Terra’s Kitchen Subscription Box Review + Coupon – April 2017
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).
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.
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.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
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!
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!
Here are some more details about the process. I like that they include this little checklist of how to handle your shipping “vessel.”
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
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:
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!
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!
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
AGAIN! I made this dish within the 30-minute stated time frame, again! I can’t believe it. This kit is so darn easy.
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!).
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!
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
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).
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?