Masala Baked Tofu and Curried Cabbage & Peas

This dish reminded me that I really need to cook more from “Appetite for Reduction.” The recipes in the book are low-fat, but they certainly don’t lack the flavor. And I love that there is a lot of nutritional value to each recipe.

Both the tofu recipe and the cabbage recipe have very similar ingredients. For the Masala Baked Tofu, slices of tofu marinate in a mixture of soy (I used Bragg’s), vinegar, garlic, ginger and spices. The final result packed so much flavor.

The Curried Cabbage & Peas comes together so quickly. Sliced cabbage and carrots are simmered in a broth with curry, onions, garlic and more. The aromas coming off both dishes were amazing. (My downstairs neighbor even sent me a text from below commenting on how great it smelled.)

I could see serving this with a side of basmati rice if you want to bulk it up a bit, but it works just fine without it.

Product Review: Trader Joe’s Vegetable Masala Burger

Louisville just got its first Trader Joe’s a little more than a month ago. Prior to that, I had heard so many great things about Trader Joe’s, but had never actually been in one before. We had a chance to stop in about a week after it had opened, but it was so packed that you couldn’t browse for anything. Last night, however, we were bored and decided to swing by again and ended up bringing home a few items, including these Vegetable Masala Burgers, a roasted vegetable pizza, Trader Joe’s own brand of almond milk, as well as a few other items.

We tried the burgers for lunch today and they were really, really good. My husband lightly fried them in a cast iron skillet per the instructions and we served the burgers on a couple of slices of bread with lettuce, onion and a dollop of curry Vegenaise that I threw together. I liked that the burgers weren’t made from a meat substitute; instead, they were a combination of potatoes, carrots, green beans, corn, onions and spices. You wouldn’t think that they would hold up that well as a sandwich, but they did and were so delicious.

As for the other items, we haven’t had a chance to try them out yet. I’m especially curious about the almond milk. We currently drink Almond Breeze, but the Trader Joe’s brand is a dollar cheaper, so I hope it’s just as good.

My first real impression of Trader Joe’s is a good one. The true test will be later this week. We normally shop at Whole Foods for most of our items because, contrary to what most people think, it’s actually cheaper (for us) than Kroger. But we’re going to see if we can do all of our shopping at Trader Joe’s and see if it’s cheaper than what we normally spend.

I hope everyone is well!