In our continuing quest to find a spinach and kale pie replacement, we tried out one of the new fall frozen entrees - the root vegetable galette ($4.99). Unfortunately, the day we had this for lunch A was feeling pretty sick and couldn't really enjoy it that much, but that wasn't the fault of the galette.
The galette consisted of butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and caramelized onions mixed with seasonings and spices on top of buttery pastry. The ingredients listed on the box aren't very specific about the seasonings, but according to Trader Joe's, they use sugar and cinnamon to help bring out the sweetness of the root vegetables, as well as Moroccan rosemary and Turkish sage. All of those flavors definitely came through.
The galette was pretty easy to make - just put it on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for about half an hour. Like most Trader Joe's frozen items, you could probably bake it longer if you like it more crusty or crisp, but I was fine with it being on the softer side to go with all the soft baked root vegetables. There was a definite sweetness to it because of the vegetables in it, but the spices they added just made it taste like fall (if that's a thing). It made me think about cozy nights and snuggling under a blanket and fall spices in the air and baking, just aromas and tastes of fall.
Overall, the galette was pretty good. Not sure if it would be a suitable replacement for the spinach and kale pie, as it seems far less healthy, but it wouldn't be bad every once in a while. I think we might get this again if we're looking for that cozy comfort food feeling.