Last night my husband took some turkey legs out of the freezer and asked if I would make turkey noodle soup for dinner. When I was in the middle of cutting up vegetables for my soup, I was disappointed to find that I had only a few potatoes, no celery, my onion was bad, and my carrots were shriveled.
Luckily for me I had a can of Fred Meyer Mixed Vegetables in my pantry, and this helped me to stretch the small amount of vegetables that I had on hand far enough to make soup for two people.
Over the years I have purchased canned mixed vegetables made by a variety of companies. Veg-All was always my favorite brand, but it is becoming more and more expensive, so I bought the Fred Meyer Mixed Vegetables instead. The two products are very similar.
Fred Meyer Canned Mixed Vegetables come in a 15 ounce can. and they contain water, carrots, potatoes, celery, peas, green beans, corn, lima beans, salt, calcium chloride (firming agent), and onion flavoring. Likewise, the ingredients in a can of Veg-All Original are carrots, potatoes, celery, sweet peas, green beans, corn, and lima beans in a light onion broth. As you can see, the ingredients are very similar.
Looking at the nutritional information, there are a lot of similarities as well. Both brands consider one half cup to be a serving size. Fred Meyer Mixed Vegetables contains (per serving) 40 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 320 mg sodium, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 2 grams of sugars, and 1 gram protein. The Veg-All nutritional information, per serving, is 40 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams cholesterol, 290 mg sodium, 8 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams dietary fiber, 2 grams sugars, and 1 gram of protein. Again, the nutritional info is nearly identical. The Fred Meyer brand has 30 mg more sodium, but that is the only real difference that I can see.
Both products taste good, although the vegetables are a little soft, but this is the case with most canned vegetables that I buy, no matter what brand. My complaint with Veg-All and the Fred Meyer brand of canned mixed vegetables is that they both contain lima beans. We are not a family of fussy eaters, just the opposite, but nobody likes lima beans. I wish someone would make mixed vegetables without lima beans. Although it is listed last on the Veg-All and Fred Meyer cans, there are still too many in the can for my liking.
Both of these brands of mixed vegetables are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. For me, my purchasing decision all comes down to value, and when I can buy a can of the Fred Meyer brand on sale for only 33 cents I will choose that product. My local grocers rarely have Veg-All on sale, and I can expect to pay as much as 89 cents per can.
To conclude, Veg-All and Fred Meyer Canned Mixed Vegetables are both great products to have on hand. They help to make a fast and easy soup, stew, or casserole, and I feel they are a healthy choice.