Ever since I moved out with my boyfriend, started working full time after graduation, and getting a new puppy, I’ve had a lot less time to do things. Whether that is cooking a nice meal, or working out on a weekday, I feel like I just never have enough TIME. Luckily, I had the opportunity to partner with Fresh Prep the past two months and got to experience their recipe ingredients delivery service.
Essentially, Fresh Prep is a local Vancouver company that is taking convenience to the next level. Similar to Chef’s Plate and Hello Fresh, they deliver fresh, local ingredients right to your home, with recipe cards (that you’ve chosen earlier in the week) so you can create not only healthy, but delicious meals right in your own home.
One thing I really appreciated was how easy the delivery service was. I set the date and time frame of when I want the delivery, and when the driver is on his/her way, they give me a notification via my phone so I can track their location. Since I work 9-5, I have to use my cellphone to remotely let the delivery person in the apartment. Seeing his/her location made it easy for me to anticipate their intercom call, and I’ve never once missed letting them into the condo!
Another unique quality about Fresh Prep is that they pre-wash and pre-cut almost all of their vegetables. Unlike some of their competitors, this little feature really made a HUGE difference in the amount of time I was in the kitchen. I’m sure you can relate where if you’re tired at the end of the day, you just don’t even have the energy to take out a cutting board and a knife!
Meal One: Panko Crusted Cod
This had roasted cabbage, potatoes, panko crusted cod, and fresh dill pickle tartar sauce that you make yourself. Even though the colours may not seem very vibrant and exhilarating, this was one of my favourite meals. I’ve never oven baked panko crusted fish before and I was so surprised at how crispy they turned out. The roasted cabbage also was ridiculously simple (literally, I roasted the cabbage with olive oil, salt, and pepper), and it tasted really really good!!
Meal Two: Hoisin Turkey Lettuce Cups
I chose this meal because it was low carb and while it was very delicious, I still felt a bit hungry at the end.
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the addition of water chestnuts as it acted as a really great ‘crunch’ to this dish, and the savoury hoisin sauce melded all of the great flavours together really well.
Meal Three: Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
I have never made mac and cheese from scratch before so it surprised me when I saw how easy it was! Of course, it was probably because they had everything all measured out for me and all I had to do was follow the recipe. Haha.
Moreover, I really liked how they added kale, onions, and butternut squash to the recipe to boost the nutrition factor. It’s nice to have a cheat meal, without it feeling like a cheat meal. 🙂
Meal Four: Lemongrass Pork Meatballs
This entree has got to be one of tastiest meals I’ve ever physically cooked in my life. If you ever give Fresh Prep a try and see this on the upcoming menu, you’ve GOT to select this! The lemongrass pork meatballs are incredibly savoury while the vermicelli noodle salad is boosted with a variety of fresh local herbs.
Meal Five: Marinated Tofu Sushi Bowls
As you can see from my puppy’s expression, this bowl is to die for. My boyfriend was not enthusiastic about having a vegetarian meal but when he started eating it, he said he was undoubtedly flavourful and surprisingly satiating. Even though the marinated tofu was the star, I would say what truly tied this dish together was the creamy avocado and the spicy siracha mayo.
Meal Six: Lemon Rosemary Salmon
As I am typing this I realize more than half of the entrees I made are my favourites (which speaks to how great the recipes are). This lemon rosemary salmon with ancient grain risotto was another dish that stood out from the bunch. While the word ‘risotto’ sounds intimidating, this one couldn’t be more easy. There was no need to constantly stir, yet the result was a luscious, creamy, and veggie filled grain side dish.
Meal Seven: Swedish Meatballs
For those of you who enjoy IKEA swedish meatballs, you will certainly take a liking to this dish. The meatballs are served on a bed of whole wheat pasta, kale, and topped with a velvety mushroom gravy. I had my doubts about their whole wheat pasta tasting grainy but it was actually smooth and the instructions were very accurate at telling us exactly how long to cook it for in order for it to be perfectly al dente.
Meal Eight: Vegetable Bibimbap
I made this as a meal prep to bring to work one day and it was really tasty. The egg added some protein to the dish but if you are a big eater (like my boyfriend and I), you might find the amount of rice not satisfying. I think I actually would’ve preferred double the amount of rice but that’s just me.
All in all, I would highly recommend Fresh Prep to anyone tired of ordering take out or going out for dinner during weekdays. Having two to three meals pre-planned actually made a big difference during the week and I found myself not stressed at all when it came to deciding what to cook/eat for dinner. Sometimes I even find myself looking forward to cooking the recipe I chose while I’m at work!
If you want to look at the step-by-step process of me cooking some of these meals, head over to my Instagram profile and click on the “Fresh Prep” Instagram highlight (you can only see this on your Instagram mobile app). If you want to sign up and give this service a try, do yourself a favour and get 3 FREE plates ($33 value) by using my referral code: KIRBYFRESH17 !
I will also be hosting a giveaway on my Instagram very soon for a $50 gift card to Fresh Prep so stay tuned!
Disclosure: I was invited to try their delivery service for 2 months (8 meals) and all food were complimentary. All opinions are my own.