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Trader Joe's Carrot Souffle

Carrot Souffle

Ingredients

Carrots, Cane Sugar, Eggs, Butter (Pasteurized Cream [Milk], Lactic Acid), Unbleached Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Cultured Dextrose (for Freshness), Vanilla Extract, Baking Powder (Monocalcium Phosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cornstarch), Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Ground Nutmeg.

Contains Milk, Egg, Wheat.

Cooking Instructions

Microwave (1,200 watts):
Microwave cook times may vary depending on oven wattage. Remove cooking tray from outer packaging, remove film and heat on high for 2 minutes and 45 seconds. Let stand 1 minute. Serve right away.

Conventional Oven:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove film. Place on baking sheet on center rack of oven (do not place plastic tray directly on oven rack). Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 2 minutes. Serve right away.

Cooking Notes

We cooked a few different varieties of ready-made TJ’s sides at once, in a 350°F oven for 20-25 minutes. Not exactly as prescribed in the directions, but it worked perfectly in our tests.

Nutrition Facts
4 servings per container
Serving size 1/4 Package (113g/4 oz)

Amount per serving
Calories 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4.5g 23%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 250mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 19g
Includes (Not Listed) g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 3g

Vitamin D (Not Listed) mcg 0%
Calcium 4mg 1%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium (Not Listed) mg 0%

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Maybe we’re getting progressively time-starved, or maybe the new side dish options at TJ’s sounded irresistible, but this Thanksgiving we opted for a table full of ready-made sides. TJ’s had a huge supply, and we love experimenting. Besides, are we expected to pass up Carrot Souffle?

Well, despite our initial excitement, this side dish was a bit of a let down.

First off it was very sweet – too sweet for our tastes. It was also a little watery. Likely because it was prepared with water vs. chicken broth. In our view, this left us wishing for a bit more body and flavor complexity. There was a hint of cinnamon, but overall this dish tasted like sweetened shredded carrots – nothing more.

Yes, it was a time saver, but it’s not a dish we’ll be craving next time. Thankfully the other side dishes we prepared for our Test Thanksgiving dinner (Scalloped Potatoes with Quattro FormaggioCorn Pudding, Cauliflower GratinKettle Cooked Turkey Gravy, and Cornbread Stuffing Mix) made up for this minor miss.

Have you tried this side dish from Trader Joe’s? Let us know your opinions in the comments below!

Did you know the thin plastic package from this product is recyclable? You can’t recycle it with your plastic containers, but you can drop it off at most grocery & retail stores – including Trader Joe’s. Click to learn more about recycling plastic bags & wrapping.

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Summary : This side dish was a bit of a let down. It was too sweet for our tastes, and overall a little watery.

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