I let someone else do some prep and recipe creation for the week and I didn't die. Far from it, in fact. Read more for my experience with the recipes and prepared ingredients from Terra's Kitchen...
There are a lot of meal delivery services out there right now, and I've tried almost all of them. And you know what?
Mincing shallots, shelling peas, hand-crushing tomatoes, weaving your own napkins... Okay, maybe that last one is hyperbole, but you get the idea. I mean, aren't these things supposed to make life easier? What if I want to eat real food for dinner, but after working a day job and running a food blog, I don't feel like mincing four shallots or making a homemade salsa before even beginning to cook the rest of dinner?
I was commiserating with a coworker about the ridiculous amount of prep all of the so-called 30 minute dinners these services provide, and started googling for a better option, when I found Terra's Kitchen, a service with a concept we're all familiar with ( ingredients and recipes delivered to your door ), but with two major differences: the ingredients are pre-prepped ( take THAT dicing eight shallots a week, other services!), and the container it's all shipped in is reusable. Wait, what? Yeah. Reusable. They ship everything to you in this refrigerator type thing that makes you feel very George Jetson while you're removing each individually sealed container of pre-chopped vegetables and other ingredients from its chilly tray, and then you seal up the trays and freezer packs in the box and it's picked up and sent back to be reused! Super cool. ( See what I did there, eh, eh? )
I picked three meals to have sent to us:
- Tulum Tacos
- The tacos had a Mexican Street Corn-inspired topping that my husband and I both loved, and with a little hot sauce from our pantry on top, they paired well with our homemade margaritas ( not included, but delicious nonetheless ).
- Tender Chicken, Sweet and Spicy Dressed Greens + Cheese Pom-Poms ( Pictured below )
- I straight up chose this because I had to have those Goat Cheese Pom-Poms, and they did NOT disappoint. I was worried they'd be hard to make, but with pre-chopped pecans and good-quality goat cheese ( y'all know I'm a total cheese snob ), it was super simple to roll up and heat those delicious little creamy and crunchy bombs of yum. The Strawberry Jalapeno Vinagrette for the greens was unexpectedly, but happily, spicier than I expected, and was almost absurdly simple to toss together.
- KeenWOW Bowl ( Pictured at the top of this post )
- I've been on a quinoa kick recently, and even though I knew my husband would outright reject this particular dish as dinner, as he is anti-quinoa, I knew it would be an awesome series of lunches for me . Disappointingly, my avocado ( which looked and felt 100% fine from the outside ), was a little ... off ... once I opened it up, but I don't think there was really anyway they could have discerned that before sending it to me and well, that's just kinda the nature of real food -- sometimes it's not perfect. Even sans avocado, this dish was so good that I ended up standing in the kitchen shoveling it into my mouth, without even bothering to take a seat at the table like a civilized adult. This was also the easiest dish -- which I really appreciated given how many chopped fresh ingredients it contained. Chopped ingredients that I did not have to chop. I packed away what survived my kitchen slaughter and got a solid three meals from this one recipe.
All of the meals were estimated to be on the table in under 30 minutes, but the longest one (tacos) took us 25, and the shortest one ( KeenWOW Bowl) was 15 min, with only 3 of those minutes involving actual active work and the rest of the time was just cooking the quinoa. All of the meals were of the same quality of what I'd make if I hadn't ordered our food to come straight to our door, except I didn't have to do nearly the amount of prep, which made Terra's Kitchen a great way for us to still eat good food on those busy days when we would have ordered out or eaten something shameful like a pizza.
If you'd like to give it a try, they've given me a great coupon code for $50 off ( whatttttt!!!! ) of your first order:
I'd love to hear about your experiences with Terra's Kitchen or other services of its type in the comments!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Terra's Kitchen. The opinions and text are all mine.