Thursday’s Dish: Tasty Bite Recipes and a GIVEAWAY!!

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 MasalaAdvertisement
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
  • Hat
  • Bag
  • 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!

  

Catherine Prystup
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Catherine Prystup founded LiveMom.com out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.

16 Comments on Thursday’s Dish: Tasty Bite Recipes and a GIVEAWAY!!

  1. I always consider buying these but they’ve never made it into my cart. Looking at their website I’m really interested in the Punjab Eggplant Lasagna and Thai Noodle Salad. I’m going to have to look for these packs at the store!

  2. I have tried a few of these and they were very convenient and tasty. I liked the looks of the chickpea taco recipe.

  3. I’d love to have my daughter (14 months) try the TANDOORI PILAF. She loves rice but won’t eat it plain. It’s gotta have some flavor to it. I usually wrap it in seaweed sheets and she goes to town!

  4. Just went on their website, and am dying to make “Leftover Turkey Curry” in a couple weeks! Definitely not what my mom would have done with her Thanksgiving leftovers, but it’s right up my alley. My 15 month old loves spicy food, so I am looking forward to trying Tasty Bite out for something good and easy.

  5. Hello! Pumpkin Tikka masala! I ALMOST bought lamb for this today, however… We are big bean eaters and huge fans of fast – 2 working parents house!

  6. Alright, the emails have been sent to all of the winners! Megan, Tammy, Alicia, Ashley, Lisa H. and Mary Kate…. check your emails and respond by Monday with your address so that Tasty Bite can mail out the kits to you.

  7. Thank you so much, I love to read about other vegansas it gives me the strength to continue. I have about a thousand vegetarian feeds in my google reader, but I’m sure another can’t hurt!! I did manage to find a good lentil recipe here, but I’ll be sure to try yours too. Thanks!

  8. I’m so excited! I just sent the whole website to my husband as we are planning a cooking frenzy over Thanksgiving. Our daughter has recently taken up cooking also, so this will be a great intro to her International style cooking! Yippee!

    Thanks again!

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