There’s an old saying that many of you probably learned from your mom, or learned it by reading it over and over: Always use fresh vegetables. When you use canned or frozen vegetables, you’re losing lots of nutrients.
Well, that many be true in the case of canned vegetables (they lose loads of nutrients while undergoing the preservation process), but it is definitely NOT true for frozen vegetables.
A new study by the USDA Agricultural Research Center, located in Weslaco, Texas, discovered that frozen vegetables can be healthier for you than much of the fresh produce that can be found on sale at supermarkets!
First of all, the vegetables and fruit that are selected for freezing are most often processed at their moment of peak ripeness, when they usually are the most nutrient-packed.
Second, although the first step of freezing, blanching vegetables in steam or hot water to kill bacteria, does cause some B vitamins and vitamin C to leech out, the next step – flash-freezing – locks the rest of the nutrients in.
The most important thing for you to learn, then, is how to cook frozen vegetables.
Now we’ve come to the fun part of this article!
You might have tried before to make delicious home cooked meals with frozen vegetables. Perhaps the outcome wasn’t too great, and your vegetables either turned out mushy, watery, undercooked or overcooked, and they did not blend in well with your other ingredients.
This article will demonstrate to you that frozen vegetables, if cooked properly, are perfectly delicious and nutritious, besides being so much easier to prepare.
I want to show you how to cook frozen vegetables in the microwave, in the oven, and on the stove. You’ll also learn how to cook stir-fry frozen vegetables, and frozen chicken and vegetables together.
What will you need in order to follow this tutorial?
How to Cook Frozen Vegetables in the Microwave
Brussels sprouts with shredded cheddar and cornflake topping.
For your first dish, you’ll need 1 1/2 pounds of frozen Brussels sprouts (I chose Season’s Choice All Natural Baby Brussels Sprouts) , a 1 1/2 quart glass covered casserole (or any cooking dish suitable for the microwave that has a lid), 2 tablespoons of water (and this is optional):
How to Cook Frozen Vegetables on the Stove
Here’s a great recipe for steaming your frozen vegetables. I used Tommy’s Superfoods frozen vegetable medley for this one. It’s a delicious mixture of carrots, broccoli florets, green peas, and seasoning mix. You’ll need a stove, skillet, and olive oil.
How to Cook Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables
You’ll need a wok or pan, a stove, and Kirkland Frozen Stir-Fry Vegetable Blend for this one. This blend has green beans, broccoli, carrots, sugar snap peas, shiitake mushrooms, red bell peppers, yellow onions and baby corn.
For this stir-fry I’m adding shrimp, 1 tbsp. of oil, garlic cloves, and soy sauce.
How to Cook Frozen Chicken and Vegetables Together
Here is a super delicious pasta and chicken casserole with yummy mixed vegetables.
You’ll need 2 cups of mixed vegetables (frozen, of course), 1 cup of pasta (dry fusilli is best), olive oil, a half dozen chicken tenderloins, chopped into chunks, a tbsp. of dried and minced onion, pepper and salt to taste, a pinch of garlic powder, a tbsp. each of dried basil and dried parsley, 1 can of condensed soup (cream of chicken) and another can of condensed soup (cream of mushroom), a full cup of dry bread crumbs, grated Parmesan cheese (2 tbsp), and 2 melted tbsp. of butter.
I really hope that you enjoyed this tutorial, and have learned many methods for how to cook frozen vegetables and have them turn out completely delicious!
Now that you’ve mastered the techniques listed above, you might want to go on and practice cooking frozen vegetables in a pressure cooker, how to steam frozen vegetables, and much more.
There are a variety of delicious recipes available online which will demonstrate the finer points of cooking with frozen vegetables. I am very happy to share these cooking tips with you. Please tell me what you think in the comment section listed below, and if you liked the article, please share it with your friends!
Frozen vegetables recipes on web: