“ Brand: Innocent / Type: Potato „
Loving innocent smoothies, I was delighted to discover new innocent veg pots are being introduced. I bought mine from a tesco express, as a quick dinner as I was planning to go out later that night. From the various different flavours, it was really hard to choose between all of them: 'mexican veg pot', 'portugese red pepper piri piri', 'thai coconut curry', 'thai vegetable sweet chilli' and 'indian vegetable masala' are just some examples! After a lengthy decision, I chose the Thai vegetable sweet chilli pot! (Just to note, I've chosen to review this version because currently the thai vegetable on isn't available on dooyoo! must be new!). The veg pot is probably more suited for lunch, although I found it was filling enough anyway for tea. When I bought it I didn't realise that it didn't have any meat in it, but there is so much other ingredients in there this didn't seem to matter. Here is a full list: Red pepper (15%), water chestnut (14%), water, onion, babycorn (10%), cooked rice (9%) (water, rice, vegetable oil), carrot, soy sauce* (water, salt, molasses, sugar, soya bean, wheat), demerara sugar, ginger, red chilli (1%), cornflour, garlic, red wine vinegar, coriander, vegetable oil, lemongrass, red thai curry paste (vegetable oil, water, red chilli, salt, ginger, garlic, galangal, sugar, lemongrass, shallot, kaffir lime peel, coriander seed, coriander (0.8%), cumin, cardamon seeds, white pepper), lime juice, sea salt, lime leaves. (*Contains: gluten, soya). This certain veg pot gives you 3 out of your 5 veg a day which I thought was exceptional! There's not many supermarket meals that could claim that. The various vegetables make it healthy, but also interesting. You might read this and think, 'urghh a veg fest! This must be really bland!' But it isn't at all! Lots of interesting spices and seasoning are added and there are strong but suited flavours. I do have to add though, this is hot! You need to like hot, spicy food for this to appeal to you, I was surprised at how spicy it was! I was also worried whether or not it would be filling enough, as there is no meat, but the rice in the pot and chunky pieces of veg, made it just right. Obviously this is a good vegetarian and vegan choice, but I would definitely not hesitate to have it again being a meat lover. It is also extremely healthy, low in fat, high in fibre! The favourite part of this meal was the fact that there was so much waterchestnuts! This is of course a personal preference but I absolutely love them. Every chinese take out I end up being disappointed cause I only find 2 pieces, but this is jam packed! Yum! Relating to the ingredients though, it as wasn't until after I read the packet I realised lemongrass was in it. In contrast, I hate lemongrass! Worst vegetable ever, if I realised I might not have even bought it. Saying this though, I didn't find the taste overpowering and I didn't notice it at the time, so it must be in small proportions. Other places you can buy these vegpots are Sainsbury's, Tescos (where I bought mine from) and Waitrose. When I bought mine I got 2 for £6, so £3 each which isn't bad, but at an individual £3.79 guess it is quite expensive. It depends what budgets you spend usually when shopping. But I'd say it was worth the extra cash. It is simple and easy to cook, which was an advantage for me as I was in a rush to get out! You simply open the lid and then loosely place it back on and microwave for 2 minutes, stir and microwave it for another minute. Done. So fast and easy! Overall, I thought it was delicious, quick and easy to cook, will definitely be trying some more... Hmmm, thai coconut curry next I think.
