“How jealous I am of your wife and you – I think you eat so many delicious things every day!” I see this reaction very often on social media. Then I have to secretly laugh every time. Sometimes I wish I could let you watch 'at our house'. Because although we work with many tasty things every day, our own meal is not always a party.
We often start cooking for the website in the morning. Or for our new book. Shopping, cooking, baking, cleaning up the kitchen… and that about 3 or 4 times in a row. By five we are finally ready and we can — yes — start thinking about our own dinner.
No energy to cook
When you work for yourself it is very easy to forget the time when you are busy. So it is quite common that we are cooking, photographing and writing from 8 am to 5 pm. And when it is finally time to stop and start cooking for our family, the 'meaning' is nowhere to be found.
It's not at all glamorous, but it happens quite regularly that Linda and I eat leftovers from what we made that day. Those are cold leftovers from dishes that don't match at all. Were they Sandwiches? Then we eat a sandwich. Was it baked potatoes? Then we eat some cold potatoes. Add some raw vegetables for the vitamins and that's it. Simply because we no longer have the energy to turn the kitchen upside down after such a working day to really cook something.
The Ekomenu meal box
A while ago I was asked if I could buy the 'quick meal box' from ekomu wanted to try it out. At first I thought: “huh, me? A meal box? But I can think of and work out recipes myself, right?” but the more I thought about it, the more logical it became: the box we received from Ekomenu contained ingredients for three double meals. We were allowed to choose the dishes ourselves on the website. The meals are all organic and easy and quick to make.
On the days that we are at work for a long time, we have always arranged something for the children. But for our own meal this would be a godsend. And since the box is for two people, we thought it would be a fun challenge to see whether the dishes are tasty and whether you can really make them as quickly as stated on the recipe card.
On the website of Ekomenu we looked for three dishes from the category “nice and fast” that came in our box. By the way, you can also another (lifestyle) category go, for example 'family', 'low-carb' or 'vegan'. Really handy – so you don't have to count or worry about ingredients when you choose the dishes for your box.
Radicchio with lemon spaghetti
One of the dishes I chose for us was this grilled radicchio with lemon spaghetti and hazelnuts. Radicchio is a bit bitter in taste and I know our kids don't like that. We do, so hop — in the box! He came home a few days later and that was also the day after which we were like: “Will it be fries or will it be Chinese?” Plot twist: so it became the lemon spaghetti from Ekomenu!
The recipe card states that it takes 35 minutes to make the dish. We have the preparation timed and a little experienced cook can do this in 20 minutes. So nice and fast!
The radicchio was grilled with olive oil and lemon zest and this went with the cooked spaghetti, raw spinach and toasted hazelnuts on a platter. Spacious enough for the two of us and yummy! And believe me, if you've been eating leftovers from things that aren't so healthy for a few days, such a light, quick and organic dish is really a godsend.
One small downside: you would have to add balsamic vinegar to the recipe yourself, which we didn't have. So it was some extra lemon juice, which also tasted fine.
25% discount on the Ekomenu box
Ekomenu works on the basis of a flexible membership. This means that you can always choose how many dishes (and for how many people) you receive. Do you let Ekomenu do the shopping every week? Fine! And after a while do you need something else? Just as fine!
To introduce you to the Ekomenu box, I can offer you a 25% discount. If you choose a flexible membership and pay with the code AE25EM , the discount is calculated automatically. The code is valid until September 30, 2021.
Our verdict on the box
The Ekomenu box is useful when you don't have time to do your own shopping or don't feel like thinking about what you want to eat. It is a very easy way to get a well-balanced meal that is also organic. This makes healthy eating very easy and pleasant. Especially when you follow a certain diet or dietary pattern (low-carb, gluten-free, vegan, etc.) it is a great help in choosing your evening meal.
And with the delicious recipes on the site, with which you compose your own box you don't actually run the risk that there will be some that you don't like. On the other hand… it is a nice way to get to know new dishes in an easy way. And for us it's a great way to eat healthy at times when we don't feel like cooking anymore. So: Absolutely great!
Do you have our new website SOULFOOD.NL seen already? There you will find many more delicious recipes that not all come from the Antillean kitchen!
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