Thursday, March 14, 2013

FAST AND FRUGAL GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN INDIAN MEAL FOR TWO


Ever feel like cooking up some Indian food at home, but don't feel like facing a long ingredient list? This $1.99 package from the frozen section at Trader Joe's is the ideal jumping-off point to a well-rounded Indian meal for two. It starts with subtlely seasoned eggplant. Eggplant, which, considering its texture once microwaved according to the package instructions, is more like a spicy sauce. So, that is how I use it, and it works perfectly.

Begin with a package of Trader Joe's basmati rice. Cook up one cup of rice to two cups of water. This should take about 10-15 minutes.

While rice cooks, steam a half pound of Trader Joe's frozen broccoli florets. Set aside.

Brown a third of a cup of Trader Joe's raw whole cashews in a small frying pan (no oil needed).

If you have some fresh cilantro around, mince a couple of tablespoons of it.

When the rice is done, half-fill two large soup bowls with it. Divide broccoli into each. Top with eggplant, then cashews, then cilantro.

Fast and frugal gluten-free, vegan Indian dinner for two in minutes! Note: These are generous servings, so you might have leftovers for lunch the next day--also great!


3 comments:

Vi said...

The isn't vegan :( I bought it after your review without reading the ingredients and unfortunately it has milk in it. Thankfully I didn't eat it.

Vi said...

*This

michele said...

TJs does make some GF vegan ready-made Indian meals -- check the labels. Because Indian food often relies on cream and ghee, you have to be careful...
For a more extensive choice, look at Tasty Bite, sold online on Amazon and their own website -- huge selection, all great -- I add additional vegetables, sometimes just some mixed frozen veg, and they are all tasty, low-cal, easy and vegetarian. On www.TastyBite.com they conveniently catagorize by vegan, gf, etc. I have seen them at Bristol Farms, but much cheaper online!