Innocent's veg pots have been around for quite a while now, and I've been wanted to try them for quite a while but just couldn't justify the price. As they were 2 for 1 in Sainsbury's I asked my mum to pop a couple in the trolley for me, I chose this one, Sweet Potato and Chilli and the Thai Coconut Curry Vegetable. This is the one I tried first for my lunch yesterday and although it tasted good, I don't think I'd be trying this again unless it was on special offer. These little pots are priced at £3.48 each, which as I said it very expensive especially when compared with other ready meals. At buy one get one free they're quite a good price and I would say worth the money. Especially for people who find it difficult to eat a nutritious meal due to time constraints as these do contain 3 of your 5 a day. These are also perfect for vegetarians and vegans in need of a quick meal, but for meat eaters with a vast choice of quick meals available these really are too much money. The pot is 390g, and quite compact, ideal for taking to work to heat up for a quick but filling meal. The plastic pot is quite sturdy and the lid clicks into place so, for a bit of recycling it can be washed out and used again. I always find these pots good for freezing home made soup in a perfect portion size that can be popped straight into the microwave and also for freezing left over stock. Innocent also suggest their own 101 ideas for what to do with your pot after use, including making stilts and growing a mini herb garden. There is also a cardboard sleeve just around the middle of the pot, showing the well known innocent logo and a few details about the product. Inside is a host of delicious veggies, which make you feel like you're being really good! These include Tomato, Carrot, Pinto Beans, Red Kidney Beans, Onion, Red Pepper, Sweet Potato, Sweetcorn and Spinach. Along with Brown Rice and Garlic, Coriander, Cajun Seasoning and Smoked Paprika for a tasty kick. There's nothing artificial, which does make a change from almost all other ready meals. This is incredibly easy to cook, making it perfect at home or on the go, you simply remove the cardboard sleeve, take the lid off and replace it loosly and pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes. You then take it out, give it a stir and put it back in for another 1 and a half minutes. When you take it out it is very steamy so watch your fingers as often steam burns are the most painful! You can also cook this on the hob if you don't have a microwave for 6-8 minutes on a medium to low heat. Taking this out the microwave I did think, there isn't much there, this won't fill me. However, whilst eating away I did soon become full. A lot of the veggies are in quite decent sized chunks however they are cooked deliciously and are very soft adding to the texture of the dish. The onion and pepper are quite crunchy, along with the brown rice which has a good bite to it this does make for a filling dish. The spices give a nice kick without leaving me reaching for a big glass of water and the flavours do linger for a while. The overall texture of the meal is quite thick without being stodgy, the sweet potatoes breaking down slightly and giving this the appearance of a thick stew. Nutritionally this is very good, containing 3 of your 5 a day and no colourings or flavourings. There's 83 calories per 100g, making it about 330kcal in the pot, with next to know fat, sat fat and salt. Overall, I did enjoy this meal, it's good for you, tastes good and is easy to cook. However, the price is just too expensive for me, if time's short it doesn't take too much effort to chop some veg, add some pulses, seasoning and stock and leave to cook in the slow cooker ready to be served up with some rice when you get home for work, at a fraction of the price per portion. These are good to take to work, especially for vegans/ vegetarians, but I won't be buying again unless I see these on offer.
I like to vary what I eat at lunchtimes because even if I really like a particular food choice eventually I will go off it if I eat it day in day out for lunch. For instance I enjoy toast, sandwiches, pitta bread and bagels but I wouldn't want them everyday. So with this in mind I am always on the look out for new ideas from cookbooks, internet websites and of course when out shopping. I am a vegan and I have often enjoyed smoothies made by 'Innocent' so you could say that I was very interested when I saw the opportunity to purchase a 'Veg Pot' in Tesco for Half Price! Yes, I thought to myself, this looks appealing. I like Mexican food and enjoy sweet potato too so this was a good choice for me. ~~The Innocent Story~~ It was some years ago that the creators of Innocent decided to give up work and start a new venutre - an Innocent venture! Understanding how difficult it is for hard working folks to return from work and then begin collecting good quality products to then