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anniediaz Dec 31, 2008 01:05 PM

Hi, I couldn't resist this at Costco today. I can make a simple stir fry, but wondering what works for others when using something like this. A good sauce recipe would be appreciated. Is there something else I can do besides stir fry? The contents are: brocolli, snap peas, baby corn, edamame, carrots, portabella mushrooms, water chestnuts, red and yellow bell peppers, shiitake mushrooms and green onions.

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    FriedClamFanatic Jan 1, 2009 08:05 AM

    I often take those types of veg and just heat them in a pot. BUT I add chicken broth, the juice of 1-2 oranges or tangerines, a smidgen of allspice and a hint of thyme. let them simmer for about 8-10 minutes

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      Steady Habits Jan 1, 2009 07:18 AM

      annie, get some phyllo and make a vegetable....uh, I don't know what to call it...layered tart? Takes a little time to butter or oil the layers, but it's easy and makes a good meatless meal.

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        lexpatti Jan 1, 2009 05:34 AM

        I was just going to say, save it for when someone needs an ice pack - I just don't like frozen vegies at all but then read about the thai soup from Weezy - thank you.

        Hubby likes to buy them and they sit. I call them colorful little sponges.

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          Steady Habits Jan 1, 2009 07:22 AM

          Many frozen vegetables I can't tolerate--the texture--but, fortunately, most of those I can get year-round, in decent enough condition.

          But I can't always get decent corn, and I never see fresh peas in the winter. So I usually have those and lima beans in the freezer, either to serve as stand-alones or to toss into soups and...what-have-you. If it's not used for soup, I find that frozen corn improves with either roasting or sauteeing.

        2. ipsedixit Dec 31, 2008 09:14 PM

          Add to chicken stock (or broth) and you have really good vegetable soup.

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            weezycom Jan 1, 2009 04:42 AM

            Then take the leftover chicken veggie soup and add coconut milk, a handful of fresh spinach, fresh chopped basil and some red curry paste and have a good Thai-flavored soup.

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              greygarious Jan 1, 2009 07:24 AM

              Agreed, soup and just about any vegetable dish OTHER than a stir-fry! If you are looking to avoid prep work for stir-frying, buy fresh bagged mixes or create your own at the salad bar, paying a premium price as a trade-off for convenience. The stir-fry concept is quick cooking at high heat, which creates caramelization while preserving crunch. The pan's temperature plummets when frozen ingredients are added, so they wind up being steamed rather than seared. At the very least, they should be defrosted to room temp, drained, and well-dried first but even then, they will be softer and wetter than fresh, and the end product will be an inferior stir-fry. Better to cook them for some other purpose.

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              juv Dec 31, 2008 09:09 PM

              Stir fries are yummy. Start by sauteing chopped ginger and garlic on high heat. Then add a dash of soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame seed oil, and tablespoon of honey. Another welcome addition would be thai fish sauce if you have some at hand. But avoid a sodiun overload by making sure that you dont salt your noodles/ pasta.

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                JIRodriguez Dec 31, 2008 02:48 PM

                LOL.. been there done that. I have actually gone through the bag and picked out certain veggies as needed in a pinch.

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