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Frozen vegetables: better way?

mireillec's picture

We really don't like frozen vegetables.
I have a large bag of Kirkland Normandy style vegetable blend and I want to use it up and never buy any.
Is there a way or a recipe I could ameliorate the insipid taste?

MadMom's picture

(post #37730, reply #1 of 21)

Have you tried a frittata made with them?



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mireillec's picture

(post #37730, reply #2 of 21)

No, but it's a good suggestion.
For now, I want to have some with my seared scallop for lunch though, and I'm wondering what to add to ameliorate them.

Marcia's picture

(post #37730, reply #4 of 21)

I googled to see what the Normandy blend contained, and found broccoli, cauliflower and two different types of carrot. Why don't you roast them with olive oil, shallots and lots of seasonings? Add fresh herbs, if you have them, at the end. IMO, this treatment would really perk them up.

mireillec's picture

(post #37730, reply #6 of 21)

Good idea. I'll do that.
Thank you very much.

Marcia's picture

(post #37730, reply #10 of 21)

You're welcome. I hope the vegetables turn out nicely. :)

mireillec's picture

(post #37730, reply #11 of 21)

Marcia,
It turned out well, we liked them.
I took the easy way and used Mrs Dash Original, garlic in oil from jar, and olive oil.

Marcia's picture

(post #37730, reply #13 of 21)

It's great that you liked them, especially since you must have lots more.

MadMom's picture

(post #37730, reply #5 of 21)

Any fresh herb or garlic would help.  I think the suggestion of adding them to risotto is great also.



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mireillec's picture

(post #37730, reply #8 of 21)

Thank you to all.
I'll keep all your suggestion in mind and use up the huge bag soon then.

Ozark's picture

(post #37730, reply #7 of 21)

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If search that site there are several others



 


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Edited 7/30/2009 11:27 am ET by Ozark

 

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mireillec's picture

(post #37730, reply #9 of 21)

I have bookmarked it. Thank you.
I would never have thought searching there.

Risottogirl's picture

(post #37730, reply #3 of 21)

I just used up two bags of TJ's  frozen veggie mix (peas, carrots, green beans) that DH bought. I made rice (pilaf style) and then mixed the veggies into the cooked rice. I sauteed the frozen veggies briefly in some garlic oo.


DH loves that necause he used to live on it before we met LOL. He would just add some beans and some cheese and eat it for DAYS.  Every so often I think he gets nostalgic and buys bags of frozen veggies.  Of course he doesn't make his magic meal and I have to figure out something to do with them.


I have nothing agains frozen veggies, I just don't like the mixes. I prefer just peas or corn.


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Gretchen's picture

(post #37730, reply #12 of 21)

Stir fry, if I recall what that mix is correctly. Use it in a pasta salad or a couscous salad.


Why did you buy them? Just curious. I use a good many frozen veggies for different things but don't buy the mixes, particularly with broccoli and cauliflower in them.


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Edited 7/30/2009 1:28 pm ET by Gretchen

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mireillec's picture

(post #37730, reply #14 of 21)

I bought them to have convenient, fast veggies in case I had not any on hand and no time to go to the supermarket and fix them.
But it happened it had been a few months already and I still have the bag.

Marcia's picture

(post #37730, reply #15 of 21)

That has happened to me...good intentions gone awry.

TracyK's picture

(post #37730, reply #16 of 21)

Vegetable soup... simmer it all until tender in a flavorful chicken broth, then puree and season to taste with a bit of butter and/or cream. Yummy!


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Gretchen's picture

(post #37730, reply #17 of 21)

That's a good idea. With that combo, a cream soup (even using fat free half and half) might be really good with the broccoli and cauliflower.  Add some diced ham or sausage and it is a meal in a bowl.

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TracyK's picture

(post #37730, reply #18 of 21)

I almost always use frozen veggies for soup (except potatoes). Once they simmer with all that yummy flavorful stuff, the taste difference is negligible.


"Attend to the details. Teach your children manners. Write cogent paragraphs. Drive carefully. And make a good potato salad, one with some crunch, maybe accompanied by a fried drumstick with crackly skin -- the humble potato and the stupid chicken, ennobled by diligent cooking -- and is this not the meaning of our beautiful country, to take what is common and enable it to become beautiful?"

                                                            -- Garrison Keillor

Gretchen's picture

(post #37730, reply #19 of 21)

Oh, I totally agree, and often think that frozen is better than fresh.  ;o)

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mireillec's picture

(post #37730, reply #20 of 21)

I probably use the rest I have for soup. I had thought about doing so, and you re-enforce my idea.

Marcia's picture

(post #37730, reply #21 of 21)

That is a good idea.