I just got back from a trip to Florida and I have to say, getting back into regular life is a bit of a struggle. How I wish I had one of these recipe bags to ease the transition! Maybe I should get one delivered to me for next week ;)
You know that feeling after a long day where the last thing you want to do is cook and order take out? How about that feeling where you just want to order take out but your wallet just can’t handle it? And finally, that feeling of both of the above coupled with the fact that you just want something healthy and you know nothing but home cooking can truly accomplish that?
I feel like this is a struggle for me almost on daily basis lately, and I know I am not alone. Cooking and being healthy can seem like a chore some days, even when you are the kind of person, like me, who genuinely loves to cook and nerd out on nutrition. Which is why when Fresh City Farms approached me with their new recipe bags, I jumped at the chance to try them!
Basically, these bags are the solution that strikes a balance between wanting to cook something healthy, but just not wanting to put in the prep time. And they are seriously delicious.
There are a few different options with the bags– Meat, Fish and Veggie/Meat/Veggie/Fish and Veggie. Each gives you the ingredients to make 3 meals for 2 people (although I got 3 portions from each). Everything is pre-portioned and comes with a print out recipe. Basically all you are responsible for is a little chopping and the actual cooking. What gets taken out is the rifling through the pantry and fridge and measuring of ingredients.
I loved how easy it was and how healthful the recipes are. Here’s a look into what I tried:
I got to try 2 different recipes- Meghan Telpner’s Red Pepper Pad Thai with Tofu and Broccoli and Sesame Tuna Steak with Avocado Salsa and Rice. I won’t share the recipes here, but those are links to their original sources. And that’s another cool thing about these bags- they feature recipes from bloggers you already love!
The recipes and directions were very clearly laid out so these would be great for beginner cooks. What I especially liked was that they delivered every ingredient save for salt and pepper! This was especially nice when it came to the fish. Since I only recently started eating animal products again, I have no idea how to shop for meat and fish and usually resort to canned fish as a result. Having sustainable fish selected for me was such a treat!
The pad thai was super flavourful and while different from the pad thai you might get from a take out store, it tasted fresh and healthy instead of like ketchup.
The tuna steak was absolutely delicious (although I overcooked it slightly thanks to my inexperience with cooking fish) and the grapefruit salsa was surprising!
A couple other things to note: these use very little packaging compared to other delivery services- they are either completely reusable/compostable/recyclable, the meals are seasonal and sustainably sourced and as many local ingredients as possible are used, many being sourced directly from Fresh City’s farms.
If you live in the Toronto area, definitely check out these bags! You may even see a recipe from yours truly included in one ;)