Open Nature Chana Masala with
Brown Rice, Cauliflower and Spinach
On a late night run to my local Safeway super market, I saw that Open Nature™ frozen entrees were on sale for $2!!! And they had a Chana Masala entree available.
I love chickpeas - hummus, falafel, fried and seasoned, raw in salads, the uses for this little legume are endless. Chickpeas also are known as garbanzo beans, ceci beans, sanagalu, chana, hummus and Bengal gram. They come dried, in cans, and in flour form. Like most beans and legume, they are pretty calorie dense but they get a wonderful texture when cooked and are very filling.
On Fast Days, I like to have dishes that are really flavorful so I feel that I really ate something since the portions necessarily have to be pretty small. This frozen entree fits that bill very nicely. Though I would have like even a tad more heat.
The ingredient label is not too bad. Most of the ingredients were "what I'd find in the grocery store" sounding. The only two ingredients that gave me pause were the xanthan gum and guar gum. Both are stabilizers and used to thicken processed foods. I'd prefer that they weren't there but those aren't the worse offenders to have on an ingredient list.
From a perusal of the ingredient list, looks like this bad boy is vegetarian too. Bonus.
This was a pretty standard reheat meal: poke holes and nuke. This is what you end up with:
There are a lot of chickpeas which is nice. And the side dish of brown rice, cauliflower and spinach was a great compliment. It was nice to have a little bit of carbs to soak up the sauce and help with feeling full. Overall I was pretty happy with this as dinner and I didn't mind using so many of my calories today on this.
That doesn't mean there's not room to crack the calories on this dish though! The sauce was a bit oily. If I had a piece of naan to eat with this entree then I wouldn't have minded that so much but who can afford naan on 500 calories a day! I may have to take up this as a calorie slashing project - stay tuned.