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Terra’s Kitchen Subscription Box Review + Coupon – April 2017

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Terra’s Kitchen is a meal kit delivery subscription service with recipes created around the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. According to Terra’s Kitchen, the heart-healthy, inflammation-reducing Mediterranean diet includes “colorful fruits and vegetables, nuts, heart-healthy fats (like olive oil and avocados) and minimizes red meat, sugar, and saturated fat.”

Unlike other meal kits, which offer smaller weekly menus, Terra’s Kitchen offers a menu of 50+ dishes (that changes a little less frequently) with choices for vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, and even low-calorie diets (they even have an entire nutritionist-directed “Real Diet” program for those of you looking for healthy weight loss guidance). Set your preferences, and Terra’s Kitchen will match you with weekly meals to fit. Or, you can dive into the menu and pick what recipes work for you!

When you sign up, you’ll also choose how many meals you’d like to receive per week. Options are:

3 Dinners for 2 People (Meals start at $9.99 per serving with a minimum weekly order of $62.99)

4 Dinners for 2 People (Meals start at $9.99 per serving with a minimum weekly order of $62.99)

2 Dinners for 4 People (Meals start at $9.99 per serving with a minimum weekly order of $62.99)

This is a review of the vegetarian version of the 3 Dinners for 2 People option ($62.99 per week).

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One big difference between Terra’s Kitchen and other meal kit delivery subscriptions is that it ships your ingredients in this heavy duty, reusable package.

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Swing open the doors of the cooler, and you’ll find all of your pre-portioned ingredients neatly packaged and arranged on its teal shelves. Ingredients are antibiotic and hormone-free and mostly GMO-free and organic.

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Once you’ve transferred all of the chilled, fresh ingredients to your fridge, you’ll follow the instructions on the box and leave it out front of your house to be picked up (and used again)! It’s definitely an out-of-the-ordinary approach, but I have to say, I love it! Recycling meal subscription box after box (and its insulation, and ice packs, and other materials) still feels like I’m creating a lot of waste, so I love knowing that this one cooler will be able to be used over and over again.

I also really like that the ingredients were packaged in small, super-light plastic containers that fit comfortably in the drawers of my fridge. Terra’s Kitchen does some of the chopping, slicing, and dicing for you, which not only helps the recipes go faster but makes for smaller packages of ingredients that are easier to store.

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The Subscription Box: Terra’s Kitchen

The Cost: $9.99 and up per serving + free shipping

COUPON: Use code TKNOW35 to save $35 off your first order!

The Products: Quality, pre-portioned (and often, pre-chopped!) ingredients plus easy-to-follow recipes for health-conscious, Mediterranean-diet-inspired dishes.

Ships to: Ships to most of the U.S.

Check out the Meal Delivery Subscription Box Directory for more food and meal kits and make sure to add Terra’s Kitchen to your subscription list or wishlist!

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I’m so excited to try my first Terra’s Kitchen box! I’ve been exploring a lot of meal kit subscriptions lately, and one recurring frustration is that the recipes usually take me longer than the recipe cards specify. I’m new in the kitchen, so the “simple” steps like chopping produce end up taking me longer than they would a more experienced cook. The fact that Terra’s Kitchen preps a lot of the ingredients for you sounds really appealing… But of course, the ease of the process won’t mean anything if the food isn’t delicious!

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Here are some more details about the process. I like that they include this little checklist of how to handle your shipping “vessel.”

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Crispy Sesame Tofu + Bok Choy Stir-Fry

Price per Serving: $10.99

Calories per Serving: 608

Time to Table, According to Terra’s Kitchen: 30 Minutes

Actual Time to Table: 30 Minutes

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Wait a minute, Anna—did you say that you actually finished this recipe within the time the recipe card said you would? YES! I’m as surprised as you are since I almost always run 10 minutes over whatever the recipe says. But check out how easy this is:

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The steps of this recipe are basically cooking the rice, pressing the tofu (which is literally just putting some heavy stuff on the paper-towel-wrapped brick of tofu for a few minutes), making a dressing, then bringing it all together into Asian-inspired stir-fry perfection. Cooking the rice made me nervous, as rice has done me wrong before. But it worked pretty well! There were a few bits left stuck to the bottom of the pan, but the majority of the rice was fluffy, soft, and delicious.

