The Pros: Trader Joe's Beef an Broccoli is a 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: 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. It's a great on its own with a nice balance between being sweet and spicy. There is lots of broccoli included if you are looking to make sure you eat your veggies. There is also sufficient sauce to coat this product.
The microwave might leave the broccoli a little soft, so don't feel too bad about reducing the cook time by a few seconds. Once the sauce hit the pan it started to bubble. In other words, the sugars present in that sauce were really really hot. The beef will be crispy in a wok or frying pan. If you know you'll have leftovers, then hold off on adding all the sauce as the crispiness will be lost if you are reheating the beef that has been coated with the sauce.
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.
Here is the visual rundown of what you can expect when you purchase this item.
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:
Trader Joe's Mildly Sweet and Spicy Beef and Broccoli finished and ready to be served:
A close up look at Trader Joe's Mildly Sweet and Spicy Beef and Broccoli:
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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