10 Recipes That Turn a Bag of Frozen Veggies Into Dinner

published Mar 29, 2020
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Frozen vegetables are a godsend. They typically cost less than their fresh counterparts, take a fraction of the time to prepare, since there’s no need to prep or wash them, and last indefinitely in the freezer. Items like frozen corn and broccoli florets are perfect for bulking up a meal, while frozen vegetable mixes and stir-fry blends are practically a dinner in one.

Here are 10 of our favorite recipes that transform a bag of frozen veggies into complete meals. From cozy broccoli soup to cheesy quesadillas, these comforting meals are just the thing to use up those frozen veggies stashed in your freezer.

1. Potsticker Stir-Fry

Store-bought potstickers, stir-fry sauce, and a bag of frozen veggies are all you need to make this satisfying one-pan dinner that takes 20 minutes and hardly any effort to pull off. You can use practically any frozen vegetable blend you have on hand, or create your own from a bunch of individual bags.

Get the recipe: Trader Joe’s Potsticker Stir-Fry

2. Cheesy Quesadillas

Load frozen veggies into cheese quesadillas for a simple, vegetarian-friendly dinner. Again, you can use any frozen veggies (or leftover cooked ones) you have on hand and dress them up or down however you like. Add hot sauce, salsa, sour cream, or guacamole, or keep them simple for a fuss-free dinner that comes together in no time.

Get the recipe: Cheesy Quesadillas

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3. Hot Corn Casserole

Jazz up a bag of frozen corn kernels with garlic, spices, cheese, and pickled jalapeños to create a comforting corn casserole that’s perfect for serving with chips, tortillas, or rice. If you don’t have a bell pepper on hand, omit it or swap it out with any other mild pepper.

Get the recipe: Hot Corn Casserole

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4. Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Spinach & Cheese

Stuff chicken breasts with frozen spinach, cream cheese, and mozzarella for a simple-yet-fancy dinner that will get you out of your boneless chicken breast rut. The trick is to squeeze out all of the excess water from the frozen spinach to prevent the filling from being too watery, so don’t skip this step.

Get the recipe: Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spinach & Cheese

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5. Easy Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie is the ultimate way to use up any frozen veggies you might have stashed in the freezer. This recipe calls for a 10-ounce frozen vegetable medley, but you can use frozen peas, corn, carrots, and even broccoli florets.

Get the recipe: Easy Shepherd’s Pie

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6. Roasted Broccoli & Cheddar Soup

The trick to transforming a standard 16-ounce bag of frozen broccoli florets into a comforting and flavorful soup is to quickly roast them in the oven. This gives the broccoli a rich flavor that’s perfect with crusty bread.

Get the recipe: Roasted Broccoli & Cheddar Soup

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7. Chicken Fried Rice

An easy way to use up any frozen veggie is to throw it into a quick fried rice. This recipe uses frozen peas and corn, but you can throw in whatever vegetable you have; you can also use frozen, cooked rice (or cauliflower rice) to save even more time.

Get the recipe: Chicken Fried Rice

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8. Creamy, Cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice

Chicken and rice is the ultimate comforting casserole. It’s also a perfect recipe to sneak a ton of frozen veggies into. This recipe calls for a bag of frozen peas, but corn, carrots, broccoli, and any other frozen vegetable will do.

Get the recipe: Creamy, Cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice

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9. Tater Tot Casserole

Whether you call it a hot dish or a tater tot casserole, this comfort-food classic uses a blend of mixed frozen vegetables as its base. It’s flexible enough to swap in whatever veggies you want. Serve it with a bottle of ketchup and dinner is done.

Get the recipe: Tater Tot Casserole

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10. 15-Minute Miracle Minestrone

This 4-ingredient minestrone soup uses instant mac-and-cheese and frozen veggies to make a comforting and wholesome soup. It’s the perfect one-pan, pantry-friendly meal.

Get the recipe: 15-Minute Miracle Minestrone