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Saffron Road

Thai Basil Chili Tofu and Bibimbop with Tofu

Saffron Road Thai Basil Chili Tofu Review by Dr. GourmetAll in all we have had good experiences tasting Saffron Road products. There is a lot to like: they are certified halal, made with great ingredients, often gluten free, and many are vegan or vegetarian. Many of their recipes are more exotic, with dishes from all over the world. Their premade chicken stock is the best on the market.

There are a few new meals in the freezer case from Saffron Road and we started by tasting their Thai Basil Chili Tofu. This dish is full of great Thai flavor with Asian spice and even a taste of fresh basil (not bad for a frozen dish).

The chili is just a little spicier than most frozen meals on the market, and overall the sweet-savory-spicy tastes are in perfect balance. The saltiness is good (although it could be a little less) and the tofu texture is very good for coming out of the microwave.

The veggies are slightly overdone, but this might not be all that different from your local Thai takeout joint. You will, however, save a lot of calories - this has only 360 calories with 5 grams of fiber and 450 mg of sodium (probably far, far less than your local takeout). This is a darn good frozen meal.

Saffron Road Korean Bibimbop with Tofu Review by Dr. GourmetThe Bibimbop with Tofu is every bit as good, with tofu, red and yellow peppers, broccoli, carrots, and bok choy. All of this is served in a spicy red sauce. The tofu texture is also very good for a frozen meal, and like the Thai Basil Chili Tofu, the veggies are slightly overdone. The brown rice is a welcome change from the ubiquitous white rice, but it's also slightly overdone.

Overall this is a good meal, but not as good as the Thai dish. It contains 350 calories and 490 mg of sodium but only 3 grams of fiber. All of that said, this meal is better than 90% of those that are on the market today – tasty, healthier, gluten free, and vegan. Of the two, the Thai dish is far better, but either way Saffron Road (and you, the diner) wins again.

Reviewed: April 11, 2014