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 making the experience totally customizable! You may also add à la carte items like smoothies, salads, and fruit.
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 $72.00)
4 Dinners for 2 People (Meals start at $9.99 per serving with a minimum weekly order of $72.00)
2 Dinners for 4 People (Meals start at $9.99 per serving with a minimum weekly order of $72.00)
This is a review of the 3 Dinners for 2 People vegetarian option (each meal was manually selected for a total of $86.38).
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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.
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.
The ingredients for your recipes are packaged in small, super-light plastic containers—I took the containers out of my vessel and managed to fit all of them in the crisper drawer of my fridge. Terra's Kitchen does most 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.
About Terra's Kitchen
The Subscription Box: Terra's Kitchen
The Cost: $9.99+ per serving, plus free shipping. Minimum purchase order amount is $72.00.
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.
Terra's Kitchen February 2018 Review
Price per Serving: $11.99
Calories per Serving: 591
Time to Table, According to Terra's Kitchen: 30 Minutes
Actual Time to Table: 30 Minutes
I'm a huge fan of kale, sweet potatoes, and chickpeas - the main components of this dish - so I was pretty excited to select this recipe. Bonus that it's vegan! I've been attempting to cut most dairy out of my diet as of lately.
The ingredients are simple, and I love that Terra's Kitchen delivers them prepped and ready to go. I would have never been able to execute such a small dice on red onion if I cut it myself.
I started things off by chopping my sweet potato sticks into cubes. This is pretty common with Terra's Kitchen recipes - to cut an already chopped ingredient into smaller pieces - which is always kind of funny to me. Aren't prepared ingredients part of what comes with that high cost that's associated with the ease of this meal kit? Regardless, it's never that much extra work! I'm just being picky. 🙂
I combined the sweet potato chunks with the red onion and placed the mixture on a baking sheet with a drizzle of oil and a sprinkling of salt, pepper, and cumin. This went into the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
I then seasoned my chickpeas in a bowl with brown sugar, chili powder, salt, and pepper making sure that each chickpea was fully coated.
These went into a hot, olive oil coated skillet to caramelize and cook. I'm used to roasting chickpeas in the oven to remove their moisture, so this method was different for me. The chickpeas never really got the crunch that I expected them too, and the sugar coating became sticky and burnt-looking pretty early on. The recipe states to not become alarmed if they appear to look very dark, though, so that was reassuring!
Once the chickpeas were done cooking (8 minutes), it was time to remove my sheet tray from the oven and place the kale on the pan as well. I scooted the potato/onion mixture to one side and stirred it up a bit while drizzling olive oil and seasoning onto the kale as well. The whole thing went back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
As the vegetables continued to roast, I prepared my sauce! I After initially reading over the recipe, I was surprised to find that the cannellini beans were to be used for the sauce - I was expecting them to go in the bowl with everything else! I added them to my blender with a bit of warm water, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and a dash of cumin.
The result was surprisingly creamy and tasty! Plus, I'm always excited to give my blender some love. It rarely gets used.
Perfectly roasted veggies! The sweet potato was soft with a nice crunch and the kale had somewhat of a crispy-meets-cooked down vibe.
To create each bowl, I started with a bed of kale and added the roasted veggies and sauce on top. Being that ingredients were so simple, I was surprised that this dish had so much flavor! The roasting really brought out the natural sweetness int he potato, and the little bit of cumin was a valuable addition to the dish's balance. I only wish that there was a bit more of a crunchy textural element.
Price per Serving: $10.99
Calories per Serving: 339
Time to Table, According to Terra's Kitchen: 20 Minutes
Actual Time to Table: 20 Minutes
Another pretty simple-looking recipe! However, I don't have a food processor OR a wok. Will have to make do!
Again, I'm loving that finely chopped onion, and it's great that the carrot is already cut into matchsticks and the corn is roasted.
First step: pulse the cauliflower florets in the blender. Yes, I had to go the blender route, but it didn't seem to make any difference whatsoever. I definitely still achieved that rice grain-like effect. So much blender usage this week!
