We're no strangers to ready-to-cook meal delivery services. We've already given Atlanta-based PeachDish not just one review, but a second review after they revamped their offerings. Recently, we got to check out Relished, a Chicago-based startup trying to nose into the Atlanta market. Based on our experiences with them, we think they have a good shot at making a big dent into the appetites of Atlantans.
Relished sent us three different meals, lamb meatballs with creamy polenta and a tomato ragout; quinoa and roasted vegetable salad with pan seared chicken; and panko crusted cod with roasted baby carrots and asparagus. Huge props to Relished for the gratis food and a three night reprieve on grocery shopping!
|Ingredients for the lamb meatballs with polenta. The can of tomatoes is hiding behind the recipe.|
We kicked things off with the lamb meatballs with polenta and tomato ragout. The ingredients were all neatly packaged and clearly labeled. Aside from dicing a shallot and rolling up the meatballs, there was very little prep work involved in this particular dish. Even making the polenta was quick, a far cry from my own attempts at polenta that involve me stirring corn meal and water until my arm is about to fall into the pot.
|Making the tomato ragout|
Altogether, the prep took me about the 30 minutes advertised on the flyer, though the meatballs took a little longer than the listed 10-12 minutes to cook through.. After plating the polenta and meatballs, the recipe called for the entire meant to be topped with baby arugula. While I am a big fan of arugula in salads, it felt a bit out of place on top of this dish, even though it did make for a very pretty plate. Still, the finished product was quite good; probably my favorite of the three meals by a nose. While the lamb meatballs were relatively unseasoned (cumin, salt, and pepper), the sweet tomato ragout helped make up for that and also made a great sauce for the polenta. As an unanticipated bonus, the generous portions made great lunchtime leftovers the next day.
|The finished product|
The next evening, I made the quinoa and roasted vegetable salad with pan seared chicken. We are somewhat frequent quinoa eaters and I'm always looking for interesting new ways to make the super-healthy but bland Bolivian staple more interesting.
Once everything was cooked, it was simply a matter of tossing everything together. While the colorful salad looked great on the plate, it was decidedly lacking in seasoning. The raw green onion was a bit overpowering and the rest of the salad lacked flavor stand on its own. And the chicken - well, it was white meat chicken cooked in a pan, 'nuff said. This mean won out for healthiness but it was decidedly the least interesting of the bunch.
|Healthy, and it tasted healthy too|
Happily, our final meal from Relished was a winner, and unexpectedly so. My reaction to seafood is usually a groan, and it was no different when I saw the panko crusted cod recipe in among the package from Relished.
|Panko crusted cod ingredients and recipe card|
Prep was very simple on this dish. After chopping the parsley and garlic, you melt the butter in a pan and add the garlic, panko and parsley. Top the fish with the panko and bake it. The instructions said 10-12 minutes but I found it took about 16 minute to cook the fish. Meanwhile, toss the veggies in a bowl with salt, pepper, and olive oil and roast on a baking sheet for 8-10. Again, the instructions were a little unclear about timing the various components to get everything finished at the same time. I would say to get the breadcrumbs on the fish and get that in the oven, then prep the carrots and asparagus and put that in the oven about 5 minutes after the fish.
The resulting dish was quite good, so good in fact that I'll be looking to make cod a more frequent dinner guest in the future.
|Panko crusted cod with carrots and asparagus: the best fish dish I've made at home in long time!|
You check out Relished's current offerings at their website relishedfoods.com. Through April 4, use the promo code AdventurousTastes to get 60% off your first order. Happy cooking!