Review: Just Add Cooking

As busy as I am, there’s almost nothing better than cooking a good meal. I tend to eat pretty healthy and cooking is THE way to have control over what you are eating. For those of you who are like I am and sometimes don’t have time to eat let alone cook, there’s a service called Just Add Cooking where all your ingredients and recipes are delivered right to your door in “meal kits”. You don’t even have to measure anything including seasonings! It’s super easy to sign up, and you’ll know what you’re getting a week in advanced or more. And if you want to modify your membership or delete it all together, it couldn’t be easier. Kits start at $79.00.

Another great component of Just Add Cooking is that they shop locally and organically whenever possible, so you can feel good that you are getting quality ingredients.

I’m a vegetarian, and they have a 3 meal a week offering for vegetarians and up to five meals for the carnivorous. You can also choose your serving size for two or four people (I chose two).  For this particular week the vegetarian options were, Sichuan Style Tofu and Spinach, Pasta with Blue Cheese and Walnuts and Indian Vegetable Curry.

I signed up online earlier in the week and got a text when my “meal kit” box was delivered. They typically deliver Sunday nights which almost guarantees that you will be home to pick up the package:

Just Add Cooking Box 1Just Add Cooking Box 3I took out all of the of the ingredients and found out that a lot can fit into that box!

Just Add Cooking Full Box Open
Just Add Cooking Meal Kits

In the envelope were the spices and the recipes. They even tell you which recipe to use first.  Day 1, I had the Sichuan Style Tofu and Spinach.

Sichuan Style Tofu and Spinach Ingredients
Sichuan Style Tofu and Spinach Ingredients

I liked that the recipes show when you should start cooking what ingredients so that the food all ends around the same time. It took about 30 minutes to create this meal, and it is something that I probably would not have made myself. I also liked that it gave techniques for making tofu crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The only issue I had with it is that I don’t usually cook with a lot of salt, and this meal was quite salty, but it had great flavor, and I think it ended up looking like the picture:

Sichuan Style Tofu and Spinach Ingredients
Sichuan Style Tofu and Spinach Ingredients

Day 2, consisted of Pasta with Blue Cheese and Walnuts. I was super easy, and I made it in about 10 minutes which is faster than the take out across the street. It was still a bit salty because of the cheese, but had great flavor, and the salad was super easy and fresh. The only thing that did not turn out so well was the half  baguette; it dried out pretty quickly, so it was inedible :(.

Just Add Cooking - Pasta with Blue Cheese and Walnuts Ingredients
Pasta with Blue Cheese and Walnuts Ingredients
Past with Blue Cheese and Walnuts
Past with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Day 3, the final day, I made the most complex of the meals, which is probably why they saved it for last, the Indian Vegetable Curry, and it was fantastic! I don’t even like sweet potatoes, but after this recipe I just might change my mind. It did take the longest of the bunch to make at around 40 minutes as there was a lot of chopping and simmering, but it made well over two servings, and who can resist naan fresh from the oven?

Indian Vegetable Curry Ingredients
Indian Vegetable Curry Ingredients
Indian Vegetable Curry with Naan
Indian Vegetable Curry with Naan

So what’s the final verdict? Just Add Cooking is a very easy to use service that provides quality meals that not only look good, but taste good. I recommend it for people who are on the go and want add some variance to your regular hum drum meals. I also recommend it for people who are just starting to cook. I consider myself a pretty good cook, but this was fool proof. Another bonus is that you get to keep the recipes, so if you mess up or want to try it again at a later date, you can. I would certainly use them again.

Fab!

*Fab Gal Note*:  Valentine’s Day is coming up, and you could surprise “bae” with a homemade meal that makes you look like an expert in the kitchen! – You’re welcome 🙂

Disclaimer: The Just Add Cooking “meal kit” was given to me free of charge. All my opinions are my own.

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