Not all meal delivery services truly deliver, but Terra’s Kitchen was wonderful. Read on to see my full review…
Confession: this is not my recipe I didn’t even make adaptations to the recipe, it’s someone else’s entirely. It’s also not my hard work that went into chopping and slicing and dicing the ingredients pictured here either. It’s true, I am profiting from someone else’s effort at the moment. And I am not ashamed to admit it. Are you horrified? Do you think I am an awful person? Well before you blast me for intellectual property theft, let me clarify. I did actually cook the food and take the photos, but it really didn’t take much effort on my part. It took a remarkably little amount of effort and I was absolutely thrilled. Somebody named Terra did all the heavy lifting here!
Terra’s Kitchen is a healthy meal delivery service that I was asked to test out and review. I’ve been asked to test drive any number of snack and meal delivery services and I usually turn them down because they just don’t fit well with the low carb lifestyle. But a quick perusal of the menu at Terra’s Kitchen let me know that this one might actually be worth it. Within seconds, I spotted 4 or 5 meals that fit my idea of healthy: grain-free, whole foods, low in carbs. They have options that fit so many dietary considerations, everything from paleo to vegetarian to gluten-free. And no matter your dietary preferences, all of Terra’s Kitchen recipes are free from artificial ingredients. I immediately spotted three dinners I wanted to try right away, this lamb dish being one of them (I am a lamb fanatic!).
I was also impressed by the whole delivery service and how Terra’s Kitchen does their utmost to make things both convenient for the user and lessen the impact on the environment. The chicken is free-range, the beef is sustainably and humanely raised, and the shipping vessel is designed for minimal waste. Your ready-to-cook, pre-portioned food comes in what amounts to a transportable refrigerator…a large insulated cube with shelving and cooling packs that is dropped off at your home and picked up the next morning. You just take out the food, pop it in your own fridge and place your box back outside for pick up. All the containers the food comes in are reusable or recyclable, and TK suggests using them for sprouting seeds for your garden. I love that idea, they are the perfect size.
The food was wonderfully fresh and easy to prepare. Very little prep work is required of you…the garlic is already minced, the shallots are chopped, it’s mostly about heating up your pan or grill and getting things going. The instructions are clear and straightforward, ad all meals come together in under 30 minutes. And they really can be tailored to suit your needs. Since the ingredients for the sauces all come separate, you can alter things as you need. The chicken dish I ordered had a “sweet and sour bacon sauce” and I simply left out the packet of sugar they sent to make it completely low carb. The portions were good sizes too. In fact, we found we had far too much asparagus and tomatoes to go with our lamb so we only used half of each (and I wrote the recipe for half of each as well, to reflect a lower carb count).
Perhaps the only thing I could wish for, as someone who has to watch her carbs, is a full nutritional count for each serving on either the recipe card or the website. Or both, preferably, so that anyone could make informed choices based on their dietary needs. Really though, it was a very positive meal delivery experience and I would do it again. Yes, I received these meals for free to review, but I haven’t cancelled my membership with them and am toying with the idea of doing it once a month or so (at my own expense!). That’s the nice thing, there is no serious commitment here. You can swap out recipes for what you prefer, you can easily skip a week, and you can cancel at any time. I am skipping the next two or three weeks but thinking I might do it again when school starts up and life gets hectic.
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Grilled Lamb with Asparagus, Olives, & Tomatoes
- 10 ounces lamb loin
- Salt and pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp olive or avocado oil
Pan Roasted Asparagus
- 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil, divided
- 0.3 ounces minced garlic
- 3 ounces mixed cherry tomatoes, halved
- 0.7 ounces sliced black olives
- 6 ounces asparagus spears
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 lemon
- 0.5 ounces shredded Parmesan
- Liberally salt and pepper lamb. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add the oil. When oil begins to shimmer, add lamb loin and cook, turning once, until browned all over, about 2 to 4 minutes per side.
- Transfer to a carving board and tent with foil.
Asparagus & Tomatoes:
- In the same skillet over medium heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil and the garlic. Sauté 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and olives and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
- Turn heat to medium high. Add remaining oil and the asparagus in a single layer. Cover and cook until asparagus is bright green, about 4 minutes. Uncover and increase heat to high. Season with salt and pepper and cook, turning with tongs, until browned on the edges and tender. Remove to a plate and squeeze lemon over. Top with tomato mixture and parmesan cheese.
Food energy: 612kcal Total fat: 44.30g Calories from fat: 398 Cholesterol: 127mg Carbohydrate: 7.73g Total dietary fiber: 2.73g Protein: 39.91g
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Terra’s Kitchen. The opinions and text are all mine.