Trader Joe’s Vegetable Samosas

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.
Do you enjoy vegetable samosas?

Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan

I have enjoyed naan for a very long time, but I have never had garlic naan.  So when I saw on Instagram that there was one available, I made sure I picked up a bag of Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan. The naan is sold in the freezer section and comes with 4 pieces in a bag.
When you open the bag you are awarded with a nice fresh garlic scent.  According to the packaging it’s hand-stretched bread that’s topped with garlic and coriander and then baked in a tranditional Indian clay tandoor oven.  Since the naan is frozen, it has to be heated in the oven for roughly 10 minutes before served up. My oven cooks incredibly fast so I only cooked it for about 5-6 minutes before I had to pull it out of the oven.
It was perfect alongside an Indian dish for dinner – but as I’ve seen on Instagram this would be fabulous as a base for pizza.  Add a little sauce, a little cheese and a few toppings and you have the start of a deliciously amazing garlic bread pizza.  A whole naan is a pretty decent size (larger than a personal size pizza) so it would make a complete meal with a side salad.  Possibilities are endless … as long as you’re a garlic fan!
A whole piece is 190 calories and 5 points plus, but I have found ½ is enough to be a side along with dinner – which comes out to be 2 points plus.
Have you tried the garlic naan or regular naan at Trader Joe’s?

Trader Joe’s Curry Simmer Sauce

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?

The Skinny Fork’s – Crock Pot Chicken Tikka Massala

I saw an Instagram post about this Crock Pot Chicken Tikka Massala and I immediately wanted to make it.  I love Indian food, although I don’t get it very often because my boyfriend isn’t a big fan of the spice.  Typically I relay on getting my Indian dishes from a few companies that sell frozen pre-packaged meals but we all know that homemade is SO much better.
This particular recipe was quite easy to throw together and it was not spicy in the least bit. The one thing I will tweak next time I make it (which I will, I’ve repurchased a few of the ingredients I’d need to make it again) I will be adding salt.  After it cooked for 7 hours in the crock pot I found it was missing something … and that something was salt.  Now, I don’t really use salt in my food, but I’ve found in cooking you need a little bit of salt to bring all flavors together.
You get roughly a 1 cup serving for only 4 points plus values, which is totally worth it.  I paired the dish with ¾ cup basmati rice which was 4 points plus.  The only thing missing was a piece of naan … which I will have handy the next time I make this dish!

Whole Foods Chicken Tikka Masala

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?

Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice

I’m a fan of Indian food but I don’t typically go to Indian restaurants (unless I have someone to go to an Indian restaurant with that enjoys the spiciness of Indian food).  So with that dilemma I typically purchase frozen Indian dinners to enjoy at home.  I’ve been wanting to make a butter chicken recipe at home so when I saw this at Trader Joe’s I made sure to pick it up, stick it in the freezer to have on hand when my craving for something different hit.
The dinner itself contains the butter chicken (which is located in its own section of the container) along with basmati rice.  The butter chicken itself is a little spicy but not overwhelming as some Indian dishes can tend to get.  My boyfriend’s taste buds have become sensitive to spice and he was able to handle it and even said it was delicious.  To stretch the meal we added some fresh steamed vegetables (broccoli and carrots) alongside it to make it filling and balanced.
The box contains 1 ½ servings – 1 cup being an entire serving.  My boyfriend and I split this evenly, making it 6 pointsplus – but if you were to have a full 1 cup serving it would be 8 pointsplus.
Have you had the Butter Chicken from Trader Joe’s?