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Product Review: Tasty Bite

22 Jul

Tasty BiteLaunched in 1995, Tasty Bite specializes in Indian and pan-Asian cuisine, offering convenient meals which require no cooking or refrigeration, and contain no preservatives. According to their website, Tasty Bite plays an active role in their community, providing food for disaster relief and scholarships for the children of their factory workers. In addition, 80% of the energy used in Tasty Bite’s factory comes from renewable resources.

Tasty Bite offers 27 different products (as of this posting), which are free of animal ingredients. Ranging in size from 8.8-10 ounces, each pouch can be heated and ready to eat in 90 seconds or less. Having been given the opportunity to try six of these products, below you will find a review for each.

Ginger Lentil Rice and Kung Pao Noodles

Ginger Lentil Rice

A “ginger-flavored long grain rice tossed with brown lentils and red peppers,” this Ginger Lentil Rice (pictured above left) is flavored just enough so as not to create an overpowering taste. Don’t be fooled, however, this product provides a little bit of a kick! As someone who can’t handle a lot of spice, I actually enjoyed this rice. In addition, the added lentils provide extra nutrition without sacrificing flavor. Tasty Bite’s Ginger Lentil Rice would nicely compliment nearly any Asian entrée.

Kung Pao Noodles

These “fresh cooked noodles and vegetables tossed with peanuts in a zesty sauce” work well alongside the Ginger Lentil Rice’s (pictured above right) gentle flavor. Tasty Bite’s Kung Pao Noodles are also spiced with chilies and Sichuan pepper for slightly more of a kick, and put the “Pao” in Kung Pao. Complete with celery, scallions, baby corn, water chestnuts and just a little sugar, this dish provides both savory and sweet tones.

Pad Thai Noodles and Thai Lime Rice

Thai Lime Rice

Flavored primarily with coconut, lemongrass and lime, and accented with lemon, basil and garlic, Tasty Bite’s Thai Lime Rice (pictured above right) has a light but unique flavor that I’ve never before tasted. I enjoyed the flavor of this rice, however, I feel like there is a little too much of something in it. Perhaps basil? Since I paired this rice with Tasty Bite’s Pad Thai Noodles, this rice ‘s subtle flavors helped calm the lingering kick of spice that I received from the noodles. Both had nice flavor.

Pad Thai Noodles

A great dish for those who like both sugar and spice, the Pad Thai Noodles (pictured above left) are described as “fresh cooked noodles topped with vegetables and crunchy peanuts.” Though this version of Pad Thai is different from others I have enjoyed, it does have a nice flavor with different textures to enjoy. Personally, I like tofu in my Pad Thai, and would have liked to have enjoyed this dish with rice noodles, but I still enjoyed it including the nice variety of vegetables including onions, carrots, baby corn, tomatoes, garlic, scallions and ginger.

Channa Masala & Punjab Eggplant

Channa Masala

I’m a sucker for Indian food and chickpeas so I enjoyed Tasty Bite’s Channa Masala (pictured above left). “…slow-simmered with onions, tomatoes and spices,” this dish is an Indian staple with a nice, smooth flavor and just a touch of sweetness. Due to the sauciness of this dish, it goes very well with rice, should you feel so inclined.

Punjab Eggplant

Tasty Bite’s Punjab Eggplant (pictured above right) is described as “roasted eggplant slow-simmered in a hearty tomato and onion sauce.” Though admittedly not an eggplant fan, I enjoyed this dish as it had excellent flavor, and, in typical Tasty Bite style, a kick of spice to liven it up even more. The flavors of this product mingled well together and I would happily eat it again.


NOTE: The products noted above were free samples provided by Tasty Bite. Vegan Food Addict is in no way affiliated with Tasty Bite, and the views and opinions expressed herein are strictly that of Vegan food Addict’s and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of others.

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