Since I have been blogging I have been the recipient of a few home delivered, ready-to-cook meal services. The very first one was a bit of a disaster – lacklustre food that was way (way) overpriced. Since then my fella is always a bit nervous when I tell him we are having a ‘bloggy meal thing’ for dinner, despite some really good experiences since.
I wasn’t asked to review My Food Bag. I actually received a voucher as a prize, however I was inspired enough by the concept to take pictures and share it with you. I have kept the plating and styling pretty basic for a realistic representation of the meals during a busy and stressful week. This was definitely one of the best ‘bloggy meal things’ I have had.
My Food Bag is essentially a meal planning service. You receive all the ingredients you need for four complete meals. There is not a lot of flexibility – the meals are set, you don’t get to choose, and there is no obvious way of intervening for allergies/dislikes. Fortunately we eat everything.
There are three meal plans available:
My Family Food Bag; Including ingredients for 5 meals to feed 2 adults and 2-3 small children ($169)
My Classic Food Bag: Including ingredients for 3 or 5 meals to feed 2 adults and 2 teens (or 4 adults) ($129-199)
My Gourmet Food Bag: Including ingredients for 4 meals to feed 2 adults ($149)
My Gourmet Food Bag
The Gourmet Food bag was the obvious choice for us. I was very impressed with the quality of the produce when it arrived – very fresh herbs, vegetables, and meat that was free-range and organic where applicable.
The week looked like this:
Miso and mirin soy glazed salmon with sesame soba noodles
The miso and mirin glaze was amazing. This was so easy to prepare. I modified slightly: baking the salmon and briefly stir frying the vegetables (instead of frying and blanching) ; but the combination was fantastic and the leftover noodles and veg I had the next day hit the spot too.
Miguel’s feta and mushroom stuffed chicken with heirloom vegetables
Such a great flavour combination – a mushroom, onion, herb and feta stuffing for chicken breasts wrapped in jamon, panfried and then baked. This indulgence was beautifully balanced by roasted root vegetables (including purple carrots and orange beetroots).
Sumac lamb kebabs with mint yoghurt mayonnaise
Lamb and eggplant were pan-fried and topped with sumac before being wrapped in flatbreads with a fresh lettuce, carrot and herb salad (with leftover feta), topped with a lovely creamy dressing. Such a delicious and easy meal
Scotch fillet with balsamic tomatoes and parmesan oregano mash
This steak was pretty stunning- grass-fed and organic. Even with my lack of expertise in steak cooking (my love is the steak chef in our house but he was busy) it turned out perfectly tender with caramelised fat. The balsamic roasted tomatoes added some lovely sweetness and the parmesan mash was pretty decadent.
This was such a great week. I would arrive home from work, spend about half an hour in the kitchen playing with fresh ingredients and turn out an amazing gourmet meal. I didn’t have to spend any time planning a menu or shopping. Being studenty-types we don’t normally spend $150 on four meals, and for every fancy steak dinner we will eat 2-3 simple vegetarian meals, however there really was value represented in this pack. The ingredients were absolutely top-notch, I have a new appreciation for organic meat; and the recipes pretty simple and enjoyable to cook, even after 10 hour days. If funds allow I would definitely purchase My Food Bag again and will probably use some of the larger-serve options to get us through busy weeks.
What is your weekly grocery budget? What are your go-to meals?
Disclosure: I received a complementary My Food Bag voucher as a prize, there was no requirement to write this review. All opinions and ideas are my own.