Product: Tasty Bite Madras Lentils – $3.29+
It seems like it has been ages since I reached into my pantry for a Tasty Bite.
Does that sound weird to you?
It shouldn’t. You see, there is this amazing company called Tasty Bite, who specialize in these little pouches of deliciousness. I am not exaggerating. I have bought many a pouch of ethnic-style cuisine. Why? Because there are some days that I don’t have time to cook up lentils or beans for a homemade curry, Indian dish, or even something with a bit of Asian flair. I wish I did always have that time, but I work full-time and I run…a lot. And all of that does cut into the hours of my day. And when standing in front of a stove and cooking dinner means that it might be 7 p.m. before I sit down to eat…I’d rather reach for something I know will be good. And it’s simple and takes only about 90 seconds to prepare.
This past Monday was my traditional fun run night. This means I book it home from work, eat something, and then drive into Louisville to hit up my running store, and hopefully traffic doesn’t make me late. Because I run with a group of people there and I hate missing my run.
This means…easy dinner. Nothing that will upset my tummy. And it has to taste good.
As I’ve had amazing luck with the Tasty Bite meals…I just happened to have one in easy reach in my pantry. That morning, I cooked up some jasmine rice that I could easily reheat for a couple of minutes before warming up my Tasty Bite meal.
On today’s menu…Tasty Bite Madras Lentils.
Madras Lentils is a classic combination of lentils, red beans, and classic Indian spices, all in a creamy tomato sauce. The ingredients of this pouch are so simple and recognizable. Water, tomatoes, lentils, red beans, onions, cream, salt, butter, sunflower oil, chilies, and cumin. That’s all. Everything in this pouch is pronounceable and probably something you’d rind in your pantry, on your spice rack, and in your fridge. You have to love that. I know I do.
So, I gave my rice a quick nuke in the microwave, splitting it between a bowl for myself and my roommate. Then, I tore a small opening in the bag for Tasty Bite Madras Lentils, placed it in the microwave for 90 seconds, and let it heat all the way through. That’s all it took. In this pouch emerged a steaming bag of creamy lentil goodness. It smelled fantastic.
I split the bag (it serves 2) between my roommate and I and handed her a bowl. We settled in to eat…and were both blown away.
If you like spicy Indian food, the Madras Lentils are probably not going to be your first choice. However, for those days you want to give your palate a break from the heat and bring flavor to the forefront…I highly, highly recommend the simplicity, yet delicious flavors of Tasty Bite Madras Lentils.
I admit, sometimes Indian food isn’t the prettiest cuisine to look at. But use your other senses and you will be amazed. For a pouch of food with simple ingredients and flavors, this really does hit the mark on taste. The sauce is creamy, yet smooth. You can see the lentils and tomatoes, two main ingredients that should easily stand out. And yeah…while there is a small hint of spice, it’s not a hot spice. Rather, it warms you on the inside and leaves you just wanting to go and take another bite only to experience it again.
I am a huge fan of Tasty Bite. I have yet to have one of their little pouches of easy-to-make cuisine that I haven’t liked. The simplicity of the preparation, ingredients, and the flavor really make these meals worth every cent. If you can find them…buy them. Try them all. Just…make sure the ones you pick up are gluten-free.
The Madras Lentils is not only gluten-free, but also vegetarian and certified kosher. One serving (half of the pouch) is only 150 calories and will provide you with only 6 grams of fat. The sodium content is at 510 mg, which is a little high, but this is processed food, so I’ve come to expect that. It’s actually on the lower end when you compare it to other pre-packaged items along the same line. And, best yet, a serving packs a protein punch of 7 grams. NICE!
Delicious. Nutritious. And easy to make. In no time you’ll be sitting down to a classic Indian meal. And all it took was a little microwave time. You gotta love that.
And you gotta love Tasty Bite. I know I do.