Today’s bento is another of those that I showed off yesterday. Since you’ve already seen that picture, I leave you with a “new to me” post for the day. An explanation of NTM follows at the end of this post.
I’m not one much on frozen things that you heat, steam, stir fry, or what not to get a meal. They just never seem to work out quite right for me. For this reason, I tend to avoid most steam in the bag things, and just purchase the regular frozen vegetables I use in my bentos: corn, peas, and green beans. Carrots are normally always purchased fresh, unless I’m buying a bag of frozen mixed vegetables.
This weekend while shopping at the grocery, frozen veggies were on sale, including some of the steam in the bag sort. This one caught my eye: Garden Vegetable Medley by Green Giant. It caught my eye because of what was in the bag: potatoes, sugar snap peas, and red peppers. The thing that gave me pause was the “garden herbs.” I could tell from the picture things looked a wee bit saucy. Vegetables in some type of sauce always give me cause for concern. I’m not big on unknown sauces of the herby variety. They are another thing that I’m not crazy to try.
This was a pleasant enough surprise though. Three minutes in the microwave steamed the vegetables in their bag. However, be forewarned that this bag does not open as easily as the the instructions say it should. I ended up having to get out a knife to make a small slit where the “pull and split” seam was. Pulling and splitting that seam just wasn’t happening, plus there was the whole heat factor. Burning myself with hot, steamed, saucy vegetables was something I wanted to avoid.
There was enough vegetables to split into two bentos. I could have split into more bentos if I wasn’t using so much in a single bento. My bentos are very a wee bit of this and a wee bit of that. Things were tasty enough, though a bit on the sweet side with both sugar snap peas and red pepeprs in the mix. It wasn’t so overly sweet that I didn’t like it though. The potatoes helped to balance out the sweetness a bit. The sauce seemed unnoticeable, like it wasn’t there. Mainly, I just tasted vegetables. These were tasty enough, though not anything I’d buy again unless on sale since the regular price for such an amount seemed a bit high normally.
Verdict: Not bad, but I’d like to recreate it on my own. Though I wouldn’t hesitate to pick it up again on sale.
New-to-me is a series on Not Exactly Bento featuring new foods, techniques, and products I’ve tried. In my bento adventures and the expansion of my culinary knowledge (which started at zero), I’ve had to try many new food items, cooking techniques, and products. In August 2009, I decided to start chronicling my new-to-me experiences more formally as a weekly post on Tuesdays. Any posts featuring brand name foods or products are unsolicited and have no affiliation to the company which produces the product. All opinions are solely those of the owner of Not Exactly Bento, Jenn.