During the winter, when fresh vegetables aren’t in season and my garden is dormant, I turn to a lot of frozen vegetables for easy family dinners. In my house, we’re big fans of the steamable frozen broccoli bags at Aldi. They’re great served with a little butter and parmesan cheese, or I add a spoonful of cheese sauce (not the healthiest, I know) for something fun. We also turn to frozen corn or frozen mixed vegetables when I need something healthy as a side dish, or even as a component in a casserole or soup.
I’m always on the lookout for different kinds of frozen veggies to keep my deep freezer stocked, and recently I found some steakhouse green beans at Aldi. The name conjured up images of restaurant dinners with thick, juicy steak and classic baked potatoes, with well-seasoned green beans on the side for good measure. I picked up a bag of these green beans from the Aldi Find freezer aisle to try. The green beans were sold in a mixed case that also contained kung pao broccoli (which we tried a few years ago and don’t recommend).
Season’s Choice Steakhouse Green Beans cost $2.29 for a 12-ounce package at the time of publication. The package describes these as “savory steakhouse green beans seasoned in a peppery garlic sauce.”
These green beans are Aldi Finds, so they’re only in stores for a short time. Each store gets one shipment, and once they sell out, they’re gone until the next time Aldi decides to sell them, which might be next year or possibly never again. Aldi does not offer online ordering for products that are not in stock at your local store.
Ingredients are green beans, garlic pepper sauce (water, salt, modified food starch, canola oil, dehydrated garlic, paprika, black pepper, spices, dehydrated onion, and xanthan gum). It would be helpful if Aldi specified what “spices” are used.
One bag contains about 3.5 servings, and one serving has 40 calories, no fat or cholesterol, 125 mg of sodium (5% DV), 7 grams of total carbohydrates (3% DV), 2 grams of total sugars, and no added sugars.
The package has directions for heating these green beans in the microwave. Place the steamable bag in the microwave with the instructions side facing up. Do not pierce the bag. Microwave on high for 4-5 minutes. The bag will slowly inflate and vent during cooking. Let the bag stand for 1 minute, and then carefully remove it from the microwave. The bag will be hot. Cut the bag open and carefully let steam escape. Pour the green beans into a serving dish, mix thoroughly, and serve.
These were easy to make in the microwave as a quick side dish on a busy weeknight. Once they were heated, I poured them into a serving bowl and noticed they had a small amount of red paste-like coating that wasn’t equally spread around, so I gave them a thorough stirring before serving. I’m guessing the red color comes from the paprika, and possibly whatever other “spices” were used.
These have a very mild kick to them, but I wouldn’t necessarily call them spicy. They have a hint of garlic and other seasonings but mostly have just a bit of spice or pepper flavoring. Some of my family members consider green beans their favorite veggie, but this dish was just okay in their opinion. Texture-wise, the green beans are what you’d expect for frozen ones: not mushy like canned beans but not the same as fresh beans. These were fine, and we ate them, but no one was asking me to buy them again. While these were interesting to try, the next time I want frozen green beans, I’ll probably stick with plain ones and add my own seasonings.
Season’s Choice Steakhouse Green Beans feature a peppery garlic seasoning (heavier on the pepper than the garlic) but aren’t all that spicy. They heat quickly and easily in their bag in the microwave, making them a convenient side dish if you’re pressed for time. Our family thought these were all right, but they weren’t necessarily our favorite green beans.
Agreed, didn’t love them (or necessarily “hate” them) I probably won’t buy them again though.