Trader Joe’s is a little treasure trove of vegan goodness. It seems like each week they have something new and exciting to try. One such gem of a staple on our grocery list is Trader Joe’s Vegan Tikka Masala. As huge fans of Indian cuisine this began as a once in while meal, to a menu staple. While I don’t advocate convenience foods on the regular. Wednesday night is my late night teaching yoga and when I get in late and just need SOMETHING to eat quickly. This is my go-to.
So let’s look at the nutritional stats real quick. At 430 calories for the whole container it’s not too bad calorie wise. There is a whopping 20g of protein too.And people ask me “where do you get your protein?”.
The package looks rather unappetizing, as most frozen meals do. But just 6 minutes in the microwave and you have a piping hot entree to rival any Indian restaurant at a fraction of the price.
Out the packing & onto the plate
Usually I pair mine with a bunch of broccoli or other green veggies so I can offset the 810 mg of sodium. My top tip for adding the veggies is to defrost the frozen veggies in the fridge during the day so they don’t take as long to cook. This is why menu planning is important!
The protein chunks are a combination of wheat gluten and soy. They are pretty good for a meat substitute. The coconut milk and cashews in the masala sauce makes it rich and flavorful providing all the taste with none of the cruelty.
If you’re looking for a more substantial meal then I highly recommend the Trader Joe’s Tandoori Garlic Naan. It’s in the bakery section (the frozen garlic naan isn’t vegan). My top tip is to freeze the bread, and pop one in the toaster while the Trader Joe’s Vegan Tikka Masala is in the microwave. Lovely warm naan to coordinate with the Tikka Masala! Don’t let the name fool you, this bread isn’t too spicy or garlicy, the flavors are subtle.
Trader Joe’s Vegan Tikka Masala – Review
Taste wise this Tikka Masala will remind you of all the flavors of India. It’s not too spicy, so is perfect for anyone not used to the tangy flavors of Indian cuisine. For me, I love it. It’s got the spices, flavor and creaminess I adore in masala sauces. The chunks aren’t too soft, or too chewy. They are the cinderella of meat substitutes! And the rice is perfectly soft and fluffy. At a total of 6 minutes cooking time is WAY quicker than it would take to cook it myself.
All in all, two big thumbs up from me. And a huge satisfied smile on my face. Seriously, I have this on menu plan rotation for Wednesday nights when I get home at 8.30pm from work. It’s a godsend! Quick, tasty, delicious and at under $4 so much cheaper than calling for take-out on the way home! Highly recommend.
- Have you tried this dish from Trader Joe’s?
- Are you a fan of Indian Cuisine?
- Garlic or plain naan?