Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Freezer Stir Fry Veggie Packets

We've got a good month or so left of visiting the farmers' market each week until it's done for the season. There's so many items available right now since we're sort of in that in between time of summer and fall. Plus I can get some pretty good deals when I visit the vendors. So I'm taking advantage of the time left to stock up on some things and prepare for winter.

 I spent some time on Monday prepping these veggie packets for the freezer. They'll be perfect for a quick stir fry dinner or even side dish, leaving minimal work for myself. Which I very much appreciate!

The process is really easy. I even took everything outside to chop while chatting with my husband and enjoying the beautiful weather. I then blanched all veggies in batches for one minute, then drained from the water, let cool and packaged everything all up.

Here are some ideas for incorporating these into your meal plan:

Prepare sliced chicken or beef in a skillet, add in veggies and serve over rice

Prepare shrimp in a skillet, add in veggies and serve over noodles

Enjoy as a side dish, just add in desired herbs and/or butter

Toss with pasta and a little Parmesan for a nice meatless entree

Freezer Stir Fry Veggie Packets

2 small summer squash
1 large bell pepper
1 lb green beans
3 medium carrots
1 small head broccoli
1 small head cauliflower

Clean and chop all veggies, set aside in separate piles. Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove, blanch all veggies, one variety at a time, in water for one minute. Using a slotted spoon, remove veggies to a strainer to drain and repeat with remaining kinds.

Transfer veggies to a cutting board or even paper towels to cool and dry completely. Once cooled, divide into quart sized freezer bags. Make sure to label and place into the freezer until ready to use.

Make sure to keep veggies frozen until ready to prepare with desired recipe. Makes 4 bags worth.

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