The folks at the new food company, Citizen Chef, sent me a sample of one of their new meal kits to try. Citizen Chef is a San Francisco-based company that makes three different meal kits, available presently in the Bay Area.
Each of the meal kits contains prepped veggies, a quick-cooking grain (for the GF options, they use parboiled brown rice), and a sauce. You can either make it the way it is or add a suggested protein. Each prepared kit makes two to three servings.
I tried the Thai Sesame Stir Fry. I couldn't make it for my family, because it is manufactured on shared equipment with wheat, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and shellfish, so it wouldn't be safe for my son. (This also means that it wouldn't be safe for someone who needs to be gluten-free for celiac or gluten intolerance reasons.)
My husband and I ate the stir fry with the suggested addition of tofu, since we are vegan, and we eat soy. The directions were easy to follow, and it really did cook in the promised 15 minutes. It was pretty tasty, too. It was nice to be able to throw together a convenience food that was healthy.
My conclusion? I'm glad there are options for folks who are looking to eat healthy, but need to rely on convenience foods (as I do sometimes!), but it isn't a good fit for my food-allergic family.
Would you pay a little extra for convenience?
Find tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.