Frozen veggies are packed with nutrition, and super convenient – but they often get a bad rap for being mushy and less flavourful than their fresh counterparts. I’m not going to lie and say the texture is exactly the same as fresh veggies, but I do want to share some of my favourite ways to use frozen vegetables to help you make the most of them.
You simply can’t beat the ease and convenience of frozen vegetables – no need for washing, peeling, chopping, etc. They are also affordable. And they obviously keep for a long time, which is especially useful in times like this where limiting trips to the grocery store is essential for public health. Sometimes getting enough vegetables in our diet can feel difficult, but frozen veggies can help us out.
By the way, it’s totally normal not to feel like making every meal from scratch using an elaborate recipe, even if we feel extra pressure during quarantine that we “should” be doing that with all our “extra time”! I still love having quick and easy meals that don’t require a ton of prep and clean-up.
This is one of my favourite ways to prepare vegetables, and it works nicely with frozen ones too! I particularly like this method for veggies like frozen brussels sprouts, broccoli, or cauliflower.
It’s also simple – just toss the veggies (straight out of the freezer) with some olive oil, salt and pepper (or other spices you like). Crank up the heat for the best results (425-450F). The high temperature helps evaporate the moisture from frozen veggies so they don’t get mushy!
It doesn’t get much easier than steaming frozen veggies in the microwave. Just add a small amount of water to frozen veggies in a microwave-safe dish. Check on the veggies and stir them frequently as they cook, to avoid overcooking them into mush, and to make sure they cook evenly. You could also cook them in a steamer basket on the stove top.
Get creative with sauces, herbs, spices or condiments to bump up the flavour of your cooked frozen veggies. Some ideas are: soy sauce, hot sauce (I love sriracha or chili garlic sauce on pretty much anything), lemon juice & zest, butter, garlic, nutritional yeast (I love to sprinkle this on top of steamed or roasted broccoli), parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar… so many options to make sure your veggies don’t have to be bland!
Use them in mixed dishes
Dishes like soups, stews, chili or casseroles are a great place to use frozen veggies. The texture of frozen veggies is not such an issue in these types of dishes.
I also like adding them to pasta, mac & cheese, or instant noodles! I just throw them in the pot of boiling water according to the recommended cooking time on the package.
Thanks for reading – I hope you find some of these ideas useful! I love frozen veggies and am always looking for new ways to use them. What are your favourite ways to use frozen vegetables? Let me know in the comments below!