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A new way to cook dinner

I don’t know about you, but cooking dinner is one of the things I wish I could just wave a magic wand at.

Wouldn’t it be lovely if somebody else did it for you? But not in a take-out way: I’d love it if somebody else made the kind of delicious, fresh, healthy food I try to make every day.

That’s why I was so excited to find out about UCOOK – seasonally inspired recipes, with all the ingredients delivered to your door.

You choose three meals a week, and they deliver a box full of fresh vegetables, meat, spices and everything you need to whip up a fabulous meal – including these recipe cards, which detail exactly what you need to do and when. The menu changes dramatically every week, but always in three sections: Health Nut (which is mostly low carb), Easy Peasy (20 minutes to make) and Veg (all vegetarian).

I let my husband choose the meals so (surprise surprise!) we had a lot of meat – but it was absolutely fantastic meat, organic and ethical, from locally sourced farmers. The vegetables were also top class – fresh and abundant, and the recipes are interesting and unusual (but not so unusual that I couldn’t get my kids to eat them!)

This is the Middle Eastern lamb with rustic baba ganoush and tzatziki – amazing! It took all of half an hour to prep (a little longer to cook) and it’s the first time I’ve ever successfully cooked lamb at home.

So what did I love about UCOOK?

  • Not having to think about what’s for dinner.
  • Not having to shop for dinner.
  • Having all the ingredients for a delicious meal without worrying I’d forgotten something.
  • Having a recipe to follow that is guaranteed to turn out well!
  • Fresh, fabulous flavours – not the same old meals.

Of course, all this comes at a price. There are no sneaky costs – shipping is free and you don’t have to subscribe, you can just pay week by week if you like the meals (which I like a lot, because who knows what the week after next might bring?) They claim it’s cheaper than buying groceries, but I think that depends how you shop. I’m a pretty frugal shopper and I don’t think it would be cheaper for us, but it would certainly be more exciting and possibly healthier, as it would force our whole family to try new flavours, vegetables and ideas for dinner.

If you’re looking to add a little spice to your meals, I’d highly recommend giving UCOOK a try…

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