Friday, July 26, 2013

Saffron Road / Gourmet foods made with all natural ingredients Review

Maryam Z | 12:22 AM | |

When it comes to frozen foods, do you pay attention to what the ingredients are? I never cared to look at the ingredients when it came to purchasing frozen meals. I always grabbed what I thought looked tasty and what was on sale. To be quite honest, it's not worth buying something if it isn't good for you. The only reason why majority of the meals taste the way they do is because of the chemicals and artificial flavorings. The way I seen it once upon a time was that food was food. I didn't care if it had chemicals in it and what not. If it was good, I ate it. That mind set changed once my kids were born.

Kids eat the way you eat. If you eat unhealthy, well they will to and if you eat healthy, so will they. It's a big impact on them and in order for them to stay healthy, you have to do the same. Now when it comes to frozen foods, I don't get it as often as I used to. The reason why is because I love having a home cooked meal. But, there are those nights where it's a "whatever" night and we let the kids pick out what they want and my husband and I just look around for something to eat. 

It's nice sometimes to take a break from cooking, lol. I usually like to have a frozen dinner, if there is one in the freezer and I am good to go. Out of all the frozen meals I have tried, there is one brand I will be getting from now on and that is Saffron Road. I was given a lovely opportunity to review some of their products.


Saffron Road sent me four coupons to use at Whole Foods so I can grab what I wanted. As you can see from the image above, they are all frozen meals. I got the Chicken Pad Thai with rice noodles, Moroccan Lamb Stew with couscous, Chicken Tikka Masala with basmati rice and Lamb Saag with basmati rice. 


The first meal I tried was the Lamb Saag with the basmati rice. In the above picture, it shows you what the meal looks like just out of the box. It doesn't look like much of course because it's frozen. Once it's heated, it looks like the image at the bottom. 
PRODUCT CONTAINS: 
Saag, an ancient leafy green spinach dish, has been enjoyed in the Himalayas for over 5,000 years. Our traditional Lamb Saag is laboriously prepared by slow simmering our Chef-selected free roaming lamb with a blend of Indian spices, ginger and yogurt. A classic reflection of the Indian epicure and a timeless expression of taste. Served in a thick bed of highly nutritious, savory Saag.
Nutrition Facts – 11 oz (312g)
Serving Size: 11 oz (312 grams)
Servings Per Container: 1
Calories: 300
Calories from Fat: 60
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2.5g13%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 590mg25%
% Daily Value*
Total Carbohydrate 36g12%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Sugars 1g
Protein 19g
% Daily Value*
Vitamin A40%
Vitamin C8%
Calcium15%
Iron15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.
INGREDIENTS: Spinach Sauce (Spinach, Water, Diced Tomatoes [Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid], Onions, Lamb Broth, Cream, Tomato Paste [Tomatoes, Citric Acid], Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Ginger, Garlic, Spices, Sea salt), Basmati Rice (Water, Basmati Rice, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Ginger, Garlic), Lamb (Lamb, Nonfat Yogurt (Cultured Nonfat Milk, Pectin), Water, Cornstarch, Ginger, Sea salt, Garlic, Spices, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil).
Contains: Milk
I figured I'd give you an idea of what's all in the meal. When I seen this on the back of the box, I was quite amazed. Not only are the ingredients all natural, but so is the flavor. I mean, I have never in my life tasted a frozen food like this before. The lamb was meaty, so tender, so mouth watering. The saag was earthy and delicious and the sauce was... Honestly, I can't describe it. The meal tasted like something you would get in a five star restaurant. It's that fricken amazing! I tried all four meals and to be quite honest, they all taste authentic. 

My dad is Palestinian and he cooked many meals he learned from his mom. A lot of them were made with lamb and chicken. I remember when there was a lamb dish made, my mom, dad, brother, sister and I would fight over who gets the last bowl or who gets the most lamb. It was always like that when it came to a good dish. The reason why I bring this up is because the meals from Saffron Road remind me of the meals my dad would cook. They have a fresh, aromatic, authentic taste to them and that's what makes these meals so delicious. I am definitely going back to the store to get more Saffron Road meals and I will have try their other products as well! 

Why choose Saffron Road?
  • Saffron Roads livestock are humanely raised and they are never given any antibiotics or hormones
  • All the livestock are 100% vegetarian-fed
  • Saffron Road is proud to offer nine Non-GMO Project Verified products
  • They have 20 certified Gluten Free Products
  • Their meals are Certified Halal Cuisines 
  • They use real cheese that is made with milk from cows that are not treated with rBST
  • They support family owned farms and local growers
  • Their Chicken Tikka Masala is rated as a “HIT” (score 92 out of 100) by the leading industry expert, Phil Lempert, The Supermarket Guru!
  • They are all about celebrating diversity through culinary excellence
  • All of their production facilities are in North America, employing American workers

Looking for a delicious gourmet meal? Check out Saffron Road for their amazing selection of frozen meals, sauces, broths and much more. You can also find Saffron Road on:


Disclaimer: Products were received for free and reviewed by me. I am honest about what I say and I will not say I like something when I do not. I mention products and/or services that I like for my readers. I am giving my opinion based on what I reviewed. 

2 comments:

  1. I have had these brand of meals, and they are really good! I got a good deal on them at my Grocery Outlet, and decided to give them a try, and I like the flavors of these dinners!

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    1. These dinners are very tasty! I love the lamb dishes and it reminds me so much of the home cooked meals my dad use to make.

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