30 November 2009

A Dash of Health - Frozen Veggies

Hi Guys! This will be the first of a few posts I am planning on publishing focusing on Healthy Eating. For the last 3 months I have embarked on a new eating and exercise regimen that has shaved 30lbs off my frame. Over those months I picked up a few tips and tricks on how lower calories, fat and sodium without sacrificing flavor while making each dish better for you with a "Dash of Health". Each post in this series will provide you with quick and easy tip/trick to make cooking and eating healthier!

Chapter 1 - Frozen Veggies

I am the biggest fan of frozen veggies! For years I have had a bag or two on hand just incase I needed to make a side dish in a flash. Since I have been trying to eat healthier I find myself adding them to every dish I cook and go through a bag or four of them weekly. They are the quickest and easiest way to get your 5 a day without breaking the bank. Most frozen veggies range from $1-$2 a bag and are packed with a pound of the veggie. You can get 5-7 bags of veggies for $10 while those same veggies bought fresh would be $20-$40!

The trick with buying, storing and using your frozen veggies is to try and maintain a nice mix of of your favorite combination of veggies in a gallon size Ziploc bag. Doing this will not only save you the time taking each bag out of the freezer to cook with, but will also make sure you have a variety of veggies on hand to add to your favorite dish. If you have an extra 1/2 or 1/3 measuring cup laying around I suggest keeping it in the bag so you can easily dish out your 2/3 to 1 cups of veggies (typical serving size). A few dishes I find myself using the veggies for are: Omelets, Soups, Couscous, Rice, Pasta, Sauces, Mac & Cheese, and Casseroles. What is great about having them mixed and ready is that adding a few scoops of veggies will make your dishes healthier and will also give your food a greater depth of flavor.

What I currently have in my veggie bag:

1/2 bag Onions

1/2 bag Diced Red & Green Peppers

1/2 bag Chopped Broccoli (anything larger cooks unevenly)

1/2 bag Chopped Spinach

1/2 bag Chopped Zucchini

Check out my Healthy Alternative recipes for ideas of how you can add more veggies to your diet.

The next A Dash of Health post will be on bread.


  1. so healthy! i love that you're doing this!

  2. i quite like this veggie mix, especially with eggs. although the frozen zucchini is the one i'd be quickest to substitute out ... nothing quite like fresh zucchini.



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