We all know that Chinese food is not the healthiest option in the world. This recipe is a staple for me because it hits the spot and is so quick and easy, I can have it ready in 10 minutes without making a mess of the kitchen. No pealing or chopping here. My kind of meal. When I opened my freezer to see what veggies we had in stock, I noticed we had a “steam in the bag” of mixed veggies that we bought a few weeks back when they were on sale. Then I started thinking. Then the questions started to rapidly swirl around in my head. Then I went to Dr. Google.
I think there are two important things that people need to take into consideration if they are concerned about using “steam in the bag”, because there are pros and cons.
Main Pro – Frozen veggies are packed with nutrients because they are flash frozen at their peak, which seal in their nutrition. Most of a vegetable’s nutrients is lost during the boiling process, so by using steam in the bag, you are losing significantly less nutrients.
Main Con – What made me do research on steam in the bag veggies was a concern that the plastic may contain BPA which would be released in the microwave. After reading a lot of articles (I guess I wasn’t the only one with this question), I learned that the plastic they use for the steam in the bag does not contain BPA or any other harmful chemicals. While that in itself is a good thing, the amount of plastic (and petroleum used to make the plastic) we all use is literally killing the planet. I have been trying very hard to limit my plastic usage, so steam in the bag veggies are not something I am comfortable using very often.
Now that you know the facts, you can make the decision that is right for you and fits your lifestyle best. Got it?! Good!
Peanut Butter Stir-Fried Vegetables over Brown Rice
Yield: 2 servings
1 cup of brown rice (uncooked)
1 bag frozen veggies
2 tbsp peanut butter
1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup stir fry sauce
Prepare your veggies (whatever kind you want to use) and set aside – drain if necessary. Bring water for rice to a boil in a small sauce pan. Place veggies, stir-fry sauce, peanut butter, and orange juice in a medium skillet, and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally. While the vegetables are doing their thing, cook your rice. When the rice is ready, place on your plate and scoop the veggies on top. Serve immediately.
I’ve probably made this three times in the past week and a half. Overkill? Nah.