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Green Giant Frozen Steamers: 3 Healthy recipes

A marketing, advertising and communications diva who traded her power-suit for a rolling pin and apron. I have written original recipes for brands like Green Giant and Jimmy Dean. I contribute to large online magazines like SheKnows.com ...

The Southwestern succotash recipe below is the one I showcased during the Google+ Hangout wherein I used Green Giant Frozen Niblets Corn & Butter Sauce to create a healthy and delicious side dish or vegetarian main course.

Green Giant Frozen Steamers

I am in love.

I am in love with numerous things.

I love veggies.

I love flavor.

I love veggies with flavor.

I love veggies with flavor that I can cook quickly.

I love veggies with flavor that I can cook quickly and mix in with my own special ingredients.

I love veggies with flavor that I can cook quickly and mix in with my own special ingredients that my toddler will eat.

And I think I've found the one.

The one who embodies all of these things and who makes my life in the kitchen that much more delicious.

He's tall, green and handsome — and he wears a lettuce-leaf toga.

Your minds are reeling, I know.

Green Giant Frozen Steamers are an amazing produce find for people who lead busy lives but want to eat healthier. I've used their broccoli, corn and peas numerous times, and I am always blown away by the results. Each vegetable option comes prepared in a flavorful sauce or naked as a blank canvas for you to experiment with.

I was very fortunate this month to host a Google+ Hangout with Green Giant Chef Maggie Lyon and SheKnows.com. I spoke with Maggie about different healthy recipes and how she makes frozen vegetables exciting.

The Southwestern succotash recipe below is the one I showcased during the Google+ Hangout, wherein I used Green Giant Frozen Niblets Corn & Butter Sauce to create a healthy and delicious side dish or vegetarian main course.

Southwestern succotash

Green Giant Frozen Steamers

Ingredients:

  • 1 (24 ounce) bag Green Giant Frozen Niblets Corn & Butter Sauce
  • 1 cup black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup chopped green chilies
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook the Green Giant Frozen Niblets Corn & Butter Sauce per the directions on the bag. I cooked them in the microwave, and they were ready in just 12 minutes with no pots or pans to clean up!
  2. Toss the cooked corn with the black beans, green chilies, diced tomatoes and onion. Then set them aside.
  3. Mix the cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper in a food processor, or mix them all together in a small bowl. Then pour that mixture over the corn mixture.
  4. Toss all of the ingredients together and serve.

Below are the two recipes that Maggie prepared during our Hangout.

Harissa green beans and kale

Prep time: 15 Minutes

Start to finish: 15 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (7.5 ounce) box Green Giant Frozen Green Beans & Almonds
  • 1 (8 ounce) bunch fresh kale, with ribs removed and leaves thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons harissa sauce

Directions:

  1. Cook the beans as directed on the box for the minimum amount of time.
  2. Meanwhile, place the kale and water in a 12-inch skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for 3-4 minutes or until the kale is crisp-tender, adding more water if necessary. Stir in the harissa and toss to coat.
  3. Stir in the beans. Cook, stirring gently, until thoroughly heated. Serve topped with almonds.
Note: Kale has a mild cabbage flavor. Remove the tough center stalk, then wash and dry the leaves before slicing and measuring. Harissa is a Tunisian hot chili sauce flavored with chilies, garlic, caraway, coriander and cumin. If you can't find harissa, you can substitute hot chili sauce.

Easy being green smoothie

Prep time: 10 Minutes

Start to finish: 10 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (9 ounce) box Green Giant frozen spinach
  • 1 (6 ounce) container Yoplait Original 99% Fat Free Key Lime Pie Yogurt
  • 2 medium kiwi, peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup apple juice

Directions:

  1. Microwave the spinach as directed on the box. Rinse with cold water until the spinach is cooled. Drain the spinach, squeezing out as much liquid as possible.
  2. Place 1/3 cup of the cooked spinach in a blender along with and all remaining ingredients. (Refrigerate the remaining spinach for another use.) Cover and blend on high speed for about 30 seconds or until smooth.
  3. Pour into 2 glasses. Serve immediately.
Note: For food safety reasons, frozen vegetables must be cooked. For the coolest smoothies, start with refrigerated fruit and juice.
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