At $6.99 this is one of the more expensive items I’ve tried so far, but may still be less than your local Chinese fast food establishment. Serve Trader Joe’s Beef and Broccoli by itself or with rice.
The Pros: Tasty and cost effective as compared to going out. Be ready for a bit more spice than traditional beef and broccoli.
The Cons: Can’t be done in the microwave. You will need to do some “cooking” on this. Calorie count is reasonable, but it’s also easy to eat the whole bag too.
The Verdict: I’d buy this again. I enjoy Chinese taste out, but don’t always want to go out or drag someone to my block. Keep this in the freezer for a meal that takes about 15 minutes.
In the freezer section:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare this:
What it looks like when you open the bag. You’ll need to prepare this in steps:
Let sauce pack warm up in warm water (unopened). Microwave the broccoli:
In a wok (yes, you’ll make an unholy mess of your cooktop if you try to skillet this, especially when they want to mix it in with sauce):
On a plate (sorry, the mixing the sauce thing went so quick I didn’t take a picture):
Well if that doesn’t look like what you get out of the cardboard container, I don’t know what does. Trader Joe’s Beef and Broccoli also looks like the picture on the bag as well. The beef was a little crisp from being in the wok. The broccoli still had a little bit of bite to it, but not as crisp as the Chinese restaurant would serve it to you, but that’s the microwave for you there. This was a bit spicier, but that wasn’t a surprise given the description. Overall, it was a good value and will likely be found in my freezer at all times.
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