One of the challenges that many home cooks find draining is the time that goes into prepping for a meal. While testing new soup recipes, the chefs at the midwest big-box retailer Meijer realized that there was an opportunity to cut time away from dicing vegetables.
Meijer’s new private brand Meal Inspirations draw on the culinary skill of creating a classic mirepoix, defined as a flavorful mixture of diced vegetables and seasonings. Plus, Meal Inspiration kits are designed to inspire home cooks to create their own unique recipes.
Each of the four new Meal Inspiration kits offers three recipes included on the peel-away label. The recipes call for minimal additional ingredients and each recipe is ready in under 40 minutes with no chopping of vegetables.
Southwest Blend – This is a blend of black beans, chick peas, sweet corn, diced tomatoes, peppers and onions. This is a great base for any Southwestern or Mexican-inspired dish. Recipe to try: Southwest Avocado Veggie Sliders
Asparagus & Mushroom – Asparagus’ bright vegetal taste complements the earthiness of mushrooms. Together they create a powerful umami flavor combination. Recipe to try: Creamy Mushroom & Asparagus Gnocchi
Ham & Vegetable – If you’re craving something a little heartier like potatoes au gratin, this flavorful diced mix of ham, onions, and green, yellow, and red peppers will add a savory punch. Recipe to try: Cheesy New Potato & Ham Au Gratin
Rosemary Vegetable – This combination of rosemary sprigs, diced carrots, celery and onions makes a great flavor base for an oven-roasted meal, such as a beef roast or braised chicken. Recipe to try: Roast Beef Sirloin & Red Wine Sauce
Meijer also introduced four new vegetable kits called “Roasters” that are perfect for roasting. Each kit has cooking instructions and all ingredients are included to prepare. The customer simply needs to add olive oil and roast.
- Young Potatoes with Scallions & Mushrooms
- Chimichurri Sweet Potatoes & Cauliflower
- Herb Roasted New Potatoes with Bacon
- Mediterranean Style Green Beans