I love eating meat and carbohydrates, which is not ideal for my waist. Of course, my wife is always recommending that I include more vegetables in our meals, particularly for our son, but when I’m the one cooking, and it happens often, vegetables are always somehow left behind. I greatly dislike the hassle of cleaning and cutting and cooking. Always makes a mess, takes forever. I also dislike the frozen vegetables you get at the grocery store. They are overpriced and undersized, and I feel like I’m being had. This is why I am so happy that I discovered Kirkland Signature’s Frozen Vegetables Stir-Fry Blend, available exclusively at Costco. Finally, frozen vegetables that look even better than they would have if I’d prepared them myself!
I’m a *huge* fan of the convenience of frozen vegetables, and generally speaking, studies have shown that frozen vegetables can be just as healthy as fresh ones, even more so when compared to imported, out-of-season vegetables. (source)
Compared to other frozen vegetables I’ve bought in the past, Kirkland Signature’s Stir-Fry Blend is quite impressive. The pieces are large and varied, unlike others that are all broccoli stems and peas. Here you’ll find plenty of baby corn, shiitake mushrooms and water chestnuts, as well as the more traditional broccoli, carrots and peas. Here are the ingredients, in descending order of volume and quantity:
- Green Beans
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Red Bell Peppers
- Shiitake Mushrooms
- Water Chestnuts
- Baby Corn
- Yellow Onions
The nutrional value is of 40 calories per cup, with plenty of vitamin A and C, no fat,and very limited amounts of sodium and carbohydrates, all natural, as there is no sugar or salt added.
It is worthwhile to note that while onions are possibly the cheapest ingredients in the list, they appear last. That’s too bad, because I love onions, so when I stir-fry these vegetables, I always add an extra onion before starting to cook the frozen ones.
I always love to cook my vegetables until they are still a little crunchy, rather than soft and shapeless. I find that a quick stir-fry in the work, with some vegetable or olive oil and (eventually) a dash of soy sauce works perfectly. You’ll have, of course, to define and refine your own method!
The quality and taste of these frozen vegetables is exceptional, but what about the dollar value? Well, each 2.5 kilos (about 5 pounds) bag costs $9.99 Canadian at my local Costco. Each serving, according to the label, is 85 grams, or 1 cup, so that boils down to about 30 servings per bag, each costing approximately 33 cents. Let’s say 35 cents.
Taking into consideration that the vegetables will shrink slightly when cooked, I usually cook them about 5 servings at a time, which gives me enough vegetables for my wife and myself, our son (who doesn’t eat much vegetables yet) and another serving for lunch the next day. Math tells us that cooking about 5 cups costs $1.75.
- Product Name: Kirkland Signature Frozen Vegetables Stir-Fry Blend
- Available at: Costco (exclusively)
- Size of Bag: 2.5 kilos
- Cost of Bag: $9.99 (Canadian)
- Servings per Bag: 29.41
- Cost per Serving: $0.34
- Cost per Meal (for me): $1.75
Being able to feed my family delicious, high quality and nutritious vegetables for $0.35 per serving, taking into consideration that there is *zero* prep time, is incredible. I highly recommend Kirkland Signature’s Frozen Vegetables Stir-Fry Blend to anyone who trying to introduce more vegetables into their diet, but finds fresh vegetables a little hard (or annoying) to work with!