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NTM: Green Giant Garden Vegetable Medley

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.

New to Me- Green Giant Garden Vegetable Medley (1 of 1)

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.


  1. Aimee S. says:

    The frozen potato aspect throws me off. I find they tend to either be too soft when he heated or too crunchy. That’s jut me. But the other items certainly appeal to me and I would consider trying this brand on your recommendation.

  2. Katie says:

    We are not usually big on the frozen steam bags either but Green Giant is really doing something right. Their steam bag green beans are the best frozen green beans I’ve ever had!

    The other brands doing steam bags of veggies: not so good. Blech.

    • Jenn says:

      I haven’t tried too many of the steam in the microwave veggies. I normally just buy a bag of regular frozen veggies and steam them myself at home. Thanks for the heads up on the Green Giant preference.

  3. matt says:

    My favorite is the vegetable medley, with a dash or two of garlic salt, this vegetable medley is wonderful. The vegetable medley is good enough that i eat it as a lite snack. I enjoy the lite buttery sauce, the tender roasted red potatoes, the crisp sugar snap peas and roasted red bell pepper. Yummy.. I hope the herb sauce i want to recreate is as lite and buttery as the green giant version, i dont want to overwhelm the sauce with the herbs…

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