Easy cooking with Frozen Veggie

“Eat Your Veggies!”

Doctors say so.  Our moms force feed us all the time yet we grown-ups just don’t listen, do we? fresh_vegetables2
But, why?? Stubborn, Adamant…or may be just Lazy.
We know that its crucial to maintain a balanced diet for a healthy living, but we just don’t follow….
Well, to begin with, it takes a lot of preparation time before it ends up on your dinner plate. All the deseeding, peeling, dicing, slicing, blanching, sautéing, seasoning…. takes forever! I admit it, I’m not strong-willed, mostly after a long day’s work.
Center of Disease Control suggests such easy ways to intake the recommended serving but I like it to be faster and easier. So here’s my life-hack….

Frozen stir fry veggies

Looks vibrant, isn’t it? and tastes even better when seasoned with the right spices. I would resort to a pack of frozen Stir-fry veggies from Costco, back in California, but I miss the luxury of fast cooking here in India. Stocked up milk for the week, frozen coconut, uncooked whole-wheat roti/tortillas, falafel and burger patties definitely made cooking easier.
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While missing these silly comforts, I stumbled upon this super useful post on DIY: Stir-fry Vegetable Freezer Packages on Simple Bites, just in time before my new job began. On this weekday afternoon, I began the veggie routine, peeling, dicing, slicing, chopping and all set!
Ready to speed blanch in salt water,  I adapted the recipe and blanching time mentioned on Simple bites as follows:
  • Bell peppers – 1 minute
  • Zucchini  – 1 minute
  • Broccoli, cauliflower- 2 minutes
  • Carrots – 2 minutes
  • Baby corn and beans :: 90 seconds
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It’s also a good idea to keep the veggies separated per your taste preference. Bell pepper/Capsicum goes in one while carrot, beans and corn packed in another. I drained the water, let them dry out and nicely packed airtight in freezer ziploc covers.
Stir-fry veggie frozen.
Apart from stir fry, these frozen veggies came in handy while making Thai curry, noodles, Indian veg korma, Chinese fried rice and also for Biriyani. It lasted for about 3 weeks, consumed faster than we expected.
Now I don’t miss Costco so much and feel happier that my family can maintain a healthy diet on busy weekdays…
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