In the war on weight gain, half the battle may be sheer willpower, but the other half is pure strategy and logistics: Busy people simply may not have the time to research, shop, prep and cook (let alone eat) healthy meals day-in and day-out.
That’s where Cook! SF comes in: Founder Nona Lim believes that even whirlwind workaholics and pressed-for-time parents should have access to healthy meals at home, so she created the nation’s first gluten-free and dairy-free meal plan program. Every Cook! meal is prepared using whole, fresh and mostly-organic ingredients, but unlike many other meal programs out there, the Cook! Real Delicious program provides a complete ready-to-cook dinner with all ingredients chopped, measured and delivered to your door on Wednesday afternoons throughout the Bay Area.
Mouthwatering menus include: Mahi mahi with lemon caper dressing, 100 percent grass-fed steak with pomegranate reduction, lamb tagine with cinnamon prunes, mirin organic tofu in wakame seaweed salad, mango coconut smoothie, curried waldorf salad, vegetarian green curry and coconut rice, plus apple walnut amaranth. All ingredients are local and sustainable whenever possible, and preservatives and additives are never used. Simply unzip the cooler bag, and follow the simple step-by-step directions for a restaurant-quality meal, ready in less than 20 minutes.
I tried the grilled chicken spring mix salad with quinoa, cucumbers, radish and red onions for lunch, and the grass-fed Marin Sun Farms steak with pomegranate reduction, roasted root veggies and spring mix side salad for dinner. Lunch was light, refreshing and required little work, aside from pouring house-made dressing on the salad. Dinner required some cooking, but the ingredients were perfectly prepped and portioned, plus there was a handy card with easy instructions on how to best assemble and serve the meal. Two pots, a microwave and 20 minutes later, and I was enjoying a meal just as delicious as the description sounds.
For those of you in the Bay Area who would like to start the holiday season off on the right foot, Cook! is generously offering $30 off of their Real Detox program to get you started. The program generally runs once a month in 7- or 14-day tracks that feature three meals a day, plus two snacks (excluding soy, corn, dairy, gluten, yeast, eggs, nightshades and refined sugars and flours). Simply enter the coupon code cDetox2011 at checkout to have the discount applied to your order.
For more information or to get started on one of the meal plans, visit CookSF.com.