This year I have been making an effort to eat healthy and cook more meals at home. I am relatively new to the whole concept of cooking but that doesn't stop me from trying. I have never been a master chef, nor am I overly motivated to go experiment on my dinner, but I am convinced that good meals don't have to be a chore.
But, we all know that feeling when you are staring into the refrigerator asking yourself what you can throw together and then you decide that it's just not worth the work. In fact, I do this so often that I've learned to plan on it so I make sure to stock up on the varieties of healthy boxed vegetables for quick dinners.
So now, before I run to the nearest fast food restaurant or order take-out again, I check my freezer for broccoli or cauliflower that I can microwave in minutes or steam in the pouch. They come plain or in tasty sauces so they are easy to dress up or dress down or combine with your favorite dishes!
I love using frozen vegetables so much that I consider it my secret weapon for putting healthy dinners on the table quickly – especially during winter months. When I first started cooking for myself, the supermarket seemed so overwhelming. I frequently made the mistake of buying all fresh vegetables and then slowly watching them rot in the refrigerator because I wasn’t able to eat them all myself. Dollar signs would flash before my eyes as I threw out my wilting greens I had such high hopes for.
With frozen vegetables, I never have to worry about wasting my nutritious foods again. Now that I’m a more experienced shopper, I know that it's not always a bad thing to cut out steps when preparing foods at home. Sometimes the healthiest stuff is actually the easiest to cook, which is the case with frozen vegetables, and why they make it on my table numerous times a week. In this case “cutting out steps” minimizes mess and prep time, and makes cooking seem less intimidating, making me much more likely to reach my goals!