I love vegetables but I have a habit of gravitating toward the same ones over and over again. In an attempt to shake things up, I have been trying some unusual combinations. My most recent was Hanover’s Premium Petite Bean Blend in a Steam in Bag.
While I prefer fresh vegetables whenever I can get them, the fact remains that fresh veggies are not always easy to find or economical. Next to fresh, I prefer frozen vegetables over anything canned. It was in the frozen food section that I located this unique blend.
Hanover’s Premium Petite Bean Blend includes petite gold and green beans along with whole carrots. A part of the company’s “Gold Line,” Hanover’s Premium Petite Bean Blend is guaranteed to provide quality vegetables that you would be proud to serve for a dinner party. Additionally, Hanover promises that each choice is delicate and delicious enough to make the dining experience an absolute delight.
While was Hanover’s Premium Petite Bean Blend comes in a Steam in Bag for cooking in the microwave, it can also be cooked on top of the stove as well. Microwaving is simple. Just place the bag, backside up, in the oven and cook on high for about seven minutes.
Let the dish stand for about one minute before removing it from the microwave. Cut it open and pour the contents into a bowl and serve alone or with butter or cheese sauce.
To cook on the stovetop, remove the vegetables from the bag and put them into a medium saucepan. Add Â½ cup of water. Cover and bring the dish to a boil.
Reduce the heat and allow the vegetables to simmer for about seven minutes. Drain away the water, add butter or cheese and serve alone or with a meal.
A serving size of Hanover’s Premium Petite Bean Blend is Â¾ cup. There are a little over four servings in each 14-oz Steam in Bag.
One serving equals 25 calories; none of which come from fat. There are only 5 grams of carbohydrate and 2 grams of sugar in each serving. Hanover’s Premium Petite Bean Blend contains no cholesterol and only 15 milligrams of salt.
These delicious veggies not only taste good, they are also good for you. Hanover’s Premium Petite Bean Blend provides 2 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein per serving. They also offer 15% of the daily-recommended amount of vitamin A, 10% of the needed vitamin C and 2% of the required calcium and iron.
It is important to keep Hanover’s Premium Petite Bean Blend vegetables frozen until you are ready to cook them. If the vegetables have thawed and been refrozen, be aware that this will likely affect their taste as well as their nutritional value.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 3 stars. I was a little disappointed in the taste. While the carrots were rich and full of flavor, I found the beans a bit bland. However, I did notice that it looked as if the bag might have been previously thawed and then refrozen. That probably happened either in shipping transit or might have been due to a faulty grocer freezer. Either way, that would account, at least somewhat, for the loss of flavor.
Appearance: 3 stars: The carrots were bright orange and beautiful. However, both the golden and green beans looked a little washed out. Once again, that might have been due to a re-freezing of the product.
Nutrition: 5 stars. Vegetables are always good for nutrition and Hanover’s Premium Petite Bean Blend is no different. They are low in all the bad things and high in the very nutrients we need.
Ease: 5 stars. I chose to cook these vegetables via the stovetop method because I wanted to add some other touches to the dish. That method works very well, following the instructions as directed.
Green rating: 5 stars. Hanover packaging is recyclable.
Packaging: 4 stars. Hanover’s Premium Petite Bean Blend comes in a white bag with green, red and black banners and silver, gold, and white print. A picture of the beans pops out from a light olive green banner that also spells out the particular type of vegetables inside the package. The red and green Hanover logo banner is splashed across the top of the bag. Off to the right side is a third banner in black, with silver print. It identifies this dish as a “Gold Line” product.
Ease of storage: 4 stars. The bag is about standard for frozen vegetables at 9 Â½” by 7″ by 3 Â½”. While bags are not the easy things to store in a freezer, because they can’t be easily stacked, they are malleable enough to fit into tight spaces.
Availability: 4 stars. Hanover products are becoming quite main stream. They are available in most grocery stores as well as some discount department stores with a frozen food section.
Price: 4 stars. The cost is about the same as that for other specialty vegetable options. In this case Hanover’s Premium Petite Bean Blend was under $2.
Product purchase probability: 0 stars. I really wasn’t impressed with this dish. It is highly doubtful I would purchase it again.
Final rating: 3.7 stars. This isn’t one of my best vegetable purchases.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor