Sometimes, Tasty Bite makes products that look ... doubtful ... but tastes so darn good, like the Tasty Bite Madras Lentils - that's what I was thinking when I looked at this Tasty Bite Kashmir Spinach. The box advertises the dish as "curried spinach sauteed with Paneer cheese", but it looks like green mush with a few chunks of cheese dispersed throughout - but that doesn't mean it tastes awful ... right?
Well, this wasn't as gross as you think it would be from the looks of it, but it wasn't that good either. It tastes like when something hasn't reduced enough yet - thin watery and salty. "Curried" they say - ha! This has a little spicy heat to it, but not enough to make it good, and curry this is NOT. There wasn't a whole lot of paneer cheese - and it didn't impart any flavor anyway. I used it as a kind of dip for the breaded Veggie Patch Chik'n Cutlets I was having for lunch and it was okay in a sort of - it's not making me gag and I paid for this, so I might as well have some of it - plus I need to eat enough to be able to write an accurate review. A little ramekin bowl was about all I could manage, and the rest went into the trash. I hate wasting food - but this had to go.
Tasty Bite makes all natural, Indian & pan Asian food products - a lot of them vegetarian & gluten free. I had a box of Tasty Bite Madras Lentils laying around the house, and I decided to hook it up with some bow-tie pasta. The directions on the box were super-simple, if a bit messy. Simply open the pouch, pour out the contents into a microwaveable bowl (I ended up scooping out a lot of it with my fingers), and then microwaving for 90 seconds.
The result looked like a hot mess! Brown & thick - I thought, there is no way this is going to be tasty. And then I had a bite. It was DELICIOUS! There is a slight spicy kick at the end of a bite, and the texture is not too mushy. There was a perfect harmony to the not-too-tomatoey suace, the seasonings & the beans. If you're ever thinking of making red beans & rice - well, thanks to Tasty Bite, half the work has already been done for you.
Each pouch of Tasty Bite Madras Lentils has 2 servings, each of which provides 120 calories, 5 grams of total fat, 3 grams of which is saturated (8% and 15% of the daily value), 450 mg of sodium (18% of the DV), 5 grams of fiber (20%), 3 grams of sugars & 6 grams of protein.
Tasty Bite describes this as "braised eggplant cooked in a distinctively flavored sauce." That "distinctly flavored sauce" is some kind of hot pepper, because this dish was spicayyy hottt! I had to get that out of the way first, because, this was so unexpected from the description on the box. It reminded me of the first time I had Healthy Choice Sweet Asian Pot Stickers - which was also unexpectedly spicy.
And like the Healthy Choice Sweet Asian Pot Stickers, despite the spicyness, I enjoyed the Tasty Bite Punjab Eggplant - and I'm not a huge lover of spicy foods. I think though, that without the heat form this dish, there would have been no other flavor and the mushy texture would have been a turn-off for me.
This was reviewed over at HeatEatReview and there were a mixed bag of comments - some liked it, some didn't including the reviewer. I can relate to both - at first I didn't like it, but I kept eating, and then it grew on me. I had it with a small serving with Tasty Bite Tandoor Pilaf and actually went back for more.
Tasty Bite makes flavorful Indian & Thai meals and other ethnic dishes in ready to eat pouches. I decided to be adventurous and try the Tasty Bite Bombay Potatoes - that may not sound very adventurous, but I was starting off slowly!
This is described by Tasty Bite as "potatoes and chick peas slow-cooked in a sauce of tomatoes, onions and spices." It was super easy to prepare, and the result was ... different. It has the color of yellow-brown color of curry, and since I didn't read the description before hand, that's what I was expecting to taste. Instead, the sauce is light and although I enjoyed it, I think it was missing a certain ... depth when eaten on it's own. There was a surprising and pleasing spicy kick at the end of each bite.
When I decided to make a full meal out of this, paired with a heaping serving of Green Giant Simply Steam Baby Vegetable Medley, and some Minute Instant Brown Rice, it didn't enter my mind that I was eating a completely vegetarian meal (I usually miss the meat, but not this time). The chickpeas and small chunks of potatoes are wonderfully firm and the entire meal was delish.