This post was sponsored Tai Pei, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Do You Eat Lunch?
If you know me in real life, you know I don’t eat. It’s not that I don’t enjoy eating (I really do!) but life as a Mom with 2 little ones can get busy. I usually don’t have time to make myself lunch. And when I do, I often don’t have time to actually eat it. Or my kids insist on eating my entire lunch. That’s how I got into the habit of skipping lunch. But not eating is NOT a smart move. I get cranky and don’t have energy to parent the kids when I’m not fueled. I’ve been trying to make an effort to eat an early lunch while my oldest is in preschool and my youngest is napping. But, I’ve been so bored with turkey sandwiches and soup. My family usually eats Asian food, but it takes time to make. So, when I saw these Tai Pei microwavable entrees in the frozen foods section of my grocery store, I decided to give them a try. Use this store locator to find out where you can buy them.
Review of Tai Pei Entrees
There was an array of tasty Asian food entree options at the store and it was hard to decide which ones to buy. The product packaging was super cute! It’s kind of like ice cream containers. They hold up really well in the microwave and I was able to eat directly out of them. If I were crafty, I could probably reuse them for my kids’ play kitchen!
BEEF & BROCCOLI
The first item that I tried was the Tai Pei Beef & Broccoli entree with flavor infused fried rice. I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I set my expectations pretty low. In fact, I told my Mom we could split the entree to taste it. That way, neither of us would be stuck with something we didn’t like.
The packaging warns that as the food cooks, it will settle to the bottom of the container. So, it looks like there isn’t much in the container. Thankfully, there was still plenty for the two of us, plus my hungry 16-month-old.
What caught our eye immediately is that the broccoli looked liked real, fresh broccoli. It had a nice, firm texture unlike most mushy frozen versions. And the beef was so flavorful! The meat was borderline dry, but in the best way possible. It tasted like I had cooked the meat on the pan. It was so much better than any other frozen beef I’ve had. I think part of it is because there aren’t any preservatives or artificial ingredients.
Overall, the taste was great and healthy! It would taste nice with pineapple tidbits or other veggies thrown in, too. I will definitely be buying this one again to keep in my freezer. We eat a lot of Asian food at our house and I love how easy this is to microwave.
CHICKEN CHOW MEIN
My kids LOVE noodles, so I’m always having to eat mine discretely so they don’t beg for bites. I thought I was doing a good job, until my toddler came up to me begging for veggies. My kids also love veggies, especially if they are on the ends of chopsticks. They will eat ANYTHING off chopsticks, because it’s often yummy Asian food. The vegetables in this chicken chow mein are the perfect size to share with small children. But, you don’t have to share!
I’d say this chicken chow mein tastes more like yakisoba to me. The noodles are a bit squishy and there’s extra sauce. I loved that there was extra sauce because it would be easy to toss in leftover veggies if you need to share with kids. The chicken was nice and firm. It tasted fresh and I was surprised how many little pieces of chicken I found as I was eating.
COMBINATION FRIED RICE
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this frozen fried rice. When I took it out of the microwave, I was impressed that it filled up 3/4 of the container. That’s a lot of rice!
So, then I tried it. You guys, it’s soooooo yummy! It had white meat chicken, pork, vegetables and rice with oyster sauce. It’s like take out from your favorite Asian food restaurant! The rice isn’t wet or soggy, it tastes like freshly made fried rice. Plus, it’s sticky so it’s easy to eat with chopsticks. And the meat and vegetables were just as tasty as the other ones I tried. I’ll definitely be stocking up on this one because my kids will go nuts for it!
How to Eat Lunch Like a #MomBoss
Chances are if you’re like me, you’re the type of Mom who either eats on the go, scrounges off your child’s plate, or forgoes eating completely. This isn’t your only option! Personally, I have a hard time JUST eating when I’m alone. I get distracted easily and pretty soon I have cold food that’s been sitting out for hours. Not appetizing. So now I make sure to have an activity going on to make sure I finish eating. Here are my top suggestions:
WORK ON YOUR SIDE HUSTLE
What’s the thing you do outside of parenting? Come up with a game plan to support your side hustle while you’re enjoying lunch. I tend to work on my blog or connect with my audience on Facebook or Instagram.
A good way to get some “me time” is to watch a show that’s just for you. My weakness is British TV shows. Especially if it’s a mystery!
CATCH UP ON LATE NIGHT TV
Are you staying up to watch the Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:35am when your kids will be up mere hours later wanting breakfast? Does DVRing and watching the next day at lunch sound a bit more palatable? Go ahead and record your favorite show, or watch the segments online. My favorite segment is Carpool Karaoke (with this Adele one topping the list!)
One of my favorite ways to eat lunch is to eat mindfully. That means, turning off distractions and focusing on what you are eating. I like to close my eyes after I take a bite of food and really try to enjoy what I’m eating. It’s a good way to relax and reset after a busy morning.
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