Posts Tagged ‘box lunch’

Trader Joe’s – Reduced Guilt Spinach & Cheese Shells – Food Review

05/28/2018

Trader Joe, Stuffed Spinach Cheese Shells, review, nutrition, calories, price, reduced guiltI still feel guilty.  That’s the same way I felt after reviewing the last reduced guilt pasta I tried.  While this is okay, there are better alternatives in the TJ freezer case.

The sauce has a mild tomato flavor, but is otherwise bland. The shells are stuffed with 50/50 spinach/ricotta mixture .  The mixture produces a nice flavor.  The shells themselves feel mushy and overcooked.  There’s a low sauce to shell ratio, meaning it would have been nicer to have some additional sauce.  The sauce becomes rather thick because the sprinkled on cheese mixes in with the sauce.

The cooking directions seem strange.  After a minute in the microwave you’re asked to remove the container and  stir around the inside edges.  In retrospect, I assume this was to prevent what happened.  The sauce/cheese mixture in the corners overcooked bigly.  This created some nicely burnt to really burnt bits of cheese and sauce in the corners.  The nicely burnt pieces were enjoyable, depending on personal preference.  The really burnt bits were not so enjoyable.  One other item of note, a knife was needed to cut through the shells.

Trader Joe, Stuffed Spinach Cheese Shells, review, nutrition, calories, price, reduced guiltOverall this has; a nice filling, badly cooked shells, not enough of a bland sauce and a sauce that mixes too readily with the cheese sprinkled on top.  And, you’ll probably feel just as guilty after trying these.

Calories  270   Price  $2.69

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Amy’s Thai Green Curry – Target – Food Review – Vegan

03/05/2018

Amy's Thai Green Curry, vegan, review, nutrition, price, calories, target

March 5, 2018

Certified vegan, certified organic, non-GMO, dairy-free, gluten-free, family owned, 100% recycled paperboard carton and re-recyclable, Amy ticks off almost all the check boxes.  It even tastes pretty good.

The green curry is medium spicy. More than the heat, it also a nice flavor. The flavor is not as complex as what can be found at a good Thai restaurant, but still nice by frozen box-food standards. The rice and vegetables are a bit softer than I like, but not overly so. Like many commercial products, the amount of sodium in the product is on the high side, 780 mg. At 360 calories per container, it’s a light lunch, but still filling.  The$3.75 sale price is getting up there for a single portion frozen boxed meal. However if you need one of those check boxes listed above, this product could be for you.

Amy's Thai Green Curry, vegan, review, nutrition, price, calories, targetPrice $3.75 (on sale, Target) ($4.19 regular price)
Calories 360 per single serving container

 

 

 

 

Korma Fish Curry – Trader Joe’s – Food Review

10/23/2016

korma fish curry, trader joe, frozen dinnerOctober 23, 2016

The microwave has never smelled this good.  If this was just a big bowl of the sauce, I’d be perfectly happy.  Complex flavors in the sauce kept the mouth happy.  Little bits of seasoning were like Easter eggs in video games, pleasant surprises that made each bite a slightly different adventure.  Be aware, this is not for the squeamish.  Along with the flavor is a medium heat in the mouth changing to a hotter burn in the throat.

The fish was firm and not oily.  It’s hard to tell if the fish added any flavor to the dish because the sauce overwhelmed it.  My dinner contained a nice large thick piece of fish.  The basmati rice was also nice having separate dry grains of rice with a firm texture.  The rice had a slightly different taste, most likely due to the seasoning in the rice.  A bite of the rice also mediates some of the heat from the sauce.korma fish curry, trader joe, nutrition, frozen dinner

For anyone liking good spicy food, this should be at the top of your list to try.

Calories 380 per package   Price  $3.49

Trader Joe’s Baingan Bharta – Eggplant Curry – Food Review

12/29/2011

This can add and remove chest hair.  Both at the same time!

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Simply Asia Roasted Peanut Noodle Bowl – Food Review

11/03/2011

Compared to the distant memory of the last boxed noodle bowl I ate, these are better.  But they still might be better used stored in a survival kit that we hope never needs to be opened.

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Tuna In Red Panang Curry Sauce – Trader Joe’s – Thailand – Food Review

10/17/2011

First green, now red. I hear there’s a yellow.  That spells traffic light.

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Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Baked Ziti – Food Review

09/20/2011

I’m feeling guilty.  Guilty for buying this.

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Peanut Satay Noodles – Trader (Ming’s) Joe’s – Food Review

08/09/2011

If you don’t like these you can always try them as fish bait.

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Trader Joe’s Palak Paneer – Frozen – Food Review

08/07/2011

Just to confuse us again, Trader Joe’s has two products called Palak Paneer.  This is the frozen variety and it’s a step up from the canned in a pouch kind.

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Creamy Coconut Curry & Rice – Target – Archer Farms – Food Review

08/05/2011

Still in decision mode on this one.

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