A Week with Cooked

It’s a Whole30-er’s dream come true. Compliant meals arrive at your house, individually portioned and containing your protein, fat, and vegetables. You either heat and eat – or in the case of the salads – you dress and eat. There’s very little clean-up, no dishes (beyond the fork you use), and you finish your meal feeling full and satisfied.

Welcome to Cooked!

This Whole30 Approved meal service partner does all of that. Cooked was founded by parents of young boys who didn’t have the time to “cook the kind of nourishing, healthy meals we wanted to.”

Recently, I had the chance to try Cooked. They sent me some meals to sample but all opinions here are my own! I will note that while Cooked serves most of the U.S., they do not yet serve Massachusetts – so, they sent me these meals as a special one-off opportunity.

When I knew I was ready to order, I logged onto the Cooked website and went to the Whole30 offerings. I selected the week I wanted my food delivered (I smartly chose one of the weeks my dishwasher was broken!) and chose which meals I wanted. When my order was placed, I got a confirmation email and then when my food shipped, I got another email with tracking info.

My meals arrived in a big insulated box. Each meal was in a plastic tray with a film cover. As Cooked does not usually ship to my area, a few of the film covers had tiny rips – it definitely looked like the box got a bit jostled around in transit. I was assured that this does not usually happen with their regular shipping methods. (My box was shipped FedEx rush delivery, which is not the typical type of shipping they use. Meals are delivered by hand in Chicago and Cooked uses standard FedEx outside of the city.)

Tyler, from Cooked, also told me that the company is investing in new boxes to use with their shipping customers. The new boxes will be significantly sturdier and have an internal skeleton that can keep each individual meal separated and supported. They are also changing the ice packs used to fit better into these new boxes, which they think will help keep the meals colder, longer. The new packaging is set to roll out in the next few weeks!

I unpacked my meals (which were all labeled with ingredients and the Whole30 logo – I love seeing that on products!) and stored them in my fridge. Cooked meals can be heated up in their original packaging in the oven or the microwave. I am not a fan of putting plastic in the oven so I transferred the food to a small oven-safe casserole dish and heated in that. I also prefer the oven over the microwave!

For dinner that night, I started with the Turkey Picadillo Chillis Rellanos, essentially two turkey and vegetable stuffed peppers. They were delicious – and spicy!! With raisins, almonds, cilantro, mint, parsley, and cinnamon among the ingredients, the meal was delicious and different. Just be sure you like your food HOT with this one!

Next up, I grabbed a Cranberry Cobb Salad for dinner the next day. This is a BIG, hearty salad that’s delicious! The bacon and chicken were so tasty and it was such a treat to have compliant cranberries. The lettuce on this one was a touch wet (again, I am chalking this up to the less than ideal shipping I received) but once I mixed the salad together it was fine. I am OBSESSED with the Cooked salad dressing and I made sure not to use the entire container so I could save some to use on my breakfast vegetables the next day!

The next day, I had the Chicken a la Plancha, which is served with broccoli, onions and plantains (my favorite!) Yum! I added some cashews to this one for an added fat and I honestly could not even eat the entire portion. I found that I could stretch the Cooked meals a little longer (desperate dishwasher-less times called for desperate measures) if I split them in half and added my own vegetables and additional fat to the plate.

Other meals I enjoyed were the Chicken Piccata with Carrot Noodles, the Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breast, and the Jalapeno Chicken Bites with Avocado Lime Sauce. Each meal was flavorful and more than enough food for me – and I eat a lot!

When you order Cooked, you can choose a 7-day plan (each week you will receive 2 deliveries of food – a first delivery of 4 lunches and 4 dinners and then a second delivery of 3 lunches and 3 dinners) or a 4-day plan (each week you will receive one delivery with 4 lunches and 4 dinners.) You can also choose to order for 1 week or 4 weeks, and you can opt to exclude one of these ingredients from your meals: pork, read meat, seafood, or shellfish.

On the website, they display menus for the next four weeks so you can plan ahead and schedule meal delivery when you are busy or undergoing a kitchen renovation or just need a break from cooking! Cooked also offers non-Whole30 meals, along with vegetarian and kids’ options so there’s something for everyone.

All in all, my Cooked experience was a good one! As a self-proclaimed meal prep queen, it was nice to gain a little time back in my life on the weekend as I cooked less in advance of my delivery. The quality of the food was high, the meals were filling, and I felt satisfied with the portions.

Want to try Cooked? As a special offer to our group, the team at Cooked is offering 10 percent off your order! Use the code WHOLE30FB at checkout to redeem this offer.

Have you tried Cooked yet? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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