make into a smoothie and then clear up afterwards, they began to develop great tasting smoothies to enable people to have something that was good and healthy in their lives. A new healthy habit. Innocent is the chosen name because everything that goes into making an Innocent product is totally natural, there are no concentrated items in these tasty offerings, just 100% pure, fresh and natural goodies. In 1998 when the first batch of smoothies were ready to be sold they were trialled at a music festival to see how well they were received by the general public. There were 2 bins for the bottles to be put into when empty - one said 'yes' and the other said 'no', the question was 'do you think we should sell these smoothies and give up our jobs? The 'yes' bin was full at the end of the event and so the story began. ~~Ethics~~ Innocent don't pretend to be perfect but are honest and say that they are doing their best. Their goal is to leave things better than when they found them and take responsibility for their impact on society and the environment. Their quest is to be a sustainable business that has a positive impact on the wonderful world around us. ~~Products~~ The latest in Innocent range of goodies is the arrival of the Veg Pots! They also offer: Smoothies Smoothies for kids Superfruit smoothies - yum! Innocent fruit tubes Thickies Orange juice ~~Veg Pots~~ A filling, tasty lunch - so this product is aimed at the lunchtime market. Comprising three veg ingredients, wholegrain and sauce - sounds nutritious to me. With herbs and spices - good for taste. Eight recipes to choose from and ready in only 4 minutes! ~~Packaging~~ Eye catching, that is how I noticed them. The clear plastic tub is covered by a cream coloured sleeve that is so colourful and fun. Instantly recognizable with the same Innocent halo logo and font. This is a high quality product. The information is clear and easily followed. You discover who it is suitable for quickly, time for cooking and how is clearly visible as is the nutritional information which makes for good reading and you get little pictures of the ingredients dotted around the sleeve so you can see what you are getting inside. The tub is a good size for a filling lunch, it is sealed with a lid and this is easy to remove. ~~What is this Mexican Veg Pot?~~ 3 portions of veg huge variety of veg brown rice variety of beans naturally low in fat high in fibre source of protein ~~What is not in this Veg Pot?~~ Nothing artificial, synthetic or concentrated No meat or animal products ~~Additional Information~~ Weight 390g Price approximately £3.79 Suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians May contain traces of nuts ~~My verdict~~ This product is made by a reputable and ethical company and is suitable for vegans so that is a good start for my requirements. The price is a bit expensive but this is a high quality and nutritionally balanced, healthy meal that certainly satisfies my appetite so indeed I got what I paid for (well even better I paid half price so that was a bargain). I would pay full price for this meal occasionally because it is that good. The packaging is very good quality. The method to heat up is clearly explained but just be careful when taking the lid off as this stuff is piping hot and there will be steam - gently does it. I poured it onto a plate but I wouldn't have had a problem eating it out of the container. I got an adequate amount for lunchtime and it certainly filled me up. It was warming and tasty, nutritious and satisfying. The food is well presented with fresh basil on top! I enjoyed the meal and look forward to trying out the other varieties. ~~Final Words~~ I thought this was an expensive option initially but when you see what is inside and that it is all top quality natural stuff and nutritionally balanced the price is justified really. When you think how much you would pay for a sandwich and bag of nuts or whatever else you may buy then this is not really much different. I would recommend this Mexican dish without hesitation as it is tasty, filling and full of goodness. Thank you for reading.
I love Innocent smoothies and when I saw they had branched out into other food I was keen to try them! And when I found this sweet potato (my FAVOURITE veg) and chilli pot i just had to try it. Like the Innocent Smoothies are incredibly expensive, I usually only buy them when they are on offer! But feeling extravagant I bought this veg pot from Morrisons for around £3.49. You have to heat them up (I zapped mine in the microwave) and tucked in! As I'm sure you can imagine it was gorgeous, the veg chunky and full of flavour. It was fairly spicy, probably fine for those with a tolerance/ enjoyment of spicy food but maybe a bit too strong for those who can't handle spice! It also has 3 of your 5 a day in the one pot which can only be a good thing! Apart from the price, it is the perfect quick lunch time meal.
