Just imagine you’re facing a very busy week (or you have the flu, a new baby, a deadline, or are nurturing new love). You know you need to eat well in order to have the energy to accomplish your to-do list – but the idea of another trek to the grocery store is too overwhelming, let alone actually planning meals. That’s where Green Zebra Kitchen comes in. With one cooler stocked with goodness they can save your sanity and satisfy your craving for delicious, nutritious meals.
Since Green Zebra hit the Toronto scene, I’d heard rave reviews from friends who ordered meals the week they moved, changed jobs or just needed a break. I agreed that it sounded great, but I’m pretty particular about my food. Convenience is one thing but finding a company that is dedicated to organic, whole food, vegan meals is exciting. Finally, I felt like someone else was worrying about what I was going to eat – and they were taking the task very seriously.
This week when the Green Zebra cooler arrived and I unzipped it to reveal all of the hidden treasures I almost squealed. Top treasures off with kale salad and I’m sold (that’s how you get in my good books)!
The next day I packed up a three salad combo for lunch: quinoa salad, kale salad, and potato salad. When I make lunch there is one salad. That’s it. So…this felt like a pretty bountiful buffet. The salads were all lightly dressed, had balanced flavours and great texture. Since this was such a filling and fun combination – I packed up the same selection for most of the week.
At dinner time I dug into some of the other special dishes, the first night I tried the tempeh and quinoa tossed with peanut sauce. This is my idea of a perfect, hearty meal. So satisfying. Peanuts…I just love it when you’re saucy.
And because Green Zebra Kitchen thinks of everything, they also sent a batch of Snickerdoodles! Spicy, cinnamony cookies. I was so impressed that after enjoying one I knew I had to pack up the rest to share with my colleagues. Baketivism at its best!
Snickerdoodles, I was always a ginger-snap girl until there was you.
It took me all week to sample everything that the tardis of a cooler had to offer. One rainy night I warmed up a bowl of the Morroccan stew. Each spoonful had an interesting balance of tomatoey broth, black olives, chickpeas and veggies. A simple, satisfying weeknight meal in a single bowl (remember…no pots or pans to wash!)
One of the most magnificent meals I had during the week was the tortilla lasagna. I live alone and although I eat well, I’m never going to make myself a lasagna. It is just not high on the priority list. So, dishing out a serving of this dish was really something special – plus when someone else puts in the effort everything tastes better. I really enjoyed the black bean, sweet potato and rice combination. I plated it with some kale salad in tahini dressing and was very pleased.
Finally, last night I tried a veggie burger, topped with curried mustard and a creamy dip. The patties have a fantastic hearty texture, it all holds together well in a pan and provides a great toothsome bite without being chewy. I’m planning to save the rest to bring to a BBQ this week. At least that way I know my meal will be fabulous.
After a week I have nothing but praise to share. Green Zebra dropped of this cooler as a thank you for the activism work I have done here in Toronto – but trust me…if I didn’t love it all I would have stayed quiet. Instead, I felt completely compelled to tell you all that the next time you need a little extra help, or the weight of one more task off your shoulders, place that order. It is so worth it. Unlike after a week of eating out, I felt nourished and energetic, just like I do when I’m making everything at home, from scratch. The menus changes every week which keeps it interesting and you can also add some great staples to your order, like granola, to round out your options. There are two plans available. The cooler I got was the Plan A – which is intended to serve as 6-8 meals during the week.
Now that I’ve returned my cooler I keep thinking about who in my life I could give this great experience to next. I know some new moms and a friend who has surgery coming up this week so I”m already checking out the upcoming menu. I hope you’ll do the same and give it a try, or give it as a gift to someone who needs it.
p.s. As I was writing this…Green Zebra came to pick up my cooler and dropped off Strawberry Cheesecake and a stunning Kale Salad. 😀
p.p.s. I also so saw another Green Zebra bag at my front desk – so exciting (there is someone else in my building who knows all about this awesomeness!).