Have you heard of Tasty Bite? It’s all natural, prepared Indian and Pan-Asian food that comes in these handy little pouches that are BPA free and last for 18 months! There are no preservatives and the food is sealed in the pouches in a way that ensures no bacteria growth as well as maintaining the flavor and aroma.
For years now I’ve been buying their Madras Lentils and Kashmir Spinach from Costco. I had no idea that they had such an expansive line of products- nearly 40 different items from main entrees to simmer sauces, meal inspirations and rice with most of them fitting into the Vegan, Vegetarian, Kosher and Gluten-Free categories. When Tasty Bite contacted me about trying out some recipes and stopping in at one of the many events/demos that they were doing, I was curious to see what their other products tasted like since I was a big fan of the other two.
Tasty Bite sent LiveMom a sample kit with several recipe cards, and we thought it would be fun to have a tasting with the LiveMom contributors (and their kids) to test out some of the recipes and vote on our favorite. I planned to make four different dishes, but, after searching for some of the products and finding out, thanks to Nelson who does the Tasty Bite demos at local stores, that there are certain products that aren’t available in this market, I had to change up the menu plan on the fly. The four dishes I ended up making were: Thai Lime Stir Fry, Barley Salsa, Snappy Soya Baked Beans, and Quesadillas using the Chunky Chickpeas.
With a handful of kid taste testers and their moms, we settled down with plates full of food. All of the dishes turned out well; they were tasty, easy to prepare and kid-pleasing. We all agreed that they weren’t gourmet meals, but they certainly are dinners that you can throw together for a family that are healthy and can be prepared in a reasonable amount of time. And, trust me, I was certainly having one of those days where I needed something quick and easy to prepare!
The winning dish that we all agreed was the tastiest was the Thai Lime Stir Fry. Here’s the recipe:
All natural cooking spray
1 block tofu or 1/2 lb chicken breast (cubed)
10 oz. pack of frozen peas or broccoli florets
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 package Thai Lime Pilaf
2 scallions chopped
4 large eggs (optional)
Generously spray a large skillet over med-high flame. Brown tofu or chicken until golden brown. Add vegetables, soy sauce, egg and garlic powder. Cook and stir until heated through. Add Thai Lime Pilaf and scallions to skillet. Toss until heated through. Garnish with extra scallions and serve. Serves 4.
I used pre-sliced chicken breast chunks to make the preparation easier and also squeezed fresh lime juice on the rice after I was done cooking it. It calls for either peas or broccoli (I used peas), but I imagine that any veggie will work nicely. Shannon mentioned that she would have liked more lime so next time I would serve it with some lime wedges.
Shannon was inspired by Tasty Bite and created her own dish using some left over canned pumpkin that she had. Here’s a recipe that she created just last night that sounds delicious:
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Tikka Masala
2 chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 head cauliflower, broken into small florets
1 pouch Tasty Bite Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce
1 cup “lite” coconut milk
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pouch Tasty Bite Chunky Chickpeas
1 pouch Tasty Bite Brown Rice
Mango chutney and chili garlic sauce, for serving
Put chicken in bottom of slow cooker, layer cauliflower on top. In medium bowl, mix Tikka Masala sauce, coconut milk, pumpkin puree and salt. Pour over chicken and cauliflower. Turn slow cooker to high for 1 1/2 hours, then add the chickpeas and turn to low for 2 (and up to 4) hours. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if desired. Heat rice according to package directions and serve dish over rice. Serve with mango chutney and chili garlic sauce.
Want to try some of the recipes yourself? Tasty Bite is giving away six sample kits to LiveMom readers! The kits include the following items:
- 2 Meal Inspirations (Zesty Lentils & Peas, Barley Medley)
- 2 Rices (Tandoori Pilaf, Thai Lime Pilaf)
- 4 Rice Coupons
- 4 Meal Inspiration Coupons
- 4 Rice Recipe Cards
- 4 Meal Inspiration Recipe Cards
- Laminated Color Quick Info Sheet
What do you have to do? Leave a comment here by midnight on Wednesday, November 10, 2010. Tell us what recipe you would most like to prepare using Tasty Bite. Six winners will be chosen and contacted via email. There are no geographic restrictions- you don’t have to live in the Austin area to win this giveaway!