A hearty, convenient vegetable option.
Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. I purchased this product with my own money and the opinions in this review are strictly my own. I am not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. I am just a fan of the company. I write these reviews to help my fellow shoppers.
When I’m at Costco picking out products to review, I always try to get an assortment of fun and healthy foods. I worry that people will find some of the reviews of healthier items boring, but I think there are a lot of people out there who are trying to eat healthy and will appreciate reviews on the healthier options that Costco has to offer. I know I’m always looking for reasonably-priced and tasty yet healthy foods as we try to stick to a healthy diet in our household (most of the time). Even though root vegetables might not be as fun or exciting as a Costco cake, they certainly qualify as healthy.
The Premium Quality Family Tradition Cut Root Vegetable Blend contains multicolor carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, turnips and red onions. This is actually a pretty tasty, hearty combination of root vegetables. All of the vegetables seemed to complement one another well. The vegetables aren’t seasoned, which I think is a good thing because you can put whatever seasoning you like on them. I just used a bit of salt and found the vegetables turned out to be quite delicious; their natural flavors weren’t overpowered. On the negative side, both my husband and I had a few bites of veggies that tasted very earthy, almost like they were moldy or dirty. It didn’t turn us off from carrying on with eating our vegetables, but we did both mention it to each other as we were eating. It seems somewhat normal/excusable given that these are root vegetables, but it certainly wasn’t ideal. The mix of vegetables was quite carrot-heavy, at least in the bag I purchased. There were only a few beets and onions. That was a bit disappointing, because I thought the onions added some strong, vibrant flavors to the mix and I just love beets. There were some crazy-looking purple and yellow carrots in the bag, but they tasted like good old orange carrots and were just as satisfying.
The Premium Quality Family Tradition Cut Root Vegetable Blend can be found in the freezer section at Costco, near the other frozen vegetables and fruit. The bag is quite large and the regular price is $9.99 Canadian. The price point isn’t bad; one bag should provide about four meals for a group four people (so about $2.50 Canadian per meal).
Buying frozen assorted vegetables like this is obviously much easier than buying an assortment of root vegetables, then washing and chopping them up. I don’t think most people would go to the trouble of preparing an assortment like this for a normal weeknight meal. You have the option of baking or steaming the vegetables, but baking is the recommended option. All you have to do is put your frozen vegetables in a bowl, toss them in a little bit of oil and season them to your taste. I recommend using the Costco Kirkland Signature Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is a staple item in our kitchen. After that, you bake the vegetables at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes. It’s super easy to do, and you can control what you put on your vegetables, which is perfect from a nutritional perspective. If you’re watching your sodium intake or want to really taste the natural flavors of the vegetables, you may choose to use no seasoning at all (although I think you would still want to use at least a little bit of healthy oil).
Due to the fact that the vegetables aren’t already seasoned, the nutritional information for the Premium Quality Family Tradition Cut Root Vegetable Blend is pretty fantastic. Half of a cup of vegetables contains 40 calories, 0.3 grams of fat, two grams of fibre, three grams of sugar, one gram of protein and 30 milligrams of sodium. Adding your oil and seasoning will change those numbers, but you’re in the driver’s seat and can use as much or as little oil and seasoning as you like. I used just a tiny splash of oil and a few sprinkles of salt and my vegetables came out just fine. If you use less oil, the vegetables might not become as golden and crisp when roasted.
If you’re a carrot fanatic or you’re looking for a new healthy, hearty frozen vegetable blend to try, I recommend trying the Premium Quality Family Tradition Cut Root Vegetable Blend. I’m not sure if we got an off bag with a few earthy, funky tasting vegetables, but I enjoyed the vegetables enough to finish the bag. I’m not sure whether we’ll repurchase this product; I could see us trying it again to see if the earthy-tasting vegetables were an exception rather than the norm.
Have you had this? What did you think? What's your favorite root vegetable?