I don’t know what’s wrong with me – I’ve had no appetite these past couple of days. I’ve eaten because I know I need to but I just haven’t had the urge to eat. It’s really weird. I hope it goes away soon.
Anyway, I was hoping to get out of my appetite rut by trying something new in the kitchen but I wasn’t in the mood to start totally from scratch. This seemed like a good time to try a meal kit that I bought at the store a couple of weeks ago.
It’s a Tasty Thai Noodle Meal kit from Spaa Natural foods. The flavor is what got me – I love sweet and sour products and thought this would be a great meal to try, especially with its three dollar price ticket and all natural label!
This is what the company’s website says about this product:
Sweet and Sour: Sweet and tangy sauce with herbs
EXPERIENCE: Real Thai meal for two in 7 minutes
TASTE: Closest the restaurant taste
WHOLESOME: Contains chucky vegetables.
SHELF STABLE: (12 months) with no preservatives added.
Impressive stats for a meal kit, especially with no preservatives. I was a little wary of the sodium – a whopping 38% for only a third of the meal but I figured since it was just one meal, it would be okay. The best part? Not only was I able to pronounce all the words in the ingredients list but I even recognized them! That’s the true test of a meal kit.
The directions were simple to follow – boil water, add noodles, drain when soft, and then add sauce. I went a little fancy and did the stove top directions with cut up chicken and a cup and a half of frozen vegetables.
Inside the kit is a package of dried rice noodles and another packet of sauce that is rather large. As seen in the photo, the sauce packet was the same size as the noodles but a little bit thinner. I was excited about this – I love dishes with a lot of sauce.
While the water for the noodles were boiling, I cut up the chicken and threw it in a pan with the vegetables and about a tablespoon of olive oil. Juggling the stir-frying and the noodles was an easy task and I found that they were both ready to go in about seven to eight minutes.
Once the chicken and veggies were thoroughly cooked, I threw them into a medium-sized Tupperware bowl. As a side note, the veggies were from a Bird Eye’s Asian Stir-fry frozen vegetable blend that has carrots, baby corn, broccoli, water chestnuts, sliced bell peppers, mushrooms, sugar snap peas, and onions. It’s absolutely delicious and a great bag to have on hand for when a dish needs a little more servings of veggies.
Once the noodles were done, I added them and the sauce into the bowl with the vegetables and chicken. The sauce smelt so good! Kind of sweet yet a little bit of spice in the mix. Yum! My only beef with it? There’s no “chunky vegetables” like the website proposes. Thank goodness I cooked my own.
After mixing it for a couple of minutes so that everything was evenly coated, I split everything in half and placed it into two bowls – one for Alec and one for me!
The final product looked and smelled delicious – definitely not something I would have expected to come out of a triangular box. True, it had a little help from the extras I threw in but I think the smell and the beautiful sight was all the mix’s benefit. I took a heaping bite of it and . . .
This stuff was hot! And not temperature wise but spice wise! Now, I’m not a wimpy kind of girl – I like my food to be spicy at times but this stuff was a lot little too spicy for me. I checked the ingredients and at the very bottom, it mentions “fresh red chilies” but I didn’t think it would have that big of a kick! The package also indicated that it would be mild but this was far beyond that.
I tried to eat as much as I could but the heat was overbearing and so I just picked out the meat and vegetables and slurped up a few noodles before calling it a day. Alec didn’t even make it that far! We both had a huge glass of water to bring down the heat but even a couple of hours later, I can still feel it in my mouth.
Aside from the heat, I could taste a bit of sweet and sour in it – a good sauce with just a little too much heat for me. The meal was a good proportion for two people. To complete the meal, all it would need would be a serving of bread or fruit. The time it took to pull together was excellent – I was able to prepare everything and sit down to eat in less than twenty minutes. My only problem with the entire thing was the heat. I would recommend this products to others but only for those who love a highly spicy dish.