Browsing in Trader Joe’s today, I saw some great products. These are most definitely not three of them.
This is frozen mixed vegetables in a butter sauce. It’s the “sauce” part that kills me with all its extra ingredients (um, what the heck are “natural flavoring substances”?)
INGREDIENTS: Vegetable mix (green peas, carrots, cauliflower florets, sweetcorn), butter sauce (water, butter (milk), parsley, salt, sugar, potatoes modified starch, potatoes starch, natural flavourings (natural flavouring preparations, natural flavouring substances, salt, wheat maltodextrin, yeast extract, arabic gum).
Really?Â Just buy frozen mixed vegetables and put butter on top.
This is frozen pasta and vegetables, with the special delicious taste of glucose syrup and corn protein. Mmmmm.
INGREDIENTS: Bowtie pasta (Durum Wheat Flour, Water), Carrots, Whole Spinach Leaves, Red Bell Pepper, Dried Cheese (Casein, Milkfat, Water, Wheat Starch, Salt, Lactose), [Milk], Glucose Syrup, Salt, Corn Protein, Yeast Extract, Oregano, and other Herbs and Spice Extracts.
Seriously? Just cook pasta and fresh or frozen veggies then top withÂ ParmesanÂ cheese.
My personal favorite, this is cooked spaghetti coated in oil, frozen. For the person who doesn’t have 10 minutes to cook spaghetti.
Are you kidding? Just boil the darn water and throw in some pasta. Then you can make your own decision about oil.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Durum Wheat Semolina, Safflower Oil, Salt
The bottom line: This type of heat-and-eat product can be found at all grocery stores, not just Trader Joe’s. Read the ingredients first. Then go buy the ingredients and make it yourself.