Back home I have never heard of a brand of frozen vegetables called VIP SteamWorks, but here in Louisiana my daughter buys them all the time. VIP SteamWorks Mixed Vegetables are found in the freezer section, and come in a 12 ounce yellow bag.
The front of the bag states that these are “Crisp & Tasty Vegetables”, that the bag contains only 100% mixed vegetables, and that they are a low sodium food and an excellent source of vitamin A. It also states that they steam in five minutes, so this is a fast way to cook your frozen vegetables.
VIP SteamWorks Mixed Vegetables contain carrots, corn, green beans, and peas (in that order). There are more chopped carrots than anything else, and very few peas in the bag that my daughter purchased. There were too many carrots for my liking, but the vegetables themselves were tasty.
Preparation is easy, you place the bag, unopened, seal side up (the back of the bag reads “Place in microwave this side up), and heat it for five minutes. While the VIP SteamWorks Mixed Vegetables are cooking the bag will fill with air, but there are no worries about this because of the vents that have been built into the bag that allows the steam to escape the bag.
After the vegetables have cooked for five minutes, the directions recommend that you allow the bag to sit for one more minute, then remove the bag carefully from the microwave. It is going to be hot, so you might want to use pot holders so you don’t burn your fingers.
If you are like me and prefer not to cook food in plastic containers in the microwave, you can also heat the vegetables the old fashioned way, on the stove top. Add one fourth cup of water, cover, and allow to cook on medium heat for six to seven minutes.
VIP SteamWorks Mixed Vegetables are manufactured by Discovery Foods in Hayward, CA., and advertise that these are “Fresher Than Fresh”. I wouldn’t go quite that far, but they aren’t bad. I love the crisp tender texture of the vegetables, and really prefer these to any kind of canned vegetables, which always seem to taste a little soft and mushy to my palate.
The bag contains four 2/3 cup servings, and each serving contains only 50 calories. Of course I like to add diet margarine and a bit of salt to my frozen vegetables, but this is a healthy meal. One serving also contains 0 grams of fat, 0 mg of cholesterol, only 40 mg of sodium (this is quite low!), 11 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 3 grams of sugars, and 2 grams of protein.
One serving of VIP SteamWorks Mixed Vegetables also provides the body with 100% of its vitamin A, 2% calcium, 15% vitamin C, and 4% iron. My daughter says she likes the Byrd’s Eye frozen vegetables for the microwave better than the VIP brand, but I was actually quite pleased with the quality and flavor of the VIP SteamWorks Mixed Vegetables.