What To Do With Boring Frozen Mixed Vegetables.

I love vegetables and especially fresh, though I am consistently reminded that frozen vegetables store powerful nutrients that fresh produce may not. Flash frozen freshly picked vegetables are proven to retain what fresh produce on the shelves in our local markets do not. There was a sick feeling in my stomach, when I saw that our “fresh” apples are stored in the freezer barns (right above freezing) for months before they hit our markets. I thought, oh man what am I feeding my kids. And we all know about the brightly colored tasteless produce, such as our gassed tomatoes…yuk!

There are just a few problems I have with frozen veggies—they are limp, lifeless, and very boring. The number one no-no, that my mother repeated for years, was to simply boil them, add a little salt and butter, and expect your family to eat it…Gag!

One of the easiest ways to serve frozen mixed vegetables with a fresher texture and better flavor, is to swiftly stir fry them in extra virgin olive oil and a little fresh garlic, than adding a little soy sauce afterward. Your family is a little more likely to eat them that way, but today I want to give you a recipe that includes high fiber pasta and chicken, for protein and energy.

Fiesta Vegetable Blend with Chicken Pasta Salad.

Ingredients:

i. 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs cooked, seasoned.

ii. 1 ½ C. dry, of Ronzoni Smart Taste (or equivalent in fiber/protein) rotini

iii. 2 ½ C. frozen mixed vegetables ( I chose fiesta blend)

iv. ¼ C. Apple cider vinegar

v. ½ C. plain whole milk yogurt.

vi. ½ red onion chopped

vii. 2 garlic cloves, chopped

viii. 2 dashes nutmeg

ix. 3 dashes cayenne

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

Boil your rotini, adding the frozen veggies while its cooking. Add a dash of olive oil and salt, of course. You can be cutting your chicken into cubes, and chopping your onion and garlic, while the pasta is cooking. Drain your cooked pasta and veggies, then cool them of, by stirring occasionally and letting them sit for about 15 minutes ( you do not want to kill the good bacteria in the yogurt by adding it while it’s still hot.) Add the yogurt and vinegar, stir. Add the seasonings and onions and garlic, stir. Last, toss in slowly the chicken. This salad is actually good served fresh, but you can chill it, or even serve it warm at another time. Add a spoon of picante for garnish.

This serves 4 people, and each serving is 4 points if you count Weight watchers points.

This is a very lean, low fat, low calorie, high in nutrition, fiber, protein meal.

High Fiber Pasta.
High Fiber Pasta.
Kroger Fiesta Blend Veggies..yum
Kroger Fiesta Blend Veggies..yum
red onion and garlic
red onion and garlic
chopped onions and garlic
chopped onions and garlic
cooled pasta and veggies, with cut chicken, garlic, and red onion
cooled pasta and veggies, with cut chicken, garlic, and red onion
apple cider vinegar and plain yogurt
apple cider vinegar and plain yogurt
seasonings..yes nutmeg too
seasonings..yes nutmeg too
the final serving...this is only 4 points..ie very healthy!
the final serving...this is only 4 points..ie very healthy!

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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

I never cared for boiled and salted frozen veggies either. You have found a good solution for using them. Another way is when you are making a vegetable soup-- with broth and seasonings and potatoes. Part or all of them can be pureed after the soup is half done.

I like all of your suggestions for adding flavor appeal. Voted up and useful.


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angel115707 6 years ago from Galveston, TX Author

Oh yes Rochelle Frank, you are right! I absolutely love homemade soups, the variations are endless, and cheap, and makes canned soup seem inedible.


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Robertbloggert 6 years ago from Oklahoma

Wow that actually looks real yummy. Are you married by the way? Because if you can do that with frozen veggies and your not. I may wanna propose! No all kidding aside this was a great hub Angel love the details with the pics and all. And you did make me hungry! God Bless you and may his grace and mercy ever shine upon you!


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angel115707 6 years ago from Galveston, TX Author

Ha Ha thanks so much Robertbloggert, God bless you too!


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Health Talk 5 years ago from World

Anything with Pasta go with me. It is like life to me, I can eat pasta when i sleep. Can't wait my hands to pick the pasta now. thanks for sharing such veggielicios pasta treat. :D


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angel115707 5 years ago from Galveston, TX Author

I agree, pasta is impossible to pass up.... LOL thnx for sharing Health Talk...


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angel115707 4 years ago from Galveston, TX Author

this has been a top hub for me, with over a thousand views and it has some of the least comments, lol.... I have noticed the hubs people are the most serious about are the hubs they are the quietest on...It really is a compliment, better to be bookmarked than receive a token comment!


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Hendrika 4 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

I made a very similar frozen vegetable dish the other day that is not as tasty as your recipe, but it is very fast! How many points it contains I will not know so I can not recommend it!


Johnf740 2 years ago

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Asha 23 months ago

Beryl , what an Beryl , what an amazing reipce, I followed your directions to the T and it was amazing my wife and 2 children 3 & 5 yrs old all ate it up. AMAZING , That night the kids slept wit my wife & I because they do that some nights and all 4 of us were in our king size bed and Laughing because those beans gave us some wonderful anal artillary. I will check out some of your other video's as wellBlessings and Grace,Warren Tibbs , KC Missouri

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