Innocent veg pots are one of those products that I buy as the colder months start to set in. In case you've never tried an Innocent Veg Pot, they're a meal made up of various vegetables mixed with rice or lentils. They are similar to a soup but just much thicker and very filling. All of the Veg Pots contain 3 of your 5 a day, and they make a fairly low calorie lunch. This new variety, Caribbean Jerk Curry caught my eye mainly because the description included the words "coconut rice". How could a coconut fiend such as myself resist?
On opening the pot, there is a sunny array of veggies, rice and beans which looks colourful and appetising. There is a also lovely fragrance predominantly from the fresh coriander on top of the pot. The veg pots are ridiculously easy to prepare since they just need a quick zap in the microwave (4 minutes in total). After cooking, and stirring, the colours and ingredients have all melded together nicely giving a thick stew like substance.
The flavours are all fantastic and very fresh tasting. Let me start by saying that I have never tasted real Caribbean jerk curry so I won't be able to review this product on the basis of that taste. The "curry" flavour is very mild, there is no heat as such, but I could taste the lovely warming spices of paprika and mild chilli. This Caribbean Veg Pot is a lot sweeter in taste than the other veg pots I have tried.. There are large chunks of the surprising ingredient mango. I was unsure about the inclusion of fruit but I was glad to find that the mango chunks tasted more like a sweet butternut squash than mango. I also loved the coconut rice, it has a deliciously rich flavour.
This Caribbean Jerk Curry has become my favourite Innocent Veg Pot so far and I have bought it quite a few times as a quick lunch. (As a curious aside my least favourite Veg Pot is the Thai Coconut Curry, even though I should love that one from it's name! It had so much lemongrass in it that I found it inedible).
The Innocent Caribbean Jerk Curry veg pot cost £3.69 each but are currently on a buy one get one free offer at Sainsbury's. Each pot contains 355 calories.