~~ 5 Star Selection from Go Dairy Free ~~
This product was chosen as one of our top picks for quality and taste.
For the past many years I have been staunchly against convenience food. Aside from purchasing the occasional pint of non-dairy ice cream, it had been nearly a decade since I frequented the frozen food aisle. Yet, slowly, Amy’s is converting me. Amy’s Kitchen is quickly growing among a new style of convenience food manufacturers that focuses on taste and quality, beyond the required ease. In the past couple of weeks, I have been completely sold on Amy’s Baked Ziti Bowl and Tamale Pie, with a moderate appetite developing for their new Spinach Rice Crust Pizza. I have to admit, there are so many wonderful vegan products from Amy’s that it was hard to choose my next trial. Yet, the Indian Spinach Wrap seemed to present itself with a bit of intrigue and mystery.
As I made an incision to slice my very first Amy’s Wrap in two, a gentle yet wonderful aroma of garlic and spices emerged. My husband entered the room with a “that smells really good.” Lucky for me, he won’t touch anything that has tofu noticeably present on the label. Despite the alluring scent, this wrap was all mine. Honestly, I could hardly hold back long enough to snap some photos before diving in!
Insanely dense with spinach, Amy’s Indian Wrap is not for the green-averse. Green is not a problem for me, but Indian style curry is, so I was still a bit apprehensive as I went for my first bite. Fortunately, this was a meal that demonstrated Indian spices in a much kinder way. The overall filling was warm with just a touch of spice that presented with flavor more than heat.
The tortilla was surprisingly thin, which elicited no complaints from me. After all, that means more room for filling! I opted once again for the microwave preparation over the conventional oven. I really didn’t taste any potential compromise in taste, but even if I had, 3 minutes versus 45 to 50 is worth at least some small sacrifice. The tortilla crisped up just a bit, but may retain moisture if enrobed in a slightly damp paper towel rather than a dry one when nuked.
The filling was thick, and seemed to be almost exclusively spinach and blended tofu (with some bonus tofu chunks throughout). If all of the tofu had been blended, I may have been able to sneak this one past my husband, if he hadn’t spotted the package in advance.
I could easily identify the flavor of onions, garlic, and a hint of the turmeric. Luckily I didn’t spot the jalapeno peppers in the ingredient list, as I may not have trialed it. As it turned out, their last place slot on the ingredient statement made for just a mild spice, rather than the overwhelming fire I tend to associate with jalapenos.
Hmm, interesting… I had been so wrapped up in the great flavor of this wrap, that I failed to notice the quite awesome nutrition facts. As a small meal in and of itself this wrap has just 310 calories. It does have 14g of fat, but only two of those are saturated, while none are fromf the trans fat family. And yes, the sodium is a bit high, though not through the roof for your average convenience food. Nonetheless, the Indian Wrap is quite high in protein (11g) and fiber (7g). Plus, one single wrap packs in 70% of the RDI for Vitamin A, 25% for Vitamin C, 15% for calcium, and 15% for iron … all without extra fortifications. Taste without guilt, bonus!
I have seen the Amy’s Burritos in the frozen food section of my local natural food store, and they seem to go on sale for as little as $1 a piece, more than a worthwhile deal for these tasty and relatively filling meals. It seems that the Indian Spinach Tofu is the only variety worthy of the designation as a wrap, upgraded from its Amy’s “Burrito” labeled siblings. Nonetheless, I have noticed that the Bean & Rice, Black Bean Vegetable, and Breakfast burritos are also dairy-free / vegan, and plan to give these a try.
My Extra Notes & Tips:
- The label states that Amy’s Kitchen does process dairy, tree nuts, and seeds. However, I have heard that their kitchen has been converted to a nut-free environment. Contact Amy’s directly to verify.
- Amy’s Kitchen is a completely vegetarian company, with many vegan options. This means egg, fish, and shellfish-free, and I have heard good cleaning practices for dairy.
- Ingredients: (VEGAN) ORGANIC SPINACH, ORGANIC ONIONS, ORGANIC WHEAT AND WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, ORGANIC TOFU (FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC SOYBEANS, NIGARI [MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE, A NATURAL FIRMING AGENT], FILTERED WATER, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER OIL, SEA SALT, ORGANIC GARLIC, SPICES, ORGANIC JALAPEÑO PEPPERS, TURMERIC.
Where to Purchase: See Amy's website for a store locator. Amy's products are distributed in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Thailand, though I am not sure which countries (outside of the U.S.) are currently carrying this product.