I said goodbye to Kashi for the next frozen food test and welcomed Amy’s (natural and organic) into my freezer. First up: Tamale (when great, can send the average eater into a dream-like state.) The pillow-y, steamed corn masa packed with salty meats or beans is what I consider the best thing to come out of Mexico.
The uncooked meal.
No matter how you slice or dice it, the food is not picture perfect. But how important are looks when you’re eating out of a plastic container and a microwave? To me, not that important. Most of these meals will be consumed in my living room, on my couch, in my pajamas, with the lights off, and the TV on. It’s the taste that counts. And the tamale portion of the plate was good, not great: the corn masa was sweet and soft. The interior roasted vegetables were only slightly salty (could use a bit more, which is common with “health” food). The biggest misstep were the black beans. A pungent onion-y flavor overwhelmed the beans. In fact, it pretty much ruined the beans for me – I could only eat a few bites. It’s a shame because this could have been a cheap, healthy, eat-in-the-dark comfort food for the upcoming winter months. Instead, Amy’s tamale is moving to the bottom of my frozen dinner list.