For many of us, cooking is a big part of the holiday season. But sometimes the menu requires lots of prep work and clockwork precision to get the timing of every dish just right. We want to make it easier for you to get dinner on the table faster, and with less stress.
Our pre-prepped produce can help you incorporate more vegetables into your holiday recipes without spending extra time slicing, dicing, peeling and mincing. See below for some of our most popular offerings, as well as a recipe suggestion for each featured veggie. Since you might need to maximize your oven space in addition to your prep time, scroll down for recipe suggestions that are simple, scrumptious and easy to make ahead—no oven mitts required.
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The Fresh Market Veggie Noodles are a healthy and delicious alternative to pasta. They’re colorful, packed with nutrients and perfect in a number of dishes, from cold salads to sautéed sides. Varieties include butternut squash, sweet potato, and zucchini.
2Pre-Cut Butternut Squash
Pare down your cutting time with our Pre-Cut Butternut Squash. This seasonal vegetable is fresh, versatile and ready to roast—plus, you don’t have to worry about peeling it or slicing through the tough exterior. These prepped cubes are perfect in our recipe for Orange Maple Glazed Butternut Squash.
3Pre-Cut Sweet Potatoes
It’s no secret that sweet potatoes are a dinner staple. These Pre-Cut Sweet Potatoes are ideal for roasting and mashing and save you time, so you’re one step closer to the first bite. Cook Like A Chef >> Tip from Chef Jarrod: Instead of topping your sweet potatoes with marshmallows, roast them up in a casserole dish loaded with smoky paprika-infused butter and fresh chopped rosemary. Once they become tender, sprinkle them with tangy crumbles of goat cheese and finish under the broiler until the cheese gets soft and melty.
4Halved Brussels Sprouts
There are few things more delectable than crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside roasted Brussels sprouts—especially when they’re cooked with brown sugar and balsamic vinegar for a delightful balance of sweet and tart flavors. Our recipe for Date Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Hazelnuts is simple, addictively good and quick to make. Grab our Halved Brussels Sprouts to make this dish even more stress-free.
Whether you wrap it in prosciutto, bake it into a tart or roast it in the oven, asparagus is always a good choice for a side. These tips have the woody stems removed, so they’re ready to cook. Choose between seasoned and unseasoned asparagus. Try them in our recipe for Roasted Asparagus with Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts.
6Peeled Baby Carrots
Candied, glazed, roasted or pureed, carrots make a delicious ingredient in side dishes. We’ve saved you a step with freshly peeled baby carrots, ideal for roasting whole. Try them in our hearty recipe for Maple Harissa Caramelized Carrots with Lemony Yogurt and Feta. We’ve also left the tops intact for a beautiful presentation.
Cooking up a soup, sauce or stew? We’ve done the first step for you! Our house-made blend of chopped carrots, celery and onions is a holiday essential. Keep our Mirepoix (pronounced “meer-pwah”) on hand as an aromatic base for everything from stock to marinade. (Bonus: You won’t have to worry about crying over diced onions in front of your guests.)
8Veggie Steamer Bags
Our veggie steamer bags are making holiday side dishes easier than ever. Seasoned with herb butters and spice blends, these veggies steam right in the bag and are ready to serve in 20 minutes or less.
Make It Easy
Put these prepped vegetables to good use with three of our favorite recipes. They’re easy, convenient and don’t require all that chopping, slicing and dicing.
Take roasted butternut squash to the next level with goat cheese, nuts and greens. Serve your sweet potatoes savory, and impress your guests with a picture-perfect side that will satisfy vegetarians and carnivores alike.
1Wild Mushroom & Pearl Barley Stuffing
Serve something a little unexpected this Thanksgiving with our easy, vegetarian-friendly stuffing recipe! Fresh, exotic mushrooms add unique, hearty flavors and textures. Bonus: this dish is easy to make ahead!
2Red Curry Sweet Potatoes with Crushed Peanuts, Lime and Mint
Try a new twist on a holiday favorite with these sweet, savory curried sweet potatoes. Red curry paste, rich coconut milk and earthy black garlic add complex, unique flavor. Pro Tip: Be heavy-handed with the topping, which includes crushed peanuts, mint and cilantro.
3Roasted Butternut Squash Salad With Beets And Marinated Goat Cheese
Sweet roasted beets and butternut squash mingle with tangy goat cheese, crunchy pistachios and a tangle of fresh arugula tossed with crisp, white balsamic vinaigrette. To save time for the big meal, roast your veggies and make your dressing in advance, then assemble and serve at room temperature.
4Sweet Potato Bake With Savory Rosemary and Bacon Crumble
Who needs marshmallows? These sweet potatoes are topped with a sweet, salty, addictively good rosemary and bacon crumble. Pecans add a delicious crunch, while fresh rosemary adds a beautifully herbaceous flavor and aroma.
5Roasted Carrots And Quinoa Salad
This hearty salad features roasted carrots on a bed of earthy red quinoa and arugula, studded with pumpkin seeds, feta cheese, tart dried cherries and juicy pomegranate seeds. It’s easy to make and oh-so stunning on the plate.