REVIEW: Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake

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Attention vegans, vegetarians, and seekers of delicious prepared foods: your friends at Ladybud have discovered something totally amazeballs.

Mayan Harvest Bake by Kashi is the perfect balance of sweet and savory, available in a box at your local grocer’s frozen foods section. Yes, we agree that home-cooked meals are healthier than processed foods, but if you’re running short on time and motivation, this entrée is about as healthy – and delicious – as a frozen meal can get.

So what exactly is a Mayan Harvest Bake? The box describes it as “Plantains, black beans, sweet potato & kale, Kashi 7 whole grains and sesame pilaf, amaranth & polenta with spicy ancho sauce.” We just describe it as seriously effing delicious, but if you want specifics, the dish is a combination of sweet plantain flavor complementing exotically spiced grains with the lightly delicious added crunch of roasted Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) that really should be featured on the box description as well (take note, Kashi marketing dudes). The portion is satisfying without being heavy, and while the amount of spicy ancho sauce in the meal is much more generous than the photo on the box, this is definitely a good thing. We like to enjoy it with a dab of sour cream and a sprinkle of salt, but it’s perfectly yummy straight from the box with no added serving suggestions.

Our only complaint about Mayan Harvest Bake is that it comes in a plastic heating container. While the box is all awesome and 100% recycled paperboard, we’d rather have a safe paper product in the part of the packaging that actually touches the food and gets heated up.

But despite this shortcoming, Mayan Harvest Bake is certainly not short on taste. So the next time you’re not feeling like cooking, check it out – we’re betting you’ll thank us for helping you think “inside the box.”