Review of the Everdine Healthy every-day lunches and dinners.
Edit: Unfortunately Everdine has stopped delivering nutritious food to the UK at the moment.
We have all done it, we are having a rough day, energy levels are lower than a dachshunds chest and it gets to dinner time and because of how you are feeling, you either skip dinner or eat something simple, which for me is usually a fish finger sandwich and a bag of popcorn!
This is okay every now and then, but in the long run it isn’t healthy and it is far from ideal.
That is where TV dinner style meals come in handy, but let’s face it, they never look like they do on the box and the taste does not match what it says the meal is!
Everdine is basically, a meal subscription service but it is actually far more than that. The chefs at Everdine create meals that are healthy and contain no artificial colourings or flavourings. These meals are then blast frozen ready to be delivered.
Everdine gave me a subscrition of six meals over three weeks for the review. I have to admit that I was a tad nervous because I am a fussy eater but I needn’t have been worried.
We were kept informed of when the delivery would arrive to within an hour and it arrived within that hour.
The box has an easy open tear strip which is handy if you have arthritis and at the top of the box once opened is a small folder which contains your selected menu and instructions on how to cook. The box is insulated with what looks like wool inside plastic and an envelope containing dry ice keeps the contents frozen.
Simply place the meals into the freezer until you are ready to eat them and they have very good expiry dates.
The meals are in a 21cm x 18cm x 4cm card dish with a plastic film on top and have a card sleeve that slides off.
You can reheat the meals in the microwave or the oven and we chose the oven, it really is as simple as piercing the film lid a few times and placing in the oven and after 15 minutes peel the film lid off and give the contents a stir to break up any ice crystals or formations and then pop it back in the oven, we put ours back in for a further 15 minutes and after that the meals are ready.
We obviously didn’t arrange the plate as beautifully as the chefs do at Everdine, but our first meal which was the Coconut Katsu Chicken still looked very good and tasted incredible. The quality is very impressive and if I hadn’t seen it in the tray, I wouldn’t have known this was a frozen meal that had been reheated.
The meals we ordered over the three weeks were;
- Coconut katsu Chicken with Edamame Rice Mix
- Lemon & Pepper Chicken with Spaghetti & Greens
- Marinated Spiced Lamb with Feta Cous Cous
- Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Basmati Rice
- Slow-Cooked Beef Stew with Vegetable Mash
- Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Bulgur Wheat
- Traditional Lamb Hotpot
- King Prawn Miso Ramen with Spiralised Vegetables
- Swedish Meatballs with Fettucine
The Coconut katsu Chicken, Lemon & Pepper Chicken, Marinated Spiced Lamb, Moroccan Chicken Tagine and the Swedish Meatballs were my favourite meals that we chose. The Slow-Cooked Beef Stew seemed like the least filling of the meals and the King Prawn Miso Ramen was nice but the vegetables could have been a little firmer.
I have to say that eating these meals has made me realise that you can eat healthily, easily and still have a meal that tastes like it was just made from scratch in your kitchen by a chef.
I did find the range of meals to be very limited though and if I was to use Everdine regularly I would struggle with that limited selection available. However I guess that over time and as the company grows, they might add more meals to the menu.
What I did like was that I tried meals that contained ingredients that I have never tried before, the Bulgur Wheat that was with the Moroccan Chicken tagine was very nice and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the Beetroot with the Marinated Spiced Lamb.
But of course the main benefits of using Everdine are the ease of ordering the meals and having such an amazing meal that is simply heated up, this is so handy when you are unwell and can’t spend time preparing a meal or stopping you from just eating the wrong sort of foods because you can’t prepare a meal.
The other benefit which I hadn’t thought about was the fact that eating healthily meant I actually lost some weight and after eating a proper meal, I felt like I had more energy and I didn’t feel unwell after eating because the meal was healthy and a healthy sized portion.
If you struggle to cook a dinner because of disability and or chronic health condition, then subscribing to the Everdine meals is the perfect way to make sure you get high quality meals that are easy to cook.
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