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A “Scorchin'” Review

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!

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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.

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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 . . .

HOLY MOLEY!

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.

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Cupcake Study? Yes, please!

Sometimes, I really love my school.  It’s as if the school gods read my depressing post yesterday and said “give her cupcakes.”

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After my grueling test this morning, I was walking around the bottom of the Family and Consumer Science building when a girl popped out of a room and asked me if I wanted to taste some cupcakes.  Being the sweets-lovin’ girl that I am, I immediately said yes!  She brought me into a room where I filled out a research participant form and then got to taste and tell my opinion on three different yellow cake recipes.  I also got some crackers and carrots to “clean my palate” between tastings.  It was yummy.  No pictures because that wasn’t allowed but I did get some snacks for participating!

Mini-pretzels and an apple, which I was enjoying on a bench inside the building.

Oh, did I mention that it was snowing/sleeting today?

It was snowing/sleeting today.

Of course, class wasn’t canceled until there was no point but I did get out of my last class.  It’s still falling but it must be too cold because it’s not sticking, even though it’s HUGE chunks of snow.  I haven’t done much since coming home, aside for finishing my book and being lazy.

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I guess I should do something, like going to get bread since I ate the last two slices this morning with my peanut butter sandwich breakfast.  More than likely, I’ll sit here and read another book.  Yay!

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Mid-Afternoon Snack

Sliced baguette, fresh from the bakery, olive oil and herbs for dipping, and a sliced kiwi.

Oh, yeah.  It was good.

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Yawn

I’m so sleepy at this point but I should post before going to bed.  Still . . . yawn.

I guess it’s a weekend thing for Alec because he decided we should go to my family’s again – I think it has something to do with my mom’s cooking and the fact that he gets beef there.

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We left around four and both of us were hungry so we stopped at the dreaded Arches.  I wasn’t too happy about eating there but I was hungry and it’s still Alec’s favorite place so I just went with it.

I had one grilled snack wrap with honey mustard.  I’m not going to lie – it was yummy and satisfied my hunger.  I think even Sasha was a little disappointed in the choice.

Tsk, tsk, mommy.

Today’s dinner was quite good – something my uncle made us.

New York strip, cooked medium, baked beans, Italian flavored pasta, and a Hawaiian sweet roll.  Mmmmm!!  Amazing!  Especially since I didn’t have to cook it!  I also had a handful or two of Runts but that’ll be our little secret since I stole them from Alec.  ;0]

I love going to my parents’ house.  My little brother [16] and sister [12] still live there so it’s great to hang out with them.  Plus it gives Sasha some time to hang out with other dogs and run in my parents’ backyard.  Oh, and there’s cable for Alec.  See?  Totally win-win.

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Off to bed now.

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Eatin’ in the Library

Don’t you just hate when you’re STARVING and you’re in the one place that food isn’t allowed?

That’s me in the library but I don’t care!  It’s been too long since my measly breakfast so I’m eating at a table behind a large book-case, hoping none of the creepy librarians come by and kick me out!

This morning I had a peanut butter sandwich but only on one slice of honey wheat bread.  The picture is really fuzzy but it was yummy!  Alec even made him one even though he’s not a big fan of peanut butter.  I ate it on the way to walking to campus, which was not fun today!  Please don’t laugh at me if you’re from a place that gets colder but it was 25 degrees this morning but felt like ten!  Plus 20-40mph winds.  Brrr!  It was an odd sensation to be freezing down to my bones but have the sun shinning in my eyes.

Of course, being unprepared for the cold, I had to layer long sleeve t-shirt and a short sleeve one, both of which are too short so I keep having to pull it down in the back!  And I wore tights underneath my jeans . . . is that weird?

Probably.

Usually on these days, I try to eat lunch right when I get to work at 11:00, which is why my breakfast was so slim this morning because I didn’t leave the house until nine.  Unfortunately, the faiths weren’t with me today because we were swamped from the time I got there until I left at two to go to class.  I managed to eat two of my things from my lunch while trekking between floors: a few apple cinnamon rice cakes and a banana.

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