**This post was sponsored by Tai Pei and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.**
For as much as Justin and I love to cook, there are many days that it just doesn’t happen. I have a down day physically and mentally, Justin gets home from work, kids are ornery, we have plans to go out quickly, the house is a mess and there aren’t any clean cookware or dishes, we are out of groceries, or we just plain don’t feel like cooking. One those days, we typically have frozen pizzas, waffles, or cereal…or….we spend money on take-out. BLECH. It gets real old real fast. But, we don’t like a lot of frozen dinners. We think they are gross and way overpriced. Enter…Tai Pei single serving Asian-inspired frozen dinners!
I grew up with Tai Pei frozen single serving dinners. My dad loves them and takes them to work with him all the time. In college, I’d get them all the time. I remember my first year married to Justin, they were always on sell for $2 or less. So, we’d grab them for work lunches too. It was so nice to have Chinese rather than a boring sandwich or hummus and veggies. They were also in iconic Chinese take-out boxes. But, now they’ve done some major upgrades.Wow! @TaiPeiAsianFood has all-new pure, flavor infused single serving dinner bowls! #ad Click To Tweet
Tai Pei’s All-New Flavors and Packaging
Tai Pei has totally revamped their entire product line. Instead of being in the Chinese take-out cartons, the frozen single serving dinners are now in durable, sturdy bowls. These are much easier to mircowave and eat out of. They don’t get as messy or goopy. Tai Pei has upgraded their recipes: they use all-natural, pure, real ingredients in each flavor. The best part is their new flavor-infused rice! Rather than have the goopy sauce melt onto the dish like the old style, the flavor and sauce is infused in the rice–I could eat just the rice by itself! The flavors really pop in your mouth now rather than tasting like day-old Chinese takeout.
It is cheaper for us to buy an individual bowl for Rhys, Justin, and I then it is to get us take-out. Plus, Rhys can’t finish a whole bowl, so Justin gets seconds! There are a wide variety of flavors: my two favorites are Broccoli and Beef and Orange Chicken. The Pork Fried Rice and Chicken Fried Rice are perfect options for little kids.
Rhys ate a large portion of his bowl and wanted bites of Justin’s and mine. Justine says, “It is a lot better than their previous ones. It’s crisper and has fresher tasting meat and veggies. I’m excited to try others. Tayler wouldn’t share hers with me.”
And since the dinners are now in bowls, they are very easy to clean. Just take a Clorox wipe and clean off the inside. Now you are able to reuse the bowls for DIY projects.
Pinhole Exposure Camera
Last week, I was invited to an event in Dallas with other influencers that was hosted by Tai Pei. We tried some of their flavors: poststickers, egg rolls, General Tso’s chicken (not super spicy–I was able to handle it!), Broccoli and Beef, and Chicken Chow Mein. The special guest at the event was the super creative and artistic Rachel Rushing. This amazing girl taught us about old-fashioned (and modern DIY) pinhole exposure cameras. And, we were able to make our own!Did you know you could make a pinhole camera with @TaiPeiAsianFood 's new single serving frozen… Click To Tweet
- Tai Pei Single Serving Frozen Dinner Bowl
- Black GAFF tape
- soda can
- resin photo paper
- dark room exposure equipment
- Eat and enjoy your Tai Pei and soda
- Clean out your Tai Pei bowl
- Cover the entire outside (including lid separately) with black GAFF tape.
- Cut a 1×1 inch hole in the front
- Cut a small strip of the can and tape it on the inside of the hole
- Poke a tiny hole in the middle–but don’t push it all the way through
- Cut a 3×5 inch piece of resin photo paper in the dark
- Place it in the bowl, close the lid, and cover up the hole
- Set up the picture you want to take and place your “camera” in front of it
- Unblock the hole and leave for 3-7 minutes depending on the size of the hole
- Cover the hole back up and let it sit for about 5 minutes
- Go into the dark room, and develop it. (This site has more specific directions)
I was super excited to try this project. As a historian, I love looking at old photographs, so I was thrilled I could do one myself! But, as soon as I got outside…my lid popped off and completely ruined my picture by over over exposing it to light!!!! =( =( =( But, it was still a fun experience to see the variations of everyone else’s.
If you are camping this summer, bring a kindling starter box with you. Gather dry twigs from around your yard (or store small ranches from your old Christmas tree) and place in a Tai Pei bowl. But some dryer lint in it. Start a fire in the box and close the lid. Place the box in the fire pit or fire place. The whole box will eventually catch on fire with hot and strong flames.
Take strips of tissue paper and cut fringes into it. Tape it around the bowl with the fringes facing the opening. Poke a hole in the bottom of the bowl and string lights through them to create your own party pinata lights.
Place a piece of a PCV pipe in the bowl and pour cement mix around it. After about 12-24 hours, take out the pipe. Let the cement harden for 3 days. Tear off the paper. Now, you have a plant potter. You can even paint and decorate it if you want.
I don’t do many DIY projects with my son. I’m not creative with very young kids–there’s a reason I’m not an elementary school teacher. I have done one or two with him, but they weren’t big or very clean/sophisticated.
Rhys loves to use our wipe boxes in his imaginary play. He loves to put his toys in it and act as if they are trapped. Or, he’ll put random toys and random items from around the house in the wipe boxes and hide them. A lot of times, he keeps them open and the wipes dry out. We’ve told him many times they aren’t his. We’ve also tried designated one empty wipe box for him. But, it doesn’t work.
So, after we had Tai Pei for dinner and were left with four empty bowls, I knew exactly what to do with them. I gave them to Rhys. But, to make them more fun for him, we let him decorate them.#TaiPei dinner bowls are perfect for play for little kids! Click To Tweet
- Tai Pei bowls
- Disposable table cloth
- Clean out the Tai Pei Bowls
- Set up the disposable table cloth and undress your young child
- Set out all the decorative materials
- Let your kid go wild
- Let the Tai Pei bowls dry
- Give them over to your child and let them have fun
It was actually Rhys’s first time ever using paints. He had a lot of fun using them, although he didn’t go as crazy with actual painting as I thought he would. He did want me to help decorate though.
I love this new packaging and delicious new flavors from Tai Pei. And, I want you to enjoy it too! So, here is a coupon for one their single serving dinner bowls! Since many stores are getting rid of the old inventory (the Chinese take-out boxes), make sure you use this store locator to find were the new bowls and flavors are near you!
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