Friends, it’s officially December. Ho-Ho-HOLY Toledo! Where did the time go? This month is, and will always be, the month that passes by way too quickly.
End of year commitments. Holiday decorating and baking. Christmas plans. School concerts. Shopping.
The fact is, for this home-cooking affectionado, I have thrown takeout menus on the table for the last three nights straight. And it kills me! I love cooking, and honestly, can make the time to get it done. But what I don’t have: recipe inspiration, the right ingredients in my fridge, and the perfect complimentary foods to make a well-balanced meal.
Paging Mr. Chow. Yes, I’d love an extra order of egg rolls for $1.99.
Sigh. Does this sound like your household? Well, if you live in the GTA, I just may have the solution for you.
Dinnerit is a friendly subscription service that provides the freshest dinner ingredients and inspiring nutritionist-developed recipes direct to your doorstep each week. Simply order a Family Bag ($139/week) or Medium Bag ($99/week) online, and the ingredients – plus recipes – will be delivered by their friendly drivers in a temperature-controlled environment. (Below: Denise Fernandes, Co-Founder of Dinnerit.)
So, how is this different from a meal delivery service? Well, first and foremost, you cook the meals yourself. That means that you have complete control over the ingredients that go into your meal, and you have insight into the freshness and quality of those ingredients. Second, you’re paying less than you would to have the meal made for you; the Dinnerit Family Bag works out to $6.95 per meal per person for the week. When you consider that you don’t have to spend time making lists, grocery shopping and seeking out recipes, and that the entire meal is balanced nutritionally, the service starts to make sense.
I had the opportunity to try Dinnerit last month. As an avid home chef who is happy to try new things, I became excited about the possibility of adding new recipes to my repertoire. Did you know that the average family will make less than 10 recipes per year in their kitchen? That’s tragic! Says Dinnerit: “Meals take around 30 minutes from start to finish, and will provide you with healthy food which is nutritious, high in fiber, and focused on meeting your 5-a-day. We put emphasis on fresh and unprocessed ingredients, which will help you meet a balanced diet and make you feel better.”
On my menu for the week: Greek Chicken With Olives and Feta Cheese; Juicy Beef Patties With Fresh Apple Salsa; Crisp Salami Pizza with Arugula.
Right after my delivery, I received the following e-mail from Dinnerit:
I appreciated the follow-up and was excited to start cooking. For most home cooks, the recipes will be very easy to follow as they require only basic knife and cooking skills. My husband, who’s not normally a fan of feta or olives (I know, where did I find him, right?) decided to give my chicken dish the ol’ college try. And he loved it!
Dinnerit also allows you the freedom to play around with your ingredients. We’re big salad fans, so we incorporated about twice as much arugula than the recipe called for. And, I decided to hang onto the eggplant for a dip, omitting it from the recipe entirely. The point is, the ingredients and recipes can be followed to the T or used as inspiration.
Another bonus? Dinnerit works closely with a nutritionist to develop recipes that are healthy, simple and delicious. A serving of the recipes is between 600-800 calories, and top quality, all-natural ingredients are sourced from local producers and family-run purveyors.
Curious? If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, why not check out Dinnerit. It may be the extra motivation you need to get home-cooked meals on the table throughout the rush of the season.