Just to confuse us again, Trader Joe’s has two products called Palak Paneer. This is the frozen variety and it’s a step up from the canned in a pouch kind.
If you have problems eating your spinach, try this. Keep your eyes closed, you’ll have a really difficult time knowing it’s spinach that’s moving past your taste buds.
This is actually very good. There’s a nice bit of heat that’s not overpowering. Along with the heat is a nice Indian flavor that you won’t confuse with anything from McDonald’s. Trader Joe claims the flavor is “curry”. Whatever it is, it’s a good flavor. There are big chunks of paneer mixed in with the spinach. If you’ll remember, paneer is fresh cheese. The firm paneer seems to have picked up the flavors from the mix. The paneer has a nice flavor pop in the mouth. The spinach is processed into what I’ll call, spinach lint. There are no leaves, rather a smooth fibrous paste. However, nowhere near as pasty as the “canned” version which was described as “volcanic mud”. In summary, the spinach is “linty” as opposed to “muddy”. The color is a much nicer lighter dark green also.
TJ claims there are 2 servings per container. I ate them both with no problem. I’m sure you’ll do the same. At 500 calories total per container, it’s not a bad lunch. You won’t need any accompaniments, such as rice or naan, with it to feel satisfied. Of course, if you have some, all the better. The salt content is high, 1600 mg of sodium per full container. That’s 2/3 of our daily requirement. TJ labels the product as “Vegetarian”, “No Gluten Ingredients Used” and “Quick Meal”.
For a quick work lunch, if you have a freezer available at work to store this in, this is a no-brainer decision over its canned in a pouch cousin. It will serve the same purpose at home.
Calories 500/container Price $2.99