Braving the supermarket can be scary—because let's face it, trying to figure out where to find tarragon is sometimes too much for a simple two-minute noodle lover to comprehend. As shelves in supermarkets go bare, and we’re faced with the realisation that maybe all we know how to make is spaghetti bolognese and eggs on toast, there are some mid-week heroes rising to the surface to save our stomachs and recipe ingenuity.
Brisbane has a range of local services that are dishing up convenient and healthy meals that can be delivered right to your door, saving you the effort of cooking and washing up. So instead of braving the supermarket, jump on the bandwagon of meal delivery services that will not only skip the queues, but make your tastebuds jump for joy.
If your days consist of four toasted sandwiches, and maybe a handful of nuts as a snack, your body will sing praises for Express Catering. You could be in the mood for a grazing platter, salads, poke bowls or marinated chicken with rice, and Express Catering will have you covered. Fill up on a slow-cooked beef cheek and pan seared gnocchi from the comfort of your own home, or keep it in the fridge until you need a gourmet pick-me-up.
If plant-powered nutrition is your mantra, then look no further than Soulara, a company that’s putting the fun back into vegan and vegetarian meals, delivered to you. Clear up your environmental conscience with a range of detox bowls, curries and noodle dishes, all guaranteed to send your taste buds into a starstruck frenzy, as they finally meet cardamom, star anise and paprika.
Got a sensitive gut? How does a menu that caters for dairy free, keto and nut allergies sound? Nourish’d has got you covered, with a philosophy that promises good food, and the ability to claim back your health and time. Get chilli cheese fries, off-the-bone lamb shanks, and country style crumbed chicken prepped and delivered while you focus on crafting a new hobby, or getting out into the fresh air. Time = saved.
Peer into the world of Wholesomeness, a plant-powered nutrition based company that has created pre-made packs that are all gluten and dairy free, saving you the time and hassle of meal invention and careful product selection at the supermarket. Choose from low FODMAP, vegan or flexitarian packages that are made with quality produce and attention to nutrients, then sit back and relax while experienced chefs and dieticians pay attention to the food that will come right to your door.
The appeal of no shopping, cooking or cleaning is pretty hard to ignore, and the team at FreshMeals2U has got you covered in all corners. Wolf down a gourmet chicken parmy or chinese BBQ pork, or select something lighter from a menu that shows you the macros of the meal and the calorific content as you pick them. With gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options, FreshMeals2U can save your time and diet as you struggle with what to cook.
Cuisine on Cue
Although they usually cater for events, Cuisine on Cue has ventured into meal delivery, and what a venture it is. If you want a meal at home that will eclipse any gourmet expectation you have, Cuisine on Cue will impress, and then go beyond. How does roast duck breast with vanilla creamed potatoes, baby beets and turnips with madeira jus sound for a weeknight? Impress your loved ones and your mouth all in one, and create a restaurant atmosphere in your home as you binge watch Netflix.
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