*Yeah, you could dice carrots, shave ears of corn, cut green beans, etc. But the frozen bag, which is generally high quality, saves time and money. Don’t be afraid of this shortcut!
**I use flour and cornstarch here to thicken, which I recognize is unconventional. I prefer how the flour gives the soup body, while the corn starch adds a certain creamy glossiness that I associate with chicken stews.