Disclosure: Relish provided me with three meals and asked me to share an honest review of its meal delivery service. All opinions are my own. View my full disclosure policy here.
For me, it’s not cooking dinner every night that’s the hard part.
It’s the planning and the grocery shopping and the prepping that stands between my good intentions and actually getting a home-cooked dinner on the table.
I can’t be the only one who struggles with this.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone grocery shopping, then gone out to dinner that night because you were too tired (or too lazy) to cook?
I’ll fess up to that, on both counts — tired and lazy!
Let me introduce this busy/lazy/uninspired cook’s new best friend — Relished, a company that delivers fresh ingredients to your home.
A box from Relished Foods comes with everything you need to cook three to five gourmet, chef-designed meals for your family. Meals cost $9.95 per serving and you can order two, four or six servings, depending on the size of your family.
Relished provided our family with dinner three nights last week; all we had to do was cook it and eat it.
The company also is giving away a box of meals to one lucky reader, so be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of my post.
If you want to give Relished a try, you can save 50 percent off your first order with the offer code AttaGirlSays through March.
We received the following meals from Relished:
Crab Cakes with Sauteed Spinach and Spicy Remoulade
Pan-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Orzo Salad
Barbecue Chicken Breast with Vinegar Slaw and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
For us, the box couldn’t have come at a better time. It arrived the day before another “winter weather event” and I didn’t have the time (or crowd-fighting energy) to hit the grocery for milk and bread. So, our pantry and larder were pretty bare.
For our first meal delivery dinner, I decided to make the crab cakes — a dish I love out at restaurants but never make from scratch.
The box had everything I need to make the dinner (except for olive oil and salt and pepper), plus a full-color, visual, step-by-step recipe card.
All in all, prep and cooking time was about 30 minutes. This was the messiest Relished dish I made, as you can see from the panko bread crumb explosion on my cutting board. But that’s probably because I’ve never made crab cakes before.
The crab cakes were my favorite Relished meal because it felt like such a treat to have something so fancy at home. (I did like that spicy remoulade, but if I had it to do over again, I would probably tone down the heat just a bit by leaving out some of the hot sauce.)
The crab cakes (two per person) and spinach were quite filling. Though our box was meant to serve two people, both Bruce and I had a few leftovers — impressive considering each serving was just 470 calories!
We had the pork tenderloin and orzo salad for dinner the next night.
It was another big hit, and it took no time at all to prepare.
Bruce and I worked on this meal together, and there was not much prep work at all.
Just a little water boiling, vegetable slicing and a few minutes standing at the stove to sear the tenderloin.
This was Bruce’s favorite Relished dinner — and a close runner-up to the crab cakes for me. I never knew pork tenderloin could be so tender and juicy or cook so quickly. I will be using this technique to cook pork from now on.
Though I’ve been cooking for years, I felt like I learned something new with each Relished meal I made: New cooking techniques, how to plate a beautiful meal, how to make simple yet delicious homemade sauces…
It definitely made cooking more fun.
The pork tenderloin meal came in at 550 calories per serving, but we had a lot of leftovers.
Bruce took some pork and orzo for lunch the following day, and I ate some leftover orzo for lunch with a salad, so we actually made four meals out of the two-serving box.
And Jackson ate some of the pork, too. So, that’s four adult meals and one kid-sized meal. A great value, in my opinion.
For our third and final meal, we had the bone-in barbecue chicken with vinegar slaw and roasted heirloom fingerling potatoes.
Can I just say I love purple potatoes? Where were they when I was a kid?
Like the other meals in the box, this one earned two thumbs up, thanks in large part to the homemade smoky-spicy chipotle barbecue sauce.
Again, it was quite spicy, but a lot of the heat cooked away as the sauce caramelized on the chicken.
This meal clocked in at 500 calories per serving and we pretty much ate the chicken to the bone — so no leftovers this time.
I have to say we were both a little sad when our Relished meal delivery experiment came to an end. We both agreed that the food was amazing — like something we would order at a fancy local restaurant, but for a fraction of the price.
The following night when Bruce came home from work, he asked me what was for dinner. I’d been busy blogging and working and decorating and playing outside with Jackson, so I didn’t really have a plan. I threw something together from the fridge, but it certainly didn’t stack up to our gourmet meals from the previous three nights.
So, I’m pretty sure we’ll be ordering from Relished again to have delicious and healthy dinner options on hand. In fact, next week’s menu looks pretty tasty.
Would you like to win dinner from Relished?
Here’s your chance. Relished is based in Chicago and delivers to about 50 percent of the United States, so be sure to visit the Relished website and confirm availability in your region using the ZIP code tool there.
Only the first task in the Rafflecopter is mandatory, but you can earn additional entries by completing the other tasks.
And don’t forget you can save 50 percent off your first order from Relished with promotion code “AttaGirlSays,” good through March.