If you haven't figured out from the Foodbuzz ads on the site of my blog, I am affiliated with the company and get to participate in some of their Tastemaker programs. One of the benefits is that I get to try some new products before they hit grocery stores. So when I received this delivery of a cooler box full of frozen goods, you know I was excited:
There is nothing better than free food coming to your doorstep. Why on earth they decided to send frozen food in August to Georgia, I'll never know! But they stayed cold all the way, and I got these four bags of steamfresh sides:
I'll be completely honest here...two of these do NOT appeal to me at all. Somehow they decide to create two things I just don't like--mushrooms and creamed spinach. But the other two, I was seriously excited for. I decided to make a quick and easy dinner using the roasted red potatoes and green beans, in a parmesan olive oil sauce. As a side to a simple baked chicken breast, it was perfect!
Since I'm not always up for making a sauce just for a quick meal, this was a nice way to elevate a meal--and hubs appreciated the extra flavors. I tried another bag for a quick lunch. Instead of making it as a side, I decided to eat the whole thing and make it lunch! I ate the Primavera Risotto for lunch, but it needed a little extra something to make it a meal, so I tossed in some leftover broccoli and chicken. Yum! I loved having risotto for lunch--I would never make it for myself normally because it takes way too long.
Overall--loved the ones I tried, but I'm still not touching the creamed spinach. Maybe hubs will like it?
Rank in order: canned vegetables, frozen, fresh?
Fresh all the way! Although I really like frozen bags of veggies when I'm in a hurry, especially edamame and corn. Canned? Not so much. Because of the high sodium, I usually skip all canned veggies except for tomatoes (crushed or sauces).
Which one ranks higher in your book: mushrooms or creamed spinach? What food do you HATE?
Blech and Yuck. Although I will say that raw spinach = magical. Even sauteed, I love. But creamed? I must have had a bad experience as a child. Mushrooms I'm slowly getting used to. Slowly being the key word here. I won't pick them out anymore, but I definitely won't cook with them intentionally.
*I received these products free thanks to Foodbuzz and Birds Eye Chef's Favorites, but the opinions are entirely my own. *