Full Disclosure: I received Tasty Bite samples to use for my review. No compensation was provided and as always, I will give my honest opinion about the product.
Food is a BIG deal in our home. With a growing boy and a husband with a bottomless pit for a stomach, food is almost ALWAYS the topic of conversation. And ever since we went gluten-free on August 1st, it’s been a little more difficult to have that steady stream of food readily available. I haven’t found too many foods that are ‘grab-n-go’ that are gluten-free AND healthy so when I received 6 Tasty Bite samples in the mail I was ecstatic to learn more!
First things first - let’s talk a little about the company. Tasty Bite was launched in 1995 and offers all-natural Indian entrées, Asian noodles, rices, and meal inspirations. All their products require no cooking, have no preservatives, and require no refrigeration. The company is very involved in the communities in the US and India and over 80% of the energy used in their factory comes from renewable sources such as sugarcane byproducts and food and crop waste. You can read more about Tasty Bite here.
Now - let’s talk about the food! To start, I was immediately impressed with ingredients. EVERY ingredient on each of the packages I tried was something I could understand! There were no fillers or dyes and lucky for me, all my samples were gluten-free! Here’s what else was listed on the packages:
- GMO free
- No MSG
- No Preservatives
- Gluten Free
- Vegan or Vegetarian
That list alone was enough to make me dive right in and start eating! It’s extremely hard to find good, clean food these days (apart from whole fruits and veggies), so I am very pleased thus far. Now - let’s review the 6 samples:
To start - let me point out that each meal heated up in just 60-90 seconds. The pouch it comes in is microwaveable so it really helped dinner get on the table FAST!
MADRAS LENTILS - These were my favorite, hands-down (possibly Anderson Cooper’s too)! Lentils, red beans and spices all blended together in a creamy tomato sauce and it tasted amazing! I served it over my favorite rice (wild rice & quinoa) and it was a huge hit with the family. Spicy enough for those who love heat yet not too spicy for those that don’t. This will definitely become a staple in our kitchen.
Ingredients: water, tomatoes, lentils, red beans, onions, cream, butter, salt, sunflower oil, chilies, cumin.
VEGETABLE KORMA & GINGER LENTIL RICE - I served these two together and it turned out to be a great combination. The Vegetable Korma is a blend of fresh vegetables in a zesty coconut sauce and the rice is long-grain rice tossed with brown lentils and red peppers. You could easily use the rice in a number of dishes such as burritos, shrimp, chicken, or fish.
Ingredients for vegetable korma - water, onions, corn, carrots, potatoes, spinach, coconut milk, yogurt, sunflower oil, garlic, chickpea flour, ginger, salt, sugar, chilies, spices, turmeric.
Ingredients for ginger lentil rice - water, rice, onions, whole brown lentils, red pepper, coconut milk, sunflower oil, ginger, garlic, salt, curry powder, chilies, sugar.
BOMBAY POTATOES - I thought these were going to resemble the flavor of Channa Masala, but it was definitely a unique flavor all its own. Quite spicy, these potatoes are mixed with chickpeas and slow-cooked in a sauce of tomatoes, onions, and spices. This would make a great side dish with chicken.
Ingredients: water, potatoes, chickpeas, tomatoes, onions, sunflower oil, salt, ginger, garlic, coriander, chilies, cumin, spices.
CHANNA MASALA - If you love chickpeas, then this dish is for you. It has a great flavor of onions, tomato, mangoes, ginger and bayleaf that complimented the chickpeas wonderfully. But be aware, there is a lingering kick that creeps up on you from the hot chilies. I also found it to be a little on the salty side, but if you like the spice of traditional Indian cuisine, then you will definitely enjoy Channa Masala.
Ingredients: onions, water, chickpeas, tomatoes, sunflower oil, coriander, garlic, ginger, salt, mango powder, spices, chilies, bayleaf, turmeric.
THAI LIME RICE - This rice was fantastic. It was aromatic, had a firm texture, and a definite taste of kaffir lime with a hint of coconut. We enjoyed this very much and would easily pair it with fish or chicken.
Ingredients: water, organic rice, coconut milk, sunflower oil, raw sugar, lemongrass, salt, lemon juice, natural flavorings of soy and vegetables, basil, kaffir lime onions, garlic, green chiles, ginger, spices.
Check out this great video by TastyBite for dinnertime dilemmas:
With the ease of preparing, the excellent ingredients, and the aromatic flavors, I would definitely recommend Tasty Bite. Great food fixed fast is ALWAYS a winner in home!