I have a really ridiculous first world problem. My problem? I hate planning dinner, buying groceries, and making dinner. I don’t really dislike cooking itself, it’s mostly deciding on what to eat and having the time to pick up the ingredients and make it all. Sometimes I would just rather save the time and effort, snack on a few crackers over the sink, and spend more time with my dog, family, friends, or myself!
I can’t always live off of takeout, eating out, or the kindness and culinary skills of my friends so last week I tried Prepd.
Prepd is a meal delivery service that sources, measures, and pre-portions all the ingredients you need for delicious recipes and delivers it all right to your door. Their goal is to help busy people cook fresh and delicious meals at home in 40 minutes or less. On a Monday evening after working late I came home to find this waiting for me:
It contained the recipes and all of the ingredients (except for basics like salt, pepper, and olive oil) for two full meals.
Using the recipe cards which outline each step in detail, I made both dishes in under 45 minutes. The soup easily made about 4-5 servings and I split the sirloin dinner into two portions to cover my dinner and lunch for the next day. If you eat smaller portions you manage to swing leftovers like these for work:
Based on the two meals I received, I would say the quality of the ingredients was very good. My stirloin steak was juicy and all of my vegetables were fresh. Any perishable ingredients were packaged with a cold pack to keep them cool and deliveries are made in the early evening to ensure food isn’t spoiling on your porch all day. Prepd also tries to support local farms and vendors, where possible.
For my order I specified that I have a gluten intolerance and asked that the menu options either accommodate that or to omit the recipe from my order entirely. The team at Prepd went above and beyond to let me know that they had checked each ingredient (including sauces and spices which can be sneaky sources of gluten) and even messaged me afterwords to make sure everything had been okay.
My food was really good, but the recipes for this week sound just as great. I’m talking quinoa stuffed roasted peppers, chicken pesto linguine, and sweet and spicy sesame stir-fry. As the service grows, so will the menu options and offerings.
How does it work?
Prepd plans 3 meals each week. You can view the week’s menu in advance and subscribe online. Then you just wait for your meal kits to arrive! You can purchase 3 meals each week for up to 6 people. Deliveries are made on a weekly basis at a pre-determined time.
I expected the cost of a service like Prepd to be much more than it actually is, especially because of the huge convenience it offers. The reality is that each meal only costs $10 per plate (and per person). For example, if you order 6 plates (3 meals, 2 servings per meal) your order will come to $60. That includes delivery too!
While I was provided two meals to review at no cost, the service Prepd offers is one that really speaks to my lifestyle and needs. At $10 per plate, it isn’t even really more expensive than buying your own groceries. I like the ability to see recipes in advance and decide whether they are ones I would like to order. I am confident in the quality of the ingredients Prepd provides and I will definitely be using (and paying for!) Prepd again in the very near future.
Try Prepd For Yourself!
Want to try Prepd meal delivery for yourself? Enter using the widget below. Contest ends Sunday May 25 at 11:59pm EST. Please only enter if you live within the Prepd Delivery areas (427 in the west, Steeles in the north, Victoria Park in the east and the lake in the south).