What to Cook for Dinner?
I grow sugar snap peas each year, both bush and pole peas. My kids and husband love to eat them raw right out of the garden. I like to eat them slightly cooked, there just some bitter flavor I can taste in the raw peas that the rest of my family can’t. I know my taste buds can be a little weird.
So, when I have an overabundance of peas, I like to combine them with a few other vegetables and freeze them into stir fry vegetable freezer packages. These stir fry freezer packages work great with my marinated chicken stir fry packs to have a meal just waiting in the freezer for me to make.
I can usually purchase fresh broccoli and cauliflower for about $.80/lb. When I see a good sale I will pick some up and add that to my stir fry packages. If I don’t find a good sale I usually have carrots, onions and celery on hand to add to the sugar snap peas for the freezer packages. You can use whatever vegetables you like best in your stir fry.
To Make the Packages
Wash and cut up the vegetables as you would for stir fry. I chunk up the cauliflower and broccoli. For the sugar snap peas I removed both ends with the strings. I also peel the broccoli stalks and slice them up too. Don’t throw them away there are great to use. My kids call them broccoli chips.
Once the vegetables are all prepared, I blanch them for about 3-4 minutes in boiling water. You don’t want to cook them through just blanch them. After blanching you will want to cool them down quickly to stop the cooking. Add the blanched vegetables to a large bowl of ice water. Let them cool about 3-5 minutes.
Once the vegetable are cool, drain and package into vacuum bags or zipper freezer bags. Make sure to label them with the date and what is in the packages.
To use the stir fry vegetable packages, I thaw them slightly and then add them to the skillet and stir fry. Having these packages in the freezer makes getting a stir fry dinner on the table so very easy. Also by purchasing the vegetables while they are in season you can save money too. Having convenience and money saving is a good combination.