I would love to eat only fresh vegetables. But while it is certainly easier to do so in the summer, there are a still a few veggies that are difficult for me to keep on hand and use before they spoil. I’m only cooking for two people, and many nights just one, because Gary works a rotating schedule of days and nights. Even if I used onion in everything, I couldn’t use a whole onion in a week! And I prefer white onions for some things, purple for others. Same with peppers, I like to use all three colors, but can’t use three whole peppers in a week unless I put them in several dishes.
I don’t really cook much from recipes; I just assemble a few items for dinner. But I’m always on the lookout for ways to incorporate more veggies into our meals, and especially like to add peppers, onions, garlic, etc. to rice, pasta, or eggs. So I was very pleased last month to find Birds Eye Recipe Ready frozen vegetable mixtures. I know I’m usually the last one on the planet to discover anything new so you have probably been using these for months and just neglected to tell me about them! If not, I urge you to try them, especially if you are cooking for one or two people.
These vegetable mixtures are perfect for me: convenient to use and they have little or no sodium. I am particularly fond of the mixtures that have chopped onions because I don’t have to chop them AND I don’t end up wasting half an onion. I used the tri-color pepper and onion blend to make an omelet this morning. And the chopped Jalapeño peppers are perfect if you just want to add a bit of zing to a dish.
Still raining here, so I expect everyone to be happy with their gardens for a few more weeks. I have a tomato that is trying to get ripe!
So…eat your veggies. Wear your sunscreen when the storm is finished. Drink lots of water. Stay away from mosquitoes! That’s you health advice from grandma for today.