During the 15 minutes that the rice was cooking, I easily whipped up the honey-ginger soy sauce and prepped my frying pan. This wasn’t like other meal kits that had me bouncing between a bunch of different pans, trying to monitor a bunch of goings-on at once. I never felt rushed, and before I knew it, the fragrant meal was ready to go!

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I did think this dish needed an extra pinch of salt on top, but otherwise, it was wonderfully delectable. It had a great kick of spice from the red pepper flakes (which are easy to leave out, if that’s not your thing), and the nutty, hearty, tender tofu was so satisfying to bite into. I was most delighted by the bok choy stems, which tasted like the crispy, fresh mid-point between celery and onion. I loved this filling meal, and I’ve gotta say, it tastes even better the next day!

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Terra Buddha Bowl

Price per Serving: $10.99 per Serving

Calories per Serving: 407

Time to Table, According to Terra’s Kitchen: 30 Minutes

Actual Time to Table: 30 Minutes

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AGAIN! I made this dish within the 30-minute stated time frame, again! I can’t believe it. This kit is so darn easy.

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Buddha bowls are a big food trend, especially among the healthy crowd, so I was excited to try one. It’s basically a big bowl of proteins, grains, and tasty veggies—basically a next-level salad. This dish is also centered around rice, but since the first dish went okay, I was feeling pretty confident about cooking this next round of rice. And it went great! The most complicated part of this dish was making the dressing, just because it involved getting out the blender (and yes, I’m aware that getting out a blender is not very complicated—that’s my point!).

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I arranged the dish the way they had it on the recipe card, but I ended up mixing everything together before chowing down. The lime brings such a delicious brightness to the dish, and I’m already planning on roasting up more of these BBQ-esque chickpeas! (You roll them in brown sugar and paprika and they are so tender and tasty and awesome when they come out of the oven.) My roasted red onions turned a strange silvery-purple color, which weirded me out initially, but that didn’t matter once I tried their sweet, savoriness. I will say, I didn’t think the flavors of the individual elements of this dish complemented each other, as well as the ingredients in the tofu recipe, did. But I liked this dish nonetheless. And that’s a good thing because there is a TON of it to eat through. Hello, leftovers!

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Curried Chickpea + Spinach Bowl

Price per Serving: $11.99

Calories per Serving: 460

Time to Table, According to Terra’s Kitchen: 25 Minutes

Actual Time to Table: 25 Minutes

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That’s right, I’m 3 for 3 with getting these recipes done before the clock runs out! I was ready to rock with the rice, and as soon as that was set to go on the stove, I got to work at prepping the rest of the dish. By the time the rice was fluffed up and ready to serve, the deliciously aromatic chickpeas were done. I felt like a real chef, syncing everything up to plate and serve!

One thing I didn’t think I’d get from this box was a bunch of techniques I could use again. I figured if most everything came prepped and ready to go, I’d just be dumping things into pots and enjoying the outcomes. Sure, the process is still super easy, but I’m learning how easy it is to make curries and dressings and sauces I would otherwise just buy at the store. It’s rewarding making my own, and I’m already imagining the different veggies I could serve with these tasty elements (like adding potatoes to the curry or trying the avocado dressing from the Buddha Bowl with roasted veggies).

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I’m a huge Indian food fan, but it always leaves me in the mood for a nap. This dish was way less heavy than the Indian food I’d get in a takeout order—there’s less sauce than I’d usually expect, but the flavors are bold and warm and awesome nonetheless. I love the addition of the spinach, too. It’s a great way to get some greens into my day. This might be my favorite meal of the box!

