I enjoy cooking. It's just the shopping and
gathering of the ingredients that get me down. As a busy working
mom, I just don't have the time to curate daily menus, shop, and
gather all the necessary ingredients. Luckily, there's a
new-to-Chicago meal delivery service that takes the busy work out
of cooking and promises fresh new recipes with ingredients and
easy-to-follow instructions that arrive right at your
Here's how it works: you receive one box per week
containing all the ingredients you'll need to prepare three meals
of two, four or six servings. The recipes are created by the
executive chef of Relished who is a Chicago native and former
executive chef of Weber Grill, McCormick & Schmick's and most
recently, Park Grill. All of the ingredients are locally sourced
and fresh, not frozen.
My first box arrived on a Wednesday. I'd forgotten
that I had placed the order but had also forgotten to plan for
dinner, so it was a very happy surprise to come home from work and
school to. The box contained enough ingredients to feed my family
home-cooked meals not only for that evening, but for three
evenings. For me at least, it was a joy to prepare meals with the
ingredients all ready to go.
The recipes in our first weekly box were: Herb
Salmon Salad, Rigatoni Bolognese and Maple Bacon Pork Tenderloin
with Acorn Squash and Rapini. They were all super easy to prepare,
with step-by-step, visual instructions. The ingredient quality was
exceptional. I especially enjoyed the fresh rigatoni sourced from
Pasta Fresca, one of our Italian-American family's favorite
housemade pasta shops in the near western suburbs.
Everyone in our family enjoyed each and every meal
(including my four-year-old, who tends to be picky). The highlight
meal was the Rigatoni Bolognese. My son's friend dined with us that
evening and we all still enjoyed generous portions. The meals were
all seasonally appropriate and the Rigatoni Bolognese seemed to
have been timed perfectly, as it was a warm, home-cooked meal on
one of the first chilly nights of Autumn.
This is a great service to try if you enjoy cooking
at home but you just don't have time to plan and shop for meals. I
like to know that I have the ingredients at home to cook healthy,
seasonal dinners for my family and this service did all the busy
work for me. It also mixed up our family menus, avoiding repeated
meals or last minute runs for takeout.
For more information or to order a box of your own,
Disclosure: I received a trial box of
Relished meals. I was not asked to write about Relished. All
opinions are my own.
Amy Bizzarri is a writer, Chicago public school teacher and mom to two kids - a preschooler and a middle schooler - living in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.
See more of Amy's stories here.
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