Since graduating college last December, I have moved into a new apartment, started a new job, and adjusted to a new pace in my life. The greatest thing about my post-grad life? I finally have a kitchen I can call my own, and time to play around in the kitchen with new recipes. Good-bye forever dorm kitchen!!
As much as I have enjoyed cooking up curries, soups, and other meals, it is taxing to try to keep up the creativity and clean up the mess involved with preparing several meals a day- especially during the work week. That’s why when I spotted the Chef Soraya Eat-a-Bowl quick-cook soups at Fairfield, Ohio’s Jungle Jim’s International Market, I knew I wanted to see if they could deliver on their promise: healthy, delicious food that cooks in mere minutes.
While the convenience factor certainly caught my eye, it was the real ingredients and tantalizing flavors that convinced me to give this new-to-me brand a try.
All of Chef Soraya’s Eat-a-Bowl’s are gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO. The only allergen labeled was coconut (on the cuban black beans). The bowls are in the 250-260 calorie range per bowl, and require only boiling water (or water and a microwave) to transform from shelf stable to a piping hot meal. I opted to use my office’s electric water kettle as my cooking method, and for the most part it worked wondrously. While the end result was a little soupy, it did not diminish the taste or texture of the beans and rice. Plus, with 8-14 grams of protein per cup, Chef Soraya proves that good things can come in small packages!
Cuban Black Beans & Rice
Kathmandu Curry Lentils & Rice
New Mex Chili Lime Pinto Beans & Rice
Creole Red Beans & Rice
I adored each of these Chef Soraya Bowls, and don’t think I can pick clear favorites. They were all so different, and nailed the flavor profile they promised. I had never seen this brand before, and taking a chance not only worked out well, but I am so excited to have a healthy, shelf-stable, and delicious product in my pantry that can come to my rescue when I don’t have the time or energy to cook a meal from scratch.
I bought the bowls I reviewed at Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, Ohio. Because of suitcase limitations (a gluten-free foodie’s nemesis), I did not purchase their other two eat-a-bowl flavors: Chana Masala chickpeas and chipotle beans and rice. I will update this review accordingly when I find them.
You can find out more about Chef Soraya’s products over on their website. You can also purchase bowls (variety packs or one flavor) on their website or on Amazon. Using Chef Soraya’s store locator, the bowls are not sold in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Disclaimer: This review is current to the original publication date. Updates will be noted. Ingredients and manufacturing processes can change without notice. Each product should be reviewed for individual nutritional needs. Feel free to to contact me with any questions or comments. I purchased the above products independently and I was not compensated from my review. This review contains Amazon affiliate links. Should you purchase a product after clicking on the link, your price will remain the same but a small portion of the proceeds will go towards sustaining this blog so I can continue to bring you gluten and dairy-free restaurant and product reviews.