Heads up! This post is sponsored by Served LLC,
but all the opinions are my own!
We’ve all heard of the super fun and convenient food delivery companies, like Blue Apron, but a new Houston company is going above and beyond. Rather than delivering the ingredients, seasonings and instructions for the user to cook, why not take it one step further and deliver all the food cooked already. Next. Level.
I’ll be the first to say, “Wait, but I kinda like cooking!” But, if I’m being really real with myself, ain’t nobody got time for that. Well, I don’t have time for that. Lately, life’s been busy, busy, and I am not at all exaggerating when I say that each of my two Served meals took less than 10 minutes from box to plate. I cannot even begin to tell you how convenient that was for me.
But, here’s the kicker: The food is absolutely perfectly flavored. I think that’s what surprised me most about the service. Sure, quick is nice, but expected. I did not expect for the food to be that good. AND, I shared both of my meals with some coworkers, and they were equally amazed. PROOF.
Anyways, let me talk you through my experience.
Listen, I totally sweat the small stuff. I hate getting packages at my apartment complex, because it’s a huge complex and I am terrified that something I order will get lost. The box delivers through UPS and you get a tracking code. Plus, you get a notification when the box is successfully delivered and WHERE it was delivered (office vs. doorstep). I’ve never had a package delivered that way, so that was super convenient.
The meals are delivered on ice packs, and were PLENTY cold. They aren’t frozen, so I popped mine in the fridge. The food, if still in the unopened bags, will keep in the fridge for up to a month, and in the freezer for 3 to 6 months. Just in case, y’know, you’re stocking up for the winter. Look into Served.
Prep and “cooking”
So, I pulled out my two meals and each container had a couple microwavable bags in them. The pasta one had two: pasta and sauce then a broccolini pouch. The pork one had corn, pork, rice and queso fresca.
The box came with a card of instruction options: boil-in-a-bag (boil in 10-12 minutes); microwave (poke holes in the bags and microwave for 2-4 minutes. For rice, empty in a bowl and cover, then cook for 1-2 minutes); conventional oven (take out of the bag and bake at 400 for 15 minutes). I did microwave bc why not make this literally the easiest it could be.
The pasta was above and beyond what I expected for pasta. It had a kick to it! And the broccolini was somehow perfectly cooked — that never happens for frozen/reheated veggies. No shame, I inhaled the pasta.
Meanwhile, speaking of shockingly good, the pork was the tenderest meat I have ever eaten. The rice was good, but not stand out. The verde sauce was also great! Not a salsa, which I kind of thought it was. I heated it up, and I thought it worked well. I had to grate the cheese over, which would have been difficult if I didn’t have a cheese grater.
I 10/10 recommend using Served if you want a good meal at home. The pricing starts at $30 (one meal, two servings), so that’s, like, cheaper than going to the grocery store. Also, the weekly menu changes! #Variety!
“Serve One—Share One” is a giveaway Served is doing from now until Nov. 14. You enter to win on the Served website, and the winner gets a free served meal! Then, Served will donate a full Thanksgiving meal (sides, dessert, turkey and all the fixins) to a deserving family. Enter to win!
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