No Food Prep: Veggie Edition

 

Vegetables are packed with micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that are responsible for a lot of our bodily functions. They affect our mood, energy levels, how our muscles/organs function, how we sleep, and so much more. Red veggies help with heart health, yellow with skin health, orange with inflammation, green with cleansing your body, blue/purple veggies supply you with antioxidants, and white veggies help your immune system (the same goes for fruit by the way!).

A lot of people struggle with finding recipes to cook vegetables, and they can be even more time consuming to prep. Here are my finds at the grocery store to help you get more veggies in your diets with the least amount of effort and work.

LOTS of frozen, steamable veggies in the frozen food aisle! 

 

TRADER JOE’S/SPROUTS:

  • There are SO many options at these two stores

  • Frozen rainbow cauliflower (super easy to cook, just toss in a pan for 10 mins and stir occasionally)

  • Microwavable broccoli florets

  • Riced cauliflower

  • Frozen microwavable mushrooms

  • Microwavable frozen asparagus, and more

 

CECE'S VEGGIE NOODLE CO.:

  • Beet spirals

  • Zucchini spirals

  • Butternut squash spirals

  • Riced cauliflower

  • Riced broccoli

  • I've even seen carrot spirals (although these were at Trader Joe's, not Cece's)

 
 

TOMMY’S SUPERFOODS:

  • Brussels SPROUTS (brussels and red bell peppers)

  • root fusion (carrots, beets, apples, sweet potatoes)

  • broccoli remix (broccoli, chickpeas, yellow peppers)

  • super greens (kale, spinach, swiss chard)

  • cauliflower and green beans

 

STEAMFRESH:

  • Italian blend (carrots, broccoli, beans, red peppers, cauliflower)

  • cut green beans

  • mixed vegetables (corn, green beans, carrots)

 

WOODSTOCK:

  • Grilled eggplant

  • whole asparagus (microwavable)

 

GROCERY STORE BRANDS:

  • STEAMABLE edamame

  • broccoli

  • peas

  • Prepped and steamable brussel sprouts

  • Prepped and steamable green beans

 

GREEN GIANT:

  • MASHED CAULIFLOWER

 

FRESH VEGETABLES:

  • Cucumbers

  • bell peppers

  • carrots

  • celery

  • Most of these pair great with hummus

  • As long as you have a knife on hand, you'll be good to go!

  • A veggie platter works too! Carrots, peas, celery, grape tomatoes, pre-cut broccoli.

 
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MANN’S VEGGIES:

  • ALL pre-cut BROCCOLI, cauliflower, carrots

  • Toss on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Season and roast for 20-30 mins or until done. Some of these are even steamable in their bags.

  • The peas you can eat right out of the bag.

 

SALAD KITS:

  • Fresh Express has several types

  • other brands I saw were Taylor Farms

  • Lots of stores have pre-made salads too

  • Spinach and romaine lettuce require zero prep - maybe a quick chop.

  • Bonus - you can saute spinach in only a few minutes!

 

SPROUTS:

  • alfalfa sprouts or bean sprouts - zero prep!

 

Author: Megan Markoff, Black Iron Nutrition Coach, @megmarkoffcoaching