To wrap up National Noodle Month (yes the delicious guys deservedly have their own month) Annie Chun’s asked me to review their products. The timing was exceptional, as I had just learned my boyfriend’s old college trick of fancying up and giving a nutritional boost to ramen noodles by simply adding fresh veggies to the noodles before pouring in the hot water.
I have been living in awe and gratitude of this dish and enjoying the many different incarnations I’ve discovered right there within my crisper drawer. Basic additions of green onions, mushrooms, kale, and carrots are yummy and this combo has become my seven year old’s favorite soup to bring in her thermos to school. Personally I really enjoy a more complicated flavor; adding some fresh garlic and chunks of ginger (remove ginger after steeping) kicks it up to restaurant level.
Enter Annie Chun’s to step it up to a healthier, tastier level. Their products are all natural with no preservatives or nasty MSG. I tried the Pad Thai noodle bowl, and being a huge fan of Thai food, I was definitely skeptical and definitely pleasantly surprised. The peanut sauce was not overly sweet and did not overwhelm the hint of lime I like so much. I took the bowl to work with a container of mixed veggies on the side and had a satisfying and tasty lunch ready in less than two minutes. It didn’t taste overly seasoned or salty like many ramen noodle bowls I’ve tried in the past, but please note the sodium is 42% of our daily value, so you might want to go light on the salt elsewhere.
I’d seen Annie Chun’s products at the market before, but had no idea of the variety available and the healthy options included. The organic Freshpak noodles look fantastic – choose from buckwheat soba, chow mein, or udon. Being a lover of Asian foods, any of these would be a great staple in my kitchen – healthy dinners in five minutes that my kids and I both love? Yes please.
I seriously could eat Thai food everyday and not get tired of its well rounded flavors and spice, but I have often lamented about the lack of nutrition available in white flour noodles. Now I can make a healthier version at home without giving up the fiber or flavor – Annie Chun’s Pad Thai Noodles are made with 100% whole grain, gluten free brown rice and were named as one of Prevention.com’s 21 healthiest foods. These are quick and flavorful when prepped with Annie’s bottled Pad Thai sauce (also available in gluten-free), some vegetables, and/ or the meat of your choice. The bottled sauce is also more reasonable with it’s salt content with 400 mg per serving.
I think it’s fantastic that packaged foods can be this good for you and without added preservatives! Even better, these products are inexpensive and widely available from your local grocer or online directly from Annie Chun’s.
Annie Chun’s has kindly offered to award two Takes a Village Readers each with a Noodle Prize Pack consisting of:
About a $15 value!
I love that these products are so adaptable and look forward to trying more exotic offerings as well! To win simply enter via Rafflecoptor and comment below with which cuisine’s flavors appeal most to you and why – make sure to let Rafflecoptor know you commented!