Thursday, May 12, 2011

Whole Foods 365 Frozen Veggies

Want to know one of my very favorite Summertime dinners? Salty edamame and cold beer. I love it. I could snack on edamame til i was blue in the face and it matches so well with cold beer. In fact, i believe that Chinese bars often have edamame to snack on instead of chex mix or peanuts. They've got the right idea.

I mentioned yesterday how much i love to sprinkle frozen corn and peas on my salads: frozen vegetables are about the only veggies i buy from the grocery store anymore. I try to get my fresh produce either from my garden or from the farmer's market, I almost never buy canned vegetables, but i do occasionally get frozen veggies from the store. Whole Foods was nice enough to give me some samples of their Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value frozen veggies, and i can vouch for their quality. The packaging has less plastic than some other brands and the produce quality is superb. I purchased some frozen peas and of course this edamame, and i think this may be some of the best edamame i've had.

Flash frozen fruits and vegetables are a game-changer for preserving fresh taste and nutrient content, especially when you can’t pick directly from the tree or vine.  365 Everyday Value frozen produce contains only the harvest, which means these goodies are the real deal, with no artificial preservatives or additives of any kind.  And with these ready-to-go bags of bounty you needn’t plan for prep time— they’re already primed for a quick and healthy weekday meal.  If you're inclined to stock up on frozen veggies, you can fill your freezer with a medley of these frozen sweet and delicious packs from Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value:

NEW 365 Everyday Value Organic Southwestern Blend
Daydream of soaking in the warmth of the Sunbelt as this crunchy new Southwestern Blend of onions and red and green peppers sizzles on your stovetop.  Serve it in a salad; stir it in a soup or stew, or liven up a fajita filling. Since all 365 Everyday Value vegetables are flash frozen soon after harvest, this colorful combo is a great source of Vitamin C. 

NEW 365 Everyday Value Organic Mediterranean Blend
This satisfying medley of zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, green beans, red peppers and onions has newly arrived to make your mouth water for a seaside siesta.  It’s a hearty blend that can strengthen a sauce, complement any casserole, or be served simply on the side. Stock up on this colorful combination bursting with nutrients and fireworks of flavor.

NEW 365 Everyday Value Leafy Greens Blend
The ultimate staple for your frozen stock, this blend is scintillating when sautéed with garlic and onions for a luscious bed of greens.  Mild-flavored collard greens mellow the more peppery mustard greens and “kick” of kale for a scrumptiously savory combination to color a variety of plates.  Vibrant with antioxidants, iron and magnesium, do go ahead and fortify your freezer. 

Fruit Loot
Lock in the sweetness of spring and summer with 365 Everyday Value Frozen Wild Blueberries, Strawberries or Dark Sweet Cherries.  With these bags of frozen fun in the freezer, sour fruit and spoilage is no longer a concern.  Dress up sundaes, make snazzy smoothies or bake pies aplenty with the berry booster of your choice.  For a delectable dessert when you can’t decide, call upon the new Frozen Berry Blend of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries to mingle in your mouth with vanilla ice cream.   

I even picked up a 6 pack of New Belgium Somersault Ale that was on sale for $6.50something. Apparently Whole Foods CAN be affordable. Haha. I'm sad I didn't try one of their specialty blends, but i'm quite pleased with the edamame i purchased.

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