Just Add Cooking

8:08 AM

So if you couldn’t tell, meal planning and trying different recipes is kinda my thing. But sometimes it can be a chore. What I wouldn’t do for someone to meal plan and grocery shop for me, leaving the cooking (the fun part) for me. Well, there happens to be someone to do just that.

Just Add Cooking is part of a new crop of meal kit delivery services in the area and I had the chance to give it a try. You get to choose a three-, four- or five-meal box delivered to you on Sunday. Meals are designed to serve a family of 4 and range from $107-$139 per kit. The meal plan and menu options were preselected for me for my trial subscription.

Our kit arrived as promised, even during a snow storm.

I was skeptical about the quality of the produce, but everything was in perfect condition. Just Add Cooking selects seasonal, locally produced, organic ingredients. Everything is portioned and measured out (including the spices).

Someone was excited to check out the contents of our kit.

Protein and other refrigerated items were packed separately in a freezer bag.

Our three-meal plan (in recommended cooking order): Poached Salmon with Avocado Sauce, Coq au Vin, and Tex-Mex Mac and Cheese. Three dishes I would never have thought of trying. So how did it go?

Poached Salmon pre-measured ingredients and recipe

Large portion sizes. Nice heat to avocado sauce. Veggies were a hit.

Coq au Vin ingredients included pre measured red wine. 

Ta-da - Coq au Vin. Rich and complex flavors. A tad too salty tho.

Tex-Mex Mac & Cheese (before)

The boys loved this. I didn't think I would like it, but it was really tasty.

Everyone loved how everything tasted and the portion sizes were more than satisfactory. Everything took less than 40 minutes to prepare. My only word of caution is that the cooking directions can be a little confusing, so this might not be for the novice home cook. Now if only each kit also included someone to come and clean-up J

**Just Add Cooking recently announced a fun recipe contest. Submit your own recipe and for a chance to be featured in an upcoming Just Add Cooking box and to win a free Just Add Cooking delivery. Enter between now and February 28, 2014. Winner will be chosen and announced on March 17, 2014. For more information on the contest, visit the Just Add Cooking blog.**

Disclosure: I was given a trial meal kit to try Just Add Cooking. As always, all opinions are my own.

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