Well-seasoned veggie mix that's a handy base to have in the freezer for dinner recipes. Be aware that the veggie mix, when thawed, has quite a bit of liquid in it. I found the Shrimp with Rice recipe was much too soupy using the recommended amount of liquid. The Beef and Vegetable Dinner was great - similar to spaghetti with meat sauce, but with a bit of Greek flair. Haven't tried the other variations. The vegetable medley is a tasty, healthy head-start for weeknight suppers. I'll use it again!
Day-by-Day Vegetable Medley
Use this dish as a base for the recipes that follow. It makes enough to use in four recipes. For variations of this recipe (Individual Pizzas, Greek-Style Chicken Stew, Shrimp With Rice, Beef-And-Vegetable Supper, Black Bean Soup), see below.
- 3 medium onions, chopped (about 4 1/2 cups)
- 2 red bell peppers, chopped (about 3 cups)
- 2 green bell peppers, chopped (about 3 cups)
- 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 large eggplant, unpeeled and chopped (about 8 cups)
- 1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced (about 6 cups)
- 4 (10-ounce) cans cans mild diced tomatoes and green chiles
- 1/4 cup Greek seasoning
- Sauté onions and bell peppers in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Place onion mixture in large bowl, and set aside.
- Sauté eggplant in 2 tablespoons hot olive oil in Dutch oven over medium heat 5 minutes. Add eggplant to onion mixture in bowl.
- Sauté mushrooms in remaining 2 tablespoons hot oil in Dutch oven over medium heat 5 minutes.
- Add canned diced tomatoes and green chiles, Greek seasoning, and vegetable mixture to Dutch oven, and cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
- Spoon 3 cups mixture into each of four freezer bags; seal and freeze up to one month.
- Note: For testing purposes only, we used Cavender's All Purpose Greek Seasoning.
- Individual Pizzas: Place 6 (5-ounce) Italian bread shells on baking sheet. Brush each with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Spread 1/2 cup Day-by-Day Vegetable Medley, thawed, over each crust. Sprinkle each with 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and your favorite toppings. Bake at 450° for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Greek-Style Chicken Stew: Bring 4 cups chopped cooked chicken; 3 cups Day-by-Day Vegetable Medley, thawed; and 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can chicken broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Stir in 1 cup cooked diced potatoes and 1 cup whipping cream. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Salt to taste.
- Shrimp With Rice: Heat 3 cups Day-by-Day Vegetable Medley, thawed, and 1 cup vegetable broth in large saucepan; add 1 (16-ounce) package peeled frozen shrimp, thawed, and cook until thoroughly heated. Spoon mixture over hot cooked rice. Serve immediately.
- Beef-And-Vegetable Supper: Cook 1 pound lean ground beef in large skillet, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink. Stir in 3 cups Day-by-Day Vegetable Medley, thawed; 1 cup chicken broth; and 1 (8-ounce) can tomato paste. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 30 minutes. Serve over your favorite cooked pasta or noodles. Salt to taste.
- Black Bean Soup: Bring 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained; 3 cups Day-by-Day Vegetable Medley, thawed; and 2 cups chicken broth to a boil. Stir in 1/4 cup lime juice, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon chili powder. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 45 minutes. Serve with chopped fresh cilantro and chopped onion. Salt to taste.
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