I love Innocent smoothies, ok they are overpriced but they are a great way of getting your five a day, so when I spotted the Mexican Sweet Potato Chilli Veg Pot from Innocent, I thought I would give it ago as an accompiant to enchiladas, it was shared between two people. I bought mine in Tesco's but they are available in Waitrose and other big supermarkets for the extorniate amount of £3.49 considering you could buy vegetables and mix them up yourself for half the price but anyway it seemed a quick and easy way to get 3 of the 5 a day into my boyfriend and was a little treat to myself as I am trying to eat healthily. The veg pot is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, but it doesn't stop us meat eaters from enjoying it too. It's ingredients are: Tomato, cooked brown rice [water, rice], carrot, water, potato, red kidney beans (7%), pinto beans, onion, red pepper (5%), red onion, sweet potato (4%), vegetable oil, spinach, coriander, garlic, lime juice, coconut sugar, cornflour, cajun seasoning [spices, herbs, mustard seed, chilli powder, salt, sugar], sea salt, green chilli pureé, smoked paprika (0.09%), black pepper. I find the Innocent packaging really appealing and the instructions are easy enough to follow with little jokes along the way. The pot has to be eaten warm, so don't go buying it as a lunch time snack. I found the vegatables looked quite tasty and really looked forwards to trying them. The Innocent website describes the pot as being " a spicy hearty stew of sweet potatoes, red peppers and smoky paprika, perfect for warming you up on extra chilli days." I'm not really a fan of paprika and I found it slightly overpowering and there wasn't enough sweet potato to make it a hearty vegetable stew. However, I think all the vegetables mixed together really complemented each others flavours and the dish was quite yummy. The pot contains: -3 of your 5 a day -Less than 3% fat -75% of your GDA fibre It's quite good for you but I have to say I probably won't buy it again. It was too expensive for what it was and I could probably make a similiar dish for half the price but if you would like to try it, grab it while you can as it is limited edition for the Winter.
Variety is the spice of life especially when it comes to lunch time. I'm always on the look out for something quick, healthy and tasty for the most important hour of the working day. Yesterday i had something very different courtesy of Innocent the smoothie manufactures. Innocent have diversified fr4om smoothies, thickeis and juices into the ready meal market with their veg pots. These are little pots full of fresh vegetables, herbs spices and grains for a guilt free lunch. I chose the Mexican sweet potato chilli . I had little choice , as that was the only one lurking in Tescos reduced cabinet. I had seen them many a time before but i was unwilling to pay the full price of £3.49. Instead I got mine half price as it was on its sell by date. The veg pot comes in a resealable plastic container , which would be useful for freezing stuff or using as a pack lunch container for left overs. Inside is a rainbow of rice and vegetables inlccuddng sweet potatoes, peppers,, onions, kidney and pinto beans, spinach , potatoes and carrots. All mixed together and nicely spiced with smoked paprika, jalapeño peppers and Cajun spices. I like the idea of these ready meals , as there are no weird and wonderful artificial ingredients added just pure vegetables, spices and rice. It looks attractive but does it taste just as good? The veg pot is very easy to cook. Remove the lid and shove in the microwave for two minutes, remove lid and stir then shove in for another two minutes. You can also heat them on the stove or a cam p fire if you really want! The microwave pinged and I took the little plastic pot out of the microwave did not notice too much of an aroma but it looked , as good cooked as raw. The first thing that I noticed when digging my fork into the pot was the consistency. My home-made chilli is very much tomato based and quite saucy whilst this was more of a chunky firm stew. It was easy to identify all he vegetables which were cooked nicety and melt in your mouth with a bit of bite form the onions and peppers. I really liked the brown basamati rice, as it was nutty and chewy giving the pot a good combination of textures. The jalapenos and Cajun spices gave the chilli a kick without being too overpowering. I noticed the heat lingered in my moth for quite a while after finishing lunch. I was very pleased with my little pot of delight Weighing in at 400 grams they does not look much at all and perhaps too small for a lunch. However their size is very deceptive because I found the combination of brown rice and veggies very filling compared to the tuna pate rolls I had for lunch toady. The result of this was I was less tempted to hit the vending machine at break time to eat a lot of junk food. . The good news is they are suitable for vegans and vegetarians (and the odd brave carnivore) and they are very good for you. Each pot consists of 3 of your portions of fruit and veg. They also contain less than 3% fat with almost no evil saturated fat and 62% of your recommended fibre for the day.the pot contains 368 calories which seems about the right amount for a filling lunch. Due to the beans and rice they are also a good source of protein for vegetarians and the spinach will help with your iron levels. The only thing you may have to watch is the sodium levels as each pot contains 25% of your recommended salt intake. The only real downside to these lovely little meals is the price. £3.49 is an awful lot for some veggies, rice and beans I could understand it if there was a bit of meat or fish in there. I would love to sample all the flavours in the range. The coconut curry sounds particular tempting , however unless they are on special offer or reduced to clear these will be an a very occasional treat when I'm feeling extravagant.
