Veggies in a Flash

Find it difficult to get fresh veggies on the table at dinnertime?  When I’m in a pinch, I turn to flash-frozen veggies in microwavable steamer bags.  Since they are microwaved in their packaging, they go from freezer to table in a matter of minutes!

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I usually buy is Birds Eye Steamfresh.  Their Pure & Simple line contains only one ingredient (the vegetable!).  No added sauces, sodium or preservatives.  Birds Eye and other companies do sell varieties with sauces, so check the nutrition label to be sure.

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Frozen vegetables have their advantages over canned veggies.  During the canning process, vegetables lose some of their nutritional content.  Additionally, there are concerns about leaching from the metal can into the produce.

The steamer bags go on sale regularly.  When they do, stock up!  On a busy night, when you’re rushing to get dinner on the table, you’ll be happy that you did.

P.S.  There’s currently a $1 off of two Steamfresh bags on Birds Eye’s website, under Coupon Corner.

Note: For Weight Watchers followers, frozen veggies have the same PointsPlus values as fresh produce.  Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green beans, etc. have 0P+.  Remember to count PointsPlus for peas, corn and edamame.  

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