Canned and frozen vegetables are inexpensive, always in season, and last a long time. Give them a try in our easy recipes. You will love them!
Canned & Frozen Vegetables - Just as Good as Fresh!
Healthy Tips for Using Canned & Frozen Vegetables
Since canned and frozen vegetables are processed and packaged, there are some tips to follow to make the healthiest choices.
How to Use Canned or Frozen Vegetables
6 Canned Vegetables You Will Love
- Tomatoes – Canned tomatoes are excellent for making a hearty pasta sauce or as a base for soup. [See "Soup in 4 Steps" for easy instructions.]
- Mushrooms – Use canned mushrooms as a simple pizza topping or chop them finely and add them to meat. [Visit Blenditarian.com for more on this cost-saving trend.]
- Mixed Vegetables – The classic mix of vegetables (carrots, peas, and corn) is perfect as a base for soup or pot pie.Try them in Beef & Vegetable Soup.
- Pumpkin – Buying an entire pumpkin is expensive, and cooking it can be lots of work. Canned pumpkin gives you all the nutrients with none of the work. Add canned pumpkin to vanilla pudding or to a smoothie to give it more fiber and a creamy consistency. You can even use it to make a Peanut Butter, Banana & Pumpkin Sandwich.
- Corn – Kids love canned corn! It is naturally sweet and also makes a great addition to casseroles or dishes like this Southwest Salad.
- OIives – Low sodium black olives make a tasty, filling snack. They also add flavor to salads, casserole, and pizza.
5 Frozen Vegetable Favorites
- Peppers or Onions - No one likes chopping onions! A bag of frozen onions can save you a lot of tears. Onions and peppers are flavorful additions to stir fries, casseroles, or omelets; as a topping for pizza; or in a simple quesadilla. Frozen peppers work great in Crock Pot Steak and Peppers.
- Frozen Peas – Peas can perk up virtually any dish. Add them to casseroles or macaroni and cheese, or serve them with baked chicken or fish. Try peas in this easy Turkey Tetrazzini.
- Chopped Broccoli – Raw broccoli can taste bitter and it can be difficult to prepare. Frozen, chopped broccoli has a milder flavor and takes no prep time. Sautee frozen broccoli with a little garlic and serve it as a healthy side dish, or add the cooked broccoli to eggs for a Basic Vegetable Quiche.
- Spinach – If you are trying to get more greens into your diet, frozen spinach is an excellent choice. Toss it into your morning smoothie and you won’t even know it’s there. Give it a try in our Mango Green Smoothie.
- Riced Cauliflower – Cauliflower chopped into rice-shaped pieces is super popular. You can use it as a replacement for starches like pasta or rice, or you can eat it on its own as a tasty side dish. If you cook it and then puree it with a little garlic, it tastes like creamy mashed potatoes!