quick review: heinen’s prepared foods

porkAs part of my ongoing partnership with Heinen’s. they have asked me for honest reviews of some of their prepared dishes from time to time. Last night, I tried pork tenderloin stuffed with chopped fennel, thyme and apricots then lined with bacon ($10). There was actually  a lot to choose from, from steaks to other stuffed tenderloins, stuffed chops, kabobs, etc. But this one caught my eye. The butcher told me it was local pork and just assembled that morning.

The tenderloin was plenty for the three of us to share, and I even have leftovers for lunch today. Overall, the taste was enjoyable. I loved all the fresh thyme and fennel and especially liked the apricots with bacon. But the pork itself could have used someHeinen's Logo PMS 350 & 209 seasoning. If you try this, I’d suggest seasoning the pork with kosher salt and pepper first; it needs it.

In general, I’m not one to pick up prepared food. If I’m not dining out, I really enjoy cooking at home. And something like this would take no time to create myself. But, there are those days when  you just don’t feel like cooking – or eating out. This is a nice alternative. And I’d have no reservations about picking up this pork again – though I would be sure to properly season next time.


  1. rockandroller
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been consistently disappointed in Heinen’s prepared foods, sad to say. They LOOK good, and I’m sure are prepared fresh, but most are extremely bland and I find that I end up disappointed again and again. And I am not someone who generally enjoys a heavy hand on seasoning – but neither am I elderly and on a low-this, low-that diet, which I am guessing they must be trying to cater to with their prepared foods? After so many disappointing purchases, I no longer bother with the things in the case. It’s too bad, as I would be the kind that would take advantage of these “convenience” foods, if they were very good.

  2. Posted March 1, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    I am a fan of their stuffed porkchops..I do season them with sea salt and pepper ….they are very yummy with baked yams and fresh green beans! Quick and easy and relatively guilt free! LOVE your blog!

  3. Posted March 1, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    I love the soups. In the winter, nothing is better for a quick meal then a grilled cheese with the tomato bisque. I love that damn soup.

  4. Jon K.
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    I’ve had that pork a number of times and have found it to be a very good meal when i’m in a rush and just want to throw something into the oven. I do agree that it needed a little seasoning but overall its great for a quick meal.

  5. Julie
    Posted March 2, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    I’m with Allison…..I’m totally addicted to that tomato bisque soup. Best I’ve ever had!

  6. Posted March 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    I pick up soups often at Heinen’s, but have never had one I am crazy about. But everything always looks so good.

  7. mjg
    Posted April 18, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone have their tomato bisque soup recipe?

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