We all know that veggies are good for us. But we also know that when you’re living in Canada in the middle of winter, your options for many locally sourced, fresh veggies are kind of limited. And when you can find them, they are bloody expensive.
Rather than buying pricey imports from the grocery store, now may be the time to stock up on the frozen variety. Not only will you save yourself a dime or two, but with recipes this delicious, you won’t even know the difference.
18 delicious ways to use frozen veggies this winter
Creamy Spiced CauliflowersoupRich, hearty and plain old good for you, this soup maximizes the health value without skimping on the flavour.
GET THE RECIPEProduce on Parade
Corn CakesA nice little side dish for two or a complete vegetarian meal for one, these are as yummy as they are fancy. Pass the sour cream, please!
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Ham and Pea SoupForget that pale yellow stuff that comes from a can; this is pea soup you'll want every night of the week. Especially with a nice chunk of salty bacon to top it all off.
GET THE RECIPEThe View From Great Island
Mexican QuinoaAll it takes is a little frozen corn to make this flavourful and healthy mexican dish sing "ole!"
GET THE RECIPESimply Quinoa
Chicken Pot Pie Bubble UpWhat's heartier than a dense chicken pie, topped with biscuit and stuff with carrots, corn, peas or any other veggies of your choosing?
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Spinach Ricotta PastaWe'd like to call this dish soul food. Because it's almost as though this is the sole reason to always have frozen spinach on hand.
GET THE RECIPEBudget Bytes
Southwest Edamame SaladFrozen edamame is the perfect way to inject a little sunshine into your next salad. Especially this one, which is full of fresh tomatoes (available year-round).
GET THE RECIPEYummy Healthy Easy
Baked CornTired of corn with salt and butter? Up your side dish game with this hearty concoction that will almost have you forgetting corn on the cob season was ever a thing.
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Hot Kale and Bacon DipYou'll be the talk of the party with this life-affirming dip. Double points? You can tell anyone who will listen how healthy it is because it has kale.
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Creamy Tortellini BakeThis is like a frozen dinner on steroids. With cheesy tortellini and loads of veggies, pasta night will never be the same.
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Green Bean Casserole Stuffed Onion RingsNot sure if you want to splurge on onion rings or an old fashioned casserole? Get the best of both worlds with frozen onions. This recipe calls for canned green beans, but we say thawed ones that have been patted dry will also do the trick.
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Homemade-fried-riceThis flavour-packed Chinese fried rice recipe is so perfectly quick and simple you might just break up with your delivery guy. Frozen peas, carrots and corn are the perfect addition this this delicious dish.
GET THE RECIPEThe Loop
Slow Cooker Vegetable SoupSometimes colder weather just calls for soup. With plenty of hearty veggies to leave you satisfied, all you need to do is throw it in a pot and walk away.
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Spinach Artichoke Hand PiesThese are as cheesy and delicious as they are full of veggies and fun to eat. You'll probably want more than one, but they're so filling you won't need it.
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Veggie BurgersLooking for a veggie burger that doesn't taste like a hockey puck? All you need is some frozen veggies and a little patience: Weeknight dinner in a flash.
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Green Chicken Enchilada Cauliflower CasseroleChicken enchiladas are nothing without their sauce. Luckily this one combines frozen cauliflower and cheese to give it a bit of a healthy kick.
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Spinach and Swiss Cheese Stuffed Chicken ThighsThis is a nice little way to hide an extra dose of iron while elevating thigh into a fancy restaurant-inspired dish.
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Veggie cupcakesPsst. Not only are these "cupcakes" incredibly kid-friendly, but they're also a great way to use up the bottom of the frozen veggie bags, too.
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