Terra’s Kitchen Review

Posted by in EDS Life, Food Products, Reviews | 0 comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.TerrasKitchen.com

 

 

 

 

 

Hello & Happy Wednesday!!

 

 

 

 

 

As someone who cooks full time, I can confidently say that there is always something to learn in the kitchen. Believe it or not I truly love exploring different meal services. I find that they are the most wonderful concept and to be quite honest, perhaps more effective than seeking nutrition counseling. 

 

Why?

 

Because they get people to take action. Someone who delegates in an office what you should be doing to improve your health doesn’t always have that same effect. Through meal plans individuals spend their money, food can spoil, the recipes encompass ingredients that are accessible and affordable and the steps to create them are seamless. As a whole, when meals are prepared with someone it becomes more about the experience and less about the cooking, which gets people back in the kitchen. 

 

“To mitigate the rising obesity rates, we need to get people in the kitchen and to connect with their food.”

 

I find that with these meal services, there is a new flavor profile to explore, a new approach to cooking, and a lot of the time include ingredients that I don’t typically reach for in my kitchen. This ultimately opens my eyes to a new angle with developing recipes for readers and clients. 

 

I had the opportunity to test Terra’s Kitchen recently and wanted to share my personal experience. I had never heard of this particular meal service until recently, but even today in 2017 there remains to be perhaps only 10 different meal service options. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

What I love about this company is that they deliver a fridge vessels with all of your ingredients. Eat one is packed and labeled with numbers so there is no confusion. Many times when cooking multiple meals the ingredients can get mixed in with another. Having the numbers on the packages allows you to discern what goes with what. The vessel keeps the ingredients more fresh, allows for an easier set up and you simply remove a sticker and they come and pick it back up at no extra charge. Other features of   Terra’s Kitchen are that you can sign up for a reoccurring service and they will hand select items for you, taking the leg work out of the process. 

 


 

 

 

 

This company allows you to mix and match meals while other services do not. The specific meals also remain as part of a constant menu from what I can gather. So if you enjoy a particular meal, you can enjoy it again. 

 

 

 

While there are not vegan options for many meal services, I find that you can order the vegetarian options and make your own small adjustments to be able to have the opportunity to explore and experience new foods. In the vegetarian options I found that the portions were appropriate, the nutrient content high, the calories low, and flavor to be present. 

 

 

 

The black bean burgers were effortless, can easily be replicated or tweaked to cater to your tastebuds and make for the perfect slider for the next time you’re entertaining. I also chose the layered Tamale Stack as it seemed to call to me. This dish was packed with tons of veggies, had lots of color, and I love polenta, but perhaps it needed more spice or salt. In any case that can be added on the subscribers behalf to cater to their flavor preferences. I truly loved working with their recipe and found them to be easier than other meal services and more nutrient dense!

 

 

 

 

 

Curious just how easy these recipes are?! Watch this clip!

Enter promo code “SHRINK30” to save $30 off your first order

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Layered Vegetable Tamale Stack
polenta, spiced black beans, bell peppers, pico de gallo, avocado

Serves: 4 | Time to Table: 30 minutes | Calories: 209

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 


Equipment:
– Chef’s Knife
– Measuring Spoons
– Medium Mixing Bowl
– Medium Saucepan
– Medium Saute Pan
– Spatula
– Whisk


What You Need:
– Freshly Ground Black Pepper
– Kosher Salt or Flake Sea Salt
– Olive Oil


What We Send:
– Avocado
– Black Beans
– Cilantro
– Cumin
– Fajita Mix
– Minced Garlic
– Pico de Gallo
– Polenta
– Sliced Radish


Wine Pairings by @grapefriend
Cumin and pico de gallo? Torrontés from Argentina is calling! Super fragrant with a little hint of mandarin orange and peach flavor are great for piquant foods.

Beer Pairings
Our top choice for this spiced polenta is an American amber lager. We’re also loving a Chile beer!

 

 

 

 

 

1. Cook fajita mix: Heat a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, half of the garlic and fajita mix. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the peppers are just soft and the skin has browned on the edges, about 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover with foil to keep warm and set aside.

 

 

 

 

2. Mash the black beans: In a medium bowl, using a fork, mash the black beans, ONLY ¼ teaspoon cumin (save the rest for another use) and 2 tablespoons of hot water. Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. (If the beans dry out, stir in a bit more water.)

 

 

 

3. Dice the avocado into large chunks.

 

 

 

4. Cook the polenta: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add 5 3/4 cups water, remaining garlic and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil. While whisking, add the polenta in a thin, steady stream. Cook for 3 minutes, whisking constantly. Add extra water if the polenta becomes too thick to stir easily. Remove from the heat. Polenta should be fairly runny (like a cake batter thickness); it will thicken up once poured out. Use immediately.

 

To Serve: Using a spatula or back of a spoon, spread the polenta onto an extra large serving platter or cutting board into a 12-inch diameter. Top polenta with the beans, fajita mix, pico de gallo, avocado and radish (in that order). Garnish with cilantro. Serve immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creamy Black Bean Sliders
seasoned black beans, chipotle cream salsa, avocado mash

Serves: 2 | Time to Table: 25 minutes | Calories: 614 |

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Equipment:
– Chef’s Knife
– Measuring Spoons
– Medium Mixing Bowl
– Medium Saute Pan
– Pastry Brush
– Spatula


What You Need:
– 1 Egg (optional) – I used a vegan egg
– Bread Crumbs (optional)
– Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
– Kosher Salt or Flake Sea Salt
– Olive Oil


What We Send:
– Avocado
– Black Beans
– Chipotle Salsa
– Cilantro
– Cumin
– Garlic
– Jalapeno Pepper
– Slider Buns
– Sour Cream


Wine Pairings by @grapefriend
With a little spice in our dish, we go with a white wine like a French Viognier.

Beer Pairings
Refresh your mouth after the kick from the jalapeno with an American Pale Ale!

 

What To Do:
1. Prep Jalapeno: Mince jalapeno and chop half of the cilantro (the rest you will use for garnish).

2. Sauté Aromatics: In a medium sauté pan over medium heat, add 1 teaspoon oil, jalapeno, garlic and cumin. Cook stirring for 1 minute. Remove from heat.

 

 

3. Mash Beans: In a medium mixing bowl, add beans ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Smash with a fork until until just broken up. Do not “over smash”. Fold in jalapeno mixture and the chopped cilantro. (Note: if you like a firmer burger, add one egg and ¼ cup breadcrumbs at this point.)

4. Form Patties: Form mixture into 4 patties the size of your buns.

 

 

5. Cook Patties: In the same sauté pan over medium heat add 1 teaspoon oil. Add the burgers and cook until browned on the bottom. Turn and brown the other side. Remove burgers to a plate.

 

 

6. Mix Sauce: While the patties are cooking stir the salsa into the sour cream.

 

 

 

 

7. Smash the Avocado: Cut the avocado in half, remove pit and scoop out flesh. Smash flesh with a fork.

8. Toast buns: Brush the buns with oil and place in the sauté pan over medium heat until lightly browned.

To Serve: Spread smashed avocado on each bottom bun. Top with burger, sauce, cilantro and top bun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subscribe to Eat Drink Shrink Newsletter

Get exclusive recipes delivered straight to your inbox plus a FREE iTunes Vegan Desserts E-book with over 40 Recipes!

*Full discount code provided post email confirmation!

Recent Recipes

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *