Doctors say so. Our moms force feed us all the time yet we grown-ups just don’t listen, do we?
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.
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
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.
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…