Shortcut Ways to Eat Your Fruit and Veggies

It really is easy. Trust me.

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Are you jumping on the better-for-you bandwagon this year? (Aren't we all?) Start here. I've got easy dishes that start with a simple bag of ready-to-eat produce, plus a few go-to recipes for the quickest-cooking fresh vegetables around. Bonus: all of these recipes are kid-tested, company-worthy and just happen to be good for you.

5 Frozen Veggies to Keep on Hand:

Baked Cauliflower Tots
Thaw and strain a bag of frozen cauliflower to skip the rinsing and chopping steps altogether.

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Shortcut Broccoli Soup
A simple bag of frozen broccoli is the base for the best broccoli soup I’ve ever had.

Sauteed Spinach with Garlic
When we lived in Italy, I ALWAYS ordered a version of this at every restaurant. Now I always keep a bag of frozen spinach on hand to make it at home.

Bobby's Peas with Shallots and Pancetta

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Peas with Shallots and Pancetta
It's all about the balance of salty and sweet flavors here, and frozen peas make sure it comes together quickly.

Scalloped Corn

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Scalloped Corn
No need to wait for summer to enjoy this cheesy casserole — frozen corn means you can serve it whenever the craving strikes.

5 Ready-to-Eat Fresh Veggies:

Sauteed Carrots; Ina Garten

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Tara Donne

Ina Garten’s Sauteed Carrots
Opt for baby carrots if you want to skip the step of peeling traditional carrots.

Butternut Squash Soup

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Butternut Squash Soup
Start with pre-cut butternut squash from the produce section to turn out the creamiest soup of the season. 

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Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Slice, season and bake — that's all it takes to get these sweet and savory fries on the table in 30 minutes.

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Bell Pepper Salad
No time for a complicated side dish? Just slice up a few bell peppers and you're nearly there.

3 Ways to Eat Frozen Fruit for Breakfast and Dessert:

Breakfast Peach Crisp
Just like frozen corn, frozen peaches are always in season.

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Strawberry Muffins
Want to make Ina Garten’s muffins in the dead of winter? Sprinkle a little flour over frozen strawberries.

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Frozen Fruit Smoothies
Even when the weather is cold, there’s something so refreshing about starting the day with a thick and rich smoothie, especially when it’s as easy as these: Pineapple-Mango Smoothie, Blueberry-Avocado Smoothie and 3-Ingredient Green Smoothie.

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