No prep time for vegetables + 4 minutes in microwave + 2 minutes in wok = 6 minutes
Total recipe using frozen = about 20 minutes
Innovation Chicken Fried Rice—18 oz.
$3.19 for 1 serving; 4 servings, $12.76
Microwave 2 minutes, turn and 4 minutes
About 6 minutes
It is difficult to estimate time for these two recipes, but the advantages to frozen vegetables are: (1) no prep time washing, paring and chopping, (2) because they are blanched before they are frozen the cooking time is also shorter, (3) frozen vegetables last longer in than fresh so there is less waste, (4) total recipe cost is less.
To go totally convenience food, here is the Innovation label:
Birds Eye Oriental Stir Fry Vegetables:
2 – Chicken Stir Fry—Fresh Vegetables
1 t. Bouillon 1 stalk of celery (about 3/4 c)
1 c. Hot water 1/4 of a large onion
2 Tbsp. corn starch 1/4 c. water chestnuts
1/4 c. Soy Sauce 1/4 c. snow peas (or sugar snap)
1/4 tsp. minced garlic 1 cup or 1 small bunch of broccoli
Chicken Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Pour 2 t. of oil into the pan. Then saute the minced garlic and onions. Next add the chicken pieces and cook on medium-high heat until cooked through and golden brown.
Vegetables Wash and cut up: broccoli, carrot (remember to peel first), celery and onion into bite-sized pieces. Cut the water chestnuts in half. Wash and trim snow peas. Keep your vegetables separated in bowls or custard cups. Do not combine them all together.
Add only the carrots and broccoli stems to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes or until tender with the lid off. Add celery, water chestnuts and snow peas and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender. Add about 1/4 c. of water to the vegetables if they start to stick or burn while cooking. Stir the vegetables constantly.
Add 1 c. hot water and bouillon and bring to a boil.
In a cereal bowl, combine soy sauce and cornstarch. Stir with a fork until completely dissolved and smooth. Slowly add the soy sauce mixture to the stir fry. Stir on medium low heat until it thickens and turns dark brown. Remove from heat and pour over hot cooked rice.
Rice In a small glass bowl, combine instant rice and 1 ½ c. water. Cover with plastic wrap. (Remember to poke a hole in the top to allow some steam to escape.) Cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. Allow to stand for 2-4 minutes or until all water is absorbed. Watch the rice carefully. You may need to replace the plastic wrap a couple of times during the cooking process.
Name:______________________ Period:_________ Table #:_____ Performance #8-Fresh vs Frozen Produce Directions: Write a 2 paragraph essay. In the first paragraph compare and contrast details of the products. Be sure to include nutritional facts like the amount of vitamins, minerals, calories, fat and anything else that you think would be significant to you nutritionally. Also be sure to include price facts, time, and any other specifics that you think are important like flavor and texture differences between fresh vs frozen. In the 2nd paragraph, state which product you think was better and justify why you would choose that product and give a scenario in which you would use the product