The pros: A new addition to the freezer section. Trader Joe's Cauliflower and Broccoli Vegetable Patties are quick and easy that taste fresh and require minimal work. While they won't work out as a burger, they will make a nutritious side dish.
The cons: You'll need to add something here to make it more flavorful. This is a blank canvas. I found the addition of a bit of salt to be essential. No microwave allowed on this one.
The verdict: For $1.99 these are pretty good veggie patties, but they are going to need some love on your end. When I ate the first two I felt the exact same way as I did eating Trader Joe’s Carrot and Pea Vegetable Patties. I felt they were pretty bland. The next day (in an effort to clean out the freezer) I tried again. This time I sprinkled some salt and it made all the difference in the flavors (I'll have to now revisit the other patties with salt). Now, could this have benefited from some spice? Yes. Even a nice spice blend would have added some much needed flavor. What you are getting here is a patty that you have to sear yourself, but will taste pretty fresh. I honestly preferred the combination of cauliflower and broccoli over the carrot and pea.
What does this taste like? Riced cauliflower and riced broccoli held together with some egg whites and a sprinkle of pepper. Yes, there is salt in the ingredients, but not enough. If you are finding these bland, give it some salt or hot sauce. You may find it's pretty good. Would I eat this over a salad? I think that's pushing it a little too far. As a replacement for my side of veggies on my dinner plate? Yes, I'll agree to mix things up with this.
Here is the visual rundown of what you can expect if you purchase this product:
The box in the freezer aisle:
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How to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes. With the addition of salt it made all the difference in the world on Trader Joe's Cauliflower and Broccoli Vegetable Patties. You may want to try some hot sauce on these too.
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