Gourmet Meals at Home without Cooking

21st Century Food - Montreal
Admittedly, I hate cooking. I always have. I do it more often now because I feel obligated to make healthy meals for Athena but it’s certainly not because I like it. With our recent move to Montreal and Athena starting school, I looked for another solution to bland meals or monotonous dishes that I make for us.  I heard of healthy catering services for diets before so I searched for something similar but for busy families or just parents like me who hate to cook and I found my heaven. 21st Century Food prepares fresh, healthy, gourmet meals and delivers them right to your door! We had restaurant quality food every night this week and it was delivered to our door.  
Teriyaki Meal from 21st Century Food
On Monday, we had our first dish – Teriyaki Beef with rice and vegetables. It was my favorite dish of the week. The sweet corn was absolutely delicious and even Athena ate all of the vegetables. It came in plastic containers and we just opened them up and heated them on the stove. A sauce came with the dish as well and we poured it over everything, not just the meat. We didn’t have any leftovers on Monday night because we all loved it so much.
Galvaude by 21st Century Food
On Tuesday, we had Galvaude, a version of poutine, a gravy and potato dish made in Québec. One dish included three halves of potato with chicken and vegetables on the side. It was so much food that we saved the other dish for lunch the next night. By adding a side garden salad, it was plenty of food for the whole family.

On Wednesday, we ate General Tao chicken and rice. I worried that it would be too spicy for Athena so I made her dish with very little sauce but once she tried it, she wanted even more sauce added to her plate. The Teriyaki Beef was my favorite meal but Athena loved the General Tao chicken the most.
Lasagne by 21st Century Food
Thursday was lasagna. I baked it in the oven to give the cheese a gooey goodness. The instructions were on the container and they were straightforward.  It tasted like it was just baked and it was filled with flavor. Lasagna is my comfort food. My mom always made it for me when I visited from university. This lasagna would have made her proud. All the meals are home-made and never frozen. Maybe during her next visit I’ll order it from 21st Century Food and try to pass it off as my own. (I guess this will be a good indication of if my mother reads my blog.)

We ordered four family dishes for the first week to give it a try, but here’s what we learned:
1. One meal is plenty for two people.
2. The kids portions are ideal for lunches for adults.
3. If you order the Family Pack, it comes with two adult meals and two kid meals. It’s plenty of food for dinner and leftovers for the next day. I’d suggest heating up the two adult meals and one of the kid meals, saving one additional kid meal for a lunch.
4. Order the sides to add to a meal and make one meal large enough for the family.
5. Refer a friend and you’ll both receive $25.

All meals were prepared fresh by Chef Joseph Mantagaris and delivered to our door on Sunday. The first week of meals cost about $125 and it was enough food for the three of us for the whole week of lunches and dinners. It’s certainly not cheap but we had no waste, minimal cook time, and no food planning other than picking out the meals we wanted. This week, we decided to pick five main meals without getting the family pack. If I prepare a salad or a simple side dish, the five meals will be plenty for the three of us. It came to less than $100 plus it encourages me to add something basic on the side myself.

I’m so happy with the service that it’s worth every penny. The menu is completely different this week and I can’t wait for the food to arrive tomorrow.

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6 thoughts on “Gourmet Meals at Home without Cooking

    • I wish I had something this amazing when I lived in California. We travel so often that I usually buy food with the intent to cook and get better at it but then we go away for a week or two and come back to rotten food and still nothing to eat. This is a much better solution for us, especially for now while I adjust to being home more.

      The food really makes it worth it because it is delicious. I wasn’t excepting it to be so fresh and full of flavor.

      Do you have a favorite dish that you like to make? Maybe I can add to my recipe list.

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  1. This way of eating is becoming popular in the UK but I think it has a way to go. When I first met my husband I was a frozen ready meal girl – that was as much interest as I had but through having our children and coming together as a family I have learnt to enjoy the time we spend together in the kitchen with a glass of wine or a bottle beer or coming together around the BBQ.

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    • We’d hoped for similar meal prep family time but my partner doesn’t get home until 7 pm, which makes it difficult to cook together. Athena is still thriving on a 7:30 bedtime. It’s the one part of our day that we don’t want to change just yet so by having meals delivered, it gives me time to bath her and help her prepare for the next day before sitting down together and enjoying dinner. It works well with our schedule right now.

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