6 More Ways to Combat Pandemic Cuisine Boredom

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Last month, we shared with you 6 Ways to Combat Pandemic Cuisine Boredom — utilizing prepared-meal kits and delivery services to add a little spice to your kitchen. The piece generated a lot of interest from readers — and since the pandemic isn't going away anytime soon, here's six more to try. (And let us know what you think by writing to us at info@circlearound.com.)

Meatless Mondays?

Purple Carrot: If you're looking for alternatives on the protein spectrum, this is perfect for your Meatless Monday needs. Purple Carrot is a vegan meal-kit company doing its part to help make plant people out of everyone, with robust meal options that work hard to fill you up. Hearty dishes, high-protein options, and satisfying recipes make it easier than ever to transition to consuming less animal protein, which is good for the planet, as well as for your health. The bold claim is even made that “a healthy, plant-based diet has been scientifically proven to play a role in reversing chronic disease,” for an added impetus to find a way to make a small but simple change.

Fun with FODMAPs

Epicured: For those looking to make a healthy change without the hassle, there’s Epicured. This brand is a meal-delivery service that is fully “dietitian-approved and backed by science,” offering renowned, chef-developed, low-FODMAP gluten-free recipes right to your door for easy reheating. (For those unfamiliar with FODMAPs, these are short-chain carbs that are hard for the small intestine to digest and tend to get caught up in the colon, fermenting and creating gastric discomfort common among women.) It’s a tough diet to cook for, which is why this brand is a godsend — particularly for those who suffer from Crohn’s or colitis. That’s why Epicured has been trusted partners with Mount Sinai Health System for four years; how they still fly below the mainstream radar is a mystery to me! The range of cuisines is outstanding, using organic proteins, non-GMO ingredients, and no preservatives in dishes like Chicken Paillard, Teriyaki Donburi, Pad Thai, Truffled Mac & Cheese, Roasted Kabocha Salad, and more from across the world, all executed just beautifully.

Consume and Consult

ModifyHealth: Another brand in the low-FODMAP space, this one is partnered with Monash University in Australia for its certification. Its options are gluten-free, organic, and non-GMO, and exclude refined sugars, peanuts, and artificial colors and flavors. However, its noteworthiness isn’t just in the meal service — it also offers consultations with dietitians that are sensitive in every way to sensitive GIs as part of a program.

Remove the Guesswork

Fresh n’ Lean: For other food restrictions, this meal-plan company is providing options to take the guesswork out of high-protein, keto, paleo, vegan, and low-carb vegan diets by offering non-GMO, nutrient-dense, fresh food delivery for heat-and-eat at your door. It’s woman-owned — started, in fact, out of the founder’s one-bedroom apartment when she was only 18. Today, it’s the No. 1 meal-delivery service in the country for ready-to-eat, gluten-free organic meals, but as a lifestyle brand, it also still floats only on the periphery for many.

Plant-Based Plans

Daily Harvest: This fully plant-based prepared-meal delivery service rounds out the list for prepared food that you can get delivered to your door. Unlike the other options we’ve highlighted, its offerings are all frozen — not necessarily for convenience, but rather for intention. Apparently, berries frozen the day of harvest retain 200% more vitamin C than fresh ones eaten three days later, and vegetables like cauliflower retain 50% more antioxidants. Guess it’s time to invest in that chest freezer, if the pandemic hasn’t driven you to do so already!

Classic Dessert Themes

Whisk Takers: And now for dessert! But this one comes with … well, many options. Competitor Blissful Bakes focuses on one seasonal recipe per month, but Whisk Takers offers bundles of classic indulgences around ingredient themes. Choose from a nut-based package, a chocolate-centered one, a kit of their bestsellers, or even go vegan or gluten-free. All the dry ingredients are bundled up in one box per recipe, and they’re numbered as well as pre-portioned to take any ambiguity out for the amateur.


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