Grocery stores are teaming with prepared foods. Chances are though, they are filled with preservatives, sodium and other ingredients you don’t want to be eating on a regular basis.
But grocery shopping to make meals from scratch can take a lot of time. So can searching for new, engaging recipes that are within your cooking level.
That’s where services such as Chef’s Plate and Fresh Canteen come in.
These Toronto companies deliver interesting recipes and fresh, pre-portioned ingredients right to your door, so that you can then create quick chef-inspired meals without needing any professional cooking training or having to take culinary classes.
Cutting out the need to shop for the ingredients in the correct amount you’ll need for each recipe, and having to sift through countless recipes to find a good one, these grocery delivery programs save you a ton of time. They also allow you to try new recipes and ingredients.
Chef’s Plate releases six new recipes each week, designed by Executive Chef Jason Rosso, that take 25 minutes or less.
Last night I made their Creole Chicken Etouffee with Blackened Zucchini and Black Eyed-Peas (difficulty: medium), which turned out quite nicely and took exactly 25 minutes from start to finish. For those of you who want to up your cooking game and try out new dishes and ingredients (when was the last time you used veal sauce in anything?), these meals are a great way to practice different cooking techniques and experience new flavours.
If you are in the delivery zone for Chef’s Plate, next Monday you could be enjoying Bucatini Jardiniere, Paella Valencia, Bangkok Noodle Stir Fry and Japanese Chicken Salad.
Forget about your go-to casserole or dinner-in-a-hurry pasta with jarred sauce. Now you’re serving gourmet meals that you cooked yourself.
It won't be long before your friends and family start addressing you as "Chef."