NOTE: The two meals were sent by Fresh Prep for free but all opinions are based on my own experience.
Last month, Fresh Prep contacted me to give their service a try. Fresh Prep is a subscription service where you can select your meal each week and they will deliver it straight to your home or office. The ingredients are pre-portioned and some are even chopped up so that cooking is super quick. All the ingredients come in an insulated cooler bag to ensure they do not spoil.
I actually really liked how most of the ingredients were cut up already. I don’t know if this means my ingredients may not be as fresh, but it definitely helps save a lot of time. They currently only deliver to specific areas in Metro Vancouver and Richmond is not part of the delivery route. This was a bit frustrating for me, but they do deliver to work places, so I had it sent to my sister’s work place in downtown. You select the time frame that you want the meal delivered, but they ended up delivering past the time. I’m guessing it’s due to the traffic in downtown, but it was quite inconvenient if you need to leave on time.
We selected the Shrimp and Tomato Orzo with Basil and Skillet Chilaquilles with Fried Eggs and Avocado. For me, I found the choice of dishes was quite limited and it often repeated the next week. In addition, the meals are definitely on the healthier side compared to the other meal delivery services. That’s definitely a positive!
In your cooler bag, you will find the recipe cards. There aren’t any pictures but the instructions are still pretty understandable. We didn’t have too much trouble figuring out what we needed to do. The only downside was that we didn’t have a cast iron skillet, so we had to work around that.
The Shrimp and Tomato Orzo was very easy to make and definitely took less than 30 minutes. I pretty much just had to dump everything together and throw it in the oven.
This actually turned out very presentable! We loved how fresh and big the prawns were. They were super bouncy! However, it was our first time trying orzo and we didn’t like it at all. Just a personal preference I guess, but we didn’t like the texture of orzo.
Onto the Skillet Chilaquilles which required us to fry our own tortilla chips. I would’ve liked it if they were already fried since this does take up quite a lot of time and you can’t get it as crispy as the store bought ones.
Because we didn’t have a cast iron skillet, our presentation definitely lacked. We also found that it had too much tomato paste and our chips were not crispy enough. It was quite saucy and we didn’t think it tasted that good. Way too tart.
Overall, our experience with Fresh Prep was quite average. Perhaps we personally didn’t like the meals we had. I can see these dishes being quite healthy though. Also, the portions are huge! Even though these are made for two people, you can definitely feed up to 3 people. A very good deal for sure if you enjoy the dishes they offer.