Product Review: Tasty Bite Agra Peas and Greens – $3.29+
There is more to my life than just pizza, ice cream, and cookies. Really, there is. And the proof is in this blog. I have an eclectic love of food, even with my dietary restrictions. I love to try different types of cuisine and often do, as long as the food can safely be made vegetarian and gluten-free. One of the easiest cuisines to navigate with this specific diet is none other than Indian food.
Now, I have my go-to Indian restaurant here in town. And I love the food. I grew up eating this type of food at my neighbor’s home…so Indian cuisine has always been one of my favorite things. I love the smell of curry. I love the taste of the spice blends. I could eat Indian food every night for the rest of my life and never grow tired of it.
It’s all about depth of flavor.
That being said, I have been without my CSA bin for two weeks now, due to being out of town. Fresh vegetables and fruits are not in my apartment currently. So…I’m pulling things out of the pantry to avoid grocery shopping and to get me through to Friday when I do get my CSA bin once again. YAY! Tonight…the final Tasty Bite meal came out of my pantry. It was time…
Tonight’s Tasty Bite was the Agra Peas and Greens. Agra Peas and Greens is basically peas in a creamy sauce of leafy greens and cashews. I’ll be honest with you…neither my roommate nor I knew what to expect from this meal. I mean, I like peas well enough, but it just wasn’t jiving with me. I think my roomie was trying to put off the inevitable…but it reached critical here in the apartment when it came to food. I don’t know why we were both expecting not to really like this meal.
Anyway, as with all Tasty Bite meals, nothing is simpler. I cooked up some jasmine rice this morning so that I could just simply reheated it when I got home to serve with the meal. Then, the little pouch of Indian food goodness is vented with a 2-inch tear and then popped into the microwave for 90 seconds. And just like that…a warm Indian meal is ready to serve. It is so easy. So, I split the rice and the contents of the package between two bowls and dinner was served…in less than five minutes.
I admit, Indian cuisine isn’t the prettiest cuisine out there, but it sure is one of the tastiest. And despite our initial reluctance to dive into this one…both Cathy and I were pleasantly surprised with how much we liked this. The peas gave the entire dish a nice hint of sweetness. It was just what was needed. This particular dish is very mild, no heat at all in each bite. I didn’t mind there not being heat this time though, because of the flavors that played across my palate. Fantastic. The sauce was awesome. I could taste the cashews. I was thrilled with this meal and savored each and every bite until my bowl was completely empty.
The Agra Peas and Greens meal from Tasty Bite is made up of water, green peas, tomatoes, onions, fenugreek greens, cashew paste, spinach, cream, watermelon seeds, sunflower oil, salt, garlic, ginger, sugar, tumeric, spices, and chilies. Put it all together and a surprisingly delightful entree emerges.
Nutritionally speaking, the Tasty Bite Agra Peas and Greens is a smart choice. Honestly. A serving is half of the pouch that it comes in. This serving will deliver 140 calories and 10 grams of fat. It seems high in the fat, but a lot of that does come from the cashews. A serving also provides 3 mg cholesterol, 410 mg sodium, and 2 grams of sugar. From a serving, you will also get 4 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein, making it rather filling.
I love that this dish completely caught me off guard. I was so ready to not like it and found myself loving it more and more with each bite. It’s a non-spicy, easy, tasty bite…and it’s in your grocery store. Trust me…you’ll want to pick this one up and try it for yourself.