Trader Joe's: A grocery store. A culture. A DESTINATION. I don't work for TJ's, I am simply a customer who loves the store, the products, & the experience.
This blog was a year-long project. In 2015 I reviewed 1 TJ's product EVERY SINGLE DAY. I visited lots of TJ's stores around the country, and when the year ended I couldn't stop. I still post often (though not daily) & I welcome your comments on the products & reviews.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Day 221 - Vegetable Panang Curry
When I was a kid, sometimes we got lucky and were served a TV dinner for
supper. Now that I am an adult, I realize
those nights were probably times my mom was exhausted and not in the mood to
cook meat loaf or cheesey chicken (which was her specialty). But at the time, it felt a bit like hitting the
jack pot to get that metal tray, piping hot, placed in front of me. Oh that metal tray… With the separate areas for the turkey with
gravy and piping hot mashed “potatoes”.
Now I am an adult. At least
age-wise I am an adult. And I do not
find instant potatoes with a thin layer of crust on the top appealing
BUT I HAVE FOUND A TV DINNER REPLACEMENT. Trader Joe’s has an amazing assortment of
frozen foods. You could spend an hour
just strolling down the frozen section, filling your cart with boxes and
bags. And one box you should put in that
cart is VEGETABLE PANANG CURRY with Jasmine Rice. It’s great!
Put this box in your shopping cart, stat!
It takes a total of 4 minutes in the microwave to cook (as opposed to
God knows how long my mom had to leave our TV dinners in the oven way back in
prehistoric before microwave times…). The
box has one serving so it was perfect when I gobbled it up just now for a very
late 5:15 PM lunch.
The Jasmine Rice is wonderful. It
is steamy, fluffy, with just the right amount of “stick”. Veggies include zucchini, onion, asparagus,
kale, green beans, snow peas, baby corn, and spinach. See – it’s a far cry from the watery fake
potatoes in the TV dinners of my youth! And
the curry sauce is fantastic. The only
bit of negativity is that the asparagus in this dish is sometimes “woody”.
Here it is on a plate - I was a bit messy when I dumped it out cuz I was starving
Overall this is a terrific saucy, ricey dish and should be eaten by YOU
(unless you are not a fan of slightly spicy stuff, then skip this and eat
Note – this is VEGAN, so if that’s your thing they gotcha covered.