Verdict: I am SWOONING over Terra’s Kitchen! As a new cook, I found these recipes perfect for my skill level. They were easy, but not so obvious that they were boring. Part of the ease comes from the recipes, but part of it is the way the box works. Having ingredients organized in little plastic containers (which are so easy to stack and recycle) makes it easy to grab everything from the fridge and get rolling on my recipe. And the fact that I don’t have to worry about what to do with a clumsy cardboard box is convenient and environmentally friendly. There are lots of options in the menu, the food is super-healthy and delicious, the prices are on par with what Plated or Blue Apron charge per serving… oh, and did I mention that the recipe cards are 3-hole punched so you can easily slide them into a folder for safe keeping? I’m fangirling out about a meal kit box, folks. I highly recommend it!

What do you think of Terra’s Kitchen?

Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

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23 Comments

  1. Anna – for someone who is new in the kitchen, I must say that your plating of each meal is beautiful! I love to cook and have been doing it for a long time, but I just can’t seem to get the hang of making my plates look so aesthetically pleasing.

  2. I was supposed to get my first order today. It never arrived…. Waiting to see what happens next

    • I guess my box never got far enough by fed ex to get here in time. They credited my card and I am going to try again for next week.

  3. I hope that outer box that gets sent back just looks dirty from the camera angle. It looks like it is filthy and dusty. The idea is good but that is soooo disgusting. I don’t think that would be approved by any health department. God knows what other people are spilling in it or how sanitary someone’s house is. I hope they scrub them. The box Anna has is literally covered in dust and dirt.

    • I’m so confused… do your subscription boxes arrive clean? Mine are often dirty… that’s just how shipping works. Who cares how clean the outside of the box is?

      • Hi Karen! So, the box itself is kind of scuffed up, but no more than any box might be after going through UPS or FedEx or whatnot. One thing I should clarify is that the “box” isn’t just an ordinary cardboard box – it’s kind of like a mini-fridge that has a bunch of plastic drawers inside. Terra’s Kitchen refers to it as a “vessel”, haha. The outer shell is sort of a plastic version of cardboard, but that seems like it’s just to protect the plastic, cooler-like vessel.

        In other words, you don’t have to worry about this being unsanitary! It’s actually the tidiest box I’ve tried! Nothing was melting, dripping, or sweating inside the way ingredients or ice packs in other boxes do. I totally understand the worry, though, so thanks for asking – sorry I didn’t clarify before 🙂

  4. I love this Box! This is my third week, and basically have made it my diet food. I have picked only salads, fruit, Juices,and protein. Very easy to stay on this diet if everything is made for you 🙂 I hope to move on in a coupe of weeks to the meals , but really ordering the side of protein like chicken or shrimp has been more than enough!

  5. That vessel is way too heavy. plus it seems like germ magnet
    I tried them once. Did not like them. Not fat, no flavor.
    They have billed me out of the blue and sent awful food I didnt order.
    Disgusting really.

  6. Thank you for reviewing this! I have been tempted to give them a try before now but hesitant until I saw an MSA review first. I’m going to look into trying them. The part I was most curious about was whether they really made it easier with the prepping. I am a super lazy, “don’t wanna” cook and we’re eating out way too often because of it. So this might be a better option to try.

    • Oh wow, I am with you!!! Sometimes, sure, I like spending time prepping and chopping ingredients and pretending I’m a real-life chef. But especially during the week, when I get home from work, I’d rather not put more time than I have to between me and a tasty, healthy meal. I’ll admit that when I signed up, I sort of thought the recipes would be “open ingredients, dump ingredients into pan, cook, serve.” They’re not THAT easy, but they’re still wildly simpler (and faster!) than other services I’ve tried.

      One thing I will note is that because Terra’s Kitchen has more of a health bent to them than other boxes, the recipes aren’t as hearty or comfort-food-y (though they are still really delicious). I’d say that salt and pepper are your friends with this box. When they say to season something, really go for it! It’ll help make the flavors pop. I NEVER salt my food, but this box has taught me how even a sprinkle here and there makes a HUGE difference in how satisfying the flavors are. And it’s probably still substantially less salt than you’d be getting eating out at restaurants.

