It should come as no surprise that I am someone who loves to spend time in the kitchen. I also really enjoy the process of meal planning. There is something about it that I find relaxing and I probably have a little too much fun putting together our weekly meals. However, there are certain days, or weeks even, when life starts to get in the way and I just don’t feel like I have the time or energy to plan everything out and shop for groceries.
Since getting healthy, nutritious dishes on the table each night is a huge priority at our house, I jumped at the chance to give Terra’s Kitchen, a pre-portioned and pre-prepped meal delivery service, a try. Terra’s Kitchen promises fresh, seasonal and plant-heavy ingredients from sustainable sources, so it seemed like a good fit. Here’s how it went.
Ingredients for three meals were delivered to my house in an eco-friendly vessel. Everything was well-packaged and protected, and also clearly labeled. The weather has been incredibly hot in our area and the container did a great job at keeping everything nice and cold. My favorite part though? It’s completely reusable. All I had to do after unpacking all the ingredients was close it back up, peel off a sticker to reveal a return shipping label and then pop it back on my front porch. FedEx picked it back up the next day and I liked knowing that it was all going to be reused (including all the ice packs).
For each meal, I also received a step-by-step recipe card, with clear instructions and pictures of different steps in the cooking process. The cards also had some other information, like recipe time, calories and even wine and beer pairings, which I thought was a fun touch.
Terra’s Kitchen included everything I needed for each meal, from the actual produce all the way to small packets of items like red wine vinegar and honey. All I had to pull from my own pantry were olive oil, salt and pepper. It was really nice not to worry about whether I had enough of a certain spice or random pantry ingredient.
The ingredients themselves were pre-prepped where applicable, so the prep work on my end was quite minimal. For example, the onion was pre-sliced and the sweet potatoes were already pre-cut into sticks. Because of this, the meals really did take 30 minutes or less to make and there wasn’t a ton of cleanup, which is always a huge plus.
As for the actual meals, we enjoyed recipes for a Terra Buddha Bowl, a KeenWOW Bowl and Sweet Potato Tacos. All the recipes felt very fresh, balanced and were along the lines of what I normally cook for myself. Simple but flavorful, and no processed ingredients. The Buddha bowl in particular was my favorite!
My only complaint with the service was that the avocados I received weren’t quite ripe, so they were a little difficult to use. I always have extra ripe avocados on hand, so this wasn’t an issue for me, but might be for others.
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience with Terra’s Kitchen. While the service is not something I would use all the time, I think it is a great option for those weeks when life gets crazy and I need a little bit of a break, yet still want a healthy and nutritious meal on the table come dinner.
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