Meals Made Easy with Terra’s Kitchen

Terra's Kitchen Meal delivery service

I remember ten years ago when the internet had already completely changed our ways of life. People were doing more and more shopping online (especially me!), and there was talk of one day people even doing their grocery shopping online. I thought, no way. But here I am, ten years later, not only ordering groceries online, but actually receiving prepped ingredients for fresh meals with recipes that I don’t have to hunt down (and read reviews for) myself. Healthy food delivery— I could get used to this modern life!

Recently I tried a meal delivery service for the first time, ordering three dinners from Terra’s Kitchen, along with some snacks, ready-made salads, and cold pressed juice. It was fun, we felt fancy, and we really liked the experience! Let me tell you more about it.

Terra's Kitchen Meal delivery service

The kids were thrilled when the Terra’s Kitchen box arrived at our door and there was FOOD inside that they could eat! Ha! (I was thrilled too.) The insulated box had shelves with each meal kit neatly stacked alongside ice packs to keep everything refrigerated until they were transferred to our own refrigerator. After we emptied the container, we switched out the shipping label and left it on our front door, where it was picked up the next day to be reused.

One thing I really enjoyed about the meals I selected was that while I had selected meals according to my fitness goals (high protein, low-fat, low-carbs), the organic meals Terra’s Kitchen had created have much more interesting flavors and variety than I would normally choose when left to my own devices. I tend to do a lot of plain grilled chicken, plain green beans, and plain sweet potatoes for meals. But I was able to get similar nutrients with much more exciting dishes with what I selected from Terra’s Kitchen, which was:

  • Chicken Schnitzel with Sweet and Sour Apple Cabbage
  • Grilled Chicken with Broccoli Salad
  • Thai Grilled Chicken Salad

Terra's Kitchen Meal delivery service

The first meal I made was the chicken schnitzel with sweet and sour apple cabbage, and from beginning to end, the meal came together in literally eleven minutes! This was a huge deal for me, because normally after church our family is scrambling to make something healthy and quick, because we’re all starved and the kids need naps.

I just rubbed the provided mayo onto the chicken tenders, dredged them in the panko crumbs, and placed them in the oven. During that time, I cooked the apples and cabbage on the stove and finished the combo off with the provided dressing and seasonings. I plated the apple cabage just as the chicken came out of the oven, and our family was seated at the table ready to eat. Eleven minutes. I love it.

Terra's Kitchen Meal delivery service

Terra's Kitchen Meal delivery service

We enjoyed all of the meals we tried, and I really loved not having to slice and portion out all of the ingredients before making the meals. I also loved cutting out the waste that often happens when buying an entire item when only a portion is needed for the recipe. For instance, I needed pepitas for the broccoli apple salad, but didn’t need to buy a whole package from the store, because the small portion I needed was provided. The same goes for coriander (a spice I’d never use often enough to justify buying and entire container of), diced red onion, red cabbage, and other ingredients that I usually never use all of when I purchase the whole piece in the produce section.

It was also so nice to be able to pull out fresh and delicious fruit for the kids to snack on, which had already been sliced and prepared for me. I get anxious about selecting a good watermelon at the store, and then find slicing and dicing it to be such a tedious and messy task. So, having prepped slices off the rind was such a treat for us!

Terra's Kitchen Meal delivery service

Over all, my favorite aspect of doing a food subscription through Terra’s Kitchen was the time it saved me. I saved time planning meals and grocery lists, time shopping for meal ingredients, and time prepping the meals before cooking them. It was also fun to try new recipes for fresh meals I might not have chosen if left to my own devices.

This is such a new and fun way to do family meals— I highly recommend Terra’s Kitchen after our experience. What do you think? Would you give a meal delivery service a try? 

Terra's Kitchen Meal delivery service

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Terra’s Kitchen. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Chocolate Hazelnut Oatmeal

chocolate hazelnut oatmeal

Oats, man. They might be on my top ten list of things to bring if I’m ever planning on being trapped on a deserted island. How would I cook them on an island? Well, uh, gosh… I’d like to think I’m pretty resourceful, and if I’m hangry enough, I’m sure I’d find a way. But making oats at home is too easy, and it’s my go-to comfort food in the late evening or when I’m riding the struggle bus early in the morning and need something to look forward to before my feet hit the cold floor.

