This post shares how to cook frozen vegetables and serve them with a creamy peanut butter sauce. This easy recipe is gluten-free and goes great with any main dish.

Frozen veggies topped with creamy peanut sauce.

Believe it or not, but frozen vegetables are a part of a healthy diet. Frozen veggies are often picked at their peak of ripeness, and the freezing process captures most of the nutrients. So, you can save money by choosing frozen vegetables, without worrying about them being less healthy.

Recipe Tips

  • This is a budget-friendly side dish, plus one of the easiest side dishes you’ll ever make.
  • The delicious peanut sauce has only 5 ingredients.
  • Use almond butter instead of peanut butter to make this paleo and Whole30 friendly.
  • Serve the veggies over rice to make this a plant-based meal.

Steps

Step One

Bring water to a boil in a skillet (see what is the safest cookware).

Step Two

Add the frozen vegetables, cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Step Three

Turn off heat and let sit for 5 more minutes to absorb the water.

Frozen butternut squash and mediterranean blend vegetables.

Step Four

Make the sauce while the veggies cook. Combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Add more water, if necessary, to reach the desired consistency.

Step Five

Serve the veggies with a slotted spoon and drizzle with a teaspoon or two of the sauce.

process shot for veggies

Is this recipe healthy?

  • Most Americans don’t get enough vegetables in their diets, so this is a quick and healthy way to eat more veggies.
  • You can choose whatever blend of frozen vegetables you like the most. Feel free to get creative and use squash, greens, or other root vegetables.
  • And, please substitute almond butter for the peanut butter if you are doing a Whole30 or paleo diet.

Other Recipe Tips

  • Combine frozen Mediterranean vegetables with frozen cubed butternut squash for a full variety of vegetables that is very satisfying.
  • Pair this gluten-free recipe with roasted chicken for a balanced meal.
  • Serve over white or brown rice for even more staying power.
  • Be sure to use a natural brand of peanut butter (I like this one).
Frozen Vegetable with a creamy peanut sauce.

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Frozen Vegetables with Peanut Sauce

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This post shares how to cook frozen vegetables and serve them with a creamy peanut butter sauce. This easy recipe is gluten-free and goes great with any main dish.

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Healthy, Gluten-Free
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 16-ounce package frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped butternut squash
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (for paleo or Whole30, use almond butter)
  • 2 teaspoons coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons coconut vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon date syrup or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  1. Heat ¾ cup of water in a large skillet over high heat. Once the water starts to boil, carefully add the frozen vegetables. Stir and reduce the heat to medium.
  2. Cover the pot and let the vegetables cook for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the vegetables sit for 5 minutes to absorb the rest of the water.
  3. In the meantime, make the sauce by combining the peanut butter, coconut aminos, vinegar, syrup, and water in a small mixing bowl. Use a whisk to combine until smooth. Add more water to reach the desired consistency. 
  4. When you’re ready to serve, use a slotted spoon to serve the vegetables and drizzle a teaspoon or two of the sauce over each serving. 

Notes

This dish is great served over cooked white or brown rice. 

Use creamy almond butter instead of peanut butter to make this recipe Paleo and Whole30. 

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