Long days accompanied by meals that take tons of effort to create are not my ideal of kitchen bliss. Three kids, a husband, and work can really create a bit of chaos and sometimes, though I pride myself in being organized the task of cooking in the kitchen supersedes my ambition. I have found that simple preparation can mean marvelous meals and I don’t mean one step kits bought at the store. Lavishly living life out loud in the kitchen I strive to find the easiest ways to cook it and serve it and I find that saving time is key. After all, the more time I save cooking, the more I can be out shopping(lol). While fresh veggies pack a powerful crunch, nutrients, vitamins and easy access, often they go unused and spoil in the veggie drawer. When your recipes call for cooked veggies on demand, my substitute is powerful, easy and readily available. Here’s how to get frozen and fabulous by a simple small step in your shopping routine. This is In The Kitchen With Dana.
My favorite purchase during a grocery store trek is the frozen food section. By no means am I frozen food girl, or meal kit queen, I am all about the frozen veggies that let me take a basic meal to zippy with minimal preparation. Frozen veggies save time and money and they make recipes dazzle. My love affair with frozen veggies means never having to be without a veggie on hand and not having to clean a veggie, add to a compost pile or a disposal! Frozen veggies go on sale often, and places like Bottom Dollar, ALDI, and Walmart have killer low prices on premium veggies, sometimes as low as .75 a bag. I love it.
The Chopped Onion Advantage:
My favorite frozen veggies are All frozen veggies, but, one key element for many recipes are chopped onions, and I hate tears, so frozen chopped onions saves time and money because you are not skinning an onion, you are not crying and you are not losing a lot of the valuable onion. You can get the exact amount you need because the onions are pre-cut, frozen and ready to go. Now I realize that in a few recipes you need fresh onion, but for onion soup, onions in soup, onions in recipes, through rice, in casseroles and so on, these are absolutely perfect!
Peppers & Onions
I also love the pepper mix, peppers of 2 colors, and onions, this is delicious over rice, over pasta, on a side or seasoned in a simple chicken broth or just quickly prepared in olive oil. The particular assortment of Peppers and onions are great over a potato, a steak, chicken, or in fajitas. The work of cleaning a pepper and onion is already done and whenever you need it is readily available, no running to the store or tearing up from chopping those onions.
Potatoes, Onions & More.
Potatoes, onions and carrots. This is superb for stews, soups and those who love this combo buttered. I personally have found that no matter when I want to make a chicken soup or a roast, this bag is the key to success. I do not have to have my fresh veggie drawer stuffed with veggies that go bad before I get to the roast, I simply make a roasts when I am ready and the veggies are in the freezer, ready, cleaned and waiting, no fuss, no muss, and no waste!
Broccoli, can be very pricey as can its counterpart Cauliflower, but the frozen versions are great for cooking, sauteing, steaming or even broiling. The great part is the veggie is already cleaned and you are not having waste on the item. The downside once again is, if you are a broccoli cruncher(fresh) or cauliflower, these are not fresh and crunchy. The bright side is if you love these veggies, and keep them frozen you will always have them on hand and mashed potatoes made from cauliflower rocks.
Having a drawer full of frozen vegetables ready to go allows me to prepare any recipe from fish to vegetarian and everything in between, creating versatility. You will not believe how great your meals can be with so little preparation. If you purchase these at the leading local grocery retailer, make sure you use your rewards card to reap up additional savings, your wallet will thank you. Lavishly live life out loud with easy-to-prepare frozen veggies. Frozen veggies impart a lavish way to have any vegetable at your fingertips by a simple trip to your freezer.
This post is not sponsored, it is my own thoughts based on real life experience, your opinions may differ!