Trader Joe’s Cioppino Seafood Stew
I’m so glad the first product I decided to review for my blog was incredibly, AWESOME! I really had low hopes for the stew since the bag completely conceals the contents. I’ve wanted to buy it many times but it didn’t look like it would feed that many people and it was pretty inexpensive; $5.99 a bag. The front of the bag says, “A complete entree”, which also made me a bit skeptical.
I picked up two bags last Friday since it was only two of us for dinner, the bag states that a serving size is 1 cup and there are approximately 2 servings per container. My husband is a hearty eater so I knew off the bat we would need more than one bag. The nutrition facts also state that it’s 170 calories, 6 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbs and 22 grams of protein per serving….also lending to a lean meal if you’re only eating one cup. I bought a loaf of batard and a bottle of wine to round out the meal.
It was simple to prepare, just run the bag of broth under water until it’s starts to loosen. Dump it into a sauce pan and heat to a boil, add the seafood and simmer for 7-10 minutes. You can also heat the whole thing in the microwave but usually microwaving fish/shellfish makes them rubbery.
The cioppino was so delicious, the broth was amazing with a little kick from the cayenne pepper sauce listed in the ingredients. There was an ample amount of seafood, all frozen fresh and uncooked so when it was heated in the stew it was cooked for the first time. The shrimp was my least favorite but I could have cooked them a little too long. The huge chunks of cod, scallops and mussels were perfectly tender. It was so good we’ve been talking about it every day since. I, literally, licked my bowl clean with help from my overly buttered batard.
So, back to the serving size….we demolished two bags in a heart beat. I would say it’s about 1 serving per bag unless you’re a Hilton sister. Next time, I will get three bags to feed three of us.
Please take my advice and run to your nearest Trader Joe’s to buy this stew. Hopefully, TJ’s won’t do what they’re famous for and stop selling their popular items. I think I’d start an “Occupy TJ’s” movement to have them bring this back if they took it away.