Flavorful and Quick Frozen Vegetable Recipe

Flavorful and Quick Frozen Vegetable Recipe

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Trying to eat healthy can seem daunting and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.  Frozen veggies are a great way to save some money and are super easy to make.  Don’t just pop them into the microwave, try this Flavorful and Quick Frozen Vegetable Recipe.

 

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Are Frozen Vegetables Healthy?

Frozen Vegetables are picked at their peak of freshness, helping to preserve their nutrients.  They are usually blanched and then frozen, so they can lose a little bit of their vitamins, but not much.  Fresh veggies are usually transported all over after harvest to different stores and markets, so they lose some freshness and nutrients this way.  So the answer is YES, frozen vegetables are healthy, sometimes even healthier than fresh.

 

Other Reasons to Buy Frozen Veggies

There are a few reasons I prefer buying certain frozen vegetables over fresh.  The frozen vegetables I typically buy frozen are broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, riced cauliflower, and chopped spinach.  Sometimes I prefer fresh vegetables, like for my Creamy Brussel Sprouts with Bacon or for this Healthy Mexican Street Corn.

1. Cheaper
I like to save money whenever I can and frozen vegetables are usually cheaper than fresh.  If you aren’t going to eat the vegetables raw, buying them frozen will likely save you money.

2. Last Longer
There have been so many times that I have bought broccoli or cauliflower and had to toss it because it went bad.  With frozen veggies this doesn’t happen.  They last until I need them!

3. Quicker

Frozen vegetables are already washed, chopped and ready to use.  This saves so much time when making dinner!

 

 

Flavorful and Quick Frozen Vegetable Recipe

Don’t pop those steamer bags of frozen vegetables in the microwave anymore.  That just gives you bland and mushy vegetables.  I promise if you cook frozen veggies my way, they will be flavorful and delicious.

My favorite healthy side dish to throw together with any dinner is this frozen broccoli and cauliflower recipe.  I mostly shop at Aldi, and sometimes they have the winter blend that has broccoli and cauliflower florets.  That blend is my favorite to use.  I have made this recipe with different vegetables though, and it always tastes delicious.

Frozen Vegetables You Could Use

  • Broccoli and Cauliflower medley
  • Broccoli Florets
  • Cauliflower Florets
  • Broccoli, cauliflower and carrots

These are the different vegetables I have tried for this recipe.  If you find something you think you would love, give it a try!

Flavorful and Quick Frozen Vegetable Recipe

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 12oz package broccoli and cauliflower steamer bag frozen vegetables (use different vegetable blend if you prefer)
  • garlic salt to taste, I use 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 heaping tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

That’s all you need!  Having a nice non-stick skillet with a lid helps make this recipe a little easier to make and crisps all the cheese right up without lots of added oils.

 

How to make this flavorful and quick frozen vegetable recipe

First, put the steamer bag in the microwave for 2 minutes.  I like to semi-cook the vegetables before I throw them into the skillet.  This just makes it a little bit faster.  I only do 2 minutes because I like my vegetables to still have a bite to them and if you over cook them in the microwave they will be soggy.

Put the semi-cooked vegetables into your non-stick skillet on medium high heat.

Cover and cook for 2 more minutes.

Remove the lid and put the tablespoon of butter into the pan.  Stir the butter around coating the broccoli and cauliflower.

Sprinkle on the garlic salt and Parmesan cheese.  Stir around to get the veggies coated.

Then leave it alone for 3 minutes, stir, leave alone for 3 more minutes.

The “leave it alone” part is important because it crisps up the cheese on the vegetables.  If you stir it to much the cheese will not have time to get crispy.

AND THE CRISPY CHEESE IS THE BEST PART.

After the cheese is nice and crisp, they are done and you can ENJOY!

Flavorful and Quick Frozen Vegetable Recipe

 

I like to serve this frozen vegetable recipe with so many different dinners like Easy Stuffed Turkey Meatballs, Healthy Ranch Baked Chicken Strips, or Healthy Sloppy Joes.

 

 

Yield: 3 servings

Frozen Vegetable Recipe

Frozen Vegetable Recipe

Frozen vegetables can be delicious and will save you time and money! Try out this cheesy garlic frozen vegetable recipe for yourself.

Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 12oz package broccoli and cauliflower steamer bag frozen vegetables (see post for other veggie blends)
  • garlic salt to taste, I use 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 heaping tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Place steamer bag of vegetables into microwave for 2 minutes.
  2. Remove bag of veggies from the microwave and empty them into a non-stick skillet.
  3. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove lid and add butter to the skillet. Stir around to coat veggies.
  5. Sprinkle on garlic salt and Parmesan cheese. Stir to coat.
  6. Leave it alone for 3 minutes.
  7. Stir.
  8. Leave alone for 3 more minutes.
  9. Once the cheese is crisp on the edges, it's done.
  10. ENJOY!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

3

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 237mgCarbohydrates: 6gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 4g

Nutrition is calculated with products I use, therefore it is not always accurate.

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Will you buy frozen vegetables?

So after reading all of my reasons to buy frozen vegetables, do you think you’ll try them out?

I hope you do!  You can start saving money and time but still eat great.  And if you are trying to be a little bit healthier, this is a great recipe to help with that.

 

What is your favorite way to cook your vegetables?  Do you prefer frozen or fresh?  Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

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