Frosted skillet vegetables are a great way to cook your favorite veggies while making them a bit more healthy. They are also a quick and easy meal that can be on the table in under 30 minutes. You can make a variety of recipes that use this cooking method and get the family eating plenty of fresh veggies! Here are some tips to help you achieve the best results.
Pre-Cooking Your Veggies Before Mixing With the Eggs
It is best to cook your vegetables before mixing them with the eggs to ensure that they are evenly cooked. Heartier vegetables like onions, potatoes and winter squash can take up to an hour to be properly pre-cooked, while tender greens such as kale and spinach will cook in just a few minutes. If you are using frozen vegetables, reheat them before adding the eggs.
Uniform Sizes Of Veggies
It’s common to throw in a few different veggies into the same pan, but that can result in them not all being cooked evenly. One way to avoid this is to cut all your veggies to similar sizes. This will make them cook evenly and avoid any uneven browning.
Roasting Your Vegetables
For a more uniformly browned, crispy vegetable, you will want to roast your veggies in the oven instead of steaming them on the stove top. This is best done at a high temperature (often 425 degrees) to give them the crispiness they deserve, while keeping them soft on the inside.
Besides being less time consuming than steaming, this method is also healthier because it prevents you from overcooking your vegetables. You can even use a steamer basket or the microwave if you’re in a hurry to get your vegetables roasted.
A good rule of thumb is to start with the vegetables that require the longest cooking time and add the others in half way through the process. For example, if you are roasting a combination of root vegetables such as potatoes and carrots, you can add the potatoes first and cook them for 20 minutes. Then, when they are almost cooked, add the carrots and continue cooking for another 10 or so minutes.
If you are using a non-stick pan, be sure to coat it in oil so that your vegetables can roast evenly and get the browning that they deserve. You should be able to tell that they are roasting and are ready to come out of the oven by checking them for softness and color.
Frosting Your Veggies
Aside from giving your roasted veggies a delicious and crunchy topping, frosted vegetables are a fun and festive side dish to serve alongside baked potatoes or pasta. They are also a good choice to serve with grilled meats, poultry or fish for an easy, quick and healthy dinner.
A frittata is a basic egg bake that combines cooked and fresh vegetables with a beaten egg mixture. It is a very versatile recipe, and it can be made with any kind of vegetables and seasonings you desire. It is a great way to turn leftovers into a delicious breakfast or brunch dish.