Have you ever heard of PeachDish? It’s a ready-to-cook meal delivery service that sends you a box containing ingredients needed to cook two meals, each feeding two people, complete with easy-to-follow recipes. When PeachDish contacted me last week about trying their service, my curiosity peaked and so I gave it a try.
You may be surprised, but despite having a food blog, I rarely do any menu planning (I’m guessing that’s the case for most city dwellers). It’s hard to commit to a strict menu for the week when you don’t have access to the giant supermarkets where everything is fully stocked and people aren’t fighting for the last pack of lasagna on the shelf. PeachDish’s weekly menus are posted on the website in advance so you have the opportunity to preview and make sure you actually want to cook the dishes on it. The dishes I tried were: Lemon-Dill Chicken and Orzo Soup (served with Homemade Pita Chips and Herb Goat Cheese), and Pecan Crusted Mahi Mahi (served with Kale, Pecans, and Kumquat Salad, Potato and Turnip Mash with Horseradish, and Broiled Mango).
Thursday after work, I arrived home to find that my box had already been delivered. My meal kits came neatly packaged in a cardboard box lined with insulated materials to keep the contents fresh and cool. The ingredients were placed in two pretty organza bags, and the mahi mahi fillets and chicken breasts were vacuum sealed and packed in another bubble thermo bag with an ice pack. There was even a chocolate bar, which I proceeded to snacking on (no instructions necessary for that part!) while reading the recipe cards.
I cooked the mahi mahi dish and thought that the instructions were easy to understand and follow; it took me about thirty minutes from start to finish, including the prep work. Overall, I was very pleased with the quality and variety of the meals. The concept is great because it allows you to cook and eat a healthy and balanced meal without having to worry about the meal planning, grocery shopping, and ingredients measuring. For busy people who like to cook but do not having the time to routinely make it to the grocery store, the convenience factor is a plus!
I think PeachDish is a fantastic service for both beginner and experienced cooks. If you are a novice cook, PeachDish is the perfect tool to help you learn or improve your cooking skills because the only things you need from your pantry are salt, pepper, olive oil, and basic cooking equipment. Just use the ingredients in your kit and follow the instructions exactly as is, and you don’t have to worry about compromising flavors because you don’t have certain ingredients around. And the ingredients are pre-proportioned, so it takes all of the measuring out of the equation and prevents food waste. As for the more experienced cooks, the kits are good for busy weeknights or if want to shake up your cooking routine with new take on dishes you’ve cooked before or with ingredients you’ve never used before. I have never tried adding turnip to my mashed potatoes and I was really happy with the way it turned out; the textures and flavors were amazing.
At the moment, PeachDish offers two preset meals each week, so it might be a little tricky for people with food allergies or preferences. James and I are definitely not picky eaters, but since he’s allergic to fish, I would only sign up for menus that do not contain fish. It would be nice to have some protein choices. For example, looking at past menus, there was a fish taco meal with hand-ground guacamole, lime-cilantro corn, and cinnamon caramelized bananas. We would love to eat that meal if instead of the fish, we have the option of swapping for a different protein – like beef or shrimp – to use for the tacos (with probably a minor adjustment to the cooking instructions). Also, I think it would be great to have the option of getting delivery earlier in the week, so that there’s more opportunity to use the kits. They would come in very handy on Mondays especially, when I’m too tired to go to the store and deal with the after-work crowds.
Have you tried meal-kit delivery services before? If so, what are your thoughts?