As people struggle with becoming more and more time poor, many are looking at ways of trying to outsource some of the more menial or everyday tasks that while being essential, are not necessarily tasks that require your own input or even valuable time.
A growing trend is to outsource grocery shopping and there are many excellent on-line companies offering that service. But it’s not just the grocery shopping that’s time consuming; a lot of energy is also spent trying to source recipes, work out menus and decide on what to put on the table that evening.
My Food Bag is an on-line business that not only delivers groceries but also provides everything you need to make five meals for the week using local seasonal products with free-range sustainability. Not only do you not need to go out to shop, you also don’t need to plan menus or enter into that crisis stage where you just can’t think of what you’re going to cook for your family that evening.
Using My Food Bag is very simple. There are four food bags to choose from including ‘classic’, a food bag that will feed two adults and two older children, ‘family’ for two adults and two or three smaller children, ‘gourmet’ for two adults, and ‘my own’ for a single adult. Additionally there are fruit boxes that can be ordered.
All you have to do is choose your food bag and a couple of days before your order is delivered you will be advised of the menus for that week. Your order is delivered on a Sunday (there is no charge for delivery), and a text message will alert you to the time your order will be delivered.
I was invited to try the My Food Bag service. I selected the ‘classic’ food bag and a few days later my order arrived exactly when I’d been advised it would be on my door step. The meat, fish and a couple of other items requiring refrigeration were all packed into a cooler bag where they were certainly well chilled. I was very pleased to see that a lot of the meat was free-range and that the chicken was chemical and hormone free.
The remaining produce was packed into two bags and included a handy folder that’s divided seasonally to file the recipes. There were five recipe cards for the five meals we’d be cooking that week including fish tacos, a chicken and pesto pasta, an Asian stir-fry with pork mince, grilled steak with potato salad and a green salad, and Lebanese lamb with tabbouleh and pomegranate hummus.
I was really impressed that the meals weren’t at all dull and boring and nothing like the ‘meat and three veg’ we all grew up with. Lots of cuisines from around the world were represented and there were some gourmet ingredients included that made the meals quite special.
I have to say I found the service extremely convenient and it was a joy to not have to worry about what to cook that evening and not have to find the time to fit in shopping for ingredients for the nightly meal.
The recipes are created by Nadia Lim and every week, she and her team of chefs and nutritionists dream up inspiring, easy-to-cook dinner recipes.
I was concerned we might find ourselves on a bit of ‘portion control’ and feared we might be on some sort of a lean diet but at almost every meal we had more than enough to eat and on a couple of occasions we even had some leftovers.
The vegetables and herbs were all incredibly fresh. I didn’t need to worry about anything not lasting the week. There was only one item I was a little disappointed with and that was the tomatoes. I usually buy vine-ripened and the large tomatoes I received weren’t vine-ripened and I felt lacking in a bit of sweetness and flavour, and the punnet of cherry tomatoes I received weren’t yet ripe enough to be eaten. However, I have no fault with anything else that was delivered.
Just about everything you need to cook the night’s meal is delivered however, it’s a good idea to read through the recipe ahead of beginning the cooking process as there is the odd ingredient that isn’t included. These are all basic pantry items found commonly in most Australian homes like olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, wholegrain mustard and honey.
The other excellent feature of the My Food Bag experience is that there’s no waste. Quite often I cook a recipe that has leftover bits and pieces and then for the rest of the week I struggle to work out how to incorporate those ingredients into a recipe. But with My Food Bag absolutely nothing is wasted. In the ingredients I was sent there was a cucumber and a third of it was used in one recipe and another third in another recipe and the final third in an additional recipe. It was the same with all the ingredients including the lemon where the rind was used and then the juice over two different recipes. Not only is waste minimalised but savings are produced from a lack of waste.
I found My Food Bag to be an excellent and extremely convenient service that delivers interesting and varied ingredients that make exciting and nutritious meals. For Drew and Alfie, their favourite meal of the week was definitely the crispy fish tacos with the Asian-inspired coleslaw. For me it was the chargrilled sirloin steak with warm parmesan potato salad, tomato wedges and green salad. It’s fantastic to be able to add these recipes to my collection.
My Food Bag is definitely a service I would use again and I believe a service like this is so convenient and handy for those who are time-stretched, those who are looking for a bit of menu inspiration, and those who want to eat nutritionally balanced meals.
Hotly Spiced and Crew received a complimentary Classic My Food Bag.