Although eating out is the nicest way to dine, cooking a meal for yourself every now and then is extremely rewarding, and knowing that you’ve made something yourself always makes it tastier. With this said, however, I find that after a busy day, the last thing I want to do when I get home is spending more than an hour struggling in the kitchen. Because of this, the temptation to go out for food is always impending.
We have thus seen a rise in recipe box delivery services in the last few years. These services send you boxes of ingredients and recipes on a regular basis to make it easier for you to cook at home. One of the newest on the block is Box’d Fresh, a nationwide service created by James Bhardwaj. Every week Box’d Fresh feature six different seasonal recipes on their website and allow you to get them delivered right to your door. The main benefit of these boxes is that they can usually be made in 30 minutes or less, with very little hassle along the way.
There is a huge issue across the world right now, and that is the amount of food that is wasted each week. This may be because people are buying food and not eating it before it expires, either through forgetfulness or from buying too much. Box’d Fresh strives to help keep food waste to a minimum and provides you with the exact amounts you need for any meal.
We were lucky enough to try a couple of recipes for ourselves. In our Box’d Fresh delivery were various meats, vegetables, sauces and ingredients, all bagged up very securely. From then we were tasked with making two dishes; one being a Toad in the hole, and the other being Monkfish kebabs with Middle Eastern quinoa. The recipes were nicely presented with clear photographs and dietary information.
The Monkfish kebabs came out fantastically and were one of the nicest dishes I’ve ever made at home. The recipe was clear and easy to follow, but not too long. The only issue we found was that it mentioned spring onions, which were not included in our box. This was not a major issue though, as it didn’t affect the taste. The Toad in the hole tasted good and was certainly big enough to feed 3 people. The instructions were not as clear on this and required a little bit of intuition to make sense of, but still easy enough for most novice chefs to follow. One section of the recipe mentioned splitting the flour into two (some for the gravy and some for the Yorkshire base), but this wasn’t made very clear and could easily be missed. Other than small issues with the wording, both recipes were useful and straightforward.
If you’re interested in trying Box’d Fresh for yourself then you can select one of three plans on their website: one person, two people, or a family plan. You then get to choose which dishes you would like to try that week and proceed to the checkout – simple! Prices per meal go between £8.75 – £5.95 depending on which plan you choose, offering a great choice for those of us who don’t have the time to shop and cook. To try Box’d Fresh for yourself head on over to the Box’d Fresh website and take a look at their meals for this week.
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