Recently at Whole Foods I came across a line of Dr. McDoughall’s meal cups I hadn’t seen before, the Asian Entree’s. There are 8 varieties in all, we are reviewing two of the noodle ones. Both can prepared with boiling water and needn’t be done in the paper cup, though it is easier to take the cup with you – and being paper it is burnable as well, a nice bonus. The packages have a “water line”, I measured it out and it is about ¾ of a cup of water. Add in stir, cover back up and let sit for 8 minutes and you have a hot and relatively healthy snack or small meal. They are not huge, only in the 200 calorie range but have protein and fiber. They would make a warming part to lunch or for an appetizer before dinner. There isn’t an overload of sodium so you won’t feel salted out.
Think high end baked ramen. Of the two we sampled this one is my favorite. It has tons of flavor, bits of vegan peanuts and wheat noodles with bite. It is GOOD. I would buy this one over and over, even to have at home. On trail it could be made into a larger meal by adding a 3-ounce can of chicken. It has 8 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber and 580 mg of sodium.
The Pad Thai Noodle is gluten free – a bonus find for those who can’t consume gluten:
The package is 2 ounces and sports tiny cubes of freeze-dried tofu which has a great texture. The meal has 6 grams of protein and 2 grams fiber and onluy 480 mg sodium. With plenty of sauce you could easily add chopped up peanuts and rehydrated carrots to it for a bigger snack.
The rice noodles had a nice texture, not mushy by any means. Definitely worth trying.