My relationship with cooking is similar to my relationship with my first serious boyfriend; on and off, hot and cold for about 10 years. Never a dull moment.
Before I became a Mum I really enjoyed cooking fancy meals to impress my friends and husband. When I got pregnant I didn’t cook at all, I was way to busy being tired. After one baby, the fervor for cooking returned. After the second baby, I couldn’t find the time to shave my armpits once a month, let alone think about dinner. It wasn’t so much the cooking I hated. It was the THINKING about what to have and the SHOPPING to get it I couldn’t handle.
Which is why we decided to give My Food Bag a try. For those of you who don’t know what it is – it’s a NZ company that delivers a week’s worth of fresh food and accompanying recipes to your door. It’s available in Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton Cambridge, Matamata, Tauranga, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Mosgiel regions. And I do believe you can get it in Australia too! Here’s a link to their FAQ page to satisfy your curiosity.
So – the million dollar question, does it save us money? Yes. If you are an unorganised shopper who goes to the supermarket several times a week without a list and end up with a fridge full of food that doesn’t go together (aka, me) it will definitely save you money. However, if you are one of those people that plan your dinners a week in advance and shop precisely to the list, then no it probably won’t save you money (but it will save you time). The other reason it saves me money is because there is usually leftovers which I eat for lunch instead of spending $18 when I’m out and about.
We originally started with the gourmet food bag. I must say the dinners were amazingly yummy and we felt like we were eating out at a restaurant every night. The novelty wore off after one week however as it took me too long to prepare and cook the meals. I don’t mind a fancy recipe every now and then, but I’m too tired to fart around zesting, poaching and making my own broth. Can’t be bothered.
So then we switched to the family food bag. Much better. The recipes are just that bit simpler, but still really tasty and interesting. There’s still a fair amount of finely dicing, chopping slicing to be done mind you, but that can’t really be avoided without getting takeout. What I do now is prep the meal in the morning or early afternoon before I lose my mojo at unhappy hour. Then all I have to do later is actually cook it. Sometimes I even cook the whole thing and reheat it later. Even better.
As far as the actual food goes, I can’t fault it. It’s varied, nutritious and delicious. And it saves my poor husband having to eat tacos and lamb chops every night (my stock standards).
We get it every fortnight now, as opposed to every week which works out perfectly. Sometimes you just want to cook your own food right? So now we get the best of both worlds.
Oh and the customer service girls answer the phone with funny food associated names. Rachel Radish, Emily Eggplant etc which I find mildly amusing.
Definitely worth a try Mummas 🙂
Love Margot xxo