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Back to School: Feeding the Family

Feeding the Family

Healthy, easy options for chaotic back-to-school evenings!

Written by Hayleigh Worgan 

Getting everyone around the table for a dinner together is hard enough—and weekends are often packed full once school starts. That’s why we love meal delivery subscriptions! They make feeding the family, or a few friends, a much easier experience. Check out our favorites below, and let us know yours on our Facebook page. 

First up is Purple Carrot! We love that this delivery service is plant-based. Their website suggests they are perfect for the “Balanceatarian.” Don’t worry, we know that’s not in the dictionary. According to Purple Carrot, it means “a person who adopts a plant-based diet, even just a couple of times a week—positively impacting their health and the environment.” Choose from dishes like Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos with Caramelized Pineapple and Chipotle Ranch, Lemon Garlic Orzo with Spring Vegetables and Tomato Beurre Blanc, and Vegetable Panang Curry with Jasmine Rice and Cashews! A majority of their packaging is reusable, recyclable, biodegradable, or compostable. Visit www.purplecarrot.com for more information! 

Plated believes that “deciding what to do for dinner shouldn’t be a struggle.” And it often is in families. Their “foolproof recipes” are designed for every cooking level, and some can be done in as little as twenty minutes. Omnivores, vegetarians, seafood lovers, and dessert seekers—there are options for everyone! Their menus include food that is in season, so you are receiving fresh options from trusted resources. Previous selections have included Garlic-Soy Pork Chop with Bok Choy and Water Chestnuts, the Shakshuka Pizza with Za’atar Crust and Feta, or the Chicken Caesar Panzalla with Brioche Croutons and Roasted Tomato. For more information, visit www.plated.com! 

If we had a favorite delivery service, let’s be honest, it would be Hello Fresh. Twenty-minute meal options like Mediterranean Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce and Green Beans and Pineapple Poblano Beef Tacos would have had us hooked from the beginning, but they also offer wine plans! Listen, while this may not be relevant to the entire family, it is great for date night or Girls Night In! For meals, choose from the Classic Plan, the Family Plan, and the Veggie Plan! Pick a plan that fits your lifestyle, choose your recipes, and then just wait for delivery. Plans are easy to access online, and you can skip weeks, swap recipes, or cancel at anytime! Hello Fresh offers simple tutorials on how to recycle the packaging with your delivery as well. Visit www.hellofresh.com to find out more or place your order! 

Sun Basket serves organic, clean ingredients and delicious recipes, all delivered weekly. Choose from Paleo, Lean, Clean, Gluten-free, Vegan options, and more! Subscribers can pick from their Classic Menu (which serves 2-4 people and has several options) or the Family Plan, which serves a family of four. Within the Family Plan, there are “Chef ’s Choice” recipes that include a Kids Can recipe with steps and in-box activities for kids to get in on the fun! Not only is this an excellent opportunity to get the kids involved in the kitchen, it’s also a great way to teach them about food and sustainability. Packaging for these meals are also 100% recyclable and compostable. Sun Basket gives back to the community through Feeding America, local food banks, and employee programs. Check them out at www.sunbasket.com! 

If your family loves freshly-blended juices, Green Blender is a great delivery option. With curated recipes and pre-portioned ingredients, all you have to do is chop, blend, and drink! Each delivery is packed full of plant-powered superfoods, and weekly menus have options for every taste palate like Matcha Latte, Green and Gold Berry Boost, and Strawberry Banana Creamsicle! They also offer Superfood Cereals in flavors like Berry Protein, Cranberry Crunch, and Oatmeal Cookie. Choose from their weekly menu and build a plan that will help you meet your family’s health goals! Visit www. greenblender.com to start 

Bella Loves: Three Bridges

Either you’re running late for the second night in a row, you have a million things to do, or you’re just plain exhausted and you don’t have the energy to cook dinner. No worries, the Bella girls have you covered! We just discovered Three Bridges meals that are so easy to make and are good for you too!
Three Bridges got their name from the three “bridges” that they stand for: chef-crafted recipes, endless creativity, and good living. They are a company that worry about not only what is best for your body, but what is best for the environment. In order to keep you healthy they only use the best ingredients in their meals. You can purchase dishes like their ravioli or their tortellini at your local grocery store or from their website! It’s so easy; it helps you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time doing what you love instead. In order to do what’s best for the environment, Three Bridges has begun to generate over a third of the electricity they use in producing their meals using their very own solar panels!  Even better, they also use paper-based packaging and soy-based ink.
If you’re on a special diet, don’t sweat it; they also have gluten free and vegetarian options too! Three Bridges’ goal is to make you feel that you are making the best choices at the grocery store for you and your family. You shouldn’t have to feel guilty on the nights that you don’t have time to cook! Put down the phone, don’t order that pizza…instead check out Three Bridges and know that you’re making the right choice for you and the environment!

 

Written by Kathleen Duffy