It's been a crazy, odd, slightly fulfilling few weeks for me. I'm just barely starting to simmer down and reflect back on everything. Anyway, it's always cool to try out new products. Being a part of Foodbuzz'z Tastemaker Program I'm lucky to be able to receive item to try before they are released to the general public. This time around it's thanks to Birds Eye and their line of Chef's Favorites. You may know them by their frozen vegetables in the steamer bag packages.
I've already been a fan of Birds Eye for a while. A frequent purchaser of the frozen veggies, those steam bags they come in really help cut the cooking time in half especially when in a rush to get some veggies out onto the table. So when I received the notification to opt-in to try something new from them, I jump on the chance.
They simple ready meals. In the box, were four samples.
Mushroom & Green Bean Risotto
Primevera Vegetable Risotto
Roasted Red Potato & Green Beans
I cooked two of them the night I received it. Saved me from having to think of what to cook up.
Mushroom and Green Bean Risotto. I cooked it in the microwave. Yes, these also come in those fresh steamer bags, which I find really cool. The texture of the risotto is of the slightly thick creamy consistency. Not sure if it's supposed to be that way. Maybe it's the way I heated it up. But it was actually pretty good. The new way to do TV dinners? I love that there nice pieces of mushroom and green bean in it.
I also cooked up the creamed spinach. It is what is described in the package. It is tasty and lightly sauced, so it's not dry. I also cooked this one in the microwave.
If you don't like using the microwave, you can also heat it up on the stove. I'd only suggest the microwave only if you're in a rush to eat and don't want a lot of clean up, which this is great for.
I mixed the two side by side. This was sort-of attempt of making it look like the "yin-yang" effect. Sadly, it didn't work out to my benefit. I find that one package can feed one, but if you heat up two of the items you can share them with another person.
The next day, I had myself the Primevera Vegetable Risotto. I had spent the day writing the latest draft of a screenplay I had been working on with a colleague and I nearly forgot to eat. Yes, it can happen. One forgets to put scrumptious delicious in one's belly, if one has been pre-occupied with other activities. Of course, you'll get your stomach growling and saying "feed me"
I mixed in a little shredded parmesan. Yes, I do love my cheese. Again, it was lightly creamy. Subtle flavors and filled me just right. My pictures don't really do this product justice, but give it a try when they come out in a grocery near you. It's particularly good for those who are in a hurry to get a meal.