(This post is mostly applicable to the Rotterdam Area. Therefore, to make it more applicable to everyone: if you know of an organic healthy food delivery service in your local area, let me know in the comments and maybe you’ll help out someone else!)
It was a droopy Sunday evening when I came home from a day at my family’s, about two weeks back. Boyfriend was at his dad’s for dinner, so apart from a few fruit flies who have taken up residence in my basil plant I would be eating alone. I had absolutely no desire to cook, so I do what I do approximately once every three months: I ordered take out food.
Last time I ordered take out food it turned out to be a heaping pile of grease, which is fine if you’re in the mood for it, but I wanted something healthy this time. Without being the one slaving away in the kitchen for it.
Luckily, I entered my zipcode on thuisbezorgd.nl and next thing you now a little link popped up for a healthy food delivery service called ‘Beter’. Healthy foods, using organic fruits and vegetables, fair trade products and with plenty delicious dishes on the menu. Sounds awesome. Let’s give it a whirl.
I placed my first order, to be delivered at 18:45*: avocado-cucumber soup with shrimp and tomatoes, egg plant lasagna and date-coconut squares for dessert. I’m nothing if not throrough when it comes to food-testing.
At 18:40 the doorbell rang so I ran downstairs like an excited little pup, as the only thing I love more than my food being on time is it being early. They deliver on bike (eco-friendly!) and the girl was very nice. I set it up and dove right in.
The soup was wonderful: I’d never had cold soup before but it was very nice. The avocado made it rich and creamy but the fresh of the cucumber, tomatoes and shrimps complemented it very well.
I’m like a Vegetarian Garfield so I LOVED the lasagna. I’m a sucker for eggplant in anything, but in this lasagna it really worked. It didn’t look like a lot but after my soup entree it was quite enough for one.
Finally, the date-coconut squares were lovely too: five bite-size snacks, sweet but not overly so, I ate while drinking tea and watching Doctor Who.
You’d think that would be the end of it, but my problem is that once I love something, I can’t let it go. Just ask my ex-boyfriends. Kidding – kind of. So last Friday, my boyfriend was working late and I had only two hours to do work, get ready for my high school reunion and make dinner, I decided to give myself a little more time for work and beautifying by ordering here again. I this time ordered just the brocolli soup and the coconut-pumpkin curry.
The brocolli soup has a touch of goat cheese in it, which was lovely. I added some chopped walnuts to the soup for some extra bite: it really suited the dish. They call it “Health in a bowl” & I agree! Unfortunately, my eyes are bigger than my stomach (in my case, maybe even literally) so I couldn’t fit another bite afterwards. So I kept the pumpkin-coconut curry as left-overs, eating it as lunch at work two days later.
Now, I know this is their favorite dish, but it’s definitely not mine (LASAGNA FOREVER!). Not just because I like the lasagna better, but apparently I myself make Curry For Little Girls and Cry Babies, because holy shit that was spicy. After I ate it, I had a runny nose and hot flashes for about two hours. So, if you don’t like super-spicy food, I wouldn’t recommend the curry. If you’re secretly a dragon’s child, this curry is perfect for you and I’d like to hire you for my next birthday party so we can roast marshmallows on your fire breath.
So basically: Good, healthy, freshly prepared foods delivered at my doorstep? I’m a big fan. Although serving smaller dishes, I don’t think they’re more expensive than most other take-out foods and they come with a lot more benefits in terms of health and nutrients. Plus, these dishes leave you satisfied without feeling overly bloated from all the extra fats and salts. I know where my next take-out orders will be coming from.
*I wish hungry & when it comes to food, I’m a total senior. I like eating at Early Bird Special times.