One of the biggest challenges I have as a Working (and Shift) Mom is meal prep. Here's the thing, if you haven't been following me for a while you probably don't realize the Shift in Shift Mama refers to the fact that my husband works in the Canadian Oil Sands on a Shift Rotation. Depending on what shift rotation his company puts him on he can be gone from anywhere from 14 to 21 days at a time. By the end of that rotation I am pretty much done with cooking and am always on the look out for a way to feed the kid and I with as little effort (but still healthy) required as possible. Meal delivery kits have been on my radar for a while now.
There are several companies that are either exclusively Canadian or have a Canadian version. GoodFood, Hello Fresh, Chef's Plate and Miss Fresh are the most common ones and are the ones that I will be testing out over the fall.
The biggest factor that has prevented me from already testing these out it cost. Kits are priced for the convince - pre cut, measured, everything needed is included so the cost reflects that. Most kits do seem to have a lot deals or discounts to get you registered so I'll be watching for discounted boxes and cycling through the kits based on the order that the best discounts are offered for. In the end though, a kit is really going to have WOW me big time in order for me to commit to one of these, not very budget friendly, boxes.
Criteria for reviewing the kits is as follows:
- Two weeks of Kits
- Kits will be as similar in type as possible. We'll be looking for three or four meals per week, for two people.
- Reviews will include: sign up and meal selection, payment options, customer service after the order, how easy it is to change the menu, delivery and presentation of the kit, and of course, the meals themselves.
Keep an eye on this space, I'll be posting reviews of the different boxes as I complete their delivery cycle. I'll be sharing the good and bad of all the kits I try out (and if you have one that you know about that I haven't listed, drop me a line and let me know - the more the merrier!)