Lately I’ve been adding variety to my morning (or night!) oats with just a touch of decadence. This chocolate hazelnut oatmeal tops the charts, and it’s super easy to make, thanks to the International Delight creamer that I always have stocked in my refrigerator.

chocolate hazelnut oats

hazelnut oatmeal

ingredients

  • 3/4-1 cup of oats (depending on how thick you prefer your oatmeal)
  • 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats (you may use steel cut as well)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of International Delight hazelnut flavored creamer
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/2 Tablespoon semisweet chocolate chips

chocolate hazelnut oatmeal

method

  • Cook oats on the stove in the water. You may add the creamer now, or drizzle it over the cooked oats once they’re in the bowl. It’s a matter of preference.
  • Chop the hazelnuts while the oats are cooking.
  • Top oats with 1/2 tablespoon of creamer (unless you added it while cooking), and arrange chocolate chips on the top of the hot oats. They melt, and you can swirl them to look pretty, and also to spread out the chocolate love. Finish off with a sprinkle of chopped hazelnuts.

chocolate hazelnut oatmeal

How yummy does this look? I love the bursts of chocolate from the melted chips, and the warm hazelnut flavored oats really does the soul good. Not to mention the body. About an hour after I ate this bowl, I ran five miles! So there ya have it, folks. Indulgent in a not-so-naughty way. And I won’t tell Santa, but I’m sure you’ve been naughty enough this holiday season. (Christmas cookie exchanges, man!)

Adding a little flavored creamer to your oatmeal is a great way to mix up an old breakfast favorite. If you get excited about new seasonal flavors (like peppermint mocha and pumpkin pie spice), sign up for International Delight’s newsletter to be the first to hear about new releases and coupon offers. You’ll also find some inventive (and delicious!) ways to use flavored creamers on International Delight’s Pinterest and Facebook page, so be sure to give them a follow!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Creating a Coffee Station

Coffee Station for Holiday Gatherings

We love hosting friends in our home, whether it’s for Friday game nights, family movie nights, afternoon play dates, or holiday parties. Inevitably, everyone ends up huddled around the bar in our kitchen with drinks in their hands, nibbling on an array of snacks.

As a hostess, I want to be able to enjoy the company of my friends, but of course I also want to make sure they’re as comfortable as possible, and always with enough coffee to keep their mugs full. So this holiday season I transformed a section of my kitchen into a coffee station, for guests to find everything they would want to make their coffee exactly how they’d like it. Most of my friends are coffee drinkers, but I always have bags of tea nearby and hot water in the kettle. We’re so excited to host a holiday party this year, and I already have my fridge stocked with loads of International Delight creamer to soup up my new coffee station. Check out how I assembled the station!

Coffee Station for Holiday Gatherings

This is what the area of my kitchen looked like before the mini transformation. Breadbox, radio, and pantry items in clear glass jars. I moved the breadbox and utilized cup hooks under the shelf to hang mugs, rather using precious counter space to stack mugs.

cup hooks

I then moved my coffee grinder next to my radio (there’s an outlet there, or else I probably would’ve placed it on the countertop surface) and placed a tray on the counter. I love using trays on the kitchen counter, because it makes items placed on the counter feel less random and more like they belong there.

I store my french press and insulated carafe here when we’re not hosting friends and coffee hasn’t yet been brewed, as rare as those moments might be! There is a variety of sweeteners (and marshmallows for the kids and kids at heart), and space to fill with creamers as guests arrive.

creating a coffee station

creating a coffee station

I love to change out the mugs I have displayed on the hooks, depending on the season or how I want the kitchen to look. (White mugs = a cleaner, simpler look.) As people take mugs, I’ll often restock the hooks with different mugs from my cupboards.

Prepping Coffee for Guests

Before guests arrive, I brew coffee in my french press and transfer it to an insulated carafe. Then I make sure the kettle on the stove is full of hot water for tea drinkers, but also in case I need to make another pot of coffee.

The last thing I do is set out an arrangement of creamers fresh from the refrigerator, and then, of course, make myself a cup of coffee to enjoy as guests arrive!

Coffee Station for Holiday Gatherings

I literally have seven bottles of flavored creamer in my fridge right now, so I’m actually contemplating filling a tub of ice to hold all of the bottles for our next gathering. But for now, these three favorite flavors (Pumpkin Pie Spice, French Vanilla, and Hazelnut) will do!

If you enjoy flavored creamers too, make sure you’re signed up for International Delight’s newsletter so you can learn about discounts and new seasonal offerings. Check out their Pinterest and Facebook pages too for some fun ways to use International Delight creamers in your recipes and holiday treats!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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