Let's say you're making pasta, and adding frozen veg. Like maybe your sundried tomatoes turn out to be the unchemically processed kind, and you discover they should have been in the fridge, not the cabinet, and you're out of fresh veg, because it's the end of the week, and you're like, "Well then, peas it is."
Here's my hot tip on defrosting.
Make pasta. Add frozen peas to colander.
Drain pasta over peas. Voila! Defrosted peas.
This translates to corn as well. Less so to broccoli and leafy greens and not at all to meat.
Dinner: garlic, wine, stock, chicken, red pepper flake, pasta, peas, parmesan.