Perhaps it’s my naturally petite size, but I have a real thing for “mini” eats. Needless to say, I was over the moon when I heard about Hilary’s Veggie Bites.
For the average person, each little patty is probably two to three bites. They’re very similar to Hilary’s Veggie Burgers in ingredients and taste, but divvied into portions so you can enjoy just a couple or a meal-worthy amount.
The sizing of these Veggie Bites offers versatility and helps Hilary’s pick up in the one area where I felt their veggie burgers fell short. The full-size patties are delicious, but a little dry when paired with a bun. These smaller gems seem to retain more moisture (especially if pan-fried). They also have a better shape for enjoying in so many ways beyond the burger format.
After taste-testing each flavor straight up (they’re actually fun to eat out of hand!), I sampled the Hilary’s Veggie Bites in romaine lettuce boats, atop rice, and served in a veggie bowl drizzled with sauce. The Hilary’s Eat Well team has been even more adventurous with Buddha Bowls, Avocado Toast, Burritos, and Subs.
As for the flavors, I thought all were good, but there were definitely some favorites:
Original – I loved these. The millet base is light, yet substantial, and full of flavor with a definite veggie vibe. The possibilities for these seem endless. In terms of texture, they were perfectly tender, and toasted up firm and crunchy on the outside.
Broccoli Casserole – These Veggie Bites were good, but didn’t excite my taste buds. True to the casserole name, the taste was a little muddled rather than fresh and flavor forward. And this is coming from someone who LOVES broccoli. I also wasn’t a big fan of the white bean addition.
Mediterranean – When Italian is in order, these are perfect. They’re similar to the Original, but with herbs that shine through in the scent and flavor. The added greens and chickpeas do affect the flavor and texture a bit, but both are quite complimentary.
Spicy Mesquite – These are bold, medium spicy, slightly smokey and insanely addictive! If you like to be smacked in the face with flavor and don’t mind a little heat, then these veggie bites will be impossible to resist. Pictured above, they get their pop of color from beets, but don’t worry, those veggies don’t overwhelm the taste.
To note, the stove top directions for Hilary’s Veggie Bites say to cook 6 to 8 minutes per side over medium heat. In a preheated pan, even over heat that was just below medium, they started to brown at 3 minutes for me. By 4 minutes they were nearly burnt. All stoves cook differently, but just a heads up that you’ll want to check in much earlier than the package states. Of course, I wasn’t complaining that they were ready in half the time!
Also, though full of wholesome ingredients, Hilary’s Veggie Bites are relatively low in protein (just 2 grams per serving). If having them for a meal, I recommend augmenting the dish with some higher protein eats.
The Facts on Hilary’s Veggie Bites
Certifications: Hilary’s Veggie Bites are Certified Organic, Certified Vegan, Certified Gluten-Free, Certified Kosher Parve, and Non-GMO Verified. The company is also a Certified B Corporation.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Hilary’s Veggie Bites are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Hilary’s Eat Well website at www.hilaryseatwell.com.