The one caveat of healthy living, other than trying to dodge doughnuts all the time (it can’t just be me), is that it isn’t always convenient. Even though most of us begin every day with the best intentions, our willpower can be eroded throughout the day. On longer, more stressful days when dinnertime rolls around, suddenly ordering a n y t h i n g seems like a much better idea than stopping at the grocery store for ingredients, prepping, and cooking — even if we know it would be better for us. Really, though, sometimes we’ll order even if we have ingredients just because we can’t bear to chop and prep them. It’s the takeout trap, and I nearly fall into it all the time.
One way to avoid the trap is to get healthy meals delivered. Better yet, get the ingredients delivered, and make sure they’re prepped and ready to go. Recently, that’s exactly what I did. I tried Terra’s Kitchen, a farm-to-front door meal-kit delivery service. They send fresh, pre-portioned and prepped seasonal ingredients for meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less. I made 2 meals: Asian turkey burgers with quick pickles and Mediterranean tacos. Read on for my review (and recipe!)
TerrasKitchen.com displays all the information you need and is easy to use. I was able to sign up, browse food options and price, and schedule a delivery day within a few minutes.
You have the option of hand-picking your meals from a range of vegetarian, gluten-free, and paleo choices, or you can just opt for the featured meals that week. Overall, the menu options mostly consist of simpler meals, which I prefer for my weeknight meals, but there are a few fancier dishes if you’re feeling ambitious, having a date night, or entertaining. We ordered 2 meals: Asian Turkey Burgers with Quick Pickles and Mediterranean Tacos (made with lamb, mint, and feta).
This is one of the big selling points of Terra’s Kitchen: shipping was free, on time, and easy. You select a delivery day and they ship all the ingredients in a “vessel” which is sort of like a mini refrigerator. The crazy organizer in me who’s turning into my mother more and more every day loved opening the lock on the side of the vessel and seeing that all of the ingredients were neatly packed inside slide-out drawers. Tidiness and efficiency are my love languages.
But here’s a truly great feature of Terra’s Kitchen: after emptying the vessel you just peel off the top label, revealing a return shipping label, and put it back outside your home/mailbox to be picked up and shipped back to Terra’s Kitchen the very next day. This shipping method really addresses the issue of waste with these services. By re-using the shipping container 100 times, Terra’s Kitchen is able to eliminate a huge amount of waste. One note, though: the vessel is moderately heavy, so I would say that if you’re older, or have a living situation with many stairs and no elevator, it might be difficult to transport the vessel in and out of your home.
I was so impressed with the quality of Terra’s Kitchen ingredients. And I’ll admit that before they arrived, I tempered my expectations. How fresh could green leaf lettuce/mint/cucumber/scallions possibly stay? Turns out, very fresh. The veggies and herbs were crisp and perfectly ripe–on par with what I usually find at my Whole Foods or the farmer’s market. I was so pleasantly surprised. Every ingredient came pre-portioned, pre-measured, and sealed in its own container. The garlic was already minced, the scallions were chopped, and the feta was crumbled, making food prep a breeze. The meat came packaged in cryovac plastic to keep it fresh.
Each meal we ordered came with a large recipe card with a color photo of the finished product. The back of the card had a step-by-step cooking guide complete with pictures, basic nutrition information (full nutrition info available online), suggested wine and beer pairings, and a pro tip, like “To make working with the [raw] turkey burgers easier, give your hands a spritz of non-stick vegetable oil spray first.”
The two recipes Daniel and I tried were the Asian Spiced Turkey Burgers with Quick Pickles and the Mediterranean Tacos. Both were straightforward to prepare, came out looking like the picture, and tasted fresh, summery, and full of flavor. I preferred the Asian Turkey Burgers because I’m a sucker for Asian flavor and anything with pickles, but Daniel liked the Mediterranean Tacos because we don’t have lamb all that often.
You can choose a meal plan of 3 dinners for 2 people, 4 dinners for 2 people, or 2 dinners for 4 people. Each meal costs between $9.99 and $17.99 per serving, which is obviously more than shopping and doing all of your own prep, but the food is such high quality and the convenience is tough to beat. And compared to other services like this, I do love their shipping.
Overall, I think Terra’s Kitchen is a fantastic option if you don’t have the time to shop, prep, and cook or you’re looking for a healthier alternative to take out. Have you ever tried a meal delivery service? Did you enjoy the process?
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Terra’s Kitchen. The opinions and text are all mine.