I enjoy a number of Indian dishes and one of the items I truly enjoy is hands down samosas. I used to work with a father and daughter who would bring in homemade samosas to company pot lucks … and my love for them blossomed.So needless to say, when I spotted these Trader Joe’s Vegetable Samosas I had to give them a go.
I decided to cook these up in the oven and have them for a late lunch. They cook up and resemble homemade samosas.While baking in the oven they do let off a little bit of oil residue, which when you’re eating makes your fingers a little shiny, but it’s nothing overwhelming. They’re packed with vegetables and flavor while they are also a little spicy. I found it to be a pleasant spice, but I shared these with my mother who thought it was a little too spicy for her taste. I enjoyed my samosas with a side salad and it was a delicious meal.
A serving is 2 samosas, which is 170 calories or 4 points plus values.I would suggest if the samosas are not going to be eaten in one sitting to not heat them all up because as they sit the crust does get softer. I hadn’t put them into the fridge (all were eaten in a day) but I think if they were put into the refrigerator they’d be soggy overnight.
While shopping at Trader Joe’s I noticed the Trader Joe’s Curry Simmer Sauce so I picked up a jar to give it a try. I enjoy all kinds of curry but typically when having Indian food I order curry or tikka masala.I decided I’d whip it up for dinner and use some vegetables to possibly cut the heat – which I am grateful I did because the sauce is on the spicier side.
According to the jars directions it states to use the jar of sauce, plus 1 cup of water with 1 pound of boneless chicken, fish or vegetables, etc. and let the mixture simmer on the stove top until cooked through. I opted to do it a little differently. I added a teaspoon of olive oil to a pan, added in my chicken tenderloin and cooked it on both sides to let it get some color. I then added in one medium onion sliced and let it cook down together with the chicken for a few minutes before adding in the sauce and water. Mixing it all together, I then added in about ¾ pound of garden fresh green beans. I let everything simmer together for about 15 minutes or so before turning off the flame.
If I didn’t add the vegetables it would have been more authentic to the way Indian food is served in a restaurant – meat with a lot of sauce. But I felt my dish needed the vegetable, particularly because it’s how I enjoy my food – with a bit of veggie mixed into the dish. The onion and green beans helped bring down the spice a tad, even though all together it was still a spicier dish. It was definitely enjoyable and something that was quick and easy to pull together – with the combinations being endless.
I did end up stretching the sauce into four meals, simply dividing out the meat equally and serving with helpings of vegetables and sauce.I also served up plates with ½ cup of brown rice and ½ garlic naan.
There are 3 ½ servings in the jar, with 1/3 cup sauce being a serving. Each serving has 70 calories, 3 grams of fat, 11 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein. A serving of sauce is 2 points plus.
Have you tried the Trader Joe’s curry simmer sauce?
I purchased this reheat and go Chicken Tikka Masala from Whole Foods. I love Indian food, but I don’t have it very often. Since my boyfriend isn’t a huge fan for spicy Indian dishes, I tend to gravitate towards frozen or microwavable Indian dishes so I can enjoy them. Needless to say when I saw this at Whole Foods – without the rice, I had to pick it up.
I heated it up in the microwave and separated it into two containers. The first day I ate it out of a bowl with some pita bread. I was literally starving and was boarding on “hangry” and I found it was satisfying and filling. It is s spicy dish; spicy enough to make my nose start to run, but it wasn’t overwhelmingly hot. The next day I ate the remainder for lunch over some salad and I found the greens and carrots really helped bring the heat intensity down and it was delicious.Definitely a nice “go to” meal for me to pick up if I were ever in a bind (at work with a Whole Foods local) and needed something flavorful but lower in points for lunch.
The container houses 2 servings, a serving being 8 ounces (containing the sauce, not just the chicken).Weighing it out I found there was roughly about 3 ounces of chicken (coated in sauce) in my meal and I added in about 2 ounces of extra sauce.According to the nutrition information label an 8 ounce serving translated to 4 points plus values.
Have you tried any of Whole Foods packaged microwavable meals?