Recently some friends mentioned that they were testing out a subscription service called Purple Carrot. The idea is that you receive a box of fresh ingredients and detailed instructions on how to make a few restaurant-quality, super healthy meals.
They sent us a referral code to try out the service, which we gladly accepted, especially since 1 week of Purple Carrot costs around $70. That’s technically for 3 meals (2 servings per meal), though we found that we got 3 servings out of a few of the meals.
I was a little dubious about how “fresh” the ingredients would be, but the kale and lettuce actually were quite fresh. I was also worried about the resulting waste of having food shipped to us, but everything was recyclable or reusable (or edible).
The meals themselves were unique and delicious. We had a chickpea dish with a combination of chili powder and lemon zest that I need to make again, jackfruit burgers, and tempeh quinoa (all vegetarian).
Most importantly, we had a lot of fun cooking together! I’m normally the chef in the house, so it was fun to cook side by side with Megan.
Would we keep the subscription, though? For now, no. Compared to ordering a meal from a restaurant, it’s much more cost effective, but it comes with the cost of time (around 30 minutes of prep time per meal, plus clean-up time). And, honestly, now that we have the cookbook, if I really want one of these meals, I can easily pick up the ingredients from the grocery store.
But we’ll see. The food was delicious, and I had a good time cooking with Megan.
Have you tried anything like this? What did you think?