Thursday, February 29, 2024

Frozen Vegetables Make Tasty Side Dishes

a wide skillet with broccoli and green beans, vegan

I always keep frozen vegetables on hand to make quick, healthy, and easy side dishes. 
Truthfully, I can enjoy a bowl of  low fat healthy veggies within 7 minutes from start to finish. 

So, no more excuses for not cooking veggies! 

Frozen vegetables are a great way to make sure you eat vegetables daily. 

I also freeze fresh ginger to grate in the skillet of vegetables. 

Ginger, Natural Remedies, Spice
Keep fresh garlic frozen in the freezer ( don't peel it). To use it, simply grate it with the peel.

Freshly grated ginger tastes great with sautéed broccoli. 

I keep fresh organic ginger in the freezer in small baggies. It stays fresh for about 6 months. 

I wash and dry it whole (just the way it comes) before freezing it. 

Then I simply grate it frozen into the pan as needed and return the unused ginger to the baggy and back to the freezer.  The flavor is amazing. 

This simple, healthy, easy side dish was sooooo delicious that I felt I needed to share it. 

 I cooked up a bag of organic broccoli and some organic green beans (bought at a reasonable price at Costco). 

Recipe: Quick Frozen Broccoli and Green Beans With Ginger : 
I used a wide skillet. I poured in the bag of broccoli into the skillet and then added about a large handful of frozen green beans, 1/2 cup of water and grated freshly ginger on top, salt and garlic powder. Cook uncovered on a medium flame for about 5 minutes! (adding 1/4 cup of water while cooking if water evaporates)

Why I keep frozen vegetables in the freezer?
  • Most frozen vegetables are frozen as soon as they are harvested, thus they retain the greatest amount of nutrients. 
  • Fresh vegetables such as broccoli are shipped for a few days and then sit in the supermarket often for a few days or more. By the time we eat it, the nutritional value may have deteriorated. 
  • My time schedule and lifestyle is unpredictable. I often buy fresh vegetables with great intentions, only to find out that we ate out or I just didn't cook them and they went bad!
  • If I buy frozen, they can stay in the freezer for months. 
  • I don't need to clean them and chop them, therefore I am more likely to actually make them.

sugar snap peas in a bowl covered in sesame seedsNot 
Recipe for sugar snap peas and ginger with sesame seeds 

Not Mushy 
If you cook frozen broccoli or frozen green beans in a skillet with just 1/2 cup of water to start for about 4 minutes uncovered,  they stay firm and bright green.

Green Bean, Food, Green, Healthy

My favorite frozen vegetables: 
  • Organic broccoli- Costco sells a large bag with 4 individual sized bags inside 
  • Organic cauliflower rice- Costco for large bags with 4 individual bags or Trader Joe's for one 12 ounce bag.  
  • Organic edamame - Whole Foods one bag
  • Organic cauliflower-One bag at Whole Foods 
  • Organic sweet peppers (red and green) one bag at Whole Foods which I use added to other vegetable dishes or for soup recipes.
  • Organic peas - One bag at Whole Foods 
  • Frozen organic artichoke quarters- One bag Trader Joe's
  • Frozen Baby Brussels Sprouts (for Baby Brussels Sprout Soup)-I buy a bag from Hanover brand at most supermarkets and use them in stir-fry (with broth not oil) or soup.
Plain Cauliflower Rice (Heated in skillet with 1/2 cup of water, salt, pepper, and garlic powder).
Can beused it in place of rice! Try my cauliflower rice fiesta recipe that follows.

Cauliflower Rice Fiesta Recipe Link

brussels sprouts soup


  1. So many good ideas for getting more veggies daily.

  2. A few years ago I started freezing my ginger also and it makes it so much easier to zest, plus it lasts longer which is nice.

  3. Wow. What a great post, illustrating so many ways to use frozen veggies to make delicious side dishes. Although I use frozen spinach, green beans, broccoli, peas, corn, and stir fry frozen veggies often, I've never used frozen Brussels sprouts in soup. Now I'll give it a try!

  4. Thanks for the ginger tips. I do freeze ginger but I don't prep it as well as you do and I will from now on. Frozen veg is the best for a side or to add to something. You have some good ideas here -- especially the peas and ginger!

  5. Thanks for the tip about the ginger. I slice mine in the food processor and freeze the 'coins', but sometimes even one slice is too much.

  6. I use a mixture of fresh and frozen. Works well with little waste.

  7. Hi Judee, I love how you have shared my exact thoughts, frozen veggies are the best!

  8. The only frozen veg I have are peas. I shop nearly every day so I just buy what we need, when we need it. I freeze ginger slices as I use them in my smoothie every day.
    from Tandy I Lavender and Lime

  9. So many yummy dishes, my mouth is watering! Happy weekend, hugs, Valerie

  10. We always keep a few bags of frozen veggies in our freezer - mostly mixes, broccoli, green peas, and corn. They are always so handy and easy to use for a quick meal - and actually here in Canada some frozen veggies (like broccoli or green beans) are even cheaper than fresh. That's ridiculous but true.

  11. Love me some veg. Been a VegHead for a long time. There's not a single veg or fruit that I don't love. Bring it on!

  12. In the past I always found frozen vegetables to lack the crispness of fresh. Maybe that’s changed, but I still use only frozen peas, all else fresh.
    best, mae at

  13. For whatever reason I never keep frozen vegetables on hand, and I’m not entirely sure why. I tend to buy way more fresh vegetables than I know I’ll ever eat. Thanks for the reminder.

  14. They sure do! The husband and I live on frozen broccoli. Well, that and pasta and chicken.🍗🥦🍝

  15. I always like to keep some frozen vegetables.

    All the best Jan

  16. Thank you for sharing, you are giving me so many great ideas! I have been trying to take better advantage of frozen vegetables myself.


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