Everyone was talking about meal kits in 2020. With nowhere to go, everyone wants to recreate those wonderful dining and gourmet experiences at home; but we are not all gourmet chefs.
I used to go to a new restaurant at least once a month (it was my way of traveling). At home, my roommate took on the chef role and tried out new recipes all the time.
Two months ago, she got a promotion and her company transferred her. Although I'm happy for her, my chef has gone and I'm the worst cook ever. I lived on frozen food that you'd find in the grocery store or ready-to-eat noodles; that is not healthy though.
I desperately needed fresh, healthy meals that don't require too much prep. I know that people rave about meal kits, but I really didn't want to have to cook - if I can avoid it, then I definitely will! So what was the alternative? Luckily, I found Thistle, a company that delivers healthy, prepared meals directly to your doorstep.
Each week their team of chefs prepare a new menu based on seasonal ingredients so the variety of meals is incredible and ever-changing. I was really hesitant but decided to take the plunge. Once I signed up, I could choose a plan based on my health goals and the food I like.
When I realized that I could pick not only dinner but my breakfast, and lunch as well, I felt like all my dreams were answered. Plus, they have amazing snacks that I can munch on throughout the day. Goodbye to grocery stores!
Thistle aims to make nutritious, plant-forward foods convenient and accessible to everybody.
I ordered the Tri-Bean Chicken Chili and the Pork Carnitas Bowl and was pleasantly surprised by how delicious they are. The meals come completely prepped, cooked, and packaged. I didn't need to do anything, except heat for a couple of minutes in the skillet (I love my food piping hot).
All of Thistle's meals are globally inspired and designed by nutritionists to ensure your diet has all of the macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs to be at its best.
I subscribed to the 5 meals a week plan. My order arrived right on time and had tons of variety, allowing me to experiment with my palate. I decided to eat one vegetarian meal a week and this week it was the Hearty Pesto Right Rice Bowl. I never realized plant-based meals could be this mouth-watering and awesome. But Thistle also offers protein add-ons for every recipe they offer.
After I fell in love with my Thistle meal plan, I tried a few snacks and desserts to curb my sweet tooth. Their Banoffee Mousse Cup is a must-try. If that wasn't enough to make the switch, there's always their fabulous organic juices, Tropical Limeade, Watermelon Berry, Refreshing Greens and so much more.
I didn't realize how easy food could be. I no longer need to worry about following instructions and making sure the oven is set to the right temperature. I love that Thistle's menu contains over 40 superfoods, too.
If I haven't mentioned it already, their prices are incredible. Starting at $42/week or $11.50/meal it's definitely worth it. Plus, all their food is 100% gluten-free and dairy-free. Thistle also has cute, smaller soups and salads in a jar that are so easy to carry on-the-go; great for when I head back to the office.
Thistle is the perfect way to eat a balanced diet without having to cook for hours after a long day at work. It keeps me healthy and fits into my lifestyle.