Buy veggies frozen and just pour some out of a bag whenever you need them all chopped and ready to go. Frozen veggies are cheap and often on sale.
Frozen is better than the 'fresh' produce at the typical supermarket because those foods are picked under ripe, stored and trucked all over the country possibly after being shipped from around the world. They claim frozen foods are picked at their peak of ripeness and frozen promptly.
Frozen is also handy because you can keep things on hand ready to cook whenever you have the time. You may also be able to get organic things much cheaper than fresh.
Of course, by fresh whatever you prefer fresh and can get eaten before it spoils. I personally, am only able to juggle so many perishable foods. I'm getting better at it though. And some things last longer than others of course. Like apples, sweet potatoes, usually hard things.
They have blends of frozen veggies chopped up and ready for soup, grilling/broiling, or the basis of recipes like the 'cajun trinity' of bell pepper, onion and celery or the 'French trinity' of onion, carrot and celery. I highly recommend keeping bags of frozen chopped greens on hand to add to soups, pasta sauce, cooked legumes, stir fry, curry, etc.
Get bags, not boxes, so it's easier to use just what you need. Plus it helps you tell if it's ever been defrosted and refrozen. Everything inside the bag should be loose.
Bagged frozen vegetables are better than fresh? That's actually a first for me! Do you mean things like corn, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, carrots, etc... are all better for you than the freshly grown versions? What if you were able to get your hands on fresh produce all the time (because I live in between farmed land), should you substitute some of what you have for frozen vegetables instead? Is that better for people with acne or is this just a tip for those who live in rural areas or cities?
Also, if I were to get the frozen vegetables, would boiling them in a soup also be ok or would the nutrients be lost forever?... because that's what I do when I have frozen cauliflower and carrots. I put them in a pot of soup and have vegetable soup and broth with freshly cut celery and some overnight soaked/rinsed bagged beans/lectins.
I buy fresh beets, green leaf/red leaf lettuce, fruits, onions, and garlic every week or two weeks and it's not hard, expensive or time consuming to wash and eat them. Is doing this somehow not better (or the same) than consuming frozen vegetables?
Frozen is better than what is sold as fresh in the average American supermarket where it was trucked from thousands of miles away, stored at various places, sat in the supermarket, and then your home for a while before you consume.
It is not better than picked fresh from your garden and likely not better than food from a farmer's market where it was likely harvested that morning or the day before.
Commercially frozen foods are usually frozen very promptly within the same day they were picked. And they also claim to harvest at their peak rather than underripe the way most supermarket 'fresh' items are.
Boiling in a soup is ok. Try not to over cook as some nutrients are destroyed in cooking. C for example. When the colors begin to dull, nutrients have been destroyed. Although that won't help much in the case of cauliflower.
Another good tip, with all the sulfur containing veggies at least, is to chop and let sit for 5 - 15 minutes before you cook them. The chopping releases enzymes in the food (mimicking chewing) and lets them get to work making many nutrients more available, before you destroy the enzymes in cooking. And ideally, you eat a certain amount of raw fruits and veggies. Sulfur containing veggies are your onion and garlic family and your brassica family and many greens.
This is supposedly easy. You don't have to make the rice. As I always say, add greens at the end of cooking. They're good and good for you, as my father always said. And pretty. OR you could serve the soup over greens.
Moqueca Brazilian Fish Stew Recipe
Traditional moqueca uses palm oil
. If you can find it (I checked three stores here and was not able to locate any) add just a tablespoon to the stew along with the coconut milk.
Add to shopping list
- 1 1/2 to 2 lbs of fillets of firm white fish such as halibut, or cod, rinsed in cold water, pin bones removed, cut into large portions
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Olive oil
- 1 cup chopped spring onion, or 1 medium yellow onion, chopped or sliced
- 1/4 cup green onion greens, chopped
- 1/2 yellow and 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded, de-stemmed, chopped (or sliced)
- 2 cups chopped (or sliced) tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp paprika (Hungarian sweet)
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 large bunch of cilantro, chopped with some set aside for garnish
- 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup white rice
- 1 3/4 cups boiling water (check your rice package for the appropriate ratio of liquid to rice for the type of rice you are using)
- 1 teaspoon salt
Place fish pieces in a bowl, add the minced garlic and lime juice so that the pieces are well coated. Sprinkle generously all over with salt and pepper. Keep chilled while preparing the rest of the soup.2
If you are planning on serving the soup with rice, start on the rice. Bring a couple cups of water to a boil. Heat one Tbsp of olive oil in a medium saucepan on medium high heat. Add the chopped 1/2 onion and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more, until the garlic is fragrant. Add the raw white rice and stir to coat completely with the oil, onions, and garlic. Add the boiling water. (The amount depends on your brand of rice, check the package. If no amounts are given, add 1 3/4 cup of water for every cup of rice.) Stir in 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a simmer, then lower the heat, cover, and let cook for 15 minutes, after which, remove from heat until ready to serve with the soup.3
Back to the soup. In a large covered pan (such as a Dutch oven), coat the bottom with about 2 Tbsp of olive oil and heat on medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook a few minutes until softened. Add the bell pepper, paprika, and red pepper flakes. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. (At least a teaspoon of salt.) Cook for a few minutes longer, until the bell pepper begins to soften. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and onion greens. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, uncovered. Stir in the chopped cilantro.3
Use a large spoon to remove about half of the vegetables (you'll put them right back in). Spread the remaining vegetables over the bottom of the pan to create a bed for the fish. Arrange the fish pieces on the vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then add back the previously removed vegetables, covering the fish. Pour coconut milk over the fish and vegetables.4
Bring soup to a simmer, reduce the heat, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. You may need to add more salt (likely), lime or lemon juice, paprika, pepper, or chili flakes to get the soup to the desired seasoning for your taste.
Garnish with cilantro. Serve with rice or with crusty bread.
Edited by alternativista, 04 May 2013 - 07:44 AM.