33 Recipes Using Frozen Vegetables That’ll Make Your Weeknights So Much Easier
As much as farmers’ market fresh is how we’d prefer our vegetables all the time, it’s not always in the cards. Be it a busy weekday, a hectic holiday, or merely off-season, we know how to harness the power of a bag of frozen broccoli, peas, corn, or carrots when needed. Not to forget, our favorite comforting casserole base: shredded potatoes. And what’s not love? Frozen vegetables are budget-friendly, save on prep time, and—when used correctly—taste just as good in a casserole or stew as the fresh stuff. None the wiser. These frozen vegetable recipes are sure to save your suppertime, over and over again.
When Fresh isn't Possible, Turn to These Recipes
Cheesy Chili Hash Brown Bake
Recipe: Cheesy Chili Hash Brown Bake
If you've never made this five-ingredient dinner in a pinch, let us introduce you. Baked in individual ramekins or your handy 13x9 baking dish, the cheesy, chili goodness is easy to enjoy.
Skillet-Toasted Gnocchi with Peas
When dinner needs to be prep-to-table in 30 minutes, it's a job for this skillet gnocchi with frozen peas. Usually just boiled, gnocchi tastes even better when the pillowy bites are toasted in a skillet for a little outer crisp.
Classic Hoppin’ John
Recipe: Classic Hoppin’ John
Hoppin’ John doesn't only belong at the start of the new year, in our opinion. This traditional dish with rice and peas is budget-friendly, uses frozen veggies, and tastes even better (if that's possible) the next day.
Ham and Lima Bean Fried Rice
Recipe: Ham and Lima Bean Fried Rice
This isn't your usual order of takeout fried rice. This recipe gets a Southern twist from cubed ham and frozen baby lima beans. A bag of microwaveable rice later, and you're set with a one-dish dinner.
Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
Recipe: Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
Refrigerated pie crusts already shorten the prep time for this recipe, but the filling incorporates frozen peas, hashbrowns, and carrots, along with shredded rotisserie chicken, to give you even more of a leg up.
Bacon-Brussels Sprout-Green Bean Casserole
Why not combine two favorite green veggies in a single side dish? With large chunks of bacon, browned Brussels sprouts, and water chestnuts, this dish is a family favorite. Use frozen green beans and Brussels sprouts (if desired) for stress-free cooking.
Recipe: Chicken Stir-Fry
Have this stir-fry ready quicker than you can call up the Chinese restaurant. In just ten minutes, serve up a delicious one-dish meal full of tangy Asian flavor, easy rotisserie chicken, frozen stir-fry veggies, and steamed rice.
Turnip Greens-and-Ham Stew
Recipe: Turnip Greens-and-Ham Stew
Is there anything more cozy than a pot of Southern-style slow-simmered turnip greens and ham? If your answer is yes, then just mozy on up above the Mason-Dixon. But if you don’t always find time to cook your greens low and slow, this recipe kicks up the flavor on frozen turnips and onions in just 30 minutes.
Spinach-and-Broccoli Breakfast Bread Pudding
Let the slow cooker do the work. Frozen broccoli, along with fresh or frozen spinach, gives the healthy green factor, while eggs, cheese, and Dijon mustard pack the dish with flavor.
Au Gratin Potato Casserole
Recipe: Au Gratin Potato Casserole
There's no dinner that won't welcome a warm dish of this no-fuss cheesy, creamy potato casserole. We make it easy with frozen hashbrowns, cream of mushroom soup, and cornflakes cereal.
Hearty Beef and Freezer Veggie Soup
Make this soup on Sunday, and it'll set you up for a few days of leftovers. The best part is the easy ingredient list of frozen vegetables (which you can switch up according to what you prefer or have in your freezer already), stew meat, and just a few spices you'll find in your pantry.
Cheesy Broccoli-and-Rice Casserole
When the freezer aisle is calling you, feel free to swap out the fresh broccoli for frozen in this recipe. There’s no canned soup used, so you deserve the break anyway.
Vegetable Tortellini Soup
Recipe: Vegetable Tortellini Soup
Let this soup warm your soul, curb your pasta cravings, and fill you up on colorful veggies—all at once. If your freezer is stocked with frozen broccoli, corn, or peas, go ahead and throw them in the slow cooker, too.
Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole
Not only does this slow-cooker recipe change things up from your usual casserole, but it also uses Alfredo sauce (instead of cream of mushroom soup), water chestnuts, Parmesan cheese, and toasted pecans for a totally unique take on the green bean classic.
