A popular and growing concept in Sweden, now growing substantially all across Europe, customized meals with grocery deliveries has proven successful offering busy moms, just like you and I, more ease in creating delicious, home-cooked meals for our families.

I’ve seen the concept, I was intrigued but was it really beneficial for me and my family in our busy day-to-day? I was offered a chance to experience Mealspirations, a clever service similar to that of which is now very popular in Europe, delivering healthy, chef-developed recipes and high quality, fresh ingredients to prepare in the comfort of your home.

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So how does this work?

Mealspirations takes care of your meal planning and shopping for you! Simply select your meal package online (you can choose a meal package for 2 or 4 people), and once your order has been placed, the Mealspirations team carefully handpicks and inspects all of your ingredients for each recipe. They package the ingredients with their easy-to-follow recipe cards  – everything you need to cook a wonderful meal is then safely delivered directly to your door!

Interesting, isn’t it?
Was I still a bit skeptical? Maybe.
Here’s what came to my door.

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Yes, the thought of a big box of food thrilled me like a child in a candy store.  Aside from the chic packaging, I loved how organized everything was! A large envelope welcomed me with everything I needed to get started, including 3 Mealspirations Chef-inspired meal recipes. 

And the ingredients? Superb and premium quality items. All their ingredients are hand-selected before they even hit the shelves of grocery stores – so you can rest assure that you are only getting the best of the best.  And you can tell once you see them and cut into them.

I was excited to get started on these delicious-looking recipes!

Prior to receiving my box, I was informed via email when my delivery was to be expected (usually every Sunday afternoon), what was on the menu this week and a list of basic items I will need in my pantry for these dishes (most of which you will already have, like salt, or grape seed oil).

On the menu this week was:

  • Asian Chicken Salad with Wonton Crisps 
  • Beef and Harvest Vegetable Stew
  • Spanish Frittata with Butter Lettuce and Creamy Caper Dressing

Let’s get cooking! First to make was the Spanish Frittata with Butter Lettuce and Creamy Caper Dressing.

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Being a foodie that loves to cook (and eat!), I sadly admit I have never used grape seed oil nor knew what butter lettuce was. And now I use both items VERY often for my meals. This is one of the fantastic take-aways from this service – I learned of new ingredients that I didn’t know I would love so much! 

Next: Beef and Harvest Vegetable Stew. A phenomenon also occurred during the making of this dish… my husband cooked voluntarily and happily. Whoa! So apparently Mealspirations are miracle-workers too. Win-win!

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Check out that beef! That’s some top-of-line meat! And who knew I would like parsnips? A new favourite addition to all my beef stews now.

And last but certainly not least, we ended the week with a refreshing and hearty Asian Chicken Salad with Wonton Crisps.

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Oh my gosh I am drooling over my keyboards… this salad was amazing!
Actually, all the dishes I created were fantastic. My kids loved it and my husband and I agreed that they tasted like something you would buy off of a four-star restaurant menu without the hefty price!

We were very impressed with Mealspirations and I really found it to be extremely helpful during what was one of my busiest weeks ever! I didn’t have to worry about planning any meals yet still had the flexibility during the week to incorporate my own dishes, and better yet, I didn’t have to resort to “dial-a-dinner”. They were very easy to make and extremely appetizing.

Currently, Mealspirations offers a Classic and Veggie Meal Package but working hard to customize more packages in the near future including gluten-free and other special request ingredients to serve all their unique customers’ dietary needs.

The price is reasonable, $144 (no tax) for 3 meals for 4 people (can I add that they include extra ingredients?), and no delivery fee?

Think about it, dial-a-dinners cost you $45+ a meal for a family of 4+ which will equal to more than what you pay for a Mealspirations Package. And most often, they aren’t the healthiest choices. Weekly groceries cost you $100+ a week and that’s not including the time spent lugging you and sometimes the kids to a hustling grocery store and you still have to plan your meal!
You also spend money on grocery items, only to waste plenty that you don’t even end up using. Because these packages are customized, you don’t have to worry about wasted resources.
There are no commitments, you can order whenever you like. Perhaps you’d like to have Mealspirations help you out one week here and there and meal plan yourself the rest of the weeks.

To learn more about Mealspirations, visit them at: http://www.mealspirations.com.

I think this an extremely clever concept and worth a try! I enjoyed it so much, I’d love to offer my readers a 20% discount off their first order with Mealspirations! Simply apply this discount code at checkout: COURANT20.

GiveawayMealspirations would also love to offer my readers a chance to win a Classic Box for a Family of Four {ARV $144}.

To enter, simply comment below telling me What Inspires You when Making Dishes at Home?
Additional entries via rafflecopter below.

Rules:
* You must be a resident of Toronto and the GTA (view Delivery area here)
* You must be over the age of 18

Contest ends March 18, 2014.

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26 comments on “Become a “Master Chef” at Home with Mealspirations + #Giveaway”

  1. I’m not in the GTA, but just wanted to leave you a comment 🙂 These photos are awesome! What kind of camera do you use for your food pics, Carol? Man, this post is making me hungry!!!

  2. I get my meal inspiration from all the cookbooks I just can’t stop buying. I’m a bit of a cookbook addict

  3. I prefer the taste of home-cooked meals. I get inspired to cook at home because I actually enjoy following recipes and feeling proud once I completed one and it turns out great!

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