Our focus on Veggie Product Reviews is generally on name brand products, but I’m going to switch it up a bit today. Today, our product is pre-prepped fruit and vegetables. I’ve seen them in pretty much every grocery store and discount store with a grocery section. Some of them come to the grocery store preprepped, but the kind I really like is where the grocery store preps and packages it for you right there.
Ok, I hear some of you sighing and thinking “how lazy can one person be that they can’t chop their own onion?” I hear you because I used to be you. Then at the end of May, I messed up my wrist trying to perfect my tennis forehand. Fast forward nearly four months and I’m still in the stupid wrist brace. Needless to say, my knife skills, which were minimal anyway, were completely destroyed.
At first, we thought I might only be in the brace for about a week or two, so I did what most of us would do. I went for the prepackaged food. While I’m not disparaging prepackaged products, because I like them as much as the next person, I can’t live on them exclusively. So, I swallowed my superior attitude and started buying some pre-prepped veggies for making meals.
Once you learn your grocery stores, you’ll know which ones have which fruits and vegetables at the ready for you.
We’ve recently had a Lowe’s Foods open near my work that has this beautiful spread.
The only thing in that whole refrigerator that isn’t vegan is some cheese on the mushroom caps and some ranch dressing in a veggie tray. Everything else is ours!
In fact, this particular Lowe’s Foods has a booth where you can walk up to them with anything from their produce department, tell them how you want it prepped and they’ll do it while you’re shopping. One day, I even had one of the employees track me down in the store and deliver it to me. You’ll pay extra, of course, but we always pay extra for convenience.
The only thing I’m not a huge fan of is the plastic containers. I’ve been meaning to ask if I can take my own containers. I’m doubtful, but maybe. If nothing else, at least maybe I can reuse the ones I get a few times before recycling them.
In honor of local produce day for Vegan MoFo, I found a recipe online for a Caramelized Onion, Sweet Potato and Cabbage Chowder with Rosemary and headed to my local grocery.
I had to get the savoy cabbage chopped to order, but the rest was waiting for me in the refrigerator section.
While I’m usually more of a fan of spicy soups, this chowder had a delicate sweet flavor that reminded me of a Moroccan tagine. I had to cook longer because my sweet potato cubes were bigger than diced and I reduced the fat to just a tsp or so of oil in the cabbage (used all called for to caramelize the onions though). In order to make it a little more chowder-like, I actually mashed my sweet potatoes at the end of cooking. Definitely a good choice for an early fall meal on a cloudy day like yesterday.
So the next time you’re injured, super busy, or just feeling a little lazy, but you don’t want a packaged meal, check out the pre-prepped produce at your local market. I don’t think I’ll be giving it up even when my wrist is healed.