A few months ago I wrote about Canadian meal kit delivery services and their time saving benefits. At the time, the concept piqued my curiosity because I was strapped for time and running out of creative meal ideas.
Fast forward a few months and I’ve finally taken the plunge. I’m really excited to share this post with you because its been a game changer for me and it can be for you too. If you’re on the fence about the value or the feasibility of meal kit delivery services, you’ll want to read this!
As a full-time writer, my days– and some evenings– are packed with meetings, brainstorming sessions and of course writing. It was to the point were dinner consisted of some variation of chicken or beef, rice or pasta and some sort of vegetable. Not very exciting, right? Don’t get me wrong, Miss O has her moments but she generally isn’t a picky eater. I got away with this rotation for a long time. But surprise, surprise– I was the one to finally crack!
I got tired of the same old, same old. When it came to meal prep, I was on auto-pilot. Bake chicken, boil rice, steam vegetables…repeat. So a few weeks ago I referred to my meal kit research and decided to give Goodfood a try.
When I stopped by their website to peruse their offerings, their meals for the upcoming week were the most exciting to me. Three featured meals were:
- Montreal-Style Grilled Chicken Breasts with Pearl Barley and Avocado Salad
- Sugar Shack Pork Chops with Apple, Fennel and Walnut Salad
- Swiss Mushroom Burgers with Arugula Salad and Baby Potatoes
Once I submitted my order I felt like a kid counting down the days ’til Christmas. I couldn’t wait for my kit to arrive! When delivery day finally rolled around, I was excited to see the refrigerated box sitting at my front door. I couldn’t help but smile and do a little dance. Super corny, I know!
So here’s how it worked, from start to finish.
Sign up and meal selection are fast and easy
Once you create an account you’re be asked to choose a basket. I chose the classic but they also have vegetarian and family baskets. Then you choose your plan by selecting the number of recipes you want to receive per week and the number of servings. I chose three recipes with two servings each. Between Miss O and I, that was enough to get us through the week.
After you set up payment, the fun really begins (too much? I’m just excited!). They ask you to choose your preferences. Do you prefer certain meats over others? Here’s where you let them know so that the selections they offer up week to week are tailored to your needs. Since I don’t have any dietary restrictions and open to eating most things, I left my options open and didn’t remove anything from my preferences.
Once I submitted my preferences, Goodfood pre-selected three meals for me. I adjusted this to the ones I mentioned above. I felt these recipes offered a wide selection for the week (including good ol’ trusted chicken) and I knew Miss O would love the burgers!
The last thing I had to do was choose my delivery date. Luckily for me, they offered two options for my neighbourhood.
Good to know: You can skip a week if you’re going to be away or don’t need a delivery for any other reason. They have a member section you log into where you can skip weeks or change your delivery date. They have a three month calendar so you can plan ahead if you need to make changes.
Delivery is like waiting for Christmas morning
The day before my order arrived, Goodfood sent me a reminder email. I wasn’t likely to forget the”big day” but I appreciate the effort, it added to the excitement of receiving my first delivery.
I was at home when the delivery finally arrived on a Tuesday afternoon. It came in a refrigerated box so all the goodies inside were fresh. While we’re on the topic of freshness, something that appealed to me and part of why I chose this company, is their commitment to freshness.
- Their ingredients are packed and sent to customers within a week of receiving them from producers. So much better than some grocery stores were certain fruits and vegetables look worse for wear.
- Their ingredients are sourced from Canadian farmers whenever possible. Their site says at least 85% of their ingredients are either from Canadian producers or packaged in Canada. I’ve spent many years studying and working in the agricultural industry so I’m on board with supporting local farmers any way I can.
Each meal came in its own package and everything was clearly labeled.
They also sent a welcome card with information about the company and their boxes as well as recipes cards. Each recipe has no more than six steps on the back– with pictures!– which is perfect for a mama who wants to be in and out of the kitchen quickly.
Good to know: Delivery is free for Ontario, Quebec and Maritimes. Personally, with the cost per meal just shy of $10 per person, this worked out to be a little less than I spend on groceries every two weeks. It’s definitely affordable for families trying to save money.
Meal prep and cooking are a cinch
I’m not too shabby in the kitchen, I’d rate my skills as average. Miss O likes to say, “mommy, you’re a good cooker.” With Goodfood’s easy to follow instructions, I felt like a Cordon Bleu chef! All the ingredients and seasonings are pre-measured for two servings. The only waste was the packaging and all of it was recyclable.
Here are the results of my first three meals.
Montreal-Style Grilled Chicken Breasts with Pearl Barley and Avocado Salad
It doesn’t seem like a lot, right? But it was surprisingly quite filling. Check out the end result:
Miss O thought the barley was rice. All I said was, “yes, that’s right sweetie” as I looked away with shifty eyes. haha! She ate it all up!
Here’s her version with mac and cheese added. My girl can throw down when she’s ready!
Sugar Shack Pork Chops with Apple, Fennel and Walnut Salad
Here’s how it turned out:
The only thing I didn’t love was this salad. Perhaps if the apple had been a different variety like Golden Delicious or Fuji, it would have added a little more sweetness to the dish.
Swiss Mushroom Burgers with Arugula Salad and Baby Potatoes
Here’s how it turned out:
Miss O loves cheese even more than I do so she ate all the cheese before I had a chance to put some on my burger!
For all of the recipes, the results looked just like the pictures on the recipe cards and tasted spectacular. Other than the apple, fennel and walnut salad, Miss O and I loved our first week of meals.
Referrals help you save
I’m really impressed with the service and quality and look forward to continuing my experience with Goodfood. I can’t stop talking about them, which is a good thing. They offer a referral program! If you refer your family and friends, they not only save on their first delivery but YOU also save on your next one. If you like what you’re hearing, check them out with my referral link…wink wink.
A few words on benefits
- Gets kids involved with cooking. Miss O was just as curious as I was about the contents of the box, she was excited to try something new. Our conversations during car rides home from daycare changed from counting school buses and red cars to “what are we making for dinner tonight.”
- Cuts down on the time spent grocery shopping and waste. Everything in the box is portioned perfectly. The only additional ingredients you need are olive oil and salt & pepper.
- No more thinking about what to cook. Goodfood makes the decision easy for you. Each week they offer a wide selection of recipes– depending on your preferences– to choose from. All you have to do it choose what looks tasty and you’re set.
- Less time spent in the kitchen. From start to finish, meals took approximately 30 minutes to prepare and cook. By the time my workday ends and I pick up Miss O from daycare, the last thing I want to do is spend more than an hour in the kitchen cooking. I used to be really good at batch cooking on weekends but as we’ve gotten busier with weekend activities, quick meal prep during the week makes weeknight cooking a breeze.
Now it’s your turn, share your thoughts or experience with meal kit delivery services. I’d love to hear from you in the comments!