GoReadyMade "makes dinner easy with fresh, delicious, ready-made meals delivered to your doorstep each week. Dishes are made from locally sourced ingredients, individually packed, and ready to eat in minutes."
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The Subscription Box: GoReadyMade
The Cost: $49.99 with free shipping for 4 meals per week for one person. More options available, see all plans here.
The Products: "Individually packaged meals including everything needed to cook a delicious, stress-free meal in no time."
Ships to: Select zip codes on the East Coast and Central US. Check here to see if they deliver to you.
GoReadyMade June 2018 Review
When you first sign up for GoReadyMade, you'll be able to select the meals you'd like from their menu. Each selection is for one person, so it's great for a single lady like myself so I don't have to make a meal for two even when I'm alone. They'll send you a reminder each week to make your selections and you can also skip weeks whenever you want.
Meals come packed in recycled materials with ice packs.
Here are the refrigerated meals, under the ice packs.
Nutrition Info: 920 calories
Cook Time: 20 mins for the oven -or- 4 mins for microwave
Each meal comes in a plastic tray with all of the components you need to make the meal. These don't come frozen, so they can be placed right into your refrigerator. The front of the sleeve has a generic photo, so you won't see a photo of the finished meal unless you look online.
Remove the sleeve to see all of the ingredients sealed in the tray with plastic film. There may be extra pouches for sauces in some.
The back is where you'll find the name of the meal, nutritional facts, and the cooking instructions. There will sometimes be two options: oven (and/or with pan-frying) or microwave. I went on a case-by-case basis to see which I thought would be better for each meal. The pasta with meatballs I decided to just microwave at work for lunch. You'll also notice a "Best Before" date. It's a good idea to pay attention to it because the meals I received were only good for about five days.
Here's how it came out. It was a wee bit greasy and honestly just kind of reminded me of eating leftover pasta. The meatballs were really good though and a nice size.
I can pack away pasta and normally end up eating too much if given the chance, so having this controlled portion was helpful.
Nutritional Info: 480 calories
Cook Time: 15 mins for the oven -or- 3 mins for microwave
This one entailed a little more prepping than the pasta but was still quick. I seperated the shredded chicken from the slaw (they were in the same compartment), then mixed the dressing packet with the slaw in a separate small bowl. I then sliced the buns.
The shredded chicken already had sauce on it, and that was what went into the microwave.
Here we have the sliders assembled with slaw as a side. You could also put the slaw on the buns if you so desired. At first, I thought this wouldn't be enough to eat but it was nice for a lunch.
My only qualm is that I wish there was extra sauce for the chicken. I could have done with the slaw being already mixed but having the pouch be filled with BBQ sauce instead. There were quite tasty and it didn't bother me that the chicken came out of a microwave. The slaw was light and not to heavy. Great for summer.
Nutrition Info: 880 calories
Prep Time: 15 mins using the oven *and* the microwave
This one also had some light preparations needed. I removed the packet of soy glaze, the salmon, and the spinach from the tray with the wasabi mashed potatoes.
Following the directions, I removed the salmon from its separate bag and seasoned it with salt and pepper. I then put some olive oil in a pan to heat up. I added the salmon once the pan was hot and cooked it on each side for minutes. While I did that, the mashed potatoes went into the microwave for 2.5 minutes. After the salmon was cooked, I added the glaze to the pan to heat up.
Wow- ok I'm impressed with how delicious this was! The salmon was perfect and the soy glaze was amazing (I put some on the wasabi mashed potatoes too).
I could have done the same amount of work to make this meal on my own EXCEPT those mashed potatoes would have taken longer. It was nice to have all the parts of the meal essentially ready except for the 8 minutes it took to cook the salmon. This was certainly meal-kit quality for me in a lot less time.
Nutrition Info: 420 calories
Prep Time: 25 mins in the oven
This had even less prep than the salmon and ended up going right back into the tray once it was properly assembled.
This one had two choices of baking all of it in the oven or doing a combination of oven and pan fry, so I opted for the seemingly easier all-oven option. The chicken was removed from its separate wrapping, salt and peppered, then returned to the tray with the pat of butter on top. The cheery balsamic sauce was set aside. The plastic tray went onto a cooking sheet and into a 375-degree oven. I was a little nervous it would melt but it, of course, did not. After 15 minutes, I added the sauce to the top of the chicken and stirred the veggies. Another 10 minutes and it was done.
This looks lovely, no? I was again really surprised by how fresh everything tasted!
I thought the veggies would be dry but they weren't at all! The potatoes were especially yummy. The chicken was incredibly moist too! Really impressed.
Verdict: I think GoReadyMade is a great option for people who want portion control and a fresh meal with very little prep or time. Although some of the meals are probably just as easy to make from scratch at a lower cost, you'd still have to shop and prep more than you would with these. Although I probably wouldn't get the pasta dish again, I think the other three meals I chose tasted just as fresh as some of my meal kit dishes but with way less effort. The only problem I see is with cost. For $12.50 per meal, you could just go out to eat so this is best for those who don't want to fuss with crowds.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes! The meals are still available on their menu and you can order whichever ones you want each week.
Value Breakdown: I received four meals for $49.99 with free shipping which made each one $12.50.
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