Aldi likes to release a bunch of products all related to the traditional flavors of one area of the world. In the past we've seen them visit Greece, Italy, Mexico and Germany, but right now their latest collection is inspired by the flavors of India.
This isn't Aldi's first collection inspired by India, but it's the first time I've seen it show up with this much variety. They're currently offering curry-based soups, Tikka Masala meal kits, cooking sauces, and various freezer meals. It's been a very VERY long week for me, and even though I like to cook homemade meals on the weekends, I caved and bought a bunch of frozen meals from Aldi instead. (They're vegetarian friendly so I can share them with my boyfriend!)
For today's #MeatlessMonday post, I heated up one of Aldi's frozen vegetarian curry meals for my boyfriend and I. It has something called "vegetarian strips" in it, which look suspiciously like tofu, so we'll see how this one pans out.
The instructions are as easy as they come. Place bag seam-side up in the microwave for 5-6 minutes. I did that, but found after 6 minutes the contents in the center were still ice cold. The microwave I was using was a little old, so that was likely the issue. I mixed up the contents of the bag with my hands a bit, separated it into two bowls, and microwaved them for another 2 and a half minutes, and everything was nice and hot. The vegetarian strips did NOT look appetizing in my opinion, but Tofu strips are a bit of a hard sell.
Once everything was heated properly, the kitchen smelled like coconut milk, which was pleasant enough, but I took it as a bad sign. We're more of a spicy curry crowd, and this is looking and smelling pretty mild to me.
I took a big bite with the vegetarian strips in it, and the flavoring was just as I expected. Coconut-heavy and mild. The strips are definitely tofu, and they may look like chicken, but they have all the texture of a kitchen sponge. I'm picking on it, but it's not bad. The veggies are refreshing, the rice has decent texture, and the sauce is coconut-y. It's a nice mild freezer meal for people who want to feel like their eating adventurously, while still playing it safe. I personally wouldn't buy it again, since we're more of a spicy brown-curry kind of family, but if you're into more mild and refreshing dishes, this could be perfect for you.
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