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5 Dinners You Can Make With Frozen Vegetables

5 Dinners You Can Make With Frozen Vegetables

Although healthy eating is nuanced and I’m not one to recommend strict food rules or guidelines, it’s no secret that vegetables are pretty good for you. They contain tons of different vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals (bioactive compounds in plant foods) that can help reduce your risk of disease and improve your overall health. They’re also loaded with fiber, which aids digestion, supports a healthy gut microbiome (because certain fibers feed probiotic bacteria), and helps keep you regular. And when they’re prepared the right way, they can also taste pretty darn good.The thing about vegetables is that they’re perishable, so they can go bad in your fridge or on your countertop if you don’t use them up quickly enough. Plus, pretty much all raw vegetables require some amount of washing, peeling, de-stemming, or chopping before they’re ready to be cooked or eaten. None of these challenges are insurmountable—and I’m not knocking fresh vegetables—but for days and nights when all that prep work seems like too much, there’s another way.Enter: frozen vegetables. Blanched and flash-frozen at the peak of freshness, frozen veggies are just as nutritious as the fresh ones in the produce bins. (Blanching means the vegetables are quickly boiled, then plunged into cold water, a process that cooks them, but keeps them crisp.) Because they’re already washed, chopped, and cooked, they’re also way more convenient to use. And although this isn’t always the case, they’re typically cheaper—both because they cost less at the grocery store, and because you’re way less likely to throw them out because they went bad, which saves you money long term. (Frozen food can be kept indefinitely, but realistically, you’ll probably want to eat it within a couple of months since frozen food can still  lose flavor and texture quality over time. but it never actually goes bad.)Of course, frozen vegetables aren’t a perfect substitute for fresh vegetables, and they don’t work in every recipe. For instance, if you’re making a salad or a raw veggie platter, fresh vegetables are still your best bet. Luckily, there are still plenty of options where frozen vegetables won’t compromise the taste or quality of your meal. Here are five dinner recipes that make use of all kinds of frozen veg.Chelsea Kyle. Prop styling by Amy Elise Wilson for Laird and Good Company. Food styling by Pearl Jones for Ashley Klinger & Co. 1. Whole Wheat Dumpling-Topped Chicken Pot PieChicken and dumplings are a comfort food staple for a lot of folks. Although making them is a multi-step process, this recipe saves some time by using frozen vegetables—no chopping required!—and pre-cooked rotisserie chicken. It makes a fairly big batch (8 servings), so you can make it for a group, or refrigerate leftovers and reheat them for lunches and dinners in the days to come. Get the recipe.

5 Easy Breakfast Recipes for Busy Mornings

5 Easy Breakfast Recipes for Busy Mornings

According to the old adage, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s not exactly true—because all meals are important, and because getting enough energy and nutrients throughout the day matters more than what time you’re getting them—but breakfast is definitely important.A more accurate, up-to-date saying might be that breakfast is the most difficult meal of the day, at least for most of us. No matter what stage of life you’re in, mornings are busy. Finding time to eat a meal can be tricky, and finding time to cook one can feel nearly impossible.But that doesn’t mean that breakfast needs to fall by the wayside, or that you need to rely entirely on Starbucks pastries and egg bites in the morning. Sure, convenient to-go options are great in a pinch, but it’s possible to set yourself up for breakfast success at home.Everyone’s breakfast preferences are different—hot or cold, sweet or salty, on-the-go or sit-down. That’s why the list below includes several options, from a cold smoothie bowl to a make-ahead egg casserole to a microwave muffin that’s ready in less than five minutes. No matter what your morning routine looks like, you’ll probably find at least one recipe below that fits your needs or sparks your interest.Chelsea Kyle. Prop styling by Amy Elise Wilson for Laird and Good Company. Food styling by Pearl Jones for Ashley Klinger & Co. Blueberry-Oatmeal Muffin Mug Cake Microwave mug cakes were an internet phenomenon a few years ago, and they’re still a great option if you don’t have access to a full kitchen (say, if you’re living in a college dorm) or if you’re looking to make a single-serving treat rather than a whole batch of baked goods. This blueberry-oatmeal muffin takes just three minutes to make from start to finish, and while it doesn’t taste exactly like the fresh-baked kind, it’s a pretty great substitute in a pinch. Get the recipe here.

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