Have a Tasty Bite

Thai Lime Rice and Punjap Eggplant

Up for review is an assortment of food packages from Tasty Bite. I’ve seen them in the store before but haven’t ever tried them. I had thought they were some sort of spice mix or seasonings. I’ve never bothered to actually pick one up to examine it. If I had, I would have seen that the bottom of the package is clear so you can kinda see what’s inside.

Frankly, I was thinking how good can it be, it’s cooked food in a pouch. I was pleasantly surprised that the first two items I tried were indeed tasty.

Tasty Bite Packages

Starving after going to the gym, I heated up the Thai Lime Rice (rice with lime, coconut and lemongrass) and the Punjap Eggplant (roasted eggplant slow simmered in a tomato and onion sauce) for a quick and easy meal. Both are very fragrant right out of the microwave. And it took only 60 – 90 seconds!

The rice is subtle in flavor, which went well with the more strongly flavored eggplant. I had no idea what I was missing. Simple ingredients that I can actually pronounce in a convenient, easy to heat package.

Pad Thai with Vegetables

Coming off of the tastiness of the rice and eggplant, I had high hopes for the Pad Thai Asian Noodles (noodles topped with small pieces of vegetables and peanuts). When I think of Pad Thai, I think of rice noodles. These were wheat noodles, similar to chow mein noodles. I guessing the Pad Thai name refers to the flavor as it’s a bit spicy.

It was ok, not great but not too bad either. The included noodles, veggies and peanuts all came out kinda soft and uniformly brown looking. I pumped it up with a quick stir-fry of whatever fresh veggies I had in the fridge, which greatly improved the dish.

Not pictured is the Kung Pao Asian Noodles (which looked similar to the Pad Thai noodles), I prepared it the same way, adding fresh veggies to the spicy flavored noodles.

Ginger Lentil Rice with Channa Masala

Lastly, is the Ginger Lentil Rice (ginger-flavored rice tossed with lentils and red peppers) and Channa Masala (chickpeas slow simmered with onions, tomatoes and spices), the Indian entrees are way better for food in a pouch. I would get either one of those again. And the rice over the noodles.

Since no refrigeration is required, they’re great for traveling or for stashing at the office for those days when you need something super quick.

Disclosure: I received the products free of charge from the company to review. The opinions and experience with the products expressed herein are my own. There was no pay to say.

8 Comments so far

  1. Andrea on July 10th, 2013

    We sampled some of the Indian varieties a while back and thought they were pretty good, but we both had stomach and intestinal distress after eating them. When they offered me recent samples, I declined. It sounds like you didn’t have any problems with your meals, and I’m glad to see that. Still, I’m a little leery of trying again, even though they were very convenient and tasty.

  2. india leigh on July 11th, 2013

    Thank for the review. I guess they are a great idea for travelling or one of those ‘go to’ meals you have in your cupboard when you want something in minutes. I’ve looked at a few of them before and they were high in fat. Others are not so. Can’t go wrong with anything eggplant, in my book!

  3. LittleMonsterx14 on July 11th, 2013

    that thai rice looks amazing, so does the channa masala, YUM!

  4. Joey on July 11th, 2013

    I’d be similarly sceptical of how good ready meals in plastic would be, so I’m heartened to find out that that’s not the case here. Definitely a handy standby for travelling, I’d say. Shame about the noodles, but the chana masala does indeed look yum!

  5. Hannah on July 13th, 2013

    Too funny- I have a review for Tasty Bite up my sleeve, too! I do have to agree about the noodles. The texture is really their downfall, but you could certainly do worse for a quick, relatively healthy meal.

  6. Rika @ vegan miam on July 22nd, 2013

    Thanks for the review! I am looking forward to reviewing them, too!

    x

  7. jojo on July 24th, 2013

    These look like a great motel room roadtrip meal, thanks for the review.

  8. Camille on August 6th, 2013

    These are great for traveling or a quick meal when you’re in a hurry! :)

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