What I love about their products first off is the selection of delicious choices but secondly, I love that their take home foods don't have any scary ingredients in them. It's so important when you purchase take home, ready made meals that you aren't getting all kinds of scary additives in them. One of the biggest problems with ready made meals is that they're laced with all kinds of hard to pronounce ingredients that don't belong in our systems so the Happy Pear line is fabulous and scary ingredient free.
This specific entree was called Spicy Spuds and it was roasted potatoes, chickpeas, and cauliflower in a |spicy| curry style sauce. As with most ready meals, you could either bake or microwave it and I always suggest the oven but I was at work and without the means so I went with the microwave. The smell while everything was cooking up in the microwave was setting my hunger into overdrive honestly, I'm a sucker for curry, especially if it's as good as it smells. Once finished, I topped it with some raw pumpkin seeds and went to town!
Very easy to whip up as they're baked in under 15 minutes from a chilled state and only require a flip or two for even cooking. I loved how crispy they got on the outside which as you all know, I think is so important when it comes to snack foods like this. The flavour was really wonderful and strong thanks to a collection of Indian inspired flavours. I really picked up on the coconut which I wasn't initially sure about but ended up really liking in the end. The only thing missing was a yogurt based dipping sauce that I should have whipped up but otherwise, they're pretty delicious. My only complaint would be that the inside was lacking in texture but the outside made up for it.
BYPASS or BUY? - BUY! Definitely pick these up. They're super flavourful and easy to prepare, full of fresh, wholesome ingredients, and don't contain palm oil. These made me excited to try the rest of their line which includes several different bites like these ones, sausages, burgers, and bakes.
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First off, they're not expensive at all, only 1.99 for 4 patties which is a really good price. That's essentially two meals for one person or one meal for two you know so it's a really great price point. When it comes to cooking the burgers, it's simply a matter of heating up a fry pan with a little oil and frying them up on both sides until golden brown and crispy. One thing I noticed is that they needed a bit more time than the box suggested to get a nice crust so keep that in mind if you like things nice and crisp like I do.
For service, I tossed them on an Italian style roll with lettuce, onion and chive cheese, and some mayo. Much like the other What's Cooking Garden Veggie Burgers I tested (happyveggie.weebly.com/bypass-or-buy-reviews-and-more/bypass-or-buy-whats-cooking-veggie-burgers), they were lovely on the outside but lacked any kind of texture on the inside. The inside was a mashed potatoey texture that didn't work well with a crusty roll because every time you bit down into it and put pressure on the patty it kind of splooged (for lack of a better word) out the sides of the bun. This can prove to be quite annoying if you've mistakenly purchased the kind of rolls I purchased.
Taste wise however, these burgers were flipping delicious. The inside was so flavourful and creamy, they were super tasty. I could see and really taste the cauliflower and found there to be the perfect amount of cheddar to really give that savoury, rich flavour to the burgers. I think they are some of the best tasting take home patties I've tried since being here in Ireland!
BYPASS or BUY! - BUY! Texture aside, they're super delicious guys and had I purchased a softer bun, they would have been perfect. The coating gets nice and crispy, the inside is rich and full of cauliflower, and there's a delicious cheddary flavour that's hard not to love. Also, if you just fried them up and served them with a fresh side salad, you wouldn't be disappointed I'll tell you that! I strongly suggest picking up a box for yourselves :)
On first glance, it was looking a little sad and brown but I refused to let first impressions get me down. The base layer was a "meat" layer with some carrots and onions topped with a perfectly designed mashed tater topping. I dug in to the potatoes first and gave them a taste and unfortunately, they were missing flavour / salt. I then went for the meaty layer underneath and also found that there was absolutely no flavour and no salt whatsoever. Ultimately, the entire dish was kind of textureless and without seasoning or flavour. It was super disappointing because I've had some pretty amazing Quorn products (Those fillets were SO delicious and I eat the veggie ham regularly) but this one just wasn't a hit.
BYPASS or BUY? - BYPASS! Like I said guys, Quorn has a really extensive line so one bypass isn't going to change things for me. I'm still eager to try their entire line but this one was a fail. It was brown and ugly, lacked seasoning, and lacked any kind of texture whatsoever. Don't think I didn't eat every last bite because I don't waste food but my coworker laughed at my food and deep down inside, I wanted to laugh or cry or both. Skip this at the market and go for one of their other products instead!
