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Fresh Canteen, your supper superstar

Fresh Canteen delivers everything you need to become a kitchen hero. Their recipe cards walks you through your meal prep step-by-step with visual aids.

Fresh Canteen delivers everything you need to become a kitchen hero. Their recipe cards walks you through your meal prep step-by-step with visual aids.

Fresh Canteen debuted in the Toronto market some time ago and after an initial complimentary two-meal introduction to their services, we were hooked.  We became members and have been able to test them out for several weeks now, allowing us to assess what our longer term thoughts were on the dinner service.

First and perhaps most important thought? Ordering from Fresh Canteen is very simple and the food is really quite good.

The premise is simple. Each week, you visit the Fresh Canteen website and select the number of meals you’d like based on the varied selection of options available, including at least one vegetarian and seafood offering. They will deliver as much as six days’ worth of perfectly portioned (mostly) local fresh food to your doorstep each Tuesday. As long as your order is placed before end of day Friday, your goods will be delivered in a box that is so well-insulated, it remains cold for hours, allowing you to come home late without worrying about your food going bad. Your package includes almost everything you need (save for a very few pantry staples) to make your delicious dishes.

The Big Thyme Salmon meal has been one of our absolute favourites. The salmon almost melted in our mouths.

The Big Thyme Salmon meal has been one of our absolute favourites. The salmon almost melted in our mouths.

Each meal is well rounded, including your protein, always fresh herbs, vegetables and starch. There is a relatively thorough recipe card included for each of the meals you select, which walks you through the level of difficulty, steps and rough estimate of time it should take to prep and complete your creation.

There is a wide variety of choice from week-to-week which includes cuisine from around the world, including Indian, Japanese, Mediterranean and Italian. You can choose between a variety of proteins per week, which typically includes at least one poultry, beef and seafood option.

Your meal prep can be a fun to-do solo or with a friend or partner and is also a great way to introduce you to foods you might not typically purchase or think of making on your own. Since placing my first order with Fresh Canteen, I’ve changed the way I normally prepare and cook certain meats, cooked rapini, created an apple chutney and incorporated herbs that I haven’t experimented with before, all for the first time.

My husband, children and I have enjoyed almost everything I’ve made, with the exception of a few dishes that I wouldn’t personally order again. But there have also been some very delicious stand-outs. Our roasted salmon with lemony asparagus and chili rice was superb, as was our roasted pork chops with chutney.

Ordering from Fresh Canteen solves the problem of “what to eat” and saves you the time of having to go out to source all the necessary ingredients for any given meal. It also provides just enough that you needn’t worry about having to throw excess food away or having days and days of leftovers.

Fresh Canteen allows you to experiment with ingredients you might not typically think of.

Fresh Canteen allows you to experiment with ingredients you might not typically think of. Pictured: Hoisin pork tenderloin with sassy slaw.

You’ll also love the fact that you aren’t obligated to place an order every week. Obviously and as with anything, be sure to read your subscription agreement thoroughly, but your options are simple, clear and varied.  Subscribe weekly or order only when you feel like it, it’s totally up to you—no hassle.

While perhaps not an altogether new service (there have been other food services like this in the past), but the execution, quality of goods and overall ease of ordering from Fresh Canteen, in my experience, has been flawless.

 

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