Takeout Kit Meal Subscription Box Review – October 2017
Takeout Kit is a meal subscription box aimed at helping you explore international food at home.
Each month, Takeout Kit will send along the ingredients to a globally inspired dish that ups the ante on your favorite takeout cuisine. According to Takeout Kit, all of their ingredients have a two-month shelf life, so you can cook your meal right away or wait until you have a free night to indulge.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Takeout Kit Around the World Subscription
The Cost: $32.00+ for 1 kit per month, or $48.00 for 2 kits per month. Shipping is free!
The Products: The ingredients you need to make takeout-inspired meals from around the globe.
Ships to: U.S.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Takeout Kit‘s menu assortment is quite extensive. Currently, you can choose from 10 offerings. This month, I went with Moroccan Shakshuka with Freekeh and Harissa. You can read a bit of history on each takeout meal along with the region in which it originated on the info card provided.
On the flip side of your info card, you’ll find your recipe along with a visual guide to what supplies you’ll need (pots, pans, etc.).
Cook Time: 25-35 minutes
Here are the ingredients:
Cracked Freekeh – Estimated value $4.00 based on similar items
This high-fiber grain is used in Mediterranean cooking. I had never tried it prior to this recipe, but I was excited to learn that it has a whopping 8g of protein per serving and 4x the fiber of brown rice.
It’s nice that Takeout Kit provides pantry items like EVOO! With weekly meal kits, you are expected to stock your own basics like oils, simple spices, sugar, and sometimes eggs.
Carmelina San Marzano Italian Peeled Tomatoes, 14.28 oz. (2) – Value $6.00
I’ve made shakshuka in the past, and the majority of the dish is tomato-based, so I was thrilled to see such quality tomatoes here.
Coriander Spice Blend
Harissa Spice Blend
Roland Whole Red Pimientos, 13.75 oz. – Value $3.57
These red peppers were juicy, firm, and would be great for stuffing as well.
A smooth, mint tea that’s often enjoyed with Moroccan dishes.
I started off this simple recipe by rehydrating my onion in a couple tablespoons of water.
I then moved on to the freekeh, a grain that I was previously completely unfamiliar with. The cooking process is similar to rice or quinoa though: bring it to a boil and then turn down to low and let simmer, covered.
The canned tomatoes are whole, so they need to be chopped down. I actually chopped mine up directly in a large bowl, but you can also remove them from the juice so that they’re chopped separately on a flat surface.
Same goes for the red peppers: I chopped those up, roughly, into 1 inch pieces.
The rehydrated onion was added to the heated olive oil in a very large pan. The recipes actually called for a skillet, but I don’t own any cast iron, so a nonstick pan had to do. I then added the red peppers and allowed those to soften for a few minutes.
The spice mixtures and tomatoes came together, and I added this blend to the hot pan.
I chose to crack 4 eggs into my shakshuka (totally optional, but it really makes the dish, in my opinion). I just let them simmer in my covered pan for 10 minutes with the bay leaves on top. Because it’s not a necessity to the dish, you must provide your own eggs. Feta cheese is also suggested as a potential garnish. I think that parsley would be great as well!
The final product was super delicious. The tomato-y baked egg mixture is served with freekeh to give it somebody, and the mint tea is a wonderful compliment. I found the steps to be extremely easy and the ingredients to be authentic. Perfect for breakfast or an easy lunch!
Verdict: I really loved this month’s Takeout Kit dish. It continues to impress me that Takeout Kit provides its subscribers with such unique meal offerings from all over the world. As someone who loves travel and experiencing different cultures, it’s a real treat. The $25.00 box cost (including free shipping) is also pretty reasonable for an authentic Moroccan meal that serves 4. These kits would be terrific for someone with a busy lifestyle and adventurous palate, or even as a gift for someone like a college student who wants easy, unusual dishes on hand.
What do you think of this Takeout Kit dish?