I often turn to package frozen vegetables mostly for their convenience. They’re already washed, can be found whole or chopped, and are available alone or in vegetable medleys. It definitely makes it very easy and convenient to have vegetables handy in the freezer, for all your cooking needs.
As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I recently sampled one of Green Giant’s Valley Fresh Steamers. They come in microwavable packages that lets you enjoy steamed vegetables, quick and simple. They have a variety of vegetables from premium cut vegetables to vibrant blends, available with or without sauce.
I usually buy frozen vegetables sans sauce, but I decided to try out one of their Healthy Colors blends. I picked up the Market Blend which contained a colorful mix of sliced carrots, zucchini, roma tomatoes and yellow bell peppers strips lightly tossed with an herb-infused extra virgin olive oil sauce. The ingredients of the sauce contains less than 1% each of extra virgin olive oil, salt, garlic, powder gelatin, corn starch, canola oil, calcium chloride, xanthan gum, spice, carob bean gum, natural flavor.
There’s about two servings for package. The pouch goes directly into the microwave standing up. Depending on your microwave, the vegetables will take anywhere from 3-5 minutes or so to thoroughly heat up. I liked the combination of vegetables – carrots, zucchini, tomatoes and yellow bell peppers. However, I felt like package was mostly carrots and not too much of the other vegetables. Some more zucchini would have been nice. The herb-infused dressing was not bad. It was relatively light and did not overpower the vegetables, but I’d prefer to purchase plain vegetables and make my own dressing instead. Overall, their Valley Fresh Steamer products are nice. It’s an effortless way to add a side of vegetables to your meal in just a matter of minutes.