Before going vegan, there were a lot of foods I had never, ever in my life tried, let alone wanted to.
After a few years of veganism, I found my taste buds broadening and I was really into trying new foods.
And by new foods, I basically mean several, several new cuisines. By switching to a diet which most people consider incredibly "restrictive," I actually opened my kitchen up to so many different parts of the world, from Thai food, Vietmanese and my now favorite, Indian.
Seriously, I never had yellow curry or aloo gobi until I went full-on vegan.
There's only one problem with all of these amazing cuisines. While I absolutely adore the flavors, spices, breads and entrees, I am utterly clueless when it comes to preparing these myself. I've tackled a curry dish and some vegan naan, but outside of those two dishes, I'm basically a foreigner when it comes to cooking with faraway spices.
So what's a girl to do when she doesn't have the moolah to pay for all that takeout, but she also has no idea how to make the stuff herself?
She goes to the grocery store, that's what.
My husband and I have been in constant search of readily-available Thai, Chinese and Indian foods at our store; but it's imperative they don't TASTE like they came off the grocery store shelf.
Enter Tasty Bite.
Because the food Gods most have known I was in search of some tasty vittles, I was lucky enough to receive a sampler pack of Tasty Bite popular vegan items from the company; which included: channa masala, punjab eggplant, ginger lentil rice, Thai lime rice, kung pao noodles and pad thai noodles. While Tasty Bite isn't an all vegan company, they do offer 27 different ready-to-heat entrees, rices and noodles that are.
Now I may have received these first six pouches for free in exchange for this review, I'm telling you right now I've actually spent our own Chubby Vegan money on these as well. We were lucky enough to find them at our regular grocery stores, in addition to the more unique flavors at our health food store. And no joke, I have yet to find one I don't like. Chubby Vegan Dad is a bigger fan of the Asian noodle pouches than me, but that's probably because I've been too busy stuffing my face with ginger lentil rice and Indian food. These heat up in no time (either on the stove or in the microwave) and they pair so well with a veggie as a side dish.
And they're totally within budget. In my grocery stores, the noodles run you anywere from $2.99-3.99, while the rice and Indian dishes I've seen for $2.49-3.99 and are available in the world food aisle.
I'm telling you, we've tried a lot of premade ethnic food pouches and so far, these have become our go-to brand.
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