The first meal delivery kit that we are trying out this fall is the Goodfood Meal Delivery Kit, not to be confused with the group buy fruit and vegetable program that we also utilize in our community Good Food Box.
As a back to school/fall/increase sales tactic Goodfood had been running a few discount promotion, including at BTS (back to school) one that was too good to pass up - $90 off of two weeks of meals - so a discount of $45 per week. Boxes are regularly $74 per week for the option that we have been looking at - which is way too expensive for three meals for two people. So right off the bat, it's unlikely we would continue with this program on a regular basis.
How the process works:
Sign Up and Select the Meals
Registration and meal kit selection was easy. They have a few different plans: family size, Classic (two person size), vegetarian, easy prep, easy prep.
I chose Classic and then selected three meals from a selection of 10 or so for two weeks of delivery - 3 different dishes per week. I chose a variety of proteins and stuck to things I knew The Kid would eat (avoiding the fish curry, and zucchini focused menus). I liked that you can select the meal, look at the ingredients and then read the recipe. The recipe page has a lot of pictures, which could make it easy for new or inexperienced cooks to follow along. It also lays how how long the meal would take to make, which was helpful - I eliminated a few right away because anything that take 40 minutes or longer is not for the busy working mom!
I also liked that I could change the selections for the week anytime before Saturday evening ( for our delivery date of Thursday). I showed The Kid what I selected and she was unhappy with one of my choices, it was easy to switch over.
This company only uses credit cards for payment and does not have a PayPal option. You can purchase gift cards, and there is a referral system where they will give you free meals depending on how many friends that sign up from your referral link.
After the Order
After I ordered and recieved a confirmation email and it didn't reflect the discount, so I emailed and asked if they could confirm what is happening and if for some reason the discount could be applied. It took just under 24 hours to get a confirmation that the discount had been applied and an explanation that the email had the full price as a reference point (I would still be more comfortable if the actual price I was paying was listed).
Delivery and Presentation
In my area this delivery comes on Thursdays which works out alright for me I guess. I don't usually have an issue with making meals over the weekend and we tend to go out for dinner or grab take out on Friday. The website does say that meals are designed to stay fresh for a week (but that fish and shellfish should be made first).
Over all impression:
This is the first box that we have tried so I might have to come back to evaluate again, but over all I am impressed. I liked that the instructions were easy to follow and will be easy to replicate, I also really liked that each meal came in a clear bag so I could see the ingredients and that many of the ingredients were in reusable containers. I think the best way to sum up the experience of this box (and maybe all?) is that it's like having someone hand you their favourite recipes AND all the ingredients to make it. It's nice, but at $75 per week for three meals for two people, it's not something I could do on a regular basis.
Homemade Gnudi in a Light Tomato Sauce. This was pretty easy to make, and came in under the amount of time the recipe said it would. Directions were simple, and the flavours were good. It was tricky to get the gnudi a small, uniform, shape. This recipe only used two pots so clean up was quick. I could see us making this again another time and could easily be a work night meal. I was surprised to a see a can of hunts tomato sauce as the recipe calls for crushed tomatoes, but that was my only issue with this recipe.
Chinese Five Spice Chicken. Well, good thing I decided to make this on a weekend. This recipe took well over the 35 minutes that the recipe card stated - I stopped my timer at 43 minutes, and didn't include the time the I marinated the chicken for. The recipe had the marination taking place half way through the prep time....but what would be the point of marinating for the length of time it takes to blanch beans? This recipe took two pots, plus the dish to marinade the chicken in and requires the use of a BBQ - definitely not work week worthy. I will say though the quinoa, bean and greens salad with the homemade dressing was the star of this dish and I will be making that again. I think this salad with salmon would be amazing.
Corn and Chinese Broccoli Curry
This was spicy. SPICY. I definitely missed noticing the spicy symbol on the recipe card so used the entire curry paste amount, instead of adding a small amount and then increasing to a comfortable heat, so although a lot of online reviews of GoodFood complained about lack of seasoning it all comes down to what you choose. This was the least favourite of all the recipes for this week, and surprisingly made enough for four servings (this was the first and only meal that gave leftovers for not only one, but two lunches). I forgot to turn my timer off, but suspect this did come in slightly over the 30 minute cook time.
Louisiana Shrimp Po' boy
I have to say I really enjoyed this and will make it again. The amount of shrimp that came with was way more than expected - we could have easily made three sandwiches - but I will change the bread out when I make it again, this recipe came with ciabatta rolls instead of baguette. The ciabatta did hold up to the sauce, coleslaw and shrimp but was pretty tough to eat. A fresh baguette would have been better. Quick and easy to make, it take a lot of bowls to male the different components but came in under the 30 minutes that it said it would take.
Fresh Tagliatelle With Chicken & Sun-dried Tomatoes
This was pretty straight forward to make - cook some kitchen, make the pasta and create a quick sauce with mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes. We save this one for Friday night - usually a take out night but this was a nice change (although I'm not totally giving up Friday Food Fun and luxury of not having to cook or clean up). This one came in under the 30 minute cook time and will be easy to make again.
BBQ Spiced Chickpea & Quinoa Power Bowl
The final meal of the two week trial. This was the meal that The Kid was not excited about this at all but it turns out it was one of her favourites. This did take a fair amount of prep work as there were a lot of components but in the end it was worth it. This was the only recipe that I almost messed up - the bag came with a full Jalepeno and initially I didn't read that I was supposed to cut it in half, finely chop and use half of that in the dressing (so in all 1.4 of the pepper.) I forgot to set the timer on this, but I'm pretty sure it came in just around the 30 minute mark.