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Vegetarian Healthy Choice Frozen Meals

It has been a while since frozen meals had knocked my socks off, but while surrendering to impulsive snacking last night at 10 because I did not make enough food for dinner, I reluctantly pulled out a frozen box of Healthy Choice’s Mediterranean Pasta. I know, it’s not really snacking when one reaches over for a full serving of pasta but hey, it was only 360 calories, all-natural (according to the label) and it had lots of whole grains, beans and fruits in it. Plus, I did share some of it with Andy, so I felt less guilty about it.

Upon removing the plastic film from the microwaved tray of pasta, the sweet aroma from apple and elderberry juice and spices used to make this meal hit my olfactory receptors, thus activating my salivary glands. This dish not only looked appetizing with pops of red from dried cranberries, it also has a lot of beans. Now, Andy never liked beans but even he could not resist this dish after dunking a whole bowl of Maggi Mee Kari by himself. The saltiness from Fontina cheese gave it the right amount of kick and balance to this meal.

I’m ecstatic to find out that Healthy Choice finally made something good and substantial for vegetarians. Perhaps if you are not cheapskates like Andy and I who would think twice before spending more than $2 for a box of frozen meal, you could find something decent. I remember poring my frozen ass over aisles and aisles of frozen food at the grocery store and wished that Healthy Choice actually made something for vegetarians aside from plain old linguine alfredo and mac ‘n cheese. I know that I shouldn’t buy all these frozen stuff, since I highly advocate eating homemade and fresh food as much as we can, but when one has to get up for work at 6 a.m. and only gets home at 8 p.m. at night, aside from cutting an apple and packing it up for lunch, I really don’t want to make anything else for lunch the next day. So, that’s my lame reason for bukling under. Ha-ha. I have given them up since I was laid off anyway, and this box of frozen meal was bought prior to that unfortunate incident.

Anyway, someone at Healthy Choice must have telepathically heard me because their all-new all natural line of products consists of very exciting and mouth-watering vegetarian entrees. YIPPEE!! On their website, I found out that they now offer the following vegetarian all natural choices:

  • Mediterranean Pasta (360 calories, 45 calories from fat, 500 mg sodium, 13g protein)
  • Portabella Marsala Pasta (270 calories, 70 calories from fat, 550mg sodium, 12g protein)
  • Portabella Spinach Parmesan ( 270 calories, 70 calories from fat, 600mg sodium, 11g protein)
  • Pumpkin Squash Ravioli (300 calories, 60 calories from fat, 600mg sodium, 9g protein) – Lean Cuisine also makes a version of squash ravioli that is very good
  • Sweet Asian Potstickers (380 calories, 45 calories from fat, 600mg sodium, 8g protein)
  • Tomato Basil Penne (260 calories, 60 calories from fat, 600mg sodium, 8g protein)

The Mediterranean Pasta that I had left me feeling thoroughly satisfied and actually kinda stuffed. The sweet, sour and salty flavours tantalized my tastebuds and despite being a little salty, I thought it was worth it.

For only $2.00 from on sale at Target, I think this is a very good buy. I say give it a try 🙂 Lean Cuisine, watch out!

Nature’s Recipe Cafe in PJ

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Nature’s Recipe Cafe,
No 12, Jalan 8/1E, Selangor, 46050
03-79576386

During our trip back home to Malaysia in May/June, Uncle Kent took us to this restaurant in PJ and needless to say, the food was good. This uncle of mine is not a vegetarian and he too liked the food there. Here are some yummies that we had that night.

Fish and Chips
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Ho Yip Fan (Glutinous Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaves –Dimsum item)
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Pan Meen (it’s OK, not as good as the one from Sin Seh in Pandan Perdana)
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Loh Bak Goh (Fried Raddish Cube with Beansprouts)
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Har Gow (Shrimp Dumpling — Dimsum item)
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Lemon shaved ice for dessert
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Vegetarian Restaurants in KL

I miss home a lot, and I know that my family is always looking for new places to go makan, so I’m compiling this list for them. Thanks to masak-masak blog for the excellent reviews on all kinds of yummy food available in Malaysia 🙂 Looking at that blog really makes me home sick and hungry!… They also provide me with inspiration to go home and cook up a storm…LOL!

Lui Cha a.k.a. Thunder Tea Rice
@ Ecogreen, Bukit Kiara (read reviews of this place here).
@ Restoran OK, Jalan SS2/10, Petaling Jaya (read reviews opf this place here).

(pictures courtesy of boo_licious of Masak-masak blog)

Lui Cha

Vegetarian Food Court @ Blue Boy Mansion, Kuala Lumpur
No.6001 Blue Boy Mansion,
Jalan Tong Shin (Jalan Pudu Lama),

Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Daily 7.30am to 9.30pm

We eat here very often… don’t need me to elaborate further. My favourites here (if I absolutely have to pick) are Char Kway Teow, and Popiah… We always get these 2 dishes first, before ordering anything else.
Check out boo’s review here and Babe-in-the-city review here and here.

(pictures courtesy of boo_licious of Masak-masak blog)

BlueBoy Char Kway Teow

This is the yummyyyy popiah 🙂
Popiah from Blue boy

Saravana Bhavan @ Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
52 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar
03-2287-1228
(At the shophouses facing the main road and same row as Degem Jewellers.)
Apparently this restaurant is part of a big chain of vegetarian restaurants that can be found all over the world. Check out http://www.saravanabhavan.com/ Too bad they are not in Michigan, just in California, Georgia, New Jersey and New York. But they are in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) i.e. Mississauga, Richmond Hill and Scarborough. I must give them a try when I go to Toronto to visit my in-laws in a few weeks for Labour Day weekend (Sept 3).

(pictures courtesy of boo_licious of Masak-masak blog)

Hare Krsna

Saravana Bhavan's Vege Curry

Indian Vegetarian Food @ Gopala Vegetarian Restaurant, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur
No. 59, Jalan Thambipillai, Brickfields
03-2274-1969

Apparently this place serves Indian food that does not use garlic nor onions (Hare Krishna’s principals) which will be perfect for my parents because they are not good for those who are meditating.

You can also get mock-meat satays, bittergourd curries, char kway teow and ais kacang here as well. They say that the satay is so good to even convert a meat-eater and that it’s better than the real thing from Kajang @ RM5 for 5 sticks. Check out the reviews here .

(pictures courtesy of boo_licious of Masak-masak blog and Babe-in-the-city)

Gopala Satay

Gopala Thali set

Indian Vegetarian @ Hare Krsna, Brickfields, KL
No 16. Lorong Chan Ah Tong, Off Jln Tun Sambanthan
(Right next to New Lay Sin Restaurant along Jln Tun Sambanthan)
Opens from 1030am to 230pm

Setup is just like economy rice, you pick 3 dishes and costs RM3.50 and comes with rice and pappadums.

(pictures courtesy of boo_licious of Masak-masak blog)

Vege Platter