Recipe meal delivery services are very popular right now. Over a year ago, I tried a few and while initially loved them, grew tired of the time required to make a recipe and lack of good tasting healthy options.
Either it took 90 minutes to make a recipe that tasted great but was a calorie bomb or you made a recipe you just weren’t excited to eat, that might have been healthy but tasted awful. My last delivery was over a year ago. However, I may now have to give them one more shot after last night.
I was invited to a special cooking class at Sur La Table in Boston featuring Just Add Cooking, a local company that similarly delivers a box to your doorstep with 3 or 4 recipes including already measured ingredients for 2 or 4 people.
What sets them apart is that they use mostly local produce in their boxes. This is possible because they only focus on Boston and Eastern Massachusetts (sorry non-local readers). When you select your meals for the week, you have 7 options. The website tells you where ingredients are sourced from as well as the nutrition information, level of difficulty and time it takes to cook. I’m into eating local but really what got me we that their meals actually are simple and quick to make, perfect for week nights.
We made a recipe called Seared Prawns with Salsa that took us probably 30 minutes to make led by Chef Holly.
We started by preparing to cook our jasmine rice. We then chopped up fresh (and local) dill.
I hate chopping at home but its way more fun in a cooking class when you have awesome knives and a fancy scraper. This was one of two chop required ingredients, the other being garlic and you could use a garlic press.
We then combined the garlic, with the dill, paprika, and olive oil and stirred together. Next, adding in our prawns and coating with the mixture. After letting them sit for about 5 minutes, we added the prawns to a hot buttered skillet. If I’ve learned anything from these meal delivery services, it’s that everything tastes better with a little butter, salt and pepper.
When the prawns were just about finished, we added in the raisins and squeezed half of our lemon into the pan.
The prawns were then plated around our jasmine rice which was topped with Nola’s Salsa, made by a local company.
I enjoyed a large serving myself for dinner. There were not a ton of veggies, but since I had a green juice and large salad earlier in the day, my baby bump was satisfied without the extra volume.
The recipe typically takes about 20 minutes to make and is 450 calories. It is naturally gluten free but does contain butter and shellfish if you have allergies.
If you are interested in trying out Just Add Cooking, it is normally $79 per box for 3 meals, 2-people, which is about $13 per meal or probably equivalent to your Whole Foods salad bar monstrosity or take out dinner but Sarah Fit readers get 50% off for a limited time. Just use this coupon code when signing up Sarahfit50. They also have boxes for a family of four starting at $109, which is also perfect for a party of two with leftovers!
Win a Free 3-meal, 2-person Box!
But also – I’m giving away a gift card for a 3-meal, 2-person box as well. Just leave a comment below sharing whether you’ve tried a delivery recipe service yet! Remember though, this is just for my readers in the greater Boston area – sorry everyone else!
Here are the exact ingredient measurements if you’d like to make this at home:
- 3/4 cup jasmine rice (we used quick cooking)
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 1/2 small fresh dill bunch
- 1 tsp paprika
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 10 oz raw shrimp
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 oz raisins
- 1/2 lemon
JAC provides 7 recipes weekly, featuring poultry, beef, pork, seafood and vegetarian options. (Several recipes each week are also gluten-free.) Customers are able to select from any of these seven recipes on a weekly basis to comprise their box. You can view the library of JAC recipes here. Clicking on any of those will give you difficulty level, cook time, etc.
In addition, JAC occasionally puts out a series of chef-inspired recipes. Currently they are on the third recipe from Chef Jason Bond of Bondir (located in Cambridge/Concord). He created these for JAC exclusively using seasonal, local ingredients and they have all been tested for home cooks.
Disclosure: I wasn’t paid to write this blog post but my $13 meal last night was comped. I wanted to share my pictures because dinner was amazing and I plan on making it again soon.