(NC)Now you can get frozen vegetables that are completely ready to be steamed. Yes steamed.
The cooking is quick, nutrition is tops and this innovation joins other tried-and-true shortcuts for great success in a busy kitchen, as follows:
Hot veggies in less than 3 minutes: Steaming vegetables (not boiling) gets 'thumbs up' from the Canada Food Guide. Steaming helps to retain more of the vitamins, the taste, the texture and the colour. Freezing vegetables also locks in the nutrients and now, you can get both at once: Steam Ease vegetables are flash-frozen, locking in the nutrients. Then they are sealed in different sized bags, ready to be steamed anytime in the microwave. Without opening the bag, the great tasting corn and peas, or butternut squash, broccoli florets or a medley of them all simply go from the freezer, to the microwave, to your plate.
Pre-washed salad time: Caesar, spinach, oriental, and coleslaw, are just a few salad varieties that are pre-washed and ready to serve.
Freshly baked, whole grain bread: Buy it in the freezer section partially baked and ready for the oven.
Fully cooked meats: Take a look at the variety from Maple Leaf Foods, for example. Your microwave will put fully cooked, tender meat servings on your table in 10 minutes or so.
Couscous is quick: This nutritious grain staple can be ready as quickly as it takes to boil water.
Fruit and berries, fresh frozen: Like frozen veggies the work is done. Just thaw and add a nutritious dimension to yoghurt, cereal, drinks and desserts.