I loved how crispy they got after their time in the frying pan. They developed this beautiful crust that satisfied the desire to bite into something crunchy which is often what I'm looking for. The texture was also pretty good although I must admit, I've had better nuggets in the past from the likes of Yves or Gardein back home in Canada. Also, much like the schnitzels, they were begging for salt, without it they would have been fairly bland. That punch of salt really brought out the flavour which was in fact, quite tasty.
BYPASS or BUY? - I'd say it depends on what you're looking for and who you're serving. If it's just for you, I'd suggest going for the schnitzels. I found them to be more satisfying and meal like when paired with a salad. If it's a late night snack kind of thing, the nuggets will work perfectly. As I said, they require considerable amounts of salt because they are otherwise quite bland but you know what, they definitely satisfy that desire for a crunchy snack and they deliver a plethora of plant based goodness.
From frozen, you can grill or bake these in the oven so I decided to bake them giving myself enough time to prep the rest of my breakfast. In 15 minutes and a few turns later, they came out of the oven golden brown, sizzling hot, and looking ever so delicious.
What I loved about these was basically everything. They were so crispy and wonderful on the outside and completely soft and delicious on the inside. They had incredible texture that truly gave me a sausage like experience that I was craving. They had a wonderful flavour and were wonderfully juicy on the inside, they truly mimicked a sausage as I remembered it to be. I can honestly say that these were by far, the best vegetarian sausages I've had to date.
I usually find myself craving crispy, breaded anything so these schnitzels are right up my alley. All they took was about 5 minutes per side in a lightly oiled pan set to medium heat. You simply cook them until they are golden brown and crispy on both sides. I finished mine with a sprinkling of sea salt and pepper flakes and served them up with a fresh garden salad.
What I loved about them was how crispy and satisfying they were. As I said, I'm a sucker for anything breaded and crispy and these certainly delivered. I also loved the flavour of the schnitzel as a whole although I believe they desperately needed salt to bring out that flavour. Almost anything that's breaded and fried however requires tons of salt, it's a fact so it's not unique to these schnitzels. They're also quite economical because they're inexpensive and paired with an inexpensive salad, you've got a super cheap meal.
BYPASS or BUY - BUY! Love, Love, Love! As I said, they're ridiculously crispy and delicious and had a good flavour that was brought out by the salt they needed. I loved the price and would most definitely buy them again. Eating these also made me excited to try their nuggets because I feel like they'll be similar but bite sized snacks are always more fun aren't they?
What I love about this product is that there's enough in there to get a couple sammies out of. I was able to get 2 hearty sandwiches out of the package and for the price, that's a pretty good value. When paired with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and cheese, this was wholly reminiscent of my childhood sandwiches without any of the grosie josie things I remember about eating lunch meat. It was exactly what I'd hoped it would be and now I have something to add to my sandwich rotation that I know I'm going to enjoy!
BYPASS or BUY - BUY! I suggest giving this product a go. As I said, it's everything you want from a lunch meat sammie without any of the gross attributes actual lunch meat has. It's got protein, it tastes good, and it's easy to throw together for a yummy lunch on the go. Definitely give this one a go!
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They're super easy to cook, just a few minutes on each side until brown and nicely crisped. I set them up with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and spicy cheddar and dove in. They're pretty delicious I must admit, they definitely gave me the veggie burger vibe I've been missing in this country. They crisped up nice on the outside but didn't dry out which was great. They had great flavour and held together throughout the entire burger eating process. I also loved how they looked with their ridges and crispy fried appearance. I was definitely impressed.
BYPASS or BUY - BUY! If you're looking for a burger experience that actually satisfies that veggie burger craving, these are the burgers for you. They were flavourful, crispy, and really held up against all of my toppings. One thing I must remind you all is to be mindful of your bun to burger ratio. The patties are a little bit thin so you must be mindful when choosing buns. If your bun is too big, the patty will definitely get lost creating a dry and less impressive experience. Overall, wonderful product and I can't wait to try the rest of their line!
Jonathan - Happy Veg
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