Nutrition Action Healthletter
July 1999 — U.S. Edition

Gourmet to Go

Daydreaming about your favorite Indian restaurant? Pop a couple of Taj Ethnic Gourmet's new handmade frozen baked Samosas in the oven for 20 minutes. Instant Bombay. Samosas are savory pockets of dough filled with vegetables or meat. They’re usually deep-fried, which makes for a crispy crust... and a load of fat and calories. Kudos to Taj for figuring out how to make a baked version that keeps all the taste and almost none of the grease. Three to six grams of fat-none of them saturated-and about 160 calories are all you’ll get from each three-ounce samosa.
   We loved the Subzi Samosas’ delicately spiced potatoes, carrots, onions, green peppers, and cauliflower, the Aloo Samosas’ mild potatoes and green peas, and the Tofu Samosas’ gentle garlic and ginger. If you’re a poultry fan, try the yogurt and spice-filled Chicken Samosas. Taj adds just enough salt to bring out the flavor without cranking up the sodium, which ranges from 85 to 230 mg—about as good as frozen food gets.
   If you want some added kick, dip your samosas in the tangy tamarind chutney that comes in each box.
   Next stop, New Delhi

Taj Ethnic Gourmet—(508) 875-6212, ext 23.
Panned Pans

“A fluffy two-egg omelette over a mountain of seasoned country-fried potatoes with grilled strips of boneless chicken breast, peppers, onions, and shredded cheddar.”
That’s how Denny’s describes its Big Texas Chicken Fajita Signature Skillet.
   “A 1 1/3-pound platter of artery-clogging, belt-busting, blood-pressure-raising grease and salt” would be more like it, but we guess that doesn’t have quite the same ring. Neither does “1,190 calories, 88 grams of fat (33 of them saturated), and 2,490 milligrams of sodium.” Unfortunately, that’s just what you’ll get...if you don’t touch the optional salsa, sour cream, or guacamole.
   The Meat Lover’s Skillet ups the ante with its diced ham, bacon, and sausage. Translation: 1,350 calories, 108 grams of fat, 37 grams of sat fat, and 3,140 mg of sodium. The Sausage Supreme Skillet is almost as bad.
   Order your Skillet with Egg Beaters and no cheese and you’ll lop off 310 calories, 29 grams of fat (14 of them saturated), and 370 mg of sodium. That’s not bad...if you think “horrible” is better than “atrocious.”
   “Management not responsible for popped buttons,” say the Signature Skillet ads. Consider yourself lucky if your buttons are the only things that pop.

Denny’s—(800) 733-6697.
Nutrition Action Healthletter Subscribe Today! Customer Service