      So glad the review was helpful! If you end up trying Terra’s Kitchen, definitely let me know what you think!!!

  7. I tried this service for about a month. My last two boxes were abandoned. The third wasn’t picked up until my next delivery (so I had to keep putting it out every day for a week), and the final box was never picked up, and I had to eventually throw it away. When I contacted customer service, all I got were form responses promising my box would be picked up the next day.

    • I would say the problem was Fed-X not Terra’s Kitchen. I love those boxes it is like a little refrigerator!

  8. Ah! I’ve been dying to try this one – thanks for the in depth review.

    • And FYI all your food reviews are top notch. I’m just curious to also see a meat option review because quality and freshness of meat in these services is one of the main issues I like to see.

  9. I noticed you had white rice with every single meal. Is that just because they offer some dishes with white rice that sounded good to you, and you happened to end up choosing them? Or is like everything vegetarian accompanied by white rice?

    (I eat plenty of whole grains but avoid refined carbohydrates like white rice, white pasta, white flour, etc.)

    • If you check their website they literally have dozens of recipes to choose from so you aren’t locked into just a few certain recipes a week. So she definitely chose these herself.

    • Hi Ragan! Southernprincess is right – there are lots of recipes to pick from, some that include rice, others that don’t. I just popped into my Terra’s Kitchen account to check out the menu options, though, and I will say that vegetarian options that don’t feature either white flour or white rice are limited (though there are some quinoa dishes and even a dish centered around cauliflower rice – yum!).

      One cool thing about Terra’s Kitchen, though, is that you don’t have to be signed up to see what’s on the menu. I’d recommend hopping over to their site and going to the “Menu + Pricing” page – you’ll see all of the dishes you’d be able to choose from as a member. That might be the best way to see what you’d be in for and whether what they offer fits your needs 🙂

      Thanks for asking, Ragan! I hope that’s helpful 🙂

  10. I absolutely *** LOVE *** this box! I’ve tried almost every single food delivery subscription out there and this is my favorite. It’s eco-friendly and love that the 90% of the prep is already done.

  11. I also love the idea of the returnable/reusable packaging and the meals look really good — you got me to check out the full menu on the website. But for the non-vegetarian meals, the cost per serving can get significantly higher than my current Home Chef $9.95/serving price. Granted, I wouldn’t have to do as much prep work with these recipes, but I’m not sure I can justify the cost of 3 or 4 meals a week with the benefit of convience at even higher prices…I’m at my limit of justifying my laziness and hatred of going to the grocery store and doing meal planning already. Haha.

  12. Personally, the reusable box grosses me out. I’d rather have food packed in a fresh, unused, cardboard box that I can easily recycle than worry about receiving a potentially dirty reusable box that might have been sitting in someone’s house before they shipped it out. And if they clean it, what do they use? Too many questions. Yuck!

    • I’m not 100% sure what you’re talking about. The food isn’t stored in reusable containers. The food is in its own sealed packages. The vessel replaces all the one-time use landfill Styrofoam coolers that other food subs come in.

    • Hi Heidi! I totally get that it sounds weird, but know that the reusable box situation is actually pretty neat and tidy. It’s not a cardboard box like other meal kits come in – it’s more like a little plastic cooler with drawers inside. The ingredients are all packaged in lightweight, sealed plastic containers that sit neatly in the drawers, so nothing’s disturbed or bruised during shipping. The containers the ingredients are in, you open and toss (hopefully in the recycling bin) when you’re done cooking your meal. Just the big cooler part is what gets sent back and reused.

      I actually found it wayyy tidier than other meal kits, which ship in cardboard boxes with ice packs that sweat or have leaky ingredients that just jostle around in the box together. That said, I don’t know what the process is for cleaning the cooler before it’s shipped again, and I totally respect you feeling weird about not knowing where the cooler’s been before! But I’d say it’s actually a way cleaner, tidier experience than you’d expect 🙂

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Heidi!!!

  13. Wow! That delivery system is pretty awesome!!

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