We were fresh home from the hospital and the last thing I wanted to do was cook. I couldn’t stomach another Lean Cuisine meal, as I had eaten those for the last 2 months straight. That’s where The Foodery came into our dinner plans. The Foodery isn’t a meal prep kit like Blue Apron, all the food comes fully cooked – all you need to do is heat and serve. They give you two options, microwave or conventional oven – so anyone can heat these up – even my parents (who still don’t have a microwave!).
So how does The Foodery work? Each week there is a different menu, with 6 choices. You pick your meal and then pick if you want 2 or 4 servings. Place your order by 10am on Thursday and have it delivered on Sunday between 5pm and 8pm in the Greater Boston area. There’s no commitment, just a $50 minimum. When I think about it, I spent more than that on takeout weekly – and the food wasn’t nearly as healthy. The Foodery sources certain produce from organic and local sources to avoid exposure to pesticides and genetically modified foods. All proteins are raised without antibiotics or hormones and sourced locally when possible.
So what did I choose? Things that I would never cook myself – first up, apple glazed pork ribs with apple sauce and a three bean salad. Heated this up at 400 degrees for 10 or so minutes in the toasted oven and bam – this is what our dinner looked like. If my husband didn’t know me better, I would have tried to pass this off like I made it myself! So how did it taste? Delicious! First, the ribs (antibiotic and hormone free) – the meat was so tender, it literally fell off the bone. The apple glaze on the ribs was subtle – which I really liked because you could really taste the flavor of the meat. The apple sauce was SO good – very adult, not sugary sweet like I remember having as a kid, it had a warm spice to it. My husband loved the three bean salad, made with garbanzo beans, green beans and kidney beans.
For our second meal we tried the chicken tikka masala (4 portion). This wasn’t the traditional tikka masala that I was used to – it had brown rice, yogurt, garlic, ginger, pepper, paprika, fenugreek, peas, carrots, cilantro and cauliflower among other ingredients.
Pop this in the oven for 3 minutes or so and dinner is ready. Now it had brown rice in it, but I love my chicken tikka masala with white rice, so I added some of my own. I am loving the Jasmine rice from Trader Joes, just microwave for 3 minutes and it tastes like you cooked it in a rice maker! There were a lot of things going on in this dish. I loved the addition of the cauliflower, but the spice mix in this tikka masala didn’t feel like the one I am familiar with.
I encourage you to try out The Foodery – they offer quick, tasty dinners that you can feel good about eating.
Disclaimer: The Foodery provided me with complimentary meals for this review. All opinions are my own.
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For more information, check out The Foodery’s website: http://fooderyboston.com