Why Use Frozen Vegetables?
Did you know that frozen vegetables are not only crazy convenient, but also quite healthy? Because the veggies are frozen immediately after harvest, much of their original nutrients are retained. As long as you use the vegetables in your freezer within a reasonable amount of time (sources suggest anywhere between 3 months up to a year) you can enjoy the healthy benefits of fresh veggies with the convenience of having a bag of pre-chopped produce right in your freezer.
I usually keep a variety of frozen vegetables in my freezer and one of my go-tos is a stir fry mix that contains broccoli, sugar snap peas, carrots, water chestnuts, red peppers, mushrooms, & baby corn. For this recipe, I combined the mix with a tasty sauce, tossed in some garlic, and added some shrimp. We ate it served over cauliflower rice one evening and brown rice the next, and it was a delicious and super duper easy weeknight meal.
How Do I Preserve The Texture Of Frozen Vegetables?
Because frozen vegetables tend to get softer faster and quickly lose their color when cooked, I chose to simmer the stir fry sauce in a separate pan so that I could add it near the end of the cooking process and help keep the color and texture in the frozen vegetables. If allowed to simmer in a sauce for too long, the veggies can start getting mushy and will be bland in color (not a big deal really, they'll still taste good). Enjoy!
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