Product Review: Tasty Bite Ginger Lentil Rice – $2.49+
Tasty Bite, as many of you know, is one of my favorite go-to quick meals…especially for busy nights/days or just nights where I don’t have much in the pantry/freezer/fridge…or just don’t want to spend my entire evening on my feet in the kitchen prepping and cooking something.
The great thing about the Tasty Bite meals is that they are clean…healthy…and beyond delicious. I only have a few remaining packages in my kitchen pantry, but they were perfect after returning from my recent trip to Florida. Without last week’s check in the bank (the boss still has it), my roommate and I are honestly living off what we have in our apartment…and trust me…that means Tasty Bite meals, pancakes, eggs, or pasta. This is no joke. And for the rest of this week, the budget purse strings are being pulled tighter than ever to try to recover from our much-needed and totally fun (but expensive) vacation.
So, after disembarking at the Louisville airport on Tuesday…just before noon…we returned home with hungry stomachs. I do not do fast food. I can’t. Not with my food allergies. And I’m okay with that. I actually do not miss fast food at all. Not one bit. The drive-thru was never my friend anyway…so my dietary restrictions put a total kibosh on them. No problem. I’d rather prepare my food anyway.
That being said…with a practically empty apartment food-wise, I was happy to dig out a few pouches of Tasty Bite products. I’m down to one Indian meal and a couple of rice options. I opted for a rice option with some added protein…because I’m in recovery mode from my 48.6 mile running adventure.
My choice – Tasty Bite’s Ginger Lentil Rice.
Yes…this is exactly what it sounds like…ginger-infused long grain rice that is tossed with brown lentils and red peppers. It makes a colorful and flavorful plate…trust me. The package simply gets put in the microwave for about 90 seconds, and BAM…into a bowl and enjoy! Totally that easy. And don’t be dissuaded by the fact that this comes in a pouch on a shelf in the microwave. It still fits into clean eating. Observe the ingredients: water, rice, onions, whole brown lentils, red pepper, coconut milk, sunflower oil, ginger, garlic, salt, curry powder, chilies, sugar. Quick…Clean…Eating.
And the taste…was fantastic. Seriously. The ginger, garlic, curry, chilies all provide layers and depth of flavor to each bite. The lentils add great texture and the rice actually steams up to perfection in that 90 seconds. All the components work together and make magic with each bite. Each freakin’ tasty bite. I used some Glutino Gluten-Free Sea Salt Snack Crackers to scoop up the rice and add a nice crunch to my plate. It was a magical, quick lunch after returning from the Happiest Place on Earth. I savored each bite…chewed slowly…and just let the flavors roll over my tongue. This one is amazing. It’s not just rice. It’s rice that is so much more.
Nutritionally speaking, this meal is a healthy choice as well. One serving is half the pouch. This serving gives you 190 calories and 3.5 grams of fat. This serving will also give you 380 mg sodium and 2 grams of sugar. That is amazing for a processed food. And a serving will also give you 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. So it is filling as well. Loving it.
So, if you’re concerned about Indian food…not sure you’d like it…or just not ready to try something new…then give Tasty Bite a chance through their flavored rices. In fact…I highly encourage purchasing the Ginger Lentil Rice. The flavors will wow you…and just might encourage you to give those Indian meals a try after all.
I promise…you won’t be disappointed.