Hey guys, you may have noticed I took a little break after Recipe A Day May concluded. This totally was not my plan, but when Sunday (recipe day) rolled around I couldn’t bring myself to make anything worth posting. My little break has not just been a blog break, it’s been a life break. My desire to cook or eat anything remotely healthy went out of the window for a few days and so did my productivity levels. You may be wondering why I’m rambling trying to justify missing one post. Well, that fits in nicely with today’s post. Friday 1st June, the least productive day of my life, I decided it would be a good time to try the Piri Piri Burger Mix kindly sent to me by Nutree Life.
One of the most frequent comments I get goes something a little like this, ‘I love *insert ingredient here* but I never feel like cooking when I get in’ or something like this, ‘This looks so healthy! I wish I had time to make something healthier when I get home from work.’ I hear you, and I’ve got you covered.
You’ve probably seen falafel mix in your local supermarket before. Simply measure some out, add water, shape it and cook it? This is a similar thing. Now I know some of you will be turned off by the idea of a prepacked powder you add water too, and at first, I would be too. But they actually contain good ingredients! They’re a high protein product so the main ingredient is pea protein, but the only other ingredients are gram flour (chickpea flour), chia seeds, herbs and spices and a little salt. Which doesn’t sound any worse for you than something you would make at home. All flavours are vegan, gluten free and soy free.
I know the title says 10 minutes, but that includes extra time to dither and have a mini meltdown in your kitchen because you can’t decide which sauce to use (only me?). The mix only needs 2 minutes in water and then 3 minutes on each side in a frying pan and you’re good to go. I’m always a little sceptical when things claim to be so quick, but they did really go from packet to plate in less than 10 minutes.
They cook brilliantly. They crisp up really well on the outsides and never get dry in the middle. With one of mine I let it cook a little longer to see how crispy I could get it before it would burn and even with an extra few minutes in the pan, the texture in the centre was still great. You would never know they came from a powder at all.
The most important part, right? We’ve already established they have a great texture and they taste good too. The piri piri taste is only slight so it might not be the greatest choice for those who like really spicy food but the flavour is definitely there. And it definitely tastes like piri piri, not indistinguishable spices.
I would definitely have these again. I’ve got my cooking mojo back now so I can’t see me reaching for them all the time but it’s definitely something worth having in the house for days when you can’t be bothered or don’t have time. You get 14 servings in a pack and they retail for £14.99 (currently on sale for £11.99) so they’re good value too. They also come in a couple of other flavours if piri piri isn’t your thing. I’d love to try the Italian herb next!
Each 36g serving contains 126 calories, 1.8g fat, 17.1g protein, 7.5g carbs (1.3g sugar, 2.7g fibre) and 0.9g salt.
I was also sent their Chocolate Vanilla Protein Snack Bites. They’re 5g protein a serving and are bite sized; great for on the go or after the gym for a little boost. I thought they tasted really good, and again, they taste exactly how they’re supposed to. But on the first bite, I thought they had that ‘protein bar’ texture. Then when I had the second one (to be sure, you know…) it didn’t have the same texture and tasted like a really nice, sweet brownie bite. So, I thought they were a little hit and miss, but I find this to be the case with a of protein bars/ snacks.
My mum stole some of them. I gave some to my mum, and she loves them. She loves them so much that she was nagging me to take my photos so she could have some more. So, maybe the texture thing is just me! My mother is also not vegan, for any non-vegans reading this wondering if they’re worth trying.
Does a 10-minute burger sound like something you’d like to have on hand?
Until next time,
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The products in this post were gifted to me in return for an honest review.