If you’ve been following peeled for a while, you already know about my feelings on frozen veggies. They’re pretty enthusiastic feelings.
Almost all of my recipes call for some form of veggie, and in most cases I’m adding them from the freezer. I actually keep very few veggies in my refrigerator- I need to save room for more important things like cream cheese. The vast majority of vegetables we eat live in the freezer; it’s a chilly existence but I have 3 strong reasons why I buy them this way:
Frozen vegetables are cheaper than fresh veggies; making them a great way to save money when eating healthy.
Vegetables typically have better nutrition when eaten from frozen rather than fresh. Fresh produce loses nutrients the longer it sits at the supermarket, where as frozen produce maintains all of its peak nutrition.
Convenience is key. I can always keep chopped frozen veggies on hand to throw in dishes without having to worry about them spoiling.
If it wasn’t for storing perfectly diced peppers and onions or pre-chopped spinach and kale, I know that many of my vegetable add-ins simply wouldn’t happen. I’m not bashing fresh produce- truly fresh produce has amazing health benefits, especially when it’s grown locally. Since I’m cooking for just the two of us, I find that frozen veggies just work better. It takes literally 1 minutes to grab a bag of frozen veg and toss it into whatever I’m cooking. Things like frozen diced peppers and onion, peas, corn, or chopped spinach thaw almost instantly in a hot skillet. If I’m cooking in the Crockpot it’s even better! Once your meal is hot and ready the frozen vs fresh difference is undetectable, and such a huge money and time saver!
If you’re looking to increase your veggie intake, odds are you don’t have to change the types of meals you’re used to eating. Try sneaking some veggie power into dishes you already know and love! Here are some of my favorite dishes to sneak in some frozen veggie loving:
Summers are unpredictable and unavoidably busy (in all the good ways). I find my meal plans falling through more often than ever this time of year, in lieu of impromptu poolside gatherings and cookouts. I’m not complaining. Staying in check is all about convenience for us right now, and frozen veggies have been my always-on-hand lifesaver. Have a happy and healthy weekend, and don’t forget to check out your supermarket’s freezer steals!