Meatless Monday & Money Matters: Channa Masala


Food service management is such an unpredictable business. You’d think a hospital cafeteria would err on the side of healthy, but that’s not always what sells best. Fortunately and unfortunately, at the end of the day…you have to provide what sells and the consumers drive that decision.

Just prior to starting my job in July, the hospital had gone trans fat-free. While that is one huge step in the right direction, there are still other fish to fry (no pun intended), like saturated fat and sodium. Goodness gracious is the sodium content OUTRAGEOUS in so many prepared foods. Most soups START at 1,000 milligrams per CUP and go up from there. Oy vey.


But we’re working on it…one day at a time. Great tasting food that’s good for you…it’s the name of my game. Until we’ve revamped completely, at least consumers know what they’re eating because I calculate the nutrition facts each day and post them for all to see. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink…

Starting in the next few weeks, we’ll be purchasing much of our produce from a local farm and distributor that purchases as locally as possible and during the warmer months, grows and sells its own yield to large scale operations, such as hospitals. The prices are great and I’m proud to support local agriculture and those who grow closer to home.


This week, we’re also trying something new on the menu — Indian food! We’re serving up Chicken Tikka Masala, basmati rice, and naan. I have no idea how it will go over, but I know that the hospital will smell of the potent and wonderful flavors that are also included in this dish. If you THINK you don’t love Indian food, you’re probably mistaken.

I tend to think that will be the initial impression of our employees tomorrow when they see something so very new to them on the menu. At which point we will offer up some tastes and make Indian food converts all over the place. I have a lunchtime mission tomorrow!

This dish serves up all that I love about Indian — the flavors and spice, but in a new, vegan recipe. While Mr. Prevention begs for chicken when I make Indian, he didn’t complain about this for even a second. Definitely a keeper Indian recipe that tops nutritional charts for a very affordable cost. Enjoy!


Happy Anniversary to my mom and dad!! :) Love you!

Work, our last family cooking class in this 5-week session, and then hockey!

Be well,


  1. I was just searching out healthy vegetarian Indian meal ideas so this is perfect, thank you!

  2. Looks tasty Niciole!! I cant believe a hospital would take so long to get rid of trans fats!! Baffling!

  3. I can’t wait to hear how this sells at the hospital. Indian food is SO underrated! But I think so many people don’t even give it a try. It’s a shame, because it’s amazing.

  4. I hope the tikka masala is a hit at work tomorrow – that was my first taste of Indian food and it was love at first bite. I need to make it again!

    Happy Anniversary to your Momma and Papa!!

  5. this looks so yum!! i am now craving it! thanks

  6. I haven’t had canned soup in so long, it’s crazy to think about how unhealthy it is!

  7. This is absolutely going on the menu! It never occurred to me I could make this… I literally order channa masala anytime I see it in any menu! Yum

  8. My husband was just talking about how he loves this dish. I’ll have to try making it soon!

  9. Mmmmm, I love Indian food! Your channa masala looks so delicious with all the colors from the veggie!

  10. i love chana masala actually anything that involves chickpeas. they are great for health and budget. I have similar issue at my work. People complain we do not serve healthy food but when we offer choices, no body buys :( I hope things go great at your workplace. I mean what is not to love about Indian food right?

  11. I love reading a recipe that I already have all of the ingredients for!

  12. Yum! I just love channa masala. And I love tikka masala so I hope that goes well for you. It’s awesome to read about the amazing changes you’re making, buying local when possible and such :) Also, I love that you put spinach in your channa masala. I don’t think my recipe calls for that but I’ll be adding it from now on!

  13. Definitely trying this! I wanted to let you know that I featured this today in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and see (and grab a button too.)

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