Shepherd’s Pie.
Try a few of these easy and healthy recipes and you just might find a new appreciation for those bags of frozen veggies hiding in your freezer!
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