Frozen vegetables are one of my favorite convenience foods. Unlike many other convenience foods, they are very healthy. There are several ways to have frozen vegetables in your home. First, you can grow them and freeze them. Second, you can purchase them from a store, farmer, or farmer’s market and freeze them yourself. Third, you can purchase them already frozen.
One benefit of having frozen vegetables is that they are washed, trimmed, and cut for you. Especially if you purchase them in bulk (5 pounds or so), you can get a better deal on frozen vegetables than you can on fresh ones. Plus, you do not need to worry as much about the vegetables spoiling if they are in the freezer. Frozen vegetables are amazing because they are ready to cook right away.
During the summer, there is an abundance of fresh salad ingredients. During the winter, you may or may not have access to spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, and other delicious vegetables for salads. However, you can still eat vegetables, just in different forms.
Vegetable intake is important for vitamins, minerals, and fiber in your diet. Fiber helps you to feel full and also helps to keep your digestive system working properly.
In our family, we like frozen green beans, corn, and broccoli.
1. Use frozen vegetables in soups.
If you have leftover meat, just add your favorite spices, water, and frozen vegetables, and your preparation time for a meal is around 5 minutes! You can even put frozen vegetables in the crock pot on low in the morning with some cooked meat or meat that you cooked in bulk and froze for an almost effortless meal later in the day!
2. Use frozen vegetables in omelets.
Add color and fiber to your omelet with frozen vegetables. Omelets are a perfect meal for when you have just a few minutes to feed an entire family. If you are like me and magically turn all your omelets into scrambled eggs, you can make them that way too! If you prefer not to have your vegetables mixed with other foods, keep reading for ideas!
3. Thaw frozen vegetables and roast them with olive oil.
You can use whatever mixture of fresh and frozen vegetables you have to roast them at 350 for about 30 minutes or until tender for a delicious meal. We have enjoyed carrots, onions, peas, green beans, and broccoli roasted!
4. Add frozen vegetables to your pasta sauces.
You can chop them finely in a food processor or do whatever works for your family, and it will help them eat more vegetables without knowing it!
5. Steam frozen vegetables for a quick and healthy side dish for any meal.
One reason many cooks get overwhelmed and frustrated is that they think everything they cook must be gourmet style and take three hours per meal. If you enjoy making fancy meals, that is wonderful. However, if you are in a season of life where you have less energy or extra commitments, there is nothing wrong with keeping meals simple.
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