This post is sponsored by Wegmans Food Markets.
Charlottesville got its first Wegmans grocery store a little over a year ago, and it has been a game changer for our town. Our store is massive and has everything you could possibly think of to make for dinner. (Even fresh lobster!) Mazen loves the train that cruises along the ceiling and the drivable shopping carts. I like the huge variety of grocery offerings (There are things like their herby organic basting oil that I can only buy there) and the hot and salad bars (the Asian section is my weakness!)
We almost always do our grocery shopping on Sundays, and often I will take a short cut and pick up a halfway-made dinner. Think: rotisserie chicken, a side from the hot bar, or a special loaf of crusty bread to go with soup. You guys know that Sunday is our day to r e l a x (when we’re not playing soccer!) and this hack saves us a little time in the kitchen.
Wegmans reached out to me about a post to showcase their new oven-safe packaged entrées. Designed to easily feed a family, these entrées go right into the oven in the packaging! Wegmans also recommends two healthy sides to make it a meal and a beverage pairing that complements the flavors. Everything is made from real food and is preservative free. The entrées are available in a variety of Wegmans recipes, so there are plenty of meals to try.
On the menu for my meal: Brown Sugar BBQ Pork with seasoned green beans and carrot puree, and a Belgian-style beer pairing: Ommegang Rosetta.
The oven-safe package is made from Mylar, a food-safe polyester film designed for cooking. The properties of the film will not burn or melt in temperatures below 425 degrees. This cooking film has been around for a long time and has been extensively tested for safe direct contact with food by the FDA and two universities with packaging studies programs: Virginia Tech and the Rochester Institute of Technology. It’s also made without any added BPA.
I think the packaging is genius because no one looks forward to soaking and scrubbing pans. Cook and clean-up all in one. I also love that they have done all the marinating and seasoning for you. Just remove the labels, pop it on a sheet pan into the oven at the recommended temperature or in the slow cooker for some entrées, and set a timer for the recommended cook time. These will also keep up to two weeks in the fridge or freeze right in the bag, so you have all the meal plan flexibility you need.
I served the two vegetables – green beans and carrot puree – on the side. At first glance I didn’t know how the carrot puree would be, but it was DELICIOUS! The ingredient list included butter and spices like ginger. (I learned that Wegmans also makes zucchini and cauliflower purees that can be eaten on their own or mixed into soups and sauces.)
When the pork shoulder was done making our house smell amazing, we took it out to pull apart.
We then drizzled on more Brown Sugar BBQ sauce.
Dinner is served!
We were blown away by the food, and it made so much we had it enthusiastically two nights in a row! The pork was melt-in-your mouth tender, and we loved the sauce. It tasted so good, it could have been from any BBQ restaurant in town. The green beans were solid, and the carrot puree was like a lighter, smoother version of mashed sweet potatoes, but with a distinct carrot flavor.
One of my college friends is from upstate New York and talked about Wegmans all.the.time, so I knew it was a beloved grocery store before I ever set foot in one. Now I know why! What do you love about Wegmans?
Thanks to Wegmans Food Markets for sponsoring this post!