What is Goodfood?
Goodfood is a once-a-week subscription service which delivers the raw ingredients to cook meals at home. Pantry staples such as salt, pepper, and oil are not included. Each delivery has a minimum of 2 meals of 4 servings. Fewer serving sizes can be selected if you order more than 2 meals for the week. You can order up to 4 meals of 4 servings per week. Regularly priced, the least expensive option will cost $9.75 CAD per serving or $78.00 CAD for 2 meals of 4 portions each. You can skip weeks or cancel the subscription. A friend kindly gifted me with two meal kits from Goodfood (thank you again, M!) which I was really happy to receive as I had been wanting to try it out.
How Does it Work?
- Create an account.
- Choose your meal type and answer a survey about your preferences (recipe options are curated accordingly). There are 3 types of meals (or baskets) to choose from:
- Family Basket
- Classic Basket
- Easy Prep Basket (these recipes are the same as those available in the Classic Basket meal plan but ingredients are pre-cut)
- Pick your meals from the recipe options available on the week’s menu.
- Pick your delivery date from the options available.
- After you place your order, you’ll receive an e-mail confirmation. A reminder e-mail will also be sent you the day before your delivery. You do not need to be home to receive your order. The box will be left at your door. They are packaged with insulated liners and ice packs to stay fresh for up 24 to 48 hours after delivery. Lost or stolen boxes will be credited towards a future order.
The Meals We Tried
We tried two recipes from the Family meal type, Coconut Peanut Chicken and Beef Stroganoff.
The week we had the kits delivered happened to be a really busy one so it made me appreciate this type of service even more. It was great to come home, pull out the recipe and the bag of ingredients and get cooking right away. Even though you still need to wash, peel, and chop some of the veggies, just having them and the other ingredients in the exact quantities required by the recipe saves so much time. All of the ingredients were fresh and of good quality. Nothing was bruised or questionable
The recipes were really easy to follow and execute. The cooking times indicated on the recipe cards were reasonable and accurate – fridge to table very comfortably within the given time.
Taste test…the kids, aged 4 and 6, did not give rave reviews but both of them did eat their suppers with little coaxing which I consider a win. We liked the sauce of the beef stroganoff but found the cut of meat to be a bit tough. My husband and I enjoyed the chicken dish very much.
We did not end up signing up for the service but I think that it can be really worthwhile. As our kids get older and busier, I could see us signing up for meal kit delivery in the future or when there are really good promotions on.
- If you want to eat home cooked meals but just don’t have the time to meal plan, do groceries plus do the cooking, this is a great way to achieve that.
- Skipping weeks or cancelling your subscription is easy and painless.
- You can manage the delivery schedule up to 6 weeks in advance.
- The website is user friendly and you can see exactly what the box will comprise of and what preparing the recipes will involve.
- Saves a lot of time that would be spent meal planning and shopping.
- There is no food waste, unless you don’t cook and eat the food before it goes off, as you get exactly what you need for each meal.
- For experienced cooks, it’s a great way to try new recipes and ingredients and for the novice cook, this is a really good way to become more comfortable.
Things to consider
- Those with diet limitations (e.g. allergies, specific diet plans, picky eaters etc.) may find the meal options limited.
- My initial thought was that it was expensive but when you consider what take-out or eating out would cost, this is a healthier and possibly more economical option depending on where you eat or get take-out from.
- Because it is a subscription model, you need to be organised enough to manage your subscription to avoid receiving unwanted boxes and charges.
- The food was enough for the 4 of us (2 adults with good appetites and 2 young children who are not big eaters) but if you have older kids or very healthy appetites, you may find the portions on the small side. Also, if you rely on dinners to take leftovers for lunch, it may not yield enough food.
- Even though it is recyclable, there is a lot of packaging.
Goodfood is available in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Maritimes. For more information, you can visit their website at makegoodfood.ca.
Have you tried this or other similar services? What did you think?