Friday, October 25, 2013

Review: Relished Meal Delivery Service

I enjoy cooking. It's just the shopping and gathering of the ingredients that get me down. As a busy working mom, I just don't have the time to curate daily menus, shop and gather all the necessary ingredients. Here's a new-to-Chicago meal delivery service that takes the busy work out of cooking and promises fresh new recipes with ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions that arrive right at your doorstep: Relished.  
Rigatoni Bolognese

Here's how it works: you receive one box per week containing all the ingredients you'll need to prepare three meals of 2, 4, or six servings. The recipes are created by Relished's Executive Chef, a Chicago native and former Executive Chef of Weber Grill, McCormick & Schmick's and most recently, Park Grill. All of the ingredients are locally sourced and fresh, not frozen.   
My first box arrived on a Wednesday, and since I'd forgotten that I placed the order and had forgotten to plan for dinner, it was a very happy surprise to come home from work and school pick and open a box that contained enough ingredients to feed my family home-cooked meals not only for that evening but for three evenings. For me at least, it was a joy to prepare meals with the ingredients all ready to go. 
The recipes in our first weekly box - Herb Salmon Salad, Rigatoni Bolognese with Fresh Pasta and Vegetables, and Maple Bacon Pork Tendorloin with Acorn Squash and Rapini - were all super easy to prepare, with step-by-step, visual instructions. The ingredient quality was exceptional; I especially enjoyed the fresh rigatoni sourced from Pasta Fresca, one of our Italian-American family's favorite housemade pasta shops in the near Western suburbs. 
Everyone in our family enjoyed each and every meal (including my 4-year-old, who tends to be picky). The highlight meal was the Rigatoni Bolognese: portions were so generous that my son's friend dined with us that evening and we all still enjoyed generous portions. The meals were all seasonally appropriate, and the Rigatoni Bolognese seemed to have been timed perfectly, as it was a warm, home cooked meal on one of the first chilly nights of Autumn. 
This is a great service to try if you just don't have time to plan and shop for meals and yet you enjoy cooking at home. I like to know that I have the ingredients in-home to cook healthy, seasonal dinners for my family, and this service did all the busy work for me. It also mixes up our family menus, avoiding meal repeats or last minute runs for takeaway. 
For more information or to order a box of your own, visit
Maple Bacon Roast Tenderloin
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Disclosure: I received a trial box of Relished meals. I was not asked to write about Relished. All opinions are my own. 

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