Look at that beautifully finely diced onion! It went in a pan with oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Again, I don't have a wok, so a pan had to do.
I then added the cauliflower and cooked it down a bit. The recipe specified only 30 seconds, but I know that woks get much hotter than regular pans, so I upped the timing directions a bit. After a couple minutes, I set the mixture aside.
In the same pan, I cooked the broccoli, carrots, and corn in hot olive oil as well as the sesame oil. The trick here is to soften the veggies through but not so much that they lose their bite.
Finally, everything was added to the pan with soy sauce. SO easy!
Each bowl was topped with sesame seeds. I was shocked at how much the cauliflower mimicked real rice. So believable, and so delicious! I'll definitely be creating this one again. It's also awesome to know that you're getting that fried rice taste with only vegetables.
Price per Serving: $11.99
Calories per Serving: 516
Time to Table, According to Terra's Kitchen: 30 Minutes
Actual Time to Table: 35 Minutes
At a glance, this recipe appeared to be another fairly easy one. Cooking the quinoa was the one major step!
Lots of bright, holiday-like flavors with the orange, pecans, and thyme.
After rinsing and quickly toasting the quinoa in oil, I finished it by adding water to the pot and cooking with the lid on for about 15 minutes.
As the quinoa was cooking, I prepped the rest of my salad ingredients. The grapes were halved and the Brussels sprouts were thinly sliced. I also roughly chopped the pecans.
Thyme leaves were removed from their stems.
To make the vinaigrette, I whisked together the zest from the orange, its juice, vinegar, oil, salt, pepper, and a bit of the thyme.
That's it. Easy as can be! Just combine it all! I liked that this was sort of a departure for me as far as salads go. I don't normally use thyme or think about Brussels sprouts as a raw ingredient.
The result was pretty tasty, but I think I added too much salt in the vinaigrette. As a huge salt lover, that's a thing that I don't normally say, but something was off. Still, I enjoyed the juiciness of the grapes paired with the freshness of the crunchy Brussels sprouts and the light crunch of the toasted quinoa and nuts. This wasn't a favorite though.
BluePrint Daily Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic, 12 oz (2) - Retail Value $5.99
I added this 2-pack of juices to reach the minimum order amount. I try to drink apple cider vinegar most mornings (when I remember), so I thought this juice blend would be a great way jump-start digestion and start my days off right. This tart tonic contains turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper extract, and cayenne as well as 2 tsp of unfiltered ACV. It's definitely acidic tasting but in a really good way! Must be a fan of turmeric to enjoy it, though. I love the anti-inflammatory properties that turmeric provides, and its pretty golden color isn't bad as well.
Verdict: Terra's Kitchen is really terrific for those of us that want easy-to-prepare meals delivered to our doorstep. Being new a parent with a schedule that's completely unpredictable and exhausting, I appreciate the pre-chopped ingredients. My issues with the service center around cost and variety, though. I feel like Terra's Kitchen tends to be much pricier than other, very similar, meal subscription services. I suppose you really do pay for the convenience of having your veggies sliced and diced. Which, yes, I do enjoy... but does it justify the cost? I also wish that they updated their recipe selection more frequently. There's not much to choose from with new recipes each month, especially if you have dietary restrictions.
As far as value goes, I've found that other meal subscription boxes tend to have a set per shipment cost. It's so great that Terra's Kitchen allows you to fully customize your order, but the $72.00/box is a minimum (it was recently raised from $62.99). With this 3 meal all-veggie plan, this box cost came to $86.87. I ended up having to add 2 BluePrint juices to reach the minimum price. They also offer other options like a lunch-portioned salad, smoothies, fruit, etc. You do definitely end up paying for the convenience of pre-prepped fresh ingredients. And, a lot of the time, just the meals themselves won't add up to the mimimum price, so you must add more items. It sort of feels like upselling, in a way. Just know that this one is pricier than meal subscription services like Hello Fresh, Plated, or Home Chef (that offer a set price).
To Wrap Up:
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Value Breakdown: At $86.87 for this box, you’re paying $14.47 per serving for 3 dinners and 2 juices.
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