Fresh Prep

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Chef’s Plate

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NOTE: The two meals were sent by Chef’s Plate for free but all opinions are based on my own experience.

Don’t you hate it when you buy too many groceries because everything comes in bulk and you end up wasting all of it since you simply don’t have enough time to cook? I remembered that happening to me all the time when I lived alone in Spain. That’s when Chef’s Plate comes in handy! On their website, you can select the receipes you want each week (which changes every week), and Chef’s Plate will deliver you all the ingredients you need in a refrigerated box. The ingredients are already portioned exactly as you need for each recipe so nothing goes to waste and you don’t need to measure anything. Plus, the refrigerated box comes with ice packs to ensure your food is still fresh when you get home.

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Your box will also come with colourful detailed recipe cards. I love the step by step instruction with pictures so you won’t mess up any steps! All recipes are categorized as easy, medium or hard when you select it on the website and most of them can be cooked in no more than 30 minutes.

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Since I was cooking for a family of 4 that night, we decided to go all out and cook both recipes, since we were given 2 recipes with each recipe portioned for 2 people. The first recipe was the Steak and Chili Roasted Potatoes. I really liked how all the ingredients were portioned and were even labeled so if you have never used an ingredient before, you’ll still be able to identify it.

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The meats were all locally sourced too which is always a plus!

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And this was our finished product! Looks pretty good for someone who barely ever cooks right? My family was surprised how fresh the steak was too! The recipe uses flat iron steak which is a cheaper cut, so the meat was obviously a little chewier, but we were still surprised by the quality and how you could really taste the beef.

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The corn was also absolutely delicious with a lime crema topped with Monterey Jack cheese. A little tangy from the lime but the cheese really made the corn creamy. The corn itself was also very sweet! As for the potatoes, they were seasoned with chili powder and is a recipe I look forward to making again!

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The second recipe was the Pork Steamed Buns. As you can see, Chef’s Plate has a variety of different cuisines, from Asian, Mexican to American flavours. It’s got something for everyone and that includes vegetarians.

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Although the recipe card said to just steam the buns over boiling water and a colander, we have a steamer, so we turned this on instead and got it done very quickly. You can definitely adapt to the recipe card, but the recipe can be done with a very basic kitchen. Salt and pepper would be the only additional ingredients you need to have.

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And here was the finished product! Everyone agreed that the buns were so soft and fluffy! They were filled with a savoury pork filling that was seasoned with ginger and Korean black bean sauce so definitely had the Asian flavours. Alongside was a side of pickled radishes and cucumber to open your appetite.

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Overall, my family was very impressed with the quality of the ingredients and the recipes from Chef’s Plate. I think this is great for those who want to learn how to cook or have small families and don’t have a lot of time to cook or buy groceries because of work.

If you’re interested in giving Chef’s Plate a try, use the promo code #EVERYDAYISAFOODDAY or use this link to get 3 FREE plates on your first order! That’s over $30 of savings!