There are lots of frozen vegetables you can pick up in the freezer section of the local grocery store, but sometimes it’s hard to decide which ones will get used and which will just sit in there till they’re freezer burnt. It’s an important question to consider, because frozen vegetables can be more expensive than fresh vegetables since they last longer. So here’s a quick guide to the most useful frozen veggies.
Peas and Carrots
You can usually get a combination of frozen peas and carrots, and these are a super versatile veggie mix that can add some nutrients and color to a huge number of meals. From pot pie to curry to stir fry to breakfast hash, a handful of frozen peas and carrots can go a long way.
Brussels sprouts, while the subject of much childhood ridicule, are a delicious and classic side dish for almost any meal. These are a great option for the exact opposite reason of peas and carrots: rather than the perfect add-in, they are a dish entirely on their own. So if all you have on hand is a protein, you can grab your frozen brussels sprouts and have an entire green on your plate.
Cuisine-Specific Veggie Mixes
You can also get veggie mixes that are meant to be used in a specific dish, such as a stir-fry mix, a curry mix, or a pasta dish mix. These are really convenient because having them on hand means you don’t have to go to the trouble of thinking up a good veggie combo. You can prep your sauces and throw in the frozen veggies straight from the bag.