7 Dinners You Can Make with Frozen Veggies
Preparing healthy meals can be a challenge, whether you’re in a pinch for time, the grocery store ran out of your go-to veggies or the fresh ingredients you need are simply out of season. Frozen vegetables can be the ideal solution to any of these scenarios. Not only will you save time by always having what you need on hand, but you’ll also enjoy a much greater variety of veggies to choose from, any time of year. And the even better news is, there are a ton of delicious meal options to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites.
Shrimp, Broccoli, and Edamame Stir Fry
Who doesn’t love a good stir fry? Not only is it delicious, but it’s also a de-“light”-fully healthy option the whole family will enjoy. Start with some shrimp, some frozen broccoli florets, a bag of frozen edamame and some sliced water chestnuts. Add in your favorite Asian-inspired flavors, like soy sauce, ginger and sesame oil. Toss them in the wok and enjoy!
Spinach Tomato Orzo Soup
Nothing warms the soul quite like a piping hot bowl of hearty soup, and this one certainly won’t disappoint. Best of all, it starts with a package of frozen spinach, which makes it super-fast and easy to prepare. Sauté up some onion and garlic in a large soup pan, add canned tomatoes, spinach, two quarts each of vegetable/chicken stock and water. Bring to a boil, add in some orzo and cook until tender. Serve and enjoy. Yum!
Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken
Who needs takeout when you can make your own mouth-watering (and much healthier) version right at home? Our frozen California Blend contains all the nutritious ingredients you need to make this traditional favorite right in your kitchen. Just mix up some garlic, brown sugar, dried ginger and low-sodium soy sauce (add some crushed red pepper flakes if you like it spicy), toss in some chicken breast strips, pour in the slow cooker and cook on low for 5 hours. Add the veggies, cook on high for one more hour and voila!
This is comfort food at its best. AND, since you’ll be including a bag of our frozen mixed veggies, it’s also a great way to sneak some more healthy ingredients into your family’s diet. Cook up some lean ground beef and chopped onion, add in some thyme, pepper and Worcestershire sauce, stir in some beef stock and simmer until thickened. Transfer to baking dishes, top with mashed potatoes and bake until golden. Bon a petit!
Mac, Cheese, and Peas
Turn your family’s favorite homemade macaroni and cheese recipe into something a little healthier by stirring in a package of frozen peas. In fact, you can even cheat at this if you’re in a rush and don’t have time to make your own. Just add some healthy greens into your go-to pre-made mac and cheese dish. Not a fan of peas? No worries. You can easily switch things up to add whatever veggie you prefer, like broccoli or even corn. (Don’t knock it until you try it!)
Need a quick and easy meal idea that’s perfect for those warm, summer nights? Whip up a batch of quinoa salad, complete with frozen peppers and onions. Not only do the veggies in this recipe add tremendous flavor, but they also make the dish look as good as it tastes! Enjoy a protein-packed, nutritious meal you can make in a pinch. Here’s the full recipe.
Simple Broccoli Casserole
When you think casserole, you probably think slaving in the kitchen and hours of cooking time, but this broccoli casserole might just change your mindset. Just mix a package of frozen, chopped broccoli (thawed and drained) with grated cheese of your choice and some crushed crackers and pour into a baking dish. Top with a sprinkled mixture of more crushed crackers and melted butter and then bake until heated through. Trust us – even your pickiest eater will be asking for seconds!
Eating healthier doesn’t have to be a chore – even when you’re in a rush. These easy meal ideas offer a fast, delicious way to incorporate more vegetables into your family’s diet. And since they’re all made with frozen veggies, you can whip them up in no time! Give ‘em a try this week and let us know what you think!