For a long time, I thought frozen vegetables were inferior to fresh. I’d walk quickly past the freezer aisle with my nose in the air because I just assumed if I wanted to eat well, fresh was the only way to go. It turns out, I was all wrong. Since frozen vegetables are flash-frozen at their peak level of freshness, they’re equal to and sometimes superior to fresh vegetables’ nutrition. Since then, I’ve embraced the freezer aisle and, without a doubt, frozen broccoli is my favorite choice. I find it cooks up to taste closest to fresh and has limitless possibilities. I am never without a bag or two in my freezer — it makes for the start of an easy, wholesome dinner on busy weeknights.
Here are 5 recipes to inspire your own dinner roster:
1. Use it in a stir-fry.
Frozen broccoli and stir-fry are a perfect match. The high heat means your broccoli will be crispy-tender, not soggy. To make dinner extra quick and easy, pick up a bag or frozen pre-cooked rice or even cauliflower rice to serve it over. It’s sure to be faster than takeout — and a lot healthier.
2. Add it to a casserole.
This time of year, we’re all craving comfort foods, like cheesy pasta bakes and casseroles. Why not lighten up your favorite casserole by adding frozen broccoli to the mix. It’ll still be plenty creamy and cheesy.
3. Turn it into pesto.
If you’ve never had broccoli pesto before, know that once you try it, you may just push basil pesto aside. Use whole-wheat pasta to make it even more wholesome, and make a double batch: Leftovers make a great sandwich spread or sauce for grilled chicken and fish.
4. Make a sheet pan supper.
A sheet pan dinner is about as easy as it gets on busy weeknights. Choose your favorite protein, add some frozen broccoli, and dinner will be on the table pronto.
Get a recipe: Sheet Pan Roasted Chicken, Sweet Potatoes & Broccoli from Gimme Delicious
5. Turn them into tots.
Okay, so maybe tater tots aren’t a complete dinner, but broccoli tots make for a fun way to get your veggies in. Serve them alongside ketchup or even warmed marinara sauce.