Because we’re both parents and full time workers, we often find that we’re a little too busy to make the full kind of fresh vegetable based meals we’d really like to feed our kids every single day. Just because we don’t have time to get to the store each afternoon, however, doesn’t mean we can’t still make sure they’re getting their greens in at least some way.
We’ve found that frozen fruits and vegetables are total lifesavers in the nutrition department on busy days. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for good, easy recipes that can be made with frozen fruits and vegetables.
Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Recipes
Are you feeling just as interested as we are, if not more, in the idea of making delicious and healthy but easy recipes using frozen fruit and vegetables to make things a little more convenient during your busy weekday routine?
Check out these 15 delicious recipes, ideas, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search!
1. Risotto made from frozen cauliflower
Are you actually partially intent on finding new recipes that use frozen vegetables because you’ve been trying to make the shift into being vegetarian, but you’re also busy enough that keeping the fresh version in your fridge at all times tends to cause some waste? Then maybe this awesome frozen veggie alternative to risotto that’s a little healthier than usual will be right up your alley! Check out Eating Well to learn how this frozen cauliflower risotto was made.
2. Creamy chicken noodles with frozen corn
Are kids at that stage where they’ll pretty much only eat different kinds of pasta and noodles and you’ve just decided to work with that for now because at least they’re eating, but you’re still hoping to get some kind of vegetable content in there? Then we think you might have some success with this wonderfully filling creamy chicken noodles and frozen corn recipe featured on Brooklyn Farm Girl.
3. Spanakopita using frozen spinach
Despite the fact that you’re on the go or not always home a lot, are you still the kind of person who loves trying your hand at making all different recipes from all around the world? Well, if you like the idea of adding Greek food to your list, then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Cook’s Hideout used conveniently frozen spinach to make mouthwatering spanakopita! It’s especially delicious dipped in tzatziki sauce.
4. Vegetable beef soup using frozen mixed veg
Is it actually still really cold where you live and part of the reason you’re looking for quick and easy but still nutritious meal ideas is that you want to make sure your kids’ tummies are nice and full through the winter? In that case, we think you might really appreciate this hearty meal idea from Taste of Southern, who teaches you to make a satisfying vegetable beef soup using frozen mixed veggies! Choose your own mixture by purchasing them separately or grab the pre-mixed bags from the freezer section; whichever works best for you.
5. Cilantro, frozen pea, and pistachio hummus
Are you still feeling rather intrigued by the idea of getting a little more international and flavourful with your recipes even though you’re in need of quick and easy frozen veggie recipes, but you’re just not sure that you’ve seen an idea that really grabs your attention yet? In that case, we’d suggest considering some consideration to this delicious dip from Peas and Crayons instead! They show you in fantastic detail how this cilantro, frozen pea, and pistachio hummus was made.
6. Simple frozen vegetable soup
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about satisfying and hearty soups but you’re just not sure that the beef based recipe we showed you earlier was quite the one for you? Then perhaps a slightly more simplified recipe that concentrates more on the easy frozen vegetables themselves would be a better choice for you! we’d suggest checking out how Bites of Wellness made this simple frozen vegetable soup in just a few simple steps.
7. Creamy frozen broccoli cheese soup
Just in case you’re loving this whole soup idea but you’re actually so into it that you want to collect just about as many different kinds as you can that can all be made with frozen veggies, then here’s another delicious kind for your repertoire! This recipe and very clear tutorial from Brooklyn Farm Girl teaches you how to make an irresistibly tasty creamy frozen broccoli cheese soup.
8. Chicken fajitas with frozen fruits and vegetables
Have we actually still got you thinking about the idea of making deliciously flavourful international recipes but your taste in food has always been mostly made up of an appreciation for Mexican recipes? In that case, we’re pretty sure that Marty’s Musings has just the kind of recipe you’re looking for! Take a better look at their page to find out how these chicken fajitas made with frozen fruits ad veggies were made.
9. Frozen green bean stuffing bake
Did we really pique your interest when we started talking about recipes that are hearty and will really fill your tummy up, especially on a cold day, but soups have never really been your thing? In that case, here’s a rather satisfying alternative for your consideration! We’ve actually made this frozen green bean stuffing bake from Sourced by FreshDirect several times and it was a total hit with our whole family.
10. Easy moo shu pork and vegetables
Just to make sure your frozen veggie based culinary trip around the world is very well rounded indeed, here’s a recipe for people whose favourite dishes usually come from Asia! This recipe and nicely mapped out tutorial from Eating Well shows you how to make easy moo shy pork and vegetables made with frozen mushrooms and broccoli.
11. Triple berry crisp from frozen berries
Of course, savoury dishes and entrees or meal sides aren’t the only thing you can dig into your freezer for, and vegetables aren’t the only kind of food that you can freeze and use later! Frozen fruit is a very useful thing as well and it makes for tasty and super simple desserts. This yummy triple berry crisp made from frozen berries, courtesy of Tastes Better From Scratch, is a great example of what we mean.
12. Southern peach poundcake from frozen peaches
Have we really got your attention now that we’re talking about desserts and frozen fruit rather than just vegetables and savoury dishes but mixed berry recipes have never really been your favourite thing? Well, if you like peaches even half as much as we do then we think you simply must take a look at the way Divas Can Cook made this scrumptious southern peach poundcake with frozen peaches!
13. Frozen strawberry ice box cake
Do you love the idea of making a yummy and very quick frozen fruit cake a lot but you’ve never been one for sponge based cakes, since you like layers a lot more? Then we’re pretty sure this alternative recipe from Reluctant Entertainer will be a little more up your alley. Check them out to learn more about their frozen strawberry ice box cake, with its crumbly topping and creamy filling!
14. Frozen fruit and veggie smoothies
Of course, smoothies are a widespread favourite and an awesomely quick snack, especially on a hot day, but they’re also a really simple and delicious way to get your kids eating extra helpings of fruit (and even some veggies) per day. The best part is that frozen fruits and veggies actually work better than fresh ones because they keep the drink refreshing and cold! This resource from Beyond the Chicken Coop has all kinds of flavour combo suggestions and smoothie making tips.
15. Easy fruit cobbler from frozen fruit
Did we catch your attention with our berry based recipes but also with the idea of making desserts using frozen peaches, but you’re feeling torn between the two and having trouble deciding? Then we think you’ll be rather pleased indeed to learn that The Weary Chef has a delicious option that will help you combine both of those things in one place! We’d suggest giving their easy fruit cobbler made with frozen fruit a try.
Do you have another favourite recipe that you love making from frozen fruits and veggies and that’s always a hit in your house, but you don’t see it here on our list? Tell us all about it or link us to the recipe in the comments so we can give it a try too!