Shortcut Ways to Eat Your Fruit and Veggies
It really is easy. Trust me.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Ina Garten’s Sauteed Carrots
Opt for baby carrots if you want to skip the step of peeling traditional carrots.
Butternut Squash Soup
Start with pre-cut butternut squash from the produce section to turn out the creamiest soup of the season.
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.
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.
Want to make Ina Garten’s muffins in the dead of winter? Sprinkle a little flour over frozen strawberries.