Frozen Vegetables Are Hot!
Chill out: Veggies from the freezer are fast, easy and convenient
Elaine's Personal Picks continued...
My personal picks for finest frozen veggies are:
- Corn (I like the petite white corn)
- Broccoli florets
- Shelled green soybeans (edamame)
- Frozen spinach
- Petite peas
If you like to walk on the wild side, stores like Whole Foods and Trader
Joe's carry more unusual choices, like frozen diced butternut squash, shiitake
mushrooms, artichoke hearts, a blend of red and green bell pepper strips, and
Normandy Blend vegetables (carrots with green and yellow beans).
But the options don't stop there. In fact, of our 20 most frequently
consumed raw vegetables, half are available frozen! Here's a list of those 20
popular veggies from the U.S. government's Federal Register; those
available frozen in supermarkets are followed by an "F":
1. Asparagus (F)
2. Bell pepper (F)
3. Broccoli (F)
4. Carrots (F)
5. Cauliflower (F)
8. Green snap beans (F)
9. Green cabbage
10. Green onions
11. Iceberg lettuce
12. Leaf lettuce
13. Mushrooms (F)
14. Onion (F)
15. Potatoes (F)
17. Summer squash
18. Sweet corn (F)
19. Sweet potatoes
'Halfway Homemade' Recipes With Frozen Veggies
If you'd like to venture beyond the standard microwave veggies, here are a
couple of 'halfway homemade' recipes spotlighting frozen vegetables.
Easy Mu Shu
Journal as: 1 cup vegetables without added fat + 1 slice
bread + 1 serving lean meat without added fat
OR 1 cup hearty stew
OR 1 cup entree salad with meat, poultry, or seasfood with light
OR 1 frozen dinner light, pasta or rice dish with fish.
I literally pulled this dish together in 10 minutes!
1 tablespoon canola oil
16-ounce bag Asian stir-fry veggies (available at Whole Foods and other
2 teaspoons minced bottled garlic
2 cups meat or substitute of your choice (try frozen, cooked, tail-off shrimp
that's been thawed; shredded roasted chicken or pork; or diced tofu)
3 cups shredded Chinese or Napa cabbage, packed (or substitute regular
2 large eggs, beaten with 2 teaspoons water (you may use 1/4 cup egg substitute
in place of one of the eggs)
3 tablespoons bottled hoisin sauce (available in most supermarkets)
6 flour tortillas
- Start heating the canola oil in the middle of a nonstick wok or large
nonstick frying pan or skillet. Add the bag of vegetables and the garlic;
stir-fry for about 2 minutes.
- Add the meat or tofu and the cabbage; stir-fry for about 2 more minutes.
Push the vegetable mixture around the sides of the wok or pan to make a 4-inch
wide opening in the center.
- Pour the beaten eggs into the opening and let cook there for a minute.
While you're waiting, grind some black pepper lightly over the top. Start
tossing the mixture together to finish cooking the eggs (about 1 minute more).
Drizzle the hoisin sauce over the top of the mixture and toss to blend
- Soften tortillas by heating briefly in the microwave. Place some of the
vegetable mixture into center of each tortilla and roll up like a burrito.
Repeat with remaining tortillas and vegetable mixture.