Sunday, October 5, 2008

Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's

I ordered this book from Amazon a week or so ago, and I've tried two recipes from it, both surprisingly good. The first recipe I tried was the "Le French Lentil Soup", which uses the Trader Joe's refrigerated pre-steamed french lentils to make a delicious lentil soup in about 20-25 min, instead of the usual 45. You can see the recipe in the Google Books preview on page 65 (that's the preview page # - the actual book page # is 72). The second one was the "Vegetable Tikka Masala" which is less of a recipe and more of a suggestion as to how to use the Trader Joe's Masala Simmer Sauce - basically they have you simmer cauliflower, garbanzo beans, zuccini, and carrots in the sauce for 15 mins and then add 1/2 cup plain yogurt. We served our tikka masala with another Trader Joe's product, the pre-cooked basmati rice with red quinoa and flax seed, which made for a great meal. I feel a bit sheepish about these almost fast food recipes, but this is just the kind of thing I need for a busy weeknight - healthy & quick. And these certainly meet the criteria for being food not "food"...

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