Style Trial: Five Days of Pre-Packaged Meals

Style Trial: Five Days of Pre-Packaged Meals

Styler Hannah taste-tested five days of pre-packaged dinners from Healthy Meals to Your Door – and this is what she thought.

By Hannah Doody | 13th June 2016

When most people think of pre-packaged meals, they tend to conjure up an image of sadly peeling open something from the supermarket freezer aisle and sitting alone in front of the TV. The meat is tough from being frozen, and the microwave has left the vegetables limp and flavourless.

Thanks to these preconceived ideas, I wasn’t exactly over-the-moon at the prospect of trying out five days’ worth of pre-packaged dinners from Healthy Meals To Your Door. I mean, I was excited about not having to cook dinner for a week but I was sceptical about the quality of the food I was to be presented with.

On day one, macadamia-encrusted barramundi with sweet potato mash and broccoli was on the menu.

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“Sounds fancy,” I thought, already suspicious. “Maybe too fancy.”

After one bite, all my misgivings vanished. This stuff was as close to restaurant-quality as a pre-packaged meal could possibly be. The fish was fresh. The sweet-potato mash was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. It’s safe to say I was off to a good start!

Day two had me digging into salmon sweet potato cakes with a side of mixed vegetables. I love absolutely everything salmon, so it wouldn’t have been hard to impress me with this dish. But it was even more flavoursome than I anticipated and incredibly filling – I actually had trouble finishing the serving!

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The braised beef cheek pasta of the third day was a take on one of my favourite dishes of all time. After the delicious fish meals, my expectations were high. The dish was hearty and satisfying but I would’ve loved a bit more flavour.

Day four was a creamy roast pumpkin and cashew pesto cannelloni that was offset perfectly with a garden salad and balsamic dressing.

On the fifth and final day, I was treated to chicken cacciatore and herb quinoa. While the chicken was a tad on the dry side, the dish was rustic and heart-warming – perfect for a chilly winter evening.

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One of the many meals from Foodvine's Healthy Meals To Your Door.

The verdict? The meals from Healthy Meals To Your Door were so fresh and delicious that, halfway through eating, I actually forgot that I was eating something pre-packaged. The options are healthy yet interesting (not your standard meat and three veg).  The portion sizes were definitely on the larger side and I even struggled to finish some of them.

Would I try it again? Most definitely. The quality of a home-cooked meal combined with the convenience of pre-packaged meals is a winning combination.

If you’d like to find and compare ready-made meals that are suited to your tastes and lifestyle, check out Foodvine!

healthymealstoyourdoor.com.au

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Article by Hannah Doody

Hannah is a former journalist at Style Magazines. When she is not exploring new parts of the world, you will find her at music festivals, or on her eternal quest for the best breakfast in Brisbane.