Monday, October 3, 2011

Meatless Monday - Lazy Indian Food

In an effort to eat less meat, we've been having Meatless Monday in our house for a couple months now.  One of my family's favorites is a mix of Indian dishes on top of brown basmati rice with garlic naan.  I have made some Indian fare with success, but when I'm feeling lazy and time is tight, I turn to Trader Joe's.

Even though it is processed and pre-packaged, the ingredients are simple and all natural (all Trader Joe's brand food has no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, no MSG, no genetically modified ingredients, and no added Trans Fats).  But best of all, my oldest 2 have made the whole meal by themselves and everyone (including little A Bomb and Munchkin - who's super picky) love it.  We've tried all of the entrees in Trader Joe's Indian Fare line, and liked them all.  For our family, the least kid friendly is the Punjab Eggplant - which is okay because we're going to cut out nightshades for a month or longer depending on results (eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers - some studies show this family of veggies cause inflammation in the body which lead to skin and joint problems).

The whole meal is super easy to make, like I mentioned Tazer (10) and Gaigai (8) have made the complete dinner.  While your rice is cooking, put on a large pot of water to boil.  Preheat oven to 400 for naan.  Once water is boiling, immerse sealed foil packet(s) for 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, put frozen naan into the oven for a couple of minutes - take out and brush with some butter or olive oil.  Remove foil pouches from boiling water, cut open.  Top rice with your choice of Indian Fare.  We also add cashews and yogurt (some of the dishes are a bit spicy for the kids).  Although the kids like the entrees, their favorite part of the meal is the garlic naan - chewy on top, crispy on the bottom, and topped with butter or olive oil, the naan complements and completes the super easy super delicious Indian dinner!

Do you have an easy meat-free recipe?


  1. Yummy! I never expected the kids to like these, since they have a somewhat strange appearance, but they do!

  2. Those sound really tasty! I normally don't do packaged food either, but those don't look bad based on TJ's features.

    I make a meatless quinoa with black beans, corn and cilantro that is quite yummy.


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