I am a big meat, potatoes, and veggie kind of girl. A meal just isn’t complete without something healthy on the plate, even if it is drenched in butter. Now, I’ve bought, served, and eaten canned vegetables for most of my adult life, But I keep hearing rumors that frozen is as good as fresh. I don’t know if there’s any truth to that claim, but I switched anyway. So now I scour the circulars and the stores for all things frozen veggie. I seem to really like the steam-in-bag variety, but I have been experimenting – boxed and bagged, steam and boil, broccoli and carrots, etc.
I’ll admit that I’m not a big boxed-vegetable eater. My only experience with this type is limited to my favorite spinach dip recipe. But I loved Brussels Sprouts when I was growing up and I found them in 2 types – Green Giant’s boil-in-bag boxed with butter and a store brand steam-in-bag with nothing added, so I decided to give them a try. Wanting a little extra flavor on my sprouts, I chose the Green Giant Baby Brussels Sprouts & Butter Sauce for last night’s dinner accompaniment, and quickly regretted it.
The first thing I noticed when I pulled the bag out of the box was that the term “baby” is clearly not well defined in the food community. There was nothing baby about them, with most being similar in size to ping pong balls. The store brand Brussels Sprouts I bought were only slightly larger than Peanut M&Ms. I know that smaller means sweeter, so maybe that was part of the problem. But the directions were simple enough; boil for 20 minutes in the bag. And so I did. When the time was up, I poured them into a bowl. The butter “sauce” was very goopy. It didn’t look appetizing and the taste wasn’t any better. It wasn’t reminiscent of butter at all, and I even rinsed some off to eat them plain. They were bitter and mushy and I simply couldn’t finish them. I don’t know if it was their size or the enzyme modified butter they were swimming in, but I will never buy them again.