Keeping the right frozen veggies on hand is like having a secret weapon for easy meal prep. This list is a carefully selected lineup of the best frozen vegetables that promise to turn your everyday cooking into something effortlessly delicious. From the sweet char of fire roasted corn to the versatile goodness of chopped spinach, these freezer staples ensure you’re always ready to whip up something tasty.

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Fire Roasted Corn

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Fire roasted corn is a freezer MVP, adding a smoky sweetness to salads, quesadillas, or as a tasty side. It’s like having summer flavors on standby, ready to brighten up your meals any time of the year.
Use It To Make: Brisket Chili

Green Peas

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These little green gems are perfect for adding a pop of color and a dose of nutrients to dishes like pot pies or mac and cheese. Frozen peas are super easy to use, making them a great go-to for quick and nutritious meal additions.
Use It To Make: Creamy Mushroom Risotto

Shelled Edamame

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Edamame, with its crisp texture and nutty flavor, is a versatile player in your freezer. From “edamame smash” toast to boosting salads, these green beans are a fantastic way to add protein and vibrancy to your meals.
Use It To Make: Cheesy Edamame Crostini

Butternut Squash

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Butternut squash, sweet and starchy, is a year-round comfort food hero from your freezer. Ideal for soups, purees, or as a veggie base, it’s a shortcut to hearty meals without the peeling and chopping.
Use It To Make: Butternut Squash Smoothie

Peppers and Onions Mix

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This mix is a time-saver that brings flavor and convenience to any dish, from breakfast tacos to sofritos. It’s like having a sous chef in your freezer, ready to add depth to your meals with no extra prep.
Use It To Make: Ground Beef Stir Fry

Okra

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Frozen okra is a secret weapon for thickening gumbos or adding a crunchy element to salads. It’s a fuss-free way to enjoy this vegetable, whether you’re aiming for a hearty winter dish or a light summer snack.
Use It To Make: Stewed Okra & Tomatoes

Cauliflower Rice

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Cauliflower rice is a freezer staple for those looking for a low-carb alternative or just to mix up textures in meals. Sauté it with spices for a quick dish, or use it to bulk up flatbreads and pastas.
Use It To Make: Buffalo Turkey Cauliflower Skillet

Broccoli

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Keep frozen broccoli on hand to whip up a quick pasta sauce or add a healthy twist to your meals. It’s perfect for those last-minute dinner rescues, offering both nutrition and flavor in minutes.
Use It To Make: Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

Artichoke Hearts

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Artichoke hearts are versatile and delightful, whether roasted, fried, or steamed. They’re a simple way to elevate any meal, bringing a touch of sophistication with minimal effort.
Use It To Make: Vegetable Bean Skillet

Chopped Spinach

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Chopped spinach is incredibly handy for throwing together a quick pasta or making a delicious spinach-artichoke dip. It’s an easy way to sneak in some greens, making your meals both healthier and tastier.
Use It To Make: Spinach Artichoke Dip

The Top 10 Mercury-Heavy Fish and What to Have Instead

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Navigating the world of seafood can sometimes feel like sailing through murky waters, especially when it comes to mercury content. While fish is a fantastic source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, certain types pack a punch with high levels of mercury, posing health risks. We’re shining a light on those fish and offering up a net-full of safer alternatives so you can make informed choices to enjoy seafood that’s not only tasty but also good for your health.

See them here: The Top 10 Mercury-Heavy Fish and What to Have Instead

Which Side Are You On?

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Ever wonder why some foods split the room, with half the table diving in and the other half turning up their noses? It’s not just about picky eating; there’s a whole science behind why certain tastes and textures either hit the spot or miss the mark entirely. From the genetic makeup that affects how we perceive flavors to the love-it-or-hate-it textures, we dive deep into the curious world of polarizing foods.

See Them Here: 11 Foods You Either Love Or Hate – Which Side Are You On?

The Best Fast Food Sides That Go Beyond Fries

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Let’s face it, when we think fast food, it’s the burgers and fries that usually steal the show. But what about the unsung heroes of the menu, those side dishes that can turn a quick meal into something special? From the crispy, golden perfection of onion rings to the fluffy, buttery bliss of biscuits, there’s a whole world of flavor waiting to be explored. We’re diving into some of the most delicious and underrated fast food sides out there.

See Them Here: The Best Fast Food Sides That Go Beyond Fries

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