After years of selling us squished up fruit, Innocent - those smoothie people - decided it was time to branch out a bit. Logical next step from fruit is veg, although fortunately they've decided not to squish it up! Instead, they've mixed up the vegetables with beans, rice, couscous and other yummy healthy things to create the new range of 'Veg Pots' - basically a veggie-based meal in a microwavable pot, handily providing three of your five a day (add a smoothie, and you hit all five, according to Innocent!). I was attracted to try the Veg Pot range as they are healthy and yet totally lazy to make - sort of posh Pot Noodles, in a way (no, not really). Add in the fact that they're low fat, free from artificial colourings or flavourings, and pretty low calorie (around 300 a tub, depending on variety) then these seemed rather ideal. Of course, all that counts for nothing if they don't taste nice - luckily, I think they do! Preparation is lovely and easy. The instructions are given for microwave (recommended), but also hob and - very Innocent! - campfire cooking :) I stuck with the boring microwave option. All you have to do is remove the cardboard sleeve and lid: this involves breaking off a little bit of plastic, and then popping the lid off. And I do mean pop: I was standing in a queue to use the microwaves at work one day, with a Veg Pot that was at its best before date - obviously the veg inside had been getting just a tad gassy, as it sounded VERY loud when I popped off the lid! The instructions are to 'replace the lid loosely' - now, it's up to you, but I've taken to putting it back slightly off-centre. Otherwise, the building heat has a tendency to suck the lid back down into position, which doesn't feel very safe. In fact, big words of caution all 'round: there is a warning on the tub about everything getting hot, but really - they mean it!! Cooking is done in two stages, with a stir in the middle (you do need this: the fresh ingredients need to be mixed in with the sauce), and it's after the second bout that you REALLY need to be careful. Even after several goes, very aware of the warning, I still managed to burn myself last time I had one of these - reached in to get the pot, got my fingers singed, and promptly managed to tip the tub over and lose half the contents, further scalding myself in the process! So, do be careful! Now, there is a point when you first open this Sweet Potato Chilli pot, or indeed most of the flavours I've tried, where it actually doesn't smell that great. Fortunately, by the time you've finished cooking it it's much improved - rather yummy, in fact! Sniff test over, and it's time for a taste - careful, it's still hot! - and... hmm. Chilli? Really? Hmm. The first Chilli pot I tried I have to say had absolutely no spice. It tasted okay, but definitely not like chilli - in fact, not too much like anything. That sounds bad, but it really wasn't - just a bit one-pot bland, I guess. I dutifully went to leave my rating on the Innocent website, and was very surprised to see someone complaining that it was too hot! What?! So, second attempt - see, it was nice enough to get again! - and I was very aware of the hot/not hot controversy! And actually... ah, yes, actually, I can sense the heat of the chilli - heat, but not really a great deal of flavour, still. Nevertheless, for something that comes in a pot I'm not complaining at all! The actual ingredients are quite impressive: sweet potato, obviously from the name, and also red pepper, red onion (great big bits of!), carrot, potato, spinach, tomato, lots and lots of beans (kidney and pinto) and rice - you can get the full list on the Innocentdrinks.co.uk website. I'd perhaps offer a very small complaint that the amounts of each veg seem a little variable - there didn't seem to be much sweet potato in my first trial of this, although the second (and third!) attempts were better. The result is a pleasantly chunky, full-o-veg experience that struck me as nicely novel in this sort of product - usual it's mush, really. In fact, just to be contrary I'd complain a little here about the lack of mush! I've since tried the Moroccan Squash Tagine Veg Pot, and it has a lovely gloopy consistency that left this one feeling a little lacking on the comfort factor. I found the Chilli pot didn't entirely meld together, consistency-wise: the rice stays relatively (although not unpleasantly) chewy, the