As many of you know, I love eating, and I love eating out. Trying new restaurants, new dishes are amongst one of my top 5 things to do of all time. But when I heard about Chefs Plate now being available in BC, I was very excited to see what I could possibly whip up in my OWN kitchen!
Chefs Plate is a Canadian web-based company that has recently become available to people living in BC. Their idea is quite simple, you get to pick your menu from their "2-person plan" or "family plan", and they deliver it right to your door! They offer a new menu for you to choose from every week so you won't find yourself getting bored of the "same old recipe". All dishes are nutritious and balanced, which is awesome, because we all know I need more of that in my life! You get to pick the day and time that works best for them to deliver all the ingredients to your door, and even if you're not home, they'll drop it off in a refrigerated box, so you don't need to worry about the ingredients going bad.
When my box arrived, I was extremely excited, but who am I kidding, everyone gets excited when they receive a box in the mail! The inside of the box was well packaged, everything had its place, and was very organized - it even came with an apron (which made me really feel like a chef)! The 2 meals I picked were in its own bag, with everything portioned and ready-to-go.
One of the meals I chose is the Chicken Stroganoff! It's one of those meals that I love but have never successfully made on my own! To my relief, it came with an easy-to-follow instruction card, accompanied with pictures. As I mentioned before, everyone came portioned, so all you have to do is chop up the vegetables! I didn't even have to cut up the chicken since it came perfectly cut into the appropriate sizes.
The finished product! I made THIS! I could hardly believe it myself! I couldn't wait to dig in, and when I did, it tasted heavenly! I could taste every ingredient I've prepared and put in there, it was all so fresh! Really, if I can do it, anyone can! I can hardly wait for my next meal!
The next night came, and with the success of my meal the night before, I was ready to jump start my second menu choice of the week - The Korean Beef Bulgogi. This dish was a little more difficult to make as compared to the last, but the easily laid out instructions made it easy to follow. It actually wasn't very "difficult" to make, just more steps and preparation! One of my favourite moments making this dish is the amazing smell of the bulgogi beef marinating!
After the beef was marinated, all vegetables chopped up, and all the sauce containers were open, it was time to cook! This process wasn't hard at all, and it didn't take long before my meal was once again ready to be devoured.
Ta-da! Here it is, the finished product, my very own homemade Beef Bulgogi on rice. I have to tell you, this dish was absolutely amazing! As I'm writing this now, I am drooling over the taste in my mouth! I know everyone says their food tastes better when they made it themselves but boy, I did not imagine to like this so much!
My experience ordering with Chefs Plate for some delicious, healthy, homemade meals was exceptional - from the picking, to delivery, to cooking up the meals. Not only did I get to have 2 amazing meals, I also gained some tricks and skills in the kitchen, and a little more confidence with cooking.
Words & Photos: Jenn Chan