A Vegan Week: Trying the Mark Bittman & MealKu VB6 program PART 2

MealKu Brown BagAs promised, I wanted to report back on the remainder of the MealKu #VB6 week.

The Beet Veggie Burger – frankly, I’ve never been much of a fan of veggie burgers. I’m a meat and potato girl. But I do like pure, fresh food, and this was part of the MealKu-Mark Bittman #VB6 week, so I accepted it with open arms.

I was surprised that the burger had a lot more of other veggies mixed in than I anticipated. Once again, because the meal had just been cooked (the MealKu advantage) it was fresh, and I could really taste the fresh ingredients. The salad that accompanies the burger was fantastic. It had a great dressing on it, and that makes all the difference.

Thursday was pasta with lentils and veggies. I’m not a huge pasta person, but it was good. Again, because it was fresh. The ratatouille though from Monday (and mentioned in Park 1 of the #VB6 post) was my favorite. Second to that though was this:

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Lentil Salad. I was nervous about a whole lentil salad for lunch. What I did enjoy about it specifically was the other ingredients. Loved the chopped celery (a great crunch), the chopped red onions and red peppers, and especially the dill. The dill took me by surprise, and I noticed that my tastebuds are changing. I thought it added a ton of extra flavor to the salad. In all, I liked it. The MealKu portion the cook sent over was huge. I used the remainder of the lentil salad that night as a side to my entree (which did happen to be a steak — what? it was after 6pm! This was Vegan BEFORE 6 week ya know. ;)

What I did learn from last week’s experience is that Vegan before 6 is a smart strategy, and actually in line with what I’ve been doing for lunch most of the time anyways. I just never called it vegan. I had heard of MealKu before, but never used it. I would hands down recommend it to anyone who’s too busy to cook or not in the mood to cook. It’s the easiest thing, and you get a home cooked meal. And it’s not just for vegan food, it’s all types of food. Someone in my office even ordered Oxtail. Now how about that!?

Mark Bittman & MealKu VB6

A Vegan Week: Trying the Mark Bittman & MealKu VB6 program

This week I’m trying out MealKu. They’re the company that connects people who prepare home-cooked meals, with people who want to eat a home-cooked meal, like me.  Here’s how it works:

You go on their site > select a dish by a featured cook (like eggplant parmesan for example), > it’s prepared by a top notch home cook > and it’s delivered straight to you.

I hadn’t tried it before and this seemed like the perfect time to give it a shot. I can see how MealKu is perfect for busy professionals who don’t feel like cooking when they get home at the end of the day. Or for people who want something delivered to them at work for lunch. And, all the Meals are delivered in a specially design pack, and it’s pretty cute in that it mirrors a brown paper sack, the kind you used for school lunches when you were a kid.
There’s even a message from mom– I mean the cook, written on the outside!

This week MealKu partnered up with Mark Bittman, the food writer for the New York Times. He’s also just wrote a book called Vegan Before 6. #VB6. So I figured this would be the perfect week to try out MealKu and test the recipes in Mark’s book. And, that means that the recipes this week and the the food I’ll get delivered is vegan. Yep. Vegan. Believe it or not,  I don’t eat at brunch restaurants for every meal. Just a lot of them. I do tend to eat a lot of veggies Mon – Fri though.  Vegan is a word and diet that I used to think was weird frankly. It’s probably because my father was bit uptight, of an older generation, and called environmentalists, yoga, and vegans, hippies. I can confidently say though, I’m becoming at least one of the three. Anywhoo, I digress.

Monday delivered to my office was chickpea ratatouille.  I have to say– It. Was. Delicious. It reminded me of the Greek style green beans with zucchini, olive oil, salt, pepper, tomatoes onions, garlic and other goodness my grandmother used to make. And it was hearty. I didn’t go hungry that’s for sure.

Tuesday was the Eggplant Un-parmesan. Equally as good. A little tad bit salty, but still I was quite impressed.

And today, is the Beet Vegan Burger with pear and walnut salad. I’ll let you know how it is in the next post when, hopefully if it’s good, I’ll have polished it off!

Happy Vegan lunching ;)

- Andrea