For those who don’t have the time or patience to prepare fresh meals every day, and those who prefer to avoid frozen meals, Youfoodz may be just what you need. Youfoodz chefs prepare healthy, fresh, convenient meals cooked in Queensland and delivered to Canberra every week. Whilst this seems like a long way for fresh food to be taken, the meals are sealed with a ‘Modified Atmosphere Packaging’ to keep the contents fresh for 7-9 days. Last week I went into Nutrition Station inside the City Fitness First and picked up a few meals to try.
I ended up with three meals as recommended by Aidan from Youfoodz which included Roasted Pork Schnitzel, Healthy Meatballs & Mushroom Casserole, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken. All of them were $9.95 and needed to be microwaved for 90-120 seconds. I started off with pretty low expectations, which were pretty much confirmed by the pork schnitzel. It came with beans and potato wedges and I personally think that wedges should not be microwaved since they usually end up soggy. The schnitzel itself was not awful but by no means was it outstanding. the meat was slightly chewy and overall underwhelming.
After the pork I was in no rush to try the other meals; I wasn’t really home for meals the next couple of days so they stayed in the fridge for the meantime. When I got around to it, I had both the jerk chicken and the meatballs since they’re all pretty small portions. My main concern was the chicken coming with coleslaw and potato salad and being microwaved – as i definitely don’t usually microwave either of these (does anyone?). Despite this, the chicken was actually delicious, it was tender and flavoursome and melted in my mouth. I avoided the coleslaw and the potato all together because I knew I wouldn’t enjoy it being hot, but I would definitely eat the chicken again.
Next up was the meatballs with a mushroom casserole. It also came with a side of tangy roast potato, sweet potato, red onion & sliced gherkins however when I compared it to the photo online i’m almost certain they forgot the mushrooms. The mushrooms were not missed though since the meatballs were succulent and tasty. The potato sides were also delicious although i would’ve preferred a larger portion of meatballs.
All in all the meals were good and I’d have the meatballs and chicken again; however, I probably wouldn’t go back to the schnitzel. If you tend to have a larger appetite I would not recommend eating the one meal on its own as the serving sizes are relatively small compared to other packaged meals on the shelves. There are plenty more options available on their website which I’d be tempted to try one day with everything from carb-less pizza omelette, to chicken enchilada, and salted caramel protein balls.
The meals are available for delivery through their website www.youfoodzcanberra.com where all their meal options are listed. You can also pick up the meals from Nutrition Station at Fitness First in the City or from Australian Sports Nutrition (ASN) at 1/4 Lonsdale St Braddon. Call 0410 069 134 for more information.
Youfoodz provided meals described in this article to RiotACT at no charge for review purposes.