Our family has been asked by Whole Foods Encinitas to share with you some ways to make that transition Back to School without running through the drive thru. No judgement if you do, we’ve been known to for sure! But we hope some of these options might be even less expensive and certainly healthier!
OK – so the good people at TastyBite sent over some of their products that could not be easier and our kids LOVED them! They have a TON of variety!
Tasty Bites is a line of fun, vegetarian, Indian foods that are shelf stable and ready to warm up and serve. You can purchase them at a variety of stores – but of course we pick them up at Whole Foods Market!
Shelf stable packets are able to be microwaved for 90 seconds and then served – that is it! It is SUPER convenient and you can even microwave in it’s bag, but it was super easy to pour into a glass contain (which is what we did)- pop in the microwave for 90 seconds – viola! Seriously – you cannot beat how easy it was to make!
We serve with brown rice I had cooked ahead of time (I usually make a big batch to use over several days) and cucumber slices – it is very different than our typical meals – our kids thought we had gotten take out from an Indian restaurant we had visited a few weeks ago!
We have tried several different flavors and we everything has been met with approval.
I asked the big kids to let you know their very favorites……………
Sister J highly recommends the Channa Masala - it is chickpeas slow simmered with onions, tomatoes and spices. She especially loves chickpeas in her salads or on the side of her plate. She also loves ‘saucy’ stuff. Chickpeas in a mildly spicy sauce really made her day!
Brother S’s favorite? Well, he had a hard time telling me his favorite…..all are his favorite. Well, that doesn’t really help. He finally decided if he HAD to pick just one – he would pick Vegetable Korma – it is full of carrots, spinach, onions, and other veggies in a sweet, coconutty sauce. “I could eat a bucket of that one, but I still want some of the others too.”
Check out all of their options! Lots of great vegetarian, gluten free, and kosher choices.
Of course you can buy TastyBite products at Whole Foods Market – they have a GREAT selection – but if you are too far from a Whole Foods – I have seen their products at several different stores. We really love these products and try to always have a couple on hand for quick dinners. If you bring your lunch to work and have access to a microwave, it is a great option for work too! Poor Mr. Deals & Steals brings his lunch to work every day and sometimes he needs something fancy to break up the normal sandwich routine.
Seriously, go pick up a couple and have in the cupboard for back to school! It is a life saver for us! You can thank me later.
Enjoy ~ Kate
Disclosure – I am working with Whole Foods Encinitas to share some of their favorite products for back to school. TastyBite products were sent to our home to try so we could share our honest opinions. No other compensation was provided. You can always check out our disclosure policy here. Yes, I know most people don’t care – but it is the law to let you know