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Soup weather + Just Add Cooking

I received a free meal kit delivery from Just Add Cooking in exchange for this post. 

It is 900% soup weather in New England (not that I don’t eat this lentil soup when during the blazing heat of summer, because I do) and I’m always on the hunt for my new favorite vegetarian soup.  Bonus points if the ingredients sort of magically show up on my door step.

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I had the opportunity to try Just Add Cooking again this winter (I reviewed their vegetarian meals when the company was newly launched) and may have found my new soup of winter.  Their Tuscan Ribollitta was my favorite meal recently– delicious, easy to make and perfect for soup weather.  Technically it’s more commerce than magic, but the ingredients were hand delivered to our door in Southie, so… bonus points awarded.

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One of my favorite things about Just Add Cooking is their commitment to sustainability across the board.  They source ingredients from New England, use minimal packaging and hand deliver their meal kits each week.  I was really impressed with how their packaging has evolved since I first tried Just Add Cooking (though I was impressed then, too).  The ingredients for each meal are packed together, making prep so easy and organized, and the packaging was all recyclable.  

Just Add Cooking offers three vegetarian meals per week (non-vegetarians have a few more options to choose from) and subscriptions are flexible (you can skip weeks as needed).

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I had to reach out to customer service because I was missing some of my perishable ingredients (which are packed separately from the non-perishables) and… how often do you get to say this?… the customer service experience was honestly delightful.  Katie from Just Add Cooking followed up with both an email and phone call and was so helpful in sorting out the mix-up.  My subsequent orders have been perfect, and I sort of love how they use a frozen water bottle in lieu of those mysterious frozen gel pack things other companies use.  

I’m looking forward to adding a few new soup (and other non-soup foods, too) recipes to my repertoire this winter with my subscription.  Pssst.  There’s falafel on next week’s vegetarian menu…

To find out of Just Add Cooking delivers to your neighborhood,  please visit their website.  Plans start at $59 for new customers. 

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Dying over how cute the kids looked today in their TB12 gear at gymnastics
  • Trying to remember which tutorial I followed to get to gmail inbox zero… in like 2013… so, that’s my Friday night for you
  • 10 Ways to Fill Your Kitchen with Positive Energy from The Kitchn

What’s your favorite winter comfort food?

Today: Just Add Cooking.

I recently had the opportunity to try a complimentary two-person, three-meal box from Boston-based meal service Just Add Cooking.  In theory, I love to cook… but in reality, I love to cook the same three things over and over.  I often end up eating whatever I whip up for Grace for dinner (fortunately, she has good taste).  

Just Add Cooking provided the perfect opportunity to shake things up a bit… and eat like an adult.

With seven recipes to choose from each week, three of which are vegetarian (so the choice was an easy one for me).  The remaining options usually feature poultry, seafood, pork and beef.  Meals that are designated as gluten-free have been evaluated by a dietitian and are clearly labeled as such, so there’s no second guessing.
My box included everything I needed to make the following meals:
  • Indian Vegetable Curry
  • Vegetable Hash
  • Halloumi Skewers and Couscous
My box was delivered on a Sunday morning, so I carved out some time with my favorite little pajama-clad sous chef and got to work.  Grace loves helping mix and pour ingredients, and asking, “What this is?” about… everything.  
It takes a bit longer for meals to come together, but it’s worth it to hear Grace yell, “More cauliflower!” at Clark later in the day.  
I’ve checked out other meal services before, but never followed through after reading mixed reviews.  Being a local company, Just Add Cooking is able to pack and deliver meals throughout Eastern Massachusetts the same day.  They use couriers instead of shipping services, so packing materials are minimal.  Like… surprisingly minimal.  Everything except the freezer bag is biodegradable.
I loved knowing that the ingredients I received were locally sourced, locally produced, and organic whenever possible.  In addition to detailed recipes (which include a really helpful preparation timeline for people like me who are inclined to wing it… only to burn half of what I make after forgetting to chop the onion or grate the carrots or, like… stop sampling the cheese), Just Add Cooking includes source information about each perfectly portioned ingredient included in each box.
My box included:
  • Spinach from The Kitchen Garden in Sunderland, MA
  • Tomatoes from Long Wind Farm in Thetford, VT
  • Apples from Barden Family Orchard in North Scituate, RI
  • Red potatoes from Maplewood Farm in Portsmouth, RI
  • Cheddar from Grafton Village Cheese Company in Brattleboro, VT
  • Bell peppers from Confreda Greenhouses and Farms in Hope, RI
Because Just Add Cooking took the guesswork out of both meal planning and shopping, I really enjoyed preparing each meal — almost as much as I enjoyed, you know… enjoying them.  Each recipe yielded exactly two portions.  I found cooking on Sunday and reheating during the week to work quite well (life as a lazy pregnant lady at its finest).  
Boxes start at $39 for a two-person, three-meal box (normally $69) and $69 for a four-person, three-meal box (normally $109) for the first box for new customers.  This promotional price will be automatically applied to your first purchase (Just Add Cooking and register by clicking “Get Cooking”).  Subscriptions are flexible, so you can skip weeks whenever you please.  This means I can keep an eye out for weeks when all three vegetarian meals capture my attention (and appetite), without being wasteful on weeks when I’m just not feeling it.
I’m already looking forward to our next delivery.  And I think Grace is, too.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary meal box.  All opinions are my own.  Obvi (I hope).
Also On Tap for Today:

Do you meal plan/prep each week?  Or do you wing it?