I believe veggies should be as common in your home as dirty laundry. When having vegetables with most meals is the norm, there will be less fuss about eating them, because it’s what your family will come accustomed to. But in a busy world how do we make that happen without killing ourselves? Just one way to do this is by having a freezer full of fast veggie options. Now for the what and the how…
I use my steamer pot similar to this one weekly.
Use a broiler pot like this to steam frozen veggies. I do not like to microwave them whenever possible and cooking them above the water rather than directly in it helps to hold in the nutrients. The trick to keep the cook time low is to put about two inches of water in the pot so it only takes a few minutes for the water to boil.
Frozen peas are a STAPLE. They can be tossed into almost any recipe and are on the clean 15 so don’t bother buying organic. So affordable, as this massive bag was under $3. I have made a habit of giving my kids these frozen or just thawed without cooking since they were around 18 months. They work great in those kids snack cups just beware of stepping on peas. I also toss them in mac and cheese so with every bite they get a little veggies or at least have to put in the work to get around them.
A pea and carrot medley can be harder to find but perfect for mixing in quick pasta dishes like this Easy Peasy Tahini. You can put into lunch boxes frozen either plain or with a dash of pink salt.
Organic frozen corn. This is another one of those veggies that you can eat frozen or slightly thawed without cooking. Perfect for lunch boxes or ton of recipes like this Na-cho Mommas Tacos slow cooker meal.
As much as I love roasted broccoli you cannot beat steamed broccoli as a quick side with typically low fuss from your family. Use your broiler pot to steam broccoli for no more than 5 minutes. Any longer and it gets mushy. Remove immediately, drizzle with olive oil and pink or celtic sea salt. Loaded with vitamin C and calcium.
Frozen edamame is a great plant protein option to always have on hand. As an appetizer or main course my kids love getting the peas out of the pods themself. Use broiler pot to steam for 5 minutes. Drain excess water, toss in pink or celtic sea salt and serve with an extra dish to discard pods. This is something I try and buy organic when possible. The already shelled edamame is a great option to add to pastas.
If there is one child friendly veggie I think green bean would be the winner. Boil your water and steam these for 10 minutes. You will want them a little softer because they can be harder for little eaters to chew. Toss in olive oil, pink or celtic sea salt and serve warm. Full of vitamins A, C, K, and fiber
Frozen riced cauliflower is one of my favorite things to keep stocked in the freezer. One of the most nutrient rich veggies, cauliflower is packed with almost all of the nutrients your body needs on a daily basis. Perfect to add into smoothies or simple recipes like veggie fried rice.
While these photos are from Whole Foods and Trader Joes, you can find all of these options and more at most grocery stores. Be contentious of prices and buy in bulk when possible. Veggies are actually a low cost on the overall grocery shopping budget. You will find most Americans spend a lot more on meat and the snack aisle. Having a freezer stocked with quick and convenient veggies is one way to make sure veggies make an appearance at most meals.
Live well friends,
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