Mixed Vegetables with Instant Cream Sauce
Mixed vegetable side dishes are all over the freezer section, but most left us feeling lukewarm.
Why This Recipe Works
We appreciate the convenience of the sauced vegetable medleys sold in the freezer aisle of supermarkets, but the mushy vegetables and cloying cream sauce clearly need fixing. For perfectly tender veggies, we sautéed a combination of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and red bell pepper until they were slightly brown before steaming them, covered. Then we uncovered the skillet to allow any liquid to evaporate. Keeping the same no-cook approach you’d get from a freezer package, we simply combined equal parts cream cheese and heavy cream with fresh chives, bright lemon juice, and spicy red pepper flakes to toss with the veggies before serving.