Recipe: Hashbrown Casserole
It's amazing what Southerners can do with a bag of frozen potatoes. This cornflake-topped casserole has become a classic of many names, coming together with just a few staple ingredients.
Ham-and-Greens Pot Pie with Cornbread Crust
This recipe combines a few Southern staples—ham, greens, and cornbread—into a single casserole dish. If you have new neighbors from the North, this pot pie will show them what Southern cooking is all about.
Recipe: Ham-and-Vegetable Cobbler
This cobbler is one of our all-time best weeknight warriors. The savory latticed casserole is made with frozen vegetables, diced cooked ham, and store-bought piecrusts, making it—without a doubt—the easiest recipe ever.
Recipe: Okra Creole
Dress up a humble but oh-so-beloved vegetable—okra—with spicy Creole flavor. Time-saving frozen and canned veggies, paired with just a few other hard-working ingredients, ensure that this dish is nothing if not easy.
Chicken-and-Brisket Brunswick Stew
Made with chicken and brisket, this smoky stew cuts down on the prep time by throwing in canned tomatoes, frozen corn, and frozen lima beans. The hearty dish is perfect for filling up your family on a hectic weeknight and can be made even easier with rotisserie chicken.
Recipe: Spinach-and-Herb Pastatta
Is it a casserole? Frittata? Don't question it; just go ahead and make this perfect pasta dish (that uses frozen spinach for heartiness) as soon as possible.
Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili
This slow-cooker chili is a top-rated recipe for a reason. The hardest part of prep is browning the meat. What could be better?
Recipe: Potato-Crusted Pizza
Five ingredients, no sticky pizza dough, and fun kid-friendly prep? This frozen potato-crusted pizza is a no-brainer.
Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie
This recipe takes a classic and comforting ground beef dish and makes it a little simpler. The crust calls for frozen mashed potatoes, which saves you precious time.
Recipe: Home-Style Butterbeans
This veggie side dish uses the three B's—butter, brown sugar, and bacon—to make frozen butterbeans taste Thanksgiving-worthy.
Corn and Jalapeño Dip
Recipe: Corn and Jalapeño Dip
We call in this slow-cooker dip when we need a dinner party starter, game day snack, or holiday appetizer. It takes eight ingredients, including frozen corn and two types of cheeses, and just 15 minutes of prep time.
Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip with Country Ham
There are few snacks more versatile than a gooey skillet dip. This recipe starts with a base of frozen chopped spinach and can be made one day in advance. Just reheat in the oven or on the grill.
Parmesan Corn Pudding
Recipe: Parmesan Corn Pudding
You'd never know frozen corn is the base of this savory, cheesy casserole. Corn pudding is a Southern holiday staple, but this recipe makes sure that stress is kept low come the busy season.
Chicken 'n' Spinach Pasta Bake
Recipe: Chicken 'n' Spinach Pasta Bake
This Italian-inspired pasta bake cuts some corners, from the frozen spinach to the pre-cooked chicken to the canned tomatoes. It's perfect for company and quick enough for a weeknight dinner.
Lemon-Almond Green Bean Casserole
The fresh taste of panko (Japanese-style breadcrumbs) and sliced almonds make a crispy topping worthy of a holiday green bean casserole. As per usual, frozen green beans make up the hearty base.
Recipe: Taco Soup
Ready in just 55 minutes, this soup is our go-to for an easy night of entertaining. Just a few pantry and freezer staples later, and it's on the table, ready for tasty garnishes like shredded cheese, avocado, and corn chips.
Recipe: Funeral Potatoes
It's the dish of many names, but this take might be the most faithful attendee at Southern funeral spreads. The frozen hashbrown-based casserole usually boasts plenty of cheese, a cream-based soup, onions, butter, and a flaky, crunchy topping.
Easy Brunswick Stew
Recipe: Easy Brunswick Stew
This stew has all the makings of a fall family favorite with okra, pork, lima beans, corn, and a bevy of other canned and frozen veggies. The simple ingredients can be thrown in a slow-cooker and left alone for hours, giving you a chance to tackle other tasks.
Chubba Bubba's Broccoli Salad
Recipe: Chubba Bubba's Broccoli Salad
Perfectly crunchy and colorful, this simple version of broccoli salad features frozen broccoli and cauliflower for ease, bacon for flavor, and chopped carrot for color.