Kroger Stir-Fry Veggies - An Unexciting, Valued Pantry Staple
I wouldn't generally have chosen this item to review, but ran across its sole derogatory review and felt like I had to take up for an ugly cousin. **Kroger Stir-Fry Vegetables** is a perfectly acceptable, adequate and cheaper substitute for Chung King Asian vegetables. Now, that being said, let's all admit that canned Asian vegetables are not exactly the most fresh and flavorful delicacy to be enjoyed. There are NOT going to be any television cooking shows dedicated to dinners with this item as the main course. However, we all have those crazy days when everyone arrives home ravenous and one's waist or wallet precludes fast food. That's where a pantry staple like Kroger Stir-Fry Vegetables and some rice come in: the family is eating a non-fast food, heavily-vegetable dinner in about 25 minutes. Yes, the mixture of vegetables - carrots, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, and tiny red flecks of pepper - is a relatively tasteless mix. But this is a given for any canned vegetable. At least with Asian vegetables, you're given permission to pour on soy sauce or Thai peanut sauce. For that matter, there's no prohibition against adding fish, chicken, beef or pork to the mixture. And yes, there are a mix of textures. But, thank God for that as if you can't have a blend of delicious flavors at least you can help avoid boredom by an occasional crunch or two. This remains a pantry staple as it prepares a quick and financially-painless meal in less than half an hour. I wouldn't serve it as a dinner to guests, but it gets the job done on a busy week night.