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The Joy of Frozen Vegetables

Updated on October 1, 2013

Cooking with Frozen Vegetables

I depend a lot on frozen vegetables, particularly since I live in a small space. Yes, the freezer portion of my mini-fridge is a little smaller than than a standard freezer, but there is still plenty of room for packages of frozen veggies. Having several varieties on hand at all times means I can put together any of a number of recipes on short notice. The bottom line is that I sometimes eat more vegetables when I have multiple varieties of frozen ones that I can just sprinkle into soups and one pot meals. (And a lot of these dishes do involve just tossing a handful in.)

I buy my frozen vegetables from two places: Trader Joe's and the Grocery Outlet. There is a surprising amount of variety -- from mixed bell peppers to black-eyed peas. On this page, I will share some of my favorites: vegetables that are versatile and take well to freezing. I will also share some of the dishes that I make with them. I can't quite call them recipes -- I am not a fan of measuring ingredients. For folks who like recipes (and coloring between the lines), I've included some favorite resources from around the web.

Tri-Color Peppers

I buy tri-color (red, yellow, green) Bell peppers from Trader Joe's. They are economical and taste surprisingly fresh. They go very well in pasta salad, and thus can be served cold in the summer months.

Other dishes that use frozen bell peppers are omelettes and stir-fries. I also sprinkle a few in quesadillas or burritos. They go a long way in turning instant grits into the more elegant-sounding polenta. As for the pizza, I've never actually done it -- I don't have a stove at the moment -- but it looks good, doesn't it? (Trader Joe's also sells frozen roasted peppers, which could make quite a gourmet pizza, but they're a bit more pricey.)

Petite Peas

Some baby peas are fresh enough that you can put them in salad -- it's good to have a salad ingredient that keeps. They are also a nutritious addition to macaroni and cheese.

Authentic Indian Cooking With Frozen Peas?

This chef shows the quick way to make vegetable-based Indian dishes. This curry has got authentic spices, but those peas came out of the freezer.

Broccoli

Broccoli is an old standby in the frozen veggie department. I use it in stir-fries and Ramen noodles. Toss out the seasoning pack in the package of Top Ramen, add a little soy sauce, sesame oil, and seasonings -- along with the broccoli -- and you've got a much more nutritious quick meal

Frozen broccoli also goes well in cream of vegetable soup.

Spinach

Frozen spinach is another staple. I use a little of it in just about everything. For instance, I'll cook up a little whole wheat bulgur with soybeans and seasonings and sprinkle a bit of spinach in. I add it to lentil soup -- either curried or plain. I also use it in Ramen noodles, creamed vegetable soup, and egg dishes. Frozen spinach doesn't mimic fresh, but you can use it in just about any cooked dish, including lasagna or spinach pie.

Cooking Frozen Vegetables with Green Giant

As you might expect from one of the biggest makers of frozen vegetables, there are some tried and true recipes on the site.

Black Eyed Peas

A good find at the Grocery Outlet: a bag of frozen black eyed peas for $.99. What do I plan on making with them? A quick bean soup. I'll make some broth with Bragg's, spices, and a touch of sesame oil, and maybe add a bit of vegetarian chorizo and frozen veggies.

Bean soup is nutritious, but it takes so long it's the sort of thing that one doesn't often make when they're on their own.

More Frozen Vegetable Recipes

Here is a sampling of frozen vegetable recipes from around the web. My choices are all vegetarian. They're generally pretty healthy and not too complicated -- though there may be some exceptions.

Veggie Tales?

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      DecoratingMom411 

      5 years ago

      Great tips! Think this is really a great option to get fast food in a more healthy way.

    • OrganicMom247 profile image

      OrganicMom247 

      6 years ago

      Love Veggies! Broccoli is my best, mix it with cauliflower and carrots and hey presto, a side dish to any meaty delight.

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      alyssa87 

      7 years ago

      hey thanks for sharing this info. when i was on a tour with my dad in U.A.E there we use to buy frozen peas. They do taste good :)

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image

      WindyWintersHubs 

      7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Frozen vegetables are handy for all kinds of meals. The varieties of frozen vegetables are limited here because we have fresh year-round. I still use frozen peas, corn, mixed vegetables, and beans. Lensrolling to green veggies. :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      7 years ago from Canada

      We use frozen veggies, too. They are so convenient!

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