*Disclaimer: I received a Relished box for review. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions remain my own*
Happy freakin Friday people! Whether you've been following my blog for a day or a year, you probably know that I love food. I love trying new recipes, I love trying different restaurants. I'm not afraid to experiment. But one thing about cooking that drives me crazy is having to go grocery shopping because I work so much. So lately, I've been trying these delivery services I wrote about a while back. Since then, I've also discovered Relished.
Relished is a box delivered straight to your door with a portioned ingredient kit filled with all of the fresh, locally sourced food and instructions you need to cook new delicious meals every week. Every week, there are new menu options available and you have the choice of which ones you'd like to order. You can even decide how many people you want to feed. For example, I live by myself so clearly I'm going to order the 2 portion option and not the one for a family of five. Another thing that's great about Relished is that you don't have to be home for the delivery. Their box is insulated, so much so that most of my meat was still frozen. All of the ingredients were in separate paper bags too so that you knew exactly what to use for which meals, not that the very specific, very easy ingredients weren't enough. They basically make it impossible for you to screw up. Oh yeah, and they tell you how many calories are in each meal so if you're counting those (*ahem* me), it allows you to stay on track rather than guesstimating.
So now I just want to share the three meal I got to try with you guys.
Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Salad with Pan Seared Chicken
This was absolutely delicious. It was my favorite out of all the meals honestly. There was so much food too. I'm not a huge fan of brussel sprouts but other than that, this was perfect. Roasted vegetables are so underrated. I love them so much and mixing them with a little quinoa for a healthy salad is brilliant. By the way, I got so much food especially for this one and the Lamb Meatballs that one serving could have fed a giant. I was so incredibly full and satisfied
Lamb Meatballs with Creamy Polenta and Tomato Ragout
This was another great one. I'm a huge fan of polenta so it was already a win. The arugula was a nice spicy addition to rather sweet meal. The recipe calls for you to add sugar to the tomato ragout but I'm a fan of a more tangy ragout and sauce. Next time I would definitely nix the sugar and add a little basil instead. Overall I was incredibly pleased with this dish.
This one already had a few points against it from the beginning. I'm just not a huge fish person. Normally if I eat fish it's deep fried and slathered in ketchup. But in all honestly, I really to want to start expanding my palate and trying more fish (not deep fried obviously). I went into this with an open mind never having had cod before yet I still just couldn't get into it. However, the bread crumbs and veggies were delish. I am willing to bet that any fish-loving foodie would have really enjoyed this meal. I'm just not one of those people. I did love everything though and I will definitely be using that panko mixture for chicken one day.
I was incredibly impressed with Relished. I will definitely be ordering from them again in the future. I think this is a great service if you want to have fun in the kitchen but not worry about the planning. What do you guys think? Is Relished something you would subscribe to? If it is...well, guess what? They are offering 50% off to all first time customers for the next week using code "sideofcoffee" so make sure you grab a box for half the price! (The code is good only through March 14th)