Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Review of Terra's Kitchen

*This is not a sponsored post. 

Terra's Kitchen is a food delivery service that has a range of recipes: vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, low-calorie, etc. They're non-gmo and they use organic when possible. This review is based upon my first shipment--I was pleased, and I've signed up for a second one. I'm a vegetarian and a Weight Watcher living in Tennessee. I cook just for myself.

What appealed to me first about Terra's Kitchen was their packaging (part of the reason why I didn't stay with HelloFresh). It's like a little refrigerator--quite clever and reusable!

FedEx dropped off this heavy box on my porch during the shipping window I was given, and picked it up again on the next business day:

See the latches on the front? They have a little tamper-evident strip. Rip those off, and unlatch. The next layer is insulation: 

Pull out the insulation to reveal five little drawers full (depending on how much you order) of food and ice blocks:

The ingredients for each meal comes in plastic containers covered with a thin film. The containers are easily recyclable. Here are the ingredients for Pesto-Goat Cheese Vegetable Flatbread

What you see are mushrooms (which I only used half of because I'm not a fan), fajita-cut peppers and onions, their flexpita (5 sp for Weight Watchers), parsley (I used 1/3 of what they gave me), goat cheese, and a tub with pesto (I used half) and spices. If you look closely you'll see that everything is already cut up. The only cutting I had to do was chopping the parsley. That dish took about 20 minutes to prepare. Here it is complete: 

The other two meals I tried with my shipment were Tofu-Bok Choy and Black Bean Sliders. All three meals were quick and easy to make. 

Taste and Preparation
The first meal I made was the Black Bean Sliders. OMG so good! And so easy! I'll definitely make this again. The patties are made with black beans, cumin, garlic, jalapeƱo, and cilantro. You mix their salsa with the fat-free sour cream they send and put it on one side of the bun, and put smashed avocado and cilantro on the other side. I had to cut the cilantro and scoop out the avocado, and I had to saute the garlic, cumin, and jalapeƱo. The rest was just mixing. My only criticism of this meal is the bland buns. Granted, they were better brushed with oil and toasted as they recommended, but my regular sandwich slims were better. I made three large patties out of this instead of 4 small ones and had it for 3 meals. 

The second meal I made was the Tofu & Bok Choy Stir Fry. Again, I divided this into 3 meals which I had for lunch 3 successive days. I was less impressed with this one but I think it was because I didn't put in enough red pepper originally and only half the balsamic. For the third serving, I added more of each and it was much better. The only prep I did for this was squeezing the water out of the tofu. My cooking involved boiling the rice, sauting the tofu, then adding the pre-cut vegetables and sauce. 

The third meal was the flatbread pictured above. This one only made two meals for me but both were hearty. I'm not a huge fan of mushrooms so I only used half; it would've been even more filling with all of them. To make the flatbreads, I toasted the pitas in a skillet, sauteed the pre-cut vegetables with balsamic, spread pesto and goat cheese (which I had to crumble) on the pitas, then topped with vegetables and parsley, which I had to chop (I didn't care for it anyway [do people who dislike cilantro actually like parsley? Just wondering.]). The flatbread was super yummy, my second favorite meal and probably something I will order again. 

It ain't cheap. My total for these 3 meals plus a caprese salad (1 serving) was $77.43 (before the $35 discount I used). For my second order, I've chosen Sweet Potato, Spinach, and Apple Quinoa Bowl ($13.49x2), Curried Chickpea Spinach Bowl ($11.99x2), Curry Vegetable Soup ($14.99x2), Harvest Salad ($7.99), and Berry Balsamic Salad ($7.99). My total will be $96.93. Which is like holy crap expensive! I can tell I won't be doing this often. ;) 

If you'd like to try it out and get $35 off (and incidentally give me a $25 credit!), try this link. If it doesn't work, let me know. I can have them email you a link direct. Thanks!