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This blog was a year-long project. In 2015 I reviewed 1 TJ's product EVERY SINGLE DAY. I visited lots of TJ's stores around the country, and when the year ended I couldn't stop. I still post often (though not daily) & I welcome your comments on the products & reviews.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Day 34 - Asian Vegetable Stir Fry
This is not the type of thing we normally buy – pre-cut
veggies all set to stir fry. For us, a
big part of the “fun” and deliciousness of cooking is the prep – chopping,
measuring, etc. And paying extra for
someone else to do the prep work just seems silly, especially when we actually
ENJOY that stuff. But, for the sake of
the blog, we bought this to see how it was.
Find this in the produce section
First off, it was not expensive when you consider all the
stuff packed into it: green peppers,
broccoli, red peppers, white onions, snap peas, snow pea pods, bamboo shoots,
bok choy, baby corn, mushrooms, red onions, carrots, and water chestnuts. That is a ton of veggies for a stir fry! When you are a household of two (as we are)
and make a stir fry from scratch, you buy all those veggies and use little bits
of each, leaving lots of half eaten veggies in the fridge. So the idea of all of this variety in one
pack was actually pretty appealing. The
package recommended cooking the veggies with a meat or tofu, and we almost
never cook tofu, so we thought, “What the heck!” and did it with tofu (which
will be reviewed on another day).
Veggie stir fry in action - in the wok
Packaging close up
Impressions – for me, the stir fry had a surprising lack
of flavor. I am not sure how all of
those delicious vegetables could be mixed up together and the end result have
LESS flavor than any of the individual veggies on their own… I thought the whole point was that the WHOLE
IS GREATER THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS…
Even the onions were mild. I wish
the mix would have included some GARLIC – that might have livened things
up. We made it in a wok using Extra
Virgin Olive Oil and soy sauce, but perhaps we should have added our own
garlic. After eating a couple of bites,
I added sriracha sauce to mine to give it some pep.
The label says it is “about 6 servings” – for us (two
tiny people) it was TWO SERVINGS. I
guess if you eat like a Cabbage Patch Doll, it would be 6 servings.