Toddler Picks: Three Things We Love

| May 21, 2008 | 2 Comments

I am not generally a big fan of convenience food products, but we’ve stumbled on a few lately that we (we being Will and I) really like. Even an ardent believer in home cooking like me believes that sometimes, packaged food can help create a decent meal in no time flat.

But remember, homemade is always best.

  • Old El Paso Chipotle Taco Seasoning – I gravitate towards anything with chipotle. I would be lying if I didn’t say it’s at least due in part to how much fun it is to say. It has a really nice kick to it. I worried for a second that it might be too much of a kick for Will . . . uh, no. He gobbled two tacos up and made yummy noises all the time . . . Considering that a jar of chipotle chili powder is almost $8 at the local grocery store (ordering from Penzey’s is so much cheaper!), this is a great alternative when you are looking for that chipotle zing. Shawn liked this one too . . .
  • Old El Paso Fresh Mexican Style Smooth Rojo Salsa – We don’t do mild here. It’s always medium and this is a nice, smooth (but textured) salsa that goes really well on tacos. Will ended up eating the remainder of this salsa that was on his plate with a spoon. It was that good.
  • Trader Joe’s Korma Curry Simmer Sauce – Korma is an Indian dish. A few years back, some coworkers of mine ordered it in a restaurant and I was intrigued. It wasn’t something I had heard of but it hit my radar and I really wanted to try it. Just before Paige was born I found this simmer sauce at Trader Joe’s and bought it. Then it sat on the shelf . . . We shouldn’t have waited this long. It has a nice and authentic seeming kick to it. Will? He couldn’t get enough. Plus, it was ultra-easy. Just cook the chicken in a pan, add the sauce and heat through.

Category: Stuff

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Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. Viktoria says:

    I have to try that sauce. I love curry and it sounds delicious. Is it only available at Trader Joe’s or have you seen it in other stores too?

  2. Sarah Caron says:

    Viktoria, it’s Trader Joe’s brand, so only there . . . do you still live in a good proximity to the one in Orange?

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