The vegetable stew part of this latest Deal of the Day carries nice crunchy carrots (but still cooked through) and reconizable chunks of celery and onion. Too often canned and frozen meals chop and over-cook the veggies into a mysterious hot mess. I guess the veggies pieces must be of uniform size to cook in a prescribed time frame.
As for the meat part of this stew, it is top notch. While you may only get two or three small chunks of beef brisket, they are large enough to feel the tender texture, and savor a real beefy flavor.
Spaetzle Dumplings. They are tasty and tender thumbnail-sized wheat-flour orbs. A nice change of pace.
I think Contessa is wrong to call this entree a stew -- not enough liquid. It's more like a pasta sauce, and a very flavorful one, at that. Reading the ingredient list I spied Burgandy wine, tomatoes, garlic, onion and paprika. All these flavors come through nicely.
So on a scale of 1 to 9, 9 being best, it's a forgone conclusion: Contessa Vegetable Stew with Beef gets a perfect 9 !
For the last couple of months I've seen these frozen entrees at most of our local 99c only Stores -- so go out and get an basketful for many deliciously cheap (and light) lunchtime meals.
Note: the product photo at the top shows 2 packages for 99.99 cents, but I usually find them for 99.99 cents per frozen package.