Del Monte has launched a new product! When you think about Del Monte, canned fruits and vegetables come to mind. But, you might want to add their newest product to your radar – Del Monte veggie bowls.
This article was written by Dietetic Intern, Taylor Hoeg. 

What are Del Monte Veggieful Veggie Bowls?

Alongside the Veggieful launch, which is a product line of plant-based products by Del Monte, they introduced Veggieful Veggie bowls. Del Monte describes their Veggieful veggie bowls as a “delicious blends of veggies, whole grains, and a savory sauce for a wholesome snack or meal at home or on-the-go.” According to the company each veggie bowl has a full serving (1/2 cup) of vegetables, packaging that makes for easy packing and travel, and no artificial flavors or preservatives. Currently, the Veggieful bowls have five flavors available, which include: Roasted Red Pepper, Southwest Style Corn, Asian Style Soy Sesame, Garlic and Herb, and Tomato Basil.

Why Did We Try Del Monte Veggieful Veggie Bowls?

As a busy college student, most days I am not home for lunch. I need options that are pre-packaged and prepared. I wanted to try the Del Monte Veggieful Veggie Bowls, because they’re advertised as easy-to-pack and ready within 45 seconds. Also, veggie bowls are shelf-stable,
meaning they don’t need to be refrigerated or kept frozen. As someone who never has enough freezer space, this is a great alternative to a frozen meal.

Where To Find Them & Cost

This product cost $3.19 per veggie bowl. If you’re in the Lou, you can pick up there veggie bowls at Schnucks Market. To find a store near you, use this product locator.

Our Five Star Rating

The following ratings are for the Southwest Style Corn Veggie Bowl and Asian Style Soy.

Flavor: 4/5

veggie bowls
For both of the bowls, the names did an excellent job describing the flavor. My only complaint would be with the Southwest Style Corn. When I hear “southwest,” I expected the veggie bowl to be spicier than it was. While the southwest bowl did have a kick, it was slightly bland, so it
benefited from a touch of hot sauce.

Satiety: 4/5

With a hefty dose of fiber and plant-based protein from whole grains and beans, you’ll be happily surprised that the bowls are quite filling. But, 200-300 calories is too low for most busy adults, and you’ll need an additional side of fruit and/or some protein can make this a more
satisfying meal.

Nutrient Density: 5/5

veggie bowl
This product is 240 calories with 6g of fiber, 600 mg of sodium, and 6g of protein. These nutrient bowls have ½ a cup of vegetables per serving, which is 1 of 5 recommended daily serving according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The veggie bowls have 0g of added
sugar. There are 600mg of sodium which is about 26% daily value, based on the American Heart Association’s recommend of no more than of 2,300 mg per day. The Quinoa Quick Cup and Ready-To-Eat Quinoa Meal are both 23% lower in sodium when compared to the Del Monte
Veggieful Veggie Bowls.

Value: 3/5

The Del Monte Veggieful Veggie Bowls cost $3.19 per bowl, which isn’t cheap considering how few calories the bowl offers. If you include other foods to round out the meal, it might end up being more expensive when compared to alternative meal options. Or, you could certainly make this meal on your own for a much more affordable price point.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Product Comparison

There are a variety of other products like this one. I was able to try the Del Monte Veggieful Southwest Style Corn Veggie Bowl, Del Monte Veggieful Asian Style Soy Sesame Veggie Bowl,  Kitchen & Love Quinoa Quick Cup Spicy Jalapeno & Roasted Pepper,  Earthy Grains Ready-To-Eat Quinoa Meal, Spicy Jalapeno & Roasted Pepper, and  Earthy Grains Ready-To-Eat Quinoa Meal Artichoke & Roasted Peppers. The Del Monte Veggieful Veggie Bowl flavors are difficult to compare to the other products, because all the flavors are distinctly different. That said, I enjoyed all the flavors.  Personally, I felt that the Del Monte Veggieful Veggie Bowls had the most unique and pleasant texture, because vegetable are mixed in with whole grains. 

Five Ideas to Make a Quick and Balanced Meal

  • Veggie Skillet w/ Roasted Red Pepper Veggie Bowl, 2 eggs, ½ cup frozen asparagus, 1 oz feta, and a side of watermelon (1 cup). 
  • Southwest Salad w/ Southwest Style Corn Veggie Bowl, ½ cup black beans, 1 cup mixed greens, 1 oz cheddar cheese, and 2 clementines on the side.
  • Stir-Fry w/ Asian Style Soy Sesame Veggie Bowl, ¾ cup firm tofu, ½ cup frozen stir-fry vegetables, 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut shavings, and a side of diced mango (1/2-1 cup).
  • Cod Lunch w/ Garlic and Herb Veggie Bowl, 3 oz of leftover baked cod (or other baked fish), ½ cup steamed carrots, topped with 1 oz parmesan cheese, and 1 cup apple sauce on the side.
  • Chicken Tomato Bowl w/ Tomato Basil Veggie Bowl, 3 oz leftover baked chicken, 1 oz mozzarella cheese, ½ cup frozen spinach, 1 tbsp sweet balsamic vinegar, and 1 cup diced honey dew.

Southwest veggie bowl
This article was written by Dietetic Intern, Taylor Hoeg. 

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