Right alongside fashion, cooking is a long time passion of mine. Even after a busy day running around with the kids, I like to have a fresh, home cooked meal on the table. Of course, the quality time spent re-centering after everyone’s busy day at the dinner table is always appreciated.
Something about cooking relaxes me after a long day, but when you have three schedules to manage, not including my personal and work schedule, time just always seems to escape me. There are of course other options for those extra busy nights, but there has to be a better option rather than ordering a pizza or picking up sushi, which can add up. Well, I recently found a team that not only meal preps for you, but also does the grocery shopping!
Last week, I used the service for the first time, and was completely blown away. For new clients, The Culinista’s will send you glass air tight containers, along with an assortment of spices for your chef to use and store your food. You keep containers and spices. If you run out of any spice, you can let them know and they will replace the item. It’s such an amazing concept. I think I may be hooked!
Our chef Clare came last week, after running to Whole Foods for all of the ingredients. She stayed about three hours and cooked the six dishes I chose from the menu, stored them all in my refrigerator, and cleaned up.
My family and I had meals for four nights! Jason has been traveling for two weeks now, so I thought for this week to have Clare come back and cook again for our family. This time a completely different menu, yet the same reaction from the kids just how much they loved everything!
Starters, Salads & Light Veg
Romesco Dip (with carrot, red pepper, hazelnut, sherry vin, cumin, cayenne, onion powder, sourdough bread) V, DF
Green Vegetable Soup (with kale, sugar snap pea, white bean, parsley, basil, onion, allspice, cayenne, cumin, onion powder) V, GF, DF
Power Green Salad (with collard green, pepita, kohlrabi, basil, scallion, champagne vinegar, sumac, onion powder) V, GF, DF
Red Snapper Ceviche (with red snapper, avocado, cilantro, grapefruit, red onion, lime) GF, DF
Carrot Roasted Brussels (with brussels sprout, carrot, golden raisin, almond, cilantro, lemon, cumin) V, GF, DF
Yellow Squash with Herbs (with yellow squash, zucchini, basil, chive, mint, parsley, sumac, cumin, onion powder) V, GF, DF
Pastas, Grains & Hearty Veg
Smoked Trout Pasta Salad (smoked trout, pasta, variety of apple, tarragon, yogurt, lemon, cayenne, onion powder)
Cauliflower Mac & Cheddar (with elbow macaroni, cauliflower, cheddar, milk, panko, allspice, onion powder) Veg
Delicata & Farro Salad (with delicata squash, farro, swiss chard, dried cherry, hazelnut, onion, sumac, cumin, cayenne, onion powder) V, DF
King Quinoa (with red quinoa, carrot, pomegranate, sunflower seed, mint, lime, jalapeño, cayenne, onion powder) V, GF, DF
Coconut Rice (with jasmine rice, coconut milk, golden raisin, almond, scallion, spinach, cardamom, allspice, cumin) V, GF, DF
Potato Kale Salad (with potato, kale, walnut, onion, lime, garlic, sumac) V, GF, DF
Mediterranean Squid Salad (with squid, orange, pickled pepper, olive, parsley, lemon, cayenne, allspice, onion powder) GF, DF
Mustard Chutney Salmon (with wild salmon, shallot, mustard, parsley, lemon) GF, DF
Seared Chicken with Basil Aioli (with chicken breast, basil, egg, mustard, lemon) GF, DF
Pork & Purple Cabbage (pork shoulder, red cabbage, beer, mustard, apple cider vinegar, allspice, cumin, onion powder, cayenne) GF, DF
Cumin Steak with Roasted Tomato Sauce (with hanger steak, tomato, black olive, oregano, cumin, cayenne, onion powder) GF, DF
Chicken & Apple Meatballs (with ground chicken, apple, basil, tomato, onion, garlic, onion powder) GF, DF
Classic Cutlets (with chicken breast, panko, egg, onion powder)
Rigatoni Bolognese (with rigatoni pasta, ground turkey, carrot, onion, tomato paste, milk, onion powder)
Meatballs Marinara (with ground beef, lentil, zucchini, onion, tomato, egg, onion powder) GF, DF
Salmon & Broccoli (with wild salmon, broccoli) GF, DF
Zucchini Nuggets (with zucchini, parmesan, yogurt, parsley, flour, egg) Veg
Roasted Veggies (with cauliflower, broccoli, carrot) V, GF, DF
Pineapple & Persimmons (with persimmon, pineapple, brazil nut, cardamom) V, GF, DF
Overnight Oats (with oat, pear, ginger, walnut, coconut milk, honey, allspice, cardamom) Veg, GF, DF