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Review: Vegan Tasty Bite Meal Pouches

Occasionally we need a quick and easy meal that’s also hearty and delicious. Tasty Bite meals tick all the boxes because they are packed full of flavor and extremely easy to prepare. Heat one up for yourself, two for a couple or heat even more up for a bit of a feast.  It’s that easy.

Tasty Bite produces a variety of convenient vegetarian meal pouches, many of which are vegan. While Tasty Bite primarily offers Indian cuisine including rices, meal inspirations and entrees, they also offer Asian noodle pouches.  All Tasty Bite products have two easy methods of preparation, with instructions included for both stovetop and microwave methods of reheating. Making Tasty Bite even more convenient there is no refrigeration needed and an 18-month shelf-life.  But Tasty Bite pouches aren’t just convenient, they are also all-natural, preservative free, MSG free, GMO free, kosher and a variety are even Gluten Free.  We love the packaging because it’s compact and durable (and easy to pack for travel) but we especially appreciate their commitment to clearly labeling their products, making it incredibly easy to determine which ones are Vegan and Gluten Free. 

We received the following items to sample:

Kung Pao (Asian Noodles)
Pad Thai (Asian Noodles)
Thai Lime Rice (Rice)
Garlic Brown Rice (Rice)
Aloo Palak (Entrees)
Channa Masala (Entrees)

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about

Launched in 1995, Tasty Bite offers vegan and vegetarian Indian entrées, Asian noodles, rices, and meal inspirations. All their products require no cooking, contain no preservatives and require no refrigeration. The company is deeply commited to helping communities in both US and India. They have a scholarship fund for the education of the children of their factory workers and a disaster relief program wehre food is moved to provide relief. 80% of the energy used in their factory comes from renewable sources such as sugarcane byproducts and food and crop waste. Read more about Tasty Bite here.

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All products are vegan, natural, Kosher, MSG-free and GMO-free. They don’t contain preservatives. They have 18-month shelf life. Their pouches are BPA-free.

According to their Special Diets page, there are currently 27 vegan meal pouches, view the list here. They also carry gluten-free options in the list.

where to buy

Tasty Bite products are available at their online store, Amazon.com, major grocery chains, and retail stores. Check out their Store Locator page here to find the retailers that carry Tasty Bite near you.

the verdict

Tasty Bite: Kung Pao (Asian Noodles)

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Received a 8.8 oz. pouch (at retail value $3.29). It’s vegan, NON-GMO, and kosher. A 1/2 serving of the pouch contains 7 grams of protein and 220 calories, or 440 calories per pouch. It requires one minute to heat, however due to different oven settings, I microwaved for 1 minute and 15 minutes.

This review is provided by an “omnivore.” Kung Pao has good texture from the vegetables and dry noodles, tastes faintly spicy, and a flavorful sauce. The fresh green scallions are a nice addition. It’s very quick for what it is! Their wheat noodles are firm, not soggy at all, which I like about.


Tasty Bite: Pad Thai (Asian Noodles)

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Received a 8.8 oz. pouch (at retail value $3.29). It’s vegan, NON-GMO, and kosher. A 1/2 serving of the pouch contains 8 grams of protein and 250 calories, or 500 calories per pouch, which is the highest of the bunch we’ve sampled. It requires one minute to heat, however due to different oven settings, I microwaved for 1 minute and 15 minutes.

The noodles somewhat taste and remind me of a stir-fried Malaysian or Singaporean noodle rather than a pad thai. Their wheat noodles are firm, not soggy at all. There is a noticeable texture from vegetables (baby corn) and peanuts. The noodles are mildly spicy, but still tasty. I added some fresh green scallions, and they are a nice addition if you have them around. The noodles from the whole pouch is surprisingly filling for an individual. Both the Kung Pao and Pad Thai products used the same wheat noodles and vegetables such as onions, carrots, baby corn and water chestnuts. For pad thai, would it make sense to use rice noodles, some chopped firm tofu for a bit of texture, perhaps some bean sprouts?


Tasty Bite: Garlic Brown Rice, Aloo Palak, Thai Lime Rice + Channa Masala

Our favorites of the vegan Tasty Bite Rice & Entree category are the Thai Lime Rice and Channa Masala. We are both amazed by the texture and the flavors of the grain-based pouches. The mildly spiced Channa Masala pairs well any sorts of rice, the Thai Lime Rice or the Garlic Brown Rice.

Clockwise from top left (pictured below): Garlic Brown Rice, Aloo Palak, Thai Lime Rice and Channa Masala

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1. Garlic Brown Rice

Received a 8.8 oz. pouch (at retail value $2.49). It’s vegan, gluten-free, NON-GMO, and kosher. A 1/2 serving of the pouch contains 5 grams of protein and 220 calories, or 440 calories per pouch. Microwaved for 90 minutes with a teared vent (2-inch), and the heating time worked well.

The Garlic Brown Rice reminds me of an Indian fried rice or vegetable biryani, but the roasted garlic is not present. It is not very spicy, but savory.

2. Aloo Palak

Received a 10 oz. pouch (at retail value $3.29). so slightly bigger than the other pouches reviewed above. It’s vegan, gluten-free, NON-GMO, and kosher. A 1/2 serving of the pouch contains 3 grams of protein and 100 calories, or 200 calories per pouch, which is the lowest of the bunch. Microwaved for 1 minute and 15 minutes instead of the usual 1 minute with a teared vent (2-inch).

Texturally this was our least favorite, we had never tried Aloo Palak before but the combination of spinach and potatoes left the dish a bit soggy. Tasty Bite’s Aloo Palak was mild with the spinach being the predominate flavor. The mildly sweet, and not spicy, Aloo Palak would pair well with a stronger flavored dish or a savory rice.

3. Thai Lime Rice

Received a 8.8 oz. pouch (at retail value $2.49). It’s vegan, gluten-free, NON-GMO, and kosher. A 1/2 serving of the pouch contains 5 grams of protein and 210 calories, or 420 calories per pouch, which is slightly lower than the “Garlic Brown Rice” reviewed above. Microwaved for 90 minutes with a teared vent (2-inch), and the heating time worked well.

This is our favorite rice dish, made with organic rice. Thai Lime Rice has a slight green tint, with very mild flavors from the coconut milk, basil and kaffir lime, but the lemongrass is not present. Very flavorful and very delicious, not spicy at all. It was the perfect addition to the Channa Masala (reviewed below).

4. Channa Masala

Received a 10 oz. pouch (at retail value $3.29). so slightly bigger than the other pouches reviewed above. It’s vegan, gluten-free, NON-GMO, and kosher. A 1/2 serving of the pouch contains 6 grams of protein and 180 calories, or 360 calories per pouch, which is the 2nd lowest of the bunch. Microwaved for 1 minute with a teared vent (2-inch), and the heating time worked well.

The Channa Masala microwaved quicker than the Aloo Palak (reviewed above). Great texture from the mildly spiced chickpeas, not spicy at all and very versatile dish. For extra heat, add dried chili flakes or a bit of Sriracha. It pairs well with our homemade naan bread and/or any Tasty Bite rice dishes.

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Clockwise from top left: Thai Lime Rice, Channa Masala, Garlic Brown Rice and Aloo Palak


disclaimer

This item(s) was kindly sent to me to review. All reviews are my own personal opinions, I have not been compensated to provide any feedback positive or otherwise. If I receive a product complimentary of the company, it will be stated so in the post, otherwise, all products are purchased myself for my own personal use.


Which variety will you try from Tasty Bite? What are some of your favorite Indian dishes?


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