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Fast Day #7: Switching Gears: Trader Joe's Paneer Tikka Masala - 330 calories

1 tray = 1 serving and that's how it should be!

Trader Joe's Paneer Tikka Masala

Today was not my day when it came to food.

First, I wanted a pizza but Trader Joe's didn't have a single serving pizza that fit into my calories restrictions and pet peeve about serving size especially when it comes to pizza.

So, I figured I'll make my own pizza. I got all the fixings and was planning it all out until I looked over my shoulder and saw my dear hubby starting dinner! I had to decide, if I wanted to eat at the same time as him and our house guest I had to change my plans and fast.

And of course that leads me to my emergency food Fast Day back up...

Paneer Tikka Masala with Spinach Basmati Rice from Trader Joe's

hunt and seek dinner entree
While I was at the store I checked and the Chicken Tikka Masala version of this dish has less calories! Ah well, sometimes reheated chicken doesn't fare too well int he microwave. With paneer you are almost guaranteed moist, plump chunks....

... if you can find any! This was more sauce than anything else. I was pretty bummed by the lack of paneer but the sauce is damn delicious so I got over it.

It took two glasses of water and waiting 15 minutes before I felt full. It's been a few hours since I ate and I'm still holding strong.


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