I have an invisible illness which causes significant fatigue and body wide pain. It’s called ME/CFS. (Myalgic encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue SYNDROME). Evening times are probably at the peak of my pain and fatigue most likely due to all my movements during the day. So dinner can be a pain literally and figuratively. I feel bad about neglecting my household chores but even more so about not having a delicious meal prepared and ready for my husband and children. I’m a bit old fashioned and if I’m home all day, it’s my responsibility to make sure my family is fed.
I’ve decided to try out a home delivery service. It was my doctor who turned me on to the idea when discussing altering my diet to reduce inflammation. She recommended Thrive which I have heard of but never tried. While researching the company, many others were mentioned in reviews and during my search so I decided to look into each company. I started with Thrive and put my name on a list to be called for one of their hosted ‘taste’ parties. I figure if the freeze-dried food is good and enticing, I might try their meal delivery service. Since they offer the ‘taste’ first party, I went a head and set up my first delivery service with Home Chef, while I wait to ‘taste’ Thrive life before purchasing.
I have a family of four and have selected twice a week to keep the cost down while starting this journey. What I like about Home Chef so far is that I can cancel at any time, skip a week, and select which meals I want delivered for the week from their list of eleven meals. I can add additional items to be delivered as well such as a fruit basket or smoothie. My first delivery will be next Wednesday and I’m looking forward to having a meal plan in place, even if only for two days a week. I also like keeping the number to two so that I can cook meals I know I like and be capable of having left overs for the next day’s lunch, something that likely will not happen with a meal delivery service since they only send enough for each person’s portion.
So stay tuned for my review of Home Chef, Thrive Life’s taste party, and other meal services I plan to try. I will be adding to this blog as I experience each service!
Alas, my Home Chef meal has arrived!! I was pleasantly surprised at how quick it shipped. I received it yesterday rather than today as scheduled but since I’m pretty homebound, this worked out well for me!
I had selected the twice a week plan for a family of four and chose: Sunday Supper English Roast Steak (Which I have to say, I swapped this one out once or twice as it didn’t look good in the picture, but those darn Yorkshire Puddings kept calling to me!!). By the way, the picture is deceiving, they looked much better in person. Second choice was Ponzu Noodles and Charred Green Beans. Not sure if I’m happy or not about not having a meat in my second option so I might add a small sausage link to it.
The packaging was great! It could have sat a few more days if need be. The ice packs were still quite frozen and it was well insulated.
So those are the pics of my first arrival! I’ll post more when I get to cooking!!
So, I have since made Both meals! I can honestly say, I am pleasantly surprised!!
Meal #1 Ponzu Noodles and Charred Green Beans
The meal itself was the Noodle dish. I personally need a meat item on my plate, but this would be completely filling to a vegetarian or someone who just doesn’t want to cook a meat! I ended up cooking a tri-tip roast that was defrosted to add my own touch to the meal. It turned out perfect.
The meal was easy to make with step by step instructions that were not difficult to follow. It was healthy and it was tasty! Best of all, both my picky eaters loved it! Another bonus is the nicely done recipe card that has holes to add to a binder to save the recipe and make it again. We will definitely make this again!
Meal #2 Sunday Supper English Roast Steak
The recipe card with the picture of this meal did NOT look good to me. It was the Yorkshire pudding that peaked my interest and ultimately drove my decision to try this one. What can I say, the word “Pudding” got me. I was duped! LOL. I’ve never had nor heard of it before so I was surprised that it was actually just a type of egged bread. Turned out fabulous though. My hubby thought it could use a little ‘something’ and the kids were just ok about it.
Once again, I felt the meal was lacking something. I thought it needed a pasta so I added my own pasta side to it. There was definitely enough, with the pasta, to satisfy everyone. I thought the green beans were boring in it’s recipe so I added some garlic, honey, and soy sauce to the mix.
This was one of the first times cooking a steak on the stove top. Not something I would think to do but it turned out quite tender and the flavor was good. I had a bit of difficulty getting the temperature to rise to 145 degrees as the recipe called for but I eventually got there. The recipe said about 5 minutes per side but it was more like 10 minutes per side. Once again, very easy directions and every thing needed for the recipe was provided except for salt and pepper. They even sent butter packets and tiny milk cartons for the ingredients.
I really liked this meal as did my kids. My hubby thought it was good, but not great. He did say he’d eat it again though. So I count that as a win!!
My next blog post will cover next weeks meals! I have two more from Home Chef before I try a week of Marley Spoon. What I really like so far is the ability to select my meals from a list of choices as I would never buy from a site I couldn’t have a choice in. Everything is pretty much included other than salt and pepper so far. It’s all prepackaged (I know, recycle!!) and put together so I just grab out the bag I need and get to work! Life seems a bit more simple and easier to manage this way! Less meals for me to think up, write a list for and either send hubby to the store or attend myself, a task that always drains me. So essentially, a smaller meal plan and smaller grocery trip.
As a side note, we had plenty of left overs from meal number 1. Meal 2 had a small amount for maybe one person. Looking forward to next week!