By Lani Gering
Dining In With Terra’s Kitchen!
According to the press information, “Terra’s Kitchen promises farm-to-front door delivery of fresh, seasonal ingredients that are pre-portioned and prepped for skillet-ready, chef-designed recipes. Each meal can be made in 30 minutes or less, giving families more time for the things that matter”. Also according to said release, the following three items set Terra’s apart from the rest:
Clean & Chef-Designed Recipes: Libbie Summers, Head of Culinary Direction at Terra’s Kitchen and esteemed cookbook author, expertly combines high-quality ingredients for healthy meals, with options for omnivore, gluten-free, paleo and vegetarian preferences. With a rotating seasonal menu, each meal comes with a step-by-step recipe card to ensure that dinner is easy-to-make (think Southwestern Steak and Sweet Potato Bowl, Honey Mango Glazed Salmon and Blueberry Citrus Rice, Grilled Chicken Tacos with Avocado Goat Cheese Sauce or Creamy Squash Nests with Blistered Tomato “eggs” in under 30 minutes!).
Recreating The Family Dinner Experience: In an era where busy American families struggle to find the time for quality meals at-home, Terra’s Kitchen’s offers consumers an easy tool for quick meals, that don’t sacrifice nutrition or taste, and can go from the skillet to the table in under 30 minutes. All ingredients come pre-portioned and prepped – all you do is cook!”
Okay, to be perfectly honest since this was our first rodeo with the meal kit, we can’t comment on how it compares to the competition but we can tell you how it measured up to the hype. Here are a few Pros and Cons:
Cons: It is quite heavy and I’m fairly strong but it was a struggle getting it up the stairs to the office. And the many, many, many plastic containers that hold the ingredients aren’t so good for Mother Earth. See photo. Even the lemons and limes were in individual plastic containers.
Pros: You don’t have to go to the store! Someone has already picked over the produce and made the right selections, bagged it and shipped it fresh right to your door.
The menu items that they sent included a vegetarian, a chicken, a beef and a fish entrée. They are listed above. We prepared the squash nests, chicken tacos and skirt steak. The ingredients were fresh and it was nice to have the portions all squared away. The food was very good and it certainly was a treat to try something new. Goat cheese and avocado cream with fresh lime and jalapeno and blistered tomatoes for instance. The recipes are easy to follow and include tips for preparation. I will definitely prepare a couple of the items again.
The portions were fine for us and you definitely won’t end up with left overs. This would be important to someone who is watching their waistline and good for those of us who don’t like to waste food. We were very happy with everything.
Cons: There was more preparation than we thought there would be. Lots of grating, zesting, food processing and chopping/mincing. Keep in mind we did prepare three entrees in tandem so that added to the prep time. I’m glad that I had my mini-osterizer, a really nice grater and my Pampered Chef chopper!
The Dinner Experience:
The cost of the four entrees came to a little under $60.00 and it appears that they have included the cost of shipping in the price since the website touts “Shipping is Always Free!” While I know my dollar would have gone farther at the store had I shopped myself, you have to decide how much your time is worth and there isn’t any angst about deciding what to cook when Terra has done all that for you!
I recommend that you try it for yourself. Please visit their website for all of the details. Terraskitchen.com.