Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription box which delivers you 9-14 exciting new food products and some old favourites. I have been trialling the box for quite some time now and have never been disappointed with the contents of the box. It's a perfect top up for your kitchen cupboards - the box includes snacks, sauces, drinks and exciting new brand discoveries which are my favourite bits! Januarys Degustabox contained tastes of the orient, and some great snacks for the office (like Finn Crisp Original crackers for lunch and Country Crisp cereal for breakfast), as well as intriguing discoveries like Slim Noodles which are basically calorie free noodles - amazing, huh?
I really liked that this box had a lot of products which were themed - like tastes of Asia for example. We got Yushio Snapea Rice Sticks (these are lightly salted and are simply delicious served as an appetiser with dips!), Amoy Taste of Asia Thai Green Curry and Malaysian Laksa, and Tsingtao beer. These are perfect to make midweek dinner with! In fact, scroll down for my recipe of a take on the Thai Green Curry with Slim Noodles - yum.
Although I am a huge fan of cooking from scratch and make my own sauces, sometimes you can really use the help of a packet sauce to save time but still have something yummy. I really enjoyed Amoy Taste of Asia sauces which are so easy to use and quick to cook.
I love some of the very random products they put into a Degustabox - like a single Crobar. These gluten/dairy/soy free protein bars are made with cricket flour. Yes, that's right - cricket as in the insect. Crickets are high in protein and low in fat, so they make the perfect source of protein as well as being high in Vitamin B12, and iron. Using crickets as food also has benefits which affect the environment like the fact that 80% of a cricket is digestible vs 40% of cattle which means with crickets there is less waste and usage of chemicals - they are farmed using no antibiotics, hormones or pesticides; crickets are also genetically so far away from humans that there is less risk of disease; and to top it all off if you are an individual who has gone vegetarian because you don't like the idea of seeing animals in pain - then you will be pleased to know that crickets lack the neurological structures which make humans and other animals feel pain. Pretty cool huh?
Conscious Organic Raw Chocolate is free from dairy, soya gluten and refined sugars so it's almost like a guilt free replacement for chocolate - you can use it to make cakes with, or make into a syrup. I love real chocolate as I think it tastes less sickly than the chocolate readily available in most supermarkets which contains high levels of sugar.
Wash down that information whilst enjoying a lovely cold pressed apple juice from ColdPress - delicious and refreshing this drink is a nice treat. YUM.
I needed a cereal to take into the office so I could enjoy my breakfast - but I wanted something tasty and healthy, which is what I think Jordans Country Crisp Fruit & Nut cereal provides. Breakfast is such an important meal of the day - it really does set up your energy levels. I couldn't go without breakfast now! Enjoy a bowl of Country Crisp with some coconut or almond milk for a kick of energy without much calories in the morning.
Clarks Carob Fruit Syrup is low in sugar and is the perfect replacement for the refined sugar we use daily to add into drinks, cooking and baking. I am really trying to cut sugar out of my diet, and I notice significantly when I cook everything from scratch and don't use sugar vs the ready meals I make that do contain sugar - my energy levels are less when I have sugar! Not to mention too much sugar can cause tooth decay and more serious illnesses like diabetes. Carob has a low glycemic index, which, gram per gram, has 41% less sugar than white refined sugar.
Finn Crisp Original Crispbread is another perfect addition to the lunch cupboard - use these yummy crunchy strips to top up with avocado, smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumbers (my favourite combination!).
Thai Green Curry With Slim Noodles Recipe:
What you'll need (makes 2 portions):
2 chicken breasts cut into squares
Taste of Asia Thai Green Curry Sauce
Fresh green chillies
Handful of green beans
Handful of baby corn (cut in half)
1 pak choi
Limes, soy sauce, sesame seeds and pickled ginger to taste
In a wok, heat up some oil and fry the chicken until golden and nearly cooked.
Add the green beans, corn and thai green curry paste, and cook for 3 minutes.
Add the pak choi and green chillies and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Whilst the curry is cooking, follow the instructions on the Slim Noodles and get these prepped.
Plate the noodles and curry, finish with some sesame seeds.
Serve with a dash of soy sauce, lemon wedges and pickled ginger to taste! Quick, easy and tasty without the calories!