Microwaveable meals just don't appeal to me. So I was a bit wary when I was approached by Everdine asking if I wanted to try out their 'gourmet microwavable meals'. I did a bit of research before I replied to see if this was worth trying.
- Everdine is a subscription-box service of premium and healthy microwavable meals that are ready to eat within 10 minutes;
- The meals are delivered to the customer on a weekly basis;
- There is a huge emphasis on clean eating, therefore they do not contain any artificial flavours or processed foods;
- Their menus have been created and prepared by chefs that were trained in Michelin-starred restaurants; and
- The meals are blast-freezed right after cooking sealing the quality and nutrients of a freshly cooked meal.
This sounded much more appealing than a supermarket finest ready-made meal. I wanted to know (and taste) more.
A 'Classic' set of 8 meals which consisted of meat and vegetarian options were delivered to my home. I eat a freshly cooked meal for dinner therefore these meals were ideal for my lunch breaks.
The meals were varied and I have listed a few of the meals to give a better understanding of the different types of options available for a consumer:
Rainbow Vegetable Pad Thai - Cooked Noodles, Egg Omelette in a Pad Thai sauce with beansprouts, savoy cabbage, carrots, courgettes and peppers.
Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Salsa - Marinated cooked chicken breast with basmati rice, pineapple, spinach and sweetcorn in a caribbean style sauce.
Tofu and Shiitake Mushrooms with Black Bean Sauce - Tofu pieces and shiitake mushrooms in a black bean sauce in brown rice and red quinoa.
Cherry & Hoisin Duck with Wilted Greens - Cooked wholewheat noodles with roasted duck breast in a hoisin and cherry sauce with pak choi, broccoli and kale.
Parsnip & Paneer Curry - Parsnip curry with paneer pieces and vegetable served with pilau rice.
Lemon & Black pepper Chicken - Marinated chicken breast in lemon and black pepper sauce with kale, broccoli and butternut squash served with spaghetti.
Tandoori Salmon with Red Lentil Dahl - Chargrilled tandoori salmon with a butternut squash and lentil sauce, cauliflower and kale.
On the days I opted to eat an Everdine meal I would take the meal out of the freezer in the morning and let it defrost until lunchtime. This meant that my meals were completely defrosted by the time I ate them. Everdine recommends to microwave straight from frozen and if completely thawed, to take 2 minutes off the heating time.
Heating would normally take under 10 minutes, mixing the ingredients together half way through.
Every single meal was delicious. Like, crazy good! Surprisingly good! The flavours were rich and appetizing. A lot of my friends normally associate clean eating with dry, plain meals (I must admit that I used to be one of those individuals before I became a bit more adventurous and experimental with my 'clean' cooking). These meals were the complete opposite of dry and plain!
PRO'S & CON'S
- These are fantastic for those who want to lose weight without compromising on taste and satisfaction. You want to eat healthy and be satisfied after every meal.
- Because these are ready to eat within 10 minutes, these are brilliant for those who don't have the luxury of time to food shop or cook if you're constantly on the go.
- You know you are getting meals from people who know their stuff. The chefs have been trained in Michelin-starred restaurants which makes me feel confident knowing that they know what good, high quality food is.
As much as I have enjoyed devouring these meals there are a few not so positive points that I do need to mention.
- If I were to subscribe to Everdine, I would choose the Classic set of 8 meals, which is £68 a box, which breaks down to £8 a meal. Everdine believe that these meals are not harmful on your wallet; however, £8 a meal is far more than I would spend on my daily lunch. If I were to order for the month it would cost me £272 a month and that is not including my monthly spend on groceries for my breakfasts or dinner.
This to me is the biggest downfall, the cost is far too high for me to sustain. It is very clear that I am not their target audience as I wouldn't be able to afford it. I don’t think it is affordable to the average working individual living in London.
- These meals also wouldn't work for where I am on my fitness journey. I am currently in the process of trying to build on muscle mass, therefore I am trying to consume a lot more and these meals I believe are better for those that are trying to lose weight. I have had to, on multiple days, buy something in addition to these meals to satisfy me. Which isn’t ideal when I'm already spending what I feel is above my lunch allowance.
All in all, I do believe this is a great concept especially for those living and working in a busy environment and who are short on time.
Unfortunately due to the cost this doesn't work for me. Providing the cost was lower, I would definitely opt to have this subscription as it makes my lunch options so much easier and to put it simply, they were absolutely delicious!
However, if this does sound like something you'd be interested in and want to try Everdine meals, use the special offer code "IN1FOURFITS" to receive £30 off your first box! Just click on the link below:
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