Review of Tasty Bite Vegetarian Food

Tasty Bites contacted me about doing a review on some of their vegetarian products. Now while I do love vegetarian food and knew I could give a review myself I thought this would mean more coming from someone who is a vegetarian. So I contacted my sister and asked her if she would like to give them a try. Bless her heart I couldn’t have asked her at a busier time in her life. She is in the middle of getting her Master’s Degree as well as working full time as a Lead teacher at a center for Autism in Nashville. But she is amazing and said yes of course she would love to.

Both my sister and I love Indian food so the idea of tasty vegetarian food is a win for us. But I knew that with her busy schedule that the convenience of Tasty Bites would be a big bonus for her. So thank you to my fantastic sister who took time out of her busy schedule to write up a review for me.
I was given the opportunity to try a variety of Tasty Bite ready to eat meals. I have been a vegetarian for over seven years now and therefore appreciate any company that creates products that are veggie friendly and convenient. These meals are ready prepared and convenient for the workplace lunch or a quick meal when you are on the go. While I was able to use the microwave to heat up a meal at work, I do not own nor plan on owning a microwave for my apartment. This is usually a challenge for ready-made meals, but in this case the company made it even more accessible for me. I was able to re-heat the food by merely placing the bag in a small pot of boiling water. The rice meals were very flavorful; I was impressed with the unique layers of flavor. The noodle meals were also flavorful, I would admit that they were not my favorite; I felt the flavors were better suited for a rice noodle. There were two curries included in my package and they both were very nice. I paired the channa masala with the thai lime rice, which was a very unusual pairing, it was a great success. Overall I felt that the ready-made meals were filled with unique flavor and very convenient.

Aubergine and Chickpea Curry #SundaySupper

I love spices. I have over 30 different kinds of spices and seasonings in my kitchen. One of my favourite things to do when I am traveling is to find local spices to take home and try. So a theme all about spices was right up my alley. Now some people hear the work spicy and they instantly think of spicy hot, but spicy foods can mean so much more then just hot. It is also about flavour.

Now I have wanted to add to my retour or Indian recipes for a while but to be honest it is one of those cuisines that does sometimes intimidate me, especially veggies ones. I have had some bad experiences with recipes turning out not so great so I have hesitated delving as deep as I would like into that culinary world. But I had some aubergines that were calling for me to do something unique with them so I decided today was the day.

I will admit that I questioned whether or not this would work, I don’t know why. I love aubergines, I love chickpeas there was no reason this wouldn’t taste good and yet I still doubted.

So what was the result?

This curry dish has now gone down as my all time favourite none meat curry dish that I have ever cooked at home. It is INCREDIBLE, so full of flavour you won’t know what hit you.

Aubergine and Chickpea Curry

800g (28oz) aubergine (about 4-5 small-medium sized aubergine) cut into small cubes
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp minced ginger
2 red chillies, seeds removed and roughly chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
400g cooked chickpeas
400mL (15.5 oz) coconut milk
3-4 ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 tsp garam masala

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Slow Cooker Chana Masala #SundaySupper

I’m back!

After a week holiday in Italy for my brother’s wedding and then a crazy week at work with studying for my citizenship test, which I am so happy to say I PASSED! I have been MIA but I am back and so excited about this Sunday Supper theme. Today we are all sharing slow cooker meals. And I don’t know about you but I could always use inspiration on slow cooker meals. Especially when life gets as busy as it has for me.

For my recipe I decided to attempt something I have wanted to do for a while now, Chana Masala.

This is one of my favourite curries and yet I have never had success with it at home. But this recipe from Simple and Sustainable Cooking seemed a lot easier then others I have seen so I decided to finally give it a try. I have to say when I noticed she used dried chickpeas and yet didn’t soak them first I foolishly questioned whether or not it would work. Not only did this recipe amaze me with how well they cooked but it has made me want to start to cook my dried beans in the slow cooker instead of the stove from now on.

We seriously have such an amazing collection recipes to share with you today so don’t forget to check out the rest of the Sunday Supper menu.

Slow Cooker Chana Masala

140g (3/4 c.) dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
600mL (2 1/2 c.) water
salt to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 onion, diced
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander powder
3 tomatoes
1 inch piece peeled fresh ginger
1-2 green chilies
1 tsp garam masala
1 lemon or lime
2 scallions, chopped
handful of coriander (cilantro)

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Tarka Dhal

Sorry for the long silence. Between getting sick and starting a second job I just haven’t had the time to sit down and blog as much as I would like. I am hoping this week to start carving out more time to dedicate to the blogging world so I can get back into things. This post accidentally went out on Thursday minus any images and after I discovered it went out I quickly took it down. So now I am over due it to you so here we go.

A few weeks ago someone asked if anyone had some good Indian Curry recipes, I thought to myself ‘Oh of course I do, I make curry a few times a month’. But then I looked through my posts and I realized I didn’t have as many as I thought I did. Shame on me.

Curry is the national dish of in England and it is a cuisine that we love and enjoy every month. So I am rectifying the lack of good Indian curry dishes with this fantastic lentil curry, Tarka Dhal. I never knew how much I could love lentils until I tried my first lentil curry, which admittedly wasn’t Indian but Malaysian. When I was 14 we went to Malaysia and I was first introduced to lentil curry. I had only eaten one type of curry dish up until that point but I discovered curry is so much more then just one dish. I have to admit I had no idea how vast the curry world was. The possibilities are endless, there are sweet curries, spicy curries, creamy curries, tomato based curries, vegetable curries, meat curries, I really could go on. If I posted a curry recipe every day I probably wouldn’t run out of unique recipes to share after several months. I could almost guarantee that if you don’t like curry there is probably a curry out there for you. Different cultures have their own versions and their own mixture of spices. I was recently introduced to North African curries and now have a new culinary cuisine that I can’t live without.

One of the wonderful things about a Dhal curry (lentil curry) is they are very cheap to make. I keep all of these ingredients on hand so recipes like this make their way into my kitchen frequently when my budget is at its tightest. This recipe was a new one for my to try and I have to admit I was slightly confused by some of the original instructions and I had to make a few changes to match what I had on hand. I am a bit confused by the original recipe’s instructions for what you do with the chillies. The result is a bit strange of a process and I am not sure what it adds but I will say this tasted wonderful so I guess in the end that is all that matters. Right?

Tarka Dhal

250g (1 1/2 c.) red lentils, rinsed until the water runs clear
1 litre (4 1/4 c.) water
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp cumin seeds
1 small onion, chopped
3-4 whole green chillies, pricked with a knife (my chillies were large so I just added 2)
2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into thin strips
3 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
3 tomatoes
3/4 tsp ground turmeric
3/4 tsp garam masala
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
Adapted from BBC Food

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