When I want an easy side dish of vegetables to accompany my meat, fish or chicken entrée, Trader Joe’s Vegetable Melange in seasoned butter sauce is a quick and delicious choice. It has no preservatives and no artificial colors or flavors which I appreciate. Trader Joe’s is picky, picky about their sources for food and I always trust their choices for producers and processors.
The vegetable mix in this product consists of green peas, carrots (small julienne cut), cauliflower florets (very small pieces), and sweet corn. The vegetables are individually quick frozen so that it is easy to pour a portion out of the bag, and they are coated with a butter sauce. The butter sauce ingredients are: water, butter (milk), parsley, salt, sugar, potatoes modified starch, potatoes starch, and natural flavorings (salt, wheat maltodextrin, yeast extract and Arabic gum).
How to prepare
For stovetop preparation: Put the desired amount of Vegetable Melange with a tablespoon of water in a pan and cook on low heat, stirring frequently for 7 minutes or until cooked through. (Note: Check before 7 minutes so as to not overcook – the vegetable pieces are small and cook quickly).
For microwave preparation (which I use): Place desired quantity of frozen Vegetable Mélange in a microwave-safe dish and cover with plastic wrap. NOTE: It says to heat on high for 7 minutes and to stir after 4 minutes. I find that my individual portion will be cooked in a little less than 4 minutes, and I just stir and serve.
A serving size is 2/3 cup, and there are a suggested 5 servings per bag. Each serving has 70 calories, and 35 of those calories are from fat (due mainly to the butter sauce, no doubt). Each serving has 4g fat (no trans fat); less than 5mg cholesterol; 30mg sodium; 7g total carbohydrates (2g dietary fiber and 3g sugar) and 2g protein.
Ways to use
I like this as a nutritious vegetable side dish for my lunch.
However, my favorite way of using Vegetable Mélange is to stir some into organic vegetable broth for a quick and easy vegetable soup. I just heat on the stovetop until vegetables are cooked but not overcooked, stirring and checking frequently. This heats through fairly quickly because of the small size of the veggies. The butter sauce seasons the broth and makes for a tasty and easy-to-prepare vegetable soup.
If you cook the vegetables in the microwave they are good folded into an omelette. I can have breakfast ready in almost no time and find that an omelette prepared this way along with a piece of whole wheat toast is very satisfying and nutritious.
I have been cutting back on my intake of butter, but an occasional serving of Vegetable Mélange in seasoned butter sauce doesn’t seem unreasonable for me. The seasoning they use is flavorful so I don’t add any additional butter, salt or other seasonings.
If you have a Trader Joe’s in your vicinity you might like to try their Vegetable Mélange in seasoned butter sauce. I’m adding it to organic vegetable broth for a tasty soup for my lunch today! Bon appétit!
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Personal experience of several years of using this product