Spiced really nice
Maybe you've mastered a recipe for chicken tikka masala or veggie burgers. Or not. If not, Tandoor Chef's line of frozen foods offers a tasty assist. We especially enjoyed the spicy vegetable masala burgers (potatoes, carrots, green beans, turmeric, etc.) that grilled up hot and crisp in a skillet. And the halal-certified, richly flavored chicken tikka masala with basmati rice was ready to eat after a short heat in the microwave. The suggested retail prices: A four-patty box of masala burgers is $2.99; the chicken entree is $3.99. A store locater is at tandoorchef.com.
An earnest a.m. effort
They're called Earnest Eats Hot & Fit Cereals, which is a clue these cinnamon-scented cereals (an oat, amaranth, quinoa mix) aim to make you feel good about digging into an a.m. bowl. Calories top out at 190 or less per serving (and about 6 grams fat, 6 grams protein, 5 grams fiber) for each blend: American (cranberries, almonds, etc.), Mayan (cocoa, almonds, etc.), Asian (mango, green tea, sesame seeds, etc.). Our favorites: American and Mayan for their distinct flavors. The suggested retail price for a 14-ounce canister: $6.99. For a store locater or to buy, go to earnesteats.com.
Sweet with a difference
Searching for alternative sweeteners? If you're a fan of honey, the syruplike agave nectar is a good place to start a sampling expedition. We found Madhava's Agave Nectars, for example, echoed similar experiences we had with different honey types. Madhava's raw agave nectar's flavor was more intense, even molasseslike and could work in sauces such as barbecue. The light version was delicately flavored, a nice touch on biscuits/oatmeal. The suggested retail price for a 11.75-ounce bottle: $3.69. For a store locater, go to madhavasweeteners.com.