A week of My Food Bag

My Food Bag is a growing meal delivery service in NZ, helmed by 2011 NZ Masterchef winner and Chef Nadia Lim, whom I also happen to be a huge fan of.

There are four different food bags to choose from, ranging from Individual (newly launched) to Classic, Gourmet and Family Food Bags. Each week, Nadia, together with her team of chefs and nutritionists come up with new dinner recipes in their test kitchen, shop for the ingredients, and then deliver it straight to your front door on a weekly or fortnightly basis, so you can cook interesting, new meals daily without the hassle of deciding what to cook each night or shopping for ingredients.



The Husband and I decided to trial a week of the Family Food Bag (NZD162.50), which is designed for two adults and two ‘younger’ children. We arranged for our ingredients to be delivered on a Sunday evening at a time we were sure to be home. It arrived on time, with the dry and fresh produce and seasonings in two large paper bags and the chilled items in a small chilly container. In the bag was also a folder you can use to keep your recipes in, divided by seasons (ever so practical and handy especially if you are a frequent user of the Food Bag) and also, of course the recipes itself.

Monday's Fish, Cheese and Leek Sauce Bake
Over the course of the week we prepared the meals as recommended. (Actually, The Husband did all of the cooking as I get home from work much later than he does). There were many things we loved about the service – first and foremost being the recipes, not having to wonder what to cook each night as well as the excitement of cooking something completely new and anticipating the final result.

The recipes were relatively easy to follow and utilises seasonal ingredients which is always nice, although we did find that with some of the meals, the time it took us to prepare and cook the meal was significantly longer than stated on the recipe card. This is most likely because we were cooking things we'd never cooked before and taking longer to prepare and double-checking the instructions instead of taking shortcuts or doing it automatically.

Tuesday's Asian Turkey Rissoles with Sesame Spinach Rice and Apple Chutney

Wednesday's Roasted Lamb Rump with Kumara, Vegetable Toss and Orange Cream Drizzle
The portion sizes were really generous, and we really did enjoy all the meals we had for the week, although the one that captured my heart (and my tummy) the most was undoubtedly the delectable Turkey Rissoles with Sesame Spinach Rice. I could eat this everyday!

In my option, however, the Family Food Bag that we trialled would have been a better fit for a family with slightly older children (although it says young children on the website), and not toddlers like we have who: a) do not eat their meals at the same time as us, and b) probably won’t appreciate a piece of steak or lamb rump, however delicious it may taste. 

Hence, a lot of the meals ended up being too much for The Husband and me, with plenty of leftovers, and we still had to cook separately for the children who have their meals around 5pm while we eat closer to 7.30pm when I get back from work, so in the end it wasn't an ideal situation. However, every family is different, and what works for one family may not be the same for another. The only way for you to find out is to actually try it like we did.

Thursday's Citrus Roast Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans and Peas

My conclusion? I think My Food Bag is a great concept with plenty of wonderful recipes, and certainly an ideal solution for busy families who want to take the hassle of meal planning out of their days while still being able to cook different meals and try new recipes each night, but it is not a one-size fits all solution. Depending on your timing, your schedule, your children’s schedule, the age of your children, and whether or not you all eat at the same time, you may find that a typical Family Food Bag may not actually fit your family’s needs, such as I did.

Friday's Baked Pumpkin and Ricotta Ravioli

It should also be noted that there does need to be a certain level of commitment to cooking each night, which really isn't a bad thing. There are days when The Husband and I really struggle to find the motivation to cook, and ordinarily this would mean we would revert to a grilled-cheese sandwich, perhaps grab a takeaway if someone volunteers to drive out, and more often than not, resort to instant noodles. But having our meal already planned and the produce waiting in the pantry meant we had to use them up, and it forced us to prepare a healthy, home cooked meal, even on those evenings when we didn’t quite feel like the effort – although the result, I have to admit, was always worth it.

What I do really like is that you do not have to be committed to the delivery service for any specific length of time. You can choose when to sign up and when to stop, which gives you the chance to try the different bags and see which one fits your needs the most.

The Family Food Bag was probably not the most suitable one for our family as we’ve since discovered; perhaps the Gourmet Food Bag for two adults would have worked better for us. Nevertheless, for a week we had fun cooking new dishes, being a little more adventurous in the kitchen, having healthy, delicious meals without putting any thought into it, and now we have five new recipes to add to our repertoire. Would I do it again? Without a doubt.

Find out more about My Food Bag here.

Comments

  1. Hi! I just found your blog via the Kiwi Mummy Blogs site.

    We got the Classic My Food Bag for about a year and I quite liked it but actually now we just reuse the recipes with our own tweaks. I love that it exists and think it's good for certain seasons of life but think you've hit the nail on the head that every family is different and it's not one-size-fits-all. :-)

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  2. The food in those photos looks amazing, I am literally getting hungry right now.

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