beans are a bit firm, and the onion in particular was just in too-large chunks. That said, it does come together a bit better at the end of the tub, when you're down to the less chunky bits of veg and more of the sauce. In terms of fillingness, I'm very impressed! A tub of this is a very decent sized lunch, and did a brilliant job at stopping me from snacking for the rest of the afternoon! If you've got a bigger appetite just adding a roll would probably round it all off nicely, and there are suggestions on the packaging for making a full meal out of it - for instance, by serving as an accompaniment to a steak. Rather spoils the veggie attributes, right enough...! Oh yeah - veggieness. The Sweet Potato Chilli Veg Pot is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. The rest of the range - although all meat-free and veggie-based - do vary, though, so make sure to check the labelling. Overall, then, I am actually rather impressed with these Veg Pots in general, and happy enough with the Sweet Potato Chilli. It's not perfect, but definitely nicer than canteen food, and practically glowing with healthfulness! From this flavour being my first experiment, I've gone on to try several of the others, and this is probably my joint-second favourite: the semi-stodginess of the Moroccan Tagine version edges out into the lead! I've also tried the M&S equivalent of the veg pot idea - and, sorry M&S, but I have to say Innocent far and away have the thumbs up! I've been slightly dismissive of the flavour of the Chilli, but that's in comparison to a proper bowl of food, rather than something pre-prepared, and let's face it - trying to cater for an 'average' taste bud. However, the Innocent Veg Pots have all left me quite impressed in terms of *having* flavour, and all are lovely and thick and saucy, particularly compared to the M&S experiment, which I found very watery in both taste and texture. So - definitely recommending you give these a go, with just two caveats: price and availability. Currently, the range is only sold in (larger) Tesco, Sainsburys and Waitrose. They're also retailing for around £3.50 a tub, which can seem on the pricy side - however, compared to a pre-bought sandwich and packet of crisps, say, or anything out of the average canteen, it's actually pretty good going - and the quality feels miles better than most pre-bought lunches. And I do feel they are worth it, given the healthiness without the effort factor. Oh yeah - and a reasonable dollup of 'yum'! :)
*Mexican Sweet Potato Chilli Veg Pot from Innocent* I bought mine in Sainsbury's for £3.49 which is a bit pricey considering you could buy an own brand pasta salad for half the price, although I guess they don't contain as much veg or an interesting label to read. It makes a nice occasional treat. You can also buy them in Tesco's and Waitrose. It's suitable for vegetarians and vegans (yay!). This Veg Pot has to be eaten warm so don't buy it as a snack while you're out and about or if your staffroom doesn't have a microwave. It gets 10 out of 10 for presentation but I found it quite hard to stir without slopping some of it over the side of the pot, oops! It's really, really tasty although I think it had slightly too much onion and not enough sweet potato but that's just my personal taste. This Veg Pot contains: - 3 portions of vegetables so that's 3 of your 5-a-day sorted. - Less than 3% fat. - 75% of your GDA fibre so it's good for your digestive system too. This is what the Innocent website says about this Veg Pot: "Now, the Spanish translation of chilli con carne is 'peppers with meat' so technically this recipe should be called 'chilli sin carne' or 'chilli con sweet potatoes, pinto beans and Cajun spices.' To be honest you can call it Jose Pablo Meguez the Third if you like. It'll still be a spicy hearty stew of sweet potatoes, red peppers and smoky paprika, perfect for warming you up on extra chilli days (sorry)." Ingredients: Tomato, cooked brown rice [water, rice], carrot, water, potato, red kidney beans (7%), pinto beans, onion, red pepper (5%), red onion, sweet potato (4%), vegetable oil, spinach, coriander, garlic, lime juice, coconut sugar, cornflour, cajun seasoning [spices, herbs, mustard seed, chilli powder, salt, sugar], sea salt, green chilli pureé, smoked paprika (0.09%), black pepper. ***It's a limited edition winter recipe so buy one to try now before they discontinue it!***