Frozen vegetables are one of the most economical, practical ways to add more veggies to your diet. These simple tips will teach you how to cook frozen vegetables for the best tasting sides and main dishes when fresh isn't an option.
Stock Up on Frozen Vegetables
My freezer is stocked with frozen veggies! They're my go-to when I'm too lazy to grocery shop or need an easy meal. They're also..
✅ Often cheaper than fresh
✅ Last longer
✅ Just as nutritious as fresh!
And yet, most of us give frozen vegetables a bad rap because people usually make them wrong so they taste lousy. But when you know how to cook frozen vegetables the right way, it makes all the difference - and I can help! Here are some tips to make frozen vegetables taste good.
Frozen Veggies That Don't Suck
👉🏻 DON'T boil, steam, or microwave
This is when you end up with flavorless, mushy vegetables. Sauté, roast, air fry, or grill for better texture and taste.
👉🏻 DON'T single them out
Singling them out as your side dish can be bland and boring, use these tips to incorporate frozen vegetables INTO your meals👇🏻
👉🏻 DO consider their texture
Veggies with a softer texture can be mixed into soups, stew, casseroles, and even smoothies! Harder textures, like vegetable medleys, are perfect for sautéing and stir-frys.
👉🏻 DO add flavor
Season with herbs & spices and mixing into sauces, or dressing yields a great tasting dish. Extra flavor = extra delicious!
👉🏻 DO use salt, fat, acid
This applies to everything you cook, but super important with frozen veggies! Adding these 3 things can get anything to taste good. Use a little salt + fat (oils, nuts, cheese) + acid (vinegar or lemon).
If you're interested in mastering the elements of cooking, check out one of my favorite books, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.
My Favorite Ways to Use Frozen Veggies
Sauté w/ diced tomatoes & add to orzo + protein
FROZEN BUTTERNUT SQUASH
Roast/mash & add to pizza
FROZEN BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Airy fry & season w/ balsamic reduction
FROZEN CAULIFLOWER RICE
Fix it & forget it - toss in Instant pot w/ seasonings & sauces for a Spanish style rice