Product Review: Tasty Bite Aloo Palak

Tasty Bite Aloo Palak

Tasty Bite Aloo Palak

Product: Tasty Bite Aloo Palak – $3.29+

Indian food is love, yes?

Of course it is.  In fact, this coming Friday I’m heading out to my favorite Indian restaurant here in town with my roomie and my friend Jenn because we are prepping for the trip to Chicago early Saturday morning for my marathon.  Pardon me while I freak out a wee tiny bit here.  Or a lot.  Take your pick.

Ahem.

Unfortunately, I don’t make enough money to afford to feed (see what I did there?) my Indian food habit.  Nope.  I’m a poor, starving, soon-to-be marathoner who loves to eat but can’t always justify the means.  And, I grew up eating Indian food thanks to my neighbors who were from India.  I loved being invited to eat dinner with them because the food was so different and seasoned so different than what I was used to.  It was love at first bite…and continues that path.

So, when I get a hankering for Indian food…or it happens to be a Monday when I need a quick bite before speeding over to my fun run group after work, well, I turn to Tasty Bite.  Because they bring Indian food to my kitchen in the easiest form possible.  Yep.  A microwavable pouch.

Don’t turn your nose up at the microwave.  It has its uses…aside from blowing things up or making butter get everywhere when you’re just trying to soften it…

You can’t mock something until you try it.  And you’ll want to give Tasty Bite a chance.  Especially if you like Indian food.  The flavors are so authentic.  And all the ingredients…they’re natural, not over processed or made of chemicals.  You will recognize every single one of them printed on that little yellow pouch of curried goodness in your grocery store.  Peace of mind…and delicious food?  Yep…it is possible.  Very possible.

Two weeks ago…because I’m behind…yes…two weeks ago, I used the magical microwave powers to heat up and create a delicious pre-run meal…with the help of Tasty Bite.  And this week’s flavor…Aloo Palak.

Those of you unfamiliar with Indian cuisine, Aloo Palak is simply potatoes and spinach that are simmered together with onions, tomatoes and spices.  What might these spices be?  Well…ginger, garlic, sugar, chilies, and turmeric.  That’s not so scary, right?  Exactly!  And the best part is…it all comes together beautifully.

Now, don’t judge me, because I admit I double-starched this meal.  I cooked up two servings of jasmine rice to serve this entree over.  It’s not necessary, but I do love having rice with my Indian food.  So…potatoes and rice.  Consider it…carbing up for the 3 mile run I was going to be doing.

Double starch or not…Tasty Bite’s Aloo Palak is delicious.  It’s filling.  It’s mild…meaning it won’t bother your tummy if you eat and run like I do.  I love my spicy food, believe me…but not 30 minutes before I go for a 3 or more mile run.  Yeah…not good.  But…this one…the potatoes beef it up.  The spinach is creamy and just makes a great sauce for the potatoes to bed in.  The tomatoes and onions give it a sweet and savory feel.  The spices…they give it that Indian flare.  When you eat Indian food, you want it to taste ethnic.  You want to feel like you are in India.  This little pouch of gluten-free, vegan, kosher, culinary goodness delivers that flavor.  No questions asked.  It’s a little taste of India…straight out of your microwave.  No passport required.  Just a spoon.  Or a fork.  Whatever you wish.

I loved this.  I wish I had eaten the whole pouch myself.  But…I don’t want the roomie to starve either…so I share.

Let’s talk nutrition, since I already covered ingredients.  A serving is 1/2 of the pouch of Tasty Bite Aloo Palak.  This dishes up 100 calories and 3 grams of fat.  Each serving will give you 400 mg of sodium and 3 grams of sugar.  That’s not bad for something packaged.  And you get dished up 3 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein as well.  In addition, this meal is cholesterol free and trans-fat free.  Love it.

If you are unfamiliar with Indian food and don’t want to risk a trial with a local restaurant…make Tasty Bite your first stop.  If you love Indian food, but just can’t justify yet another meal out at your favorite place…make Tasty Bite your next option.  Honestly, Tasty Bite is one of the best heat and eat meals out there…and they do Indian food right.  Transport yourself to Indian food awesomeness in just 90 seconds.  Grab a spoon…and dig in.

Tasty Bite Aloo Palak over jasmine rice

Tasty Bite Aloo Palak over jasmine rice

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