This week I’ve been crazy crazy busy at work. I always like to make time for me time during the week, which mainly consists of making myself nice food and doing some exercise. But some weeks, and this week was one of those weeks, I just don’t have the time!

So without wanting to sacrifice the exercise (bootcamp is a GREAT stress reliever), I decided to give Eat First a go after they sent me an email a few weeks ago!

It was a ridiculously simple process actually. I ordered my three meals (and a cookie) on their website, chose a delivery slot (8:00-8:45pm) and payed via paypal. All done in about 2 minutes flat!! It was also q pretty reasonably priced for delivery food, the whole lot came to £25.75 exactly. So not massively stretching the purse, 

The next day my driver arrived just after 8pm and handed me over this little bag of delights!

I unpacked my feast and then had to decide what to eat first (GEDDIT? #puntastic).

I eventually decided on the butternut squash quesadillas created by Chef Ben Hodges. Which were grilled quesadillas with “pulled” butternut squash, black beans and mozzarella. Served with tomato salsa, coleslaw and sour cream. 

Handily, cooking instructions are included in the lovely little envelope you get sent when your food arrives. So I whacked them in the oven for 8 minutes, sat and watched the mozzarella oooooze, and waited for them to crisp up nicely.

And boy did they crisp up! Check out the cheese porn…

I had to season them a little bit to my taste, but other than that no complaints. A lovely light meal, which left me feeling satisfied but not bloaty – not easily achieved for me with delivery food!

Anyway, enough about my digestive system… ON TO NIGHT TWO!

The second night I went for this super beef protein salad, by Chef Ben Hodges again. This was by far the best meal I had. A TASTE SENSATION.

The salad is made up of super-seed blend of organic quinoa, kale, lemon, pumpkin, edamame, mint and lentils is mixed with white cabbage, dried apricots, and pumpkin seeds. Served with an orange honey dressing and fresh salsa verde on the side.

JUST LOOK AT IT!

Coooooor *drools slightly*

The final night was Moo Ping Thai Pork which was created by KraPow LDN! The little box of wonders contained small pieces of pork collar, marinated overnight in Thai spices and flazed with a sweet Nam Jim Jaew sauce. It came with brown jasmine rice, mint and cucumber and extra sauce (which was very welcome, the sauce was delicious!). 

This was probably my least favourite of the three meals, but still went down very nicely (I would have perhaps liked a bit more salad and less rice, but I’m not great with rice, so I’m sure others would disagree!)

Unfortunately I didn’t get a cooking instructions card with this one, but the clever people at Eat First had that covered, with full instructions available on their website. 

Again very easy to put together, with very little hassle. Grab an eyeful below!

All in all I really rate Eat First as a concept. The meals are tasty, easy to order and get delivered, and very easy to put together on the night. It’s essentially mid-way between Deliveroo and Taste Made, for those that want to cook, but don’t really want all the hassle!

I’ll definitely bear them in mind again when I know I’ve got a busy week ahead. It’s a great way to still ensure you eat healthily and won’t break the bank.

If you feel like giving it a go, put my code 238COZWO in at the checkout to get £7.50 off your first order!

So the final verdict…

Food: 4/5

Service: 5/5

Overall Total: 4.5/5

Price: ££

Difficulty: Very easy 

 

And the crucial details…

 

Website: www.eatfirst.com

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Lamb, Coconut and Cashew Nut Curry

This is a little recipe that I made for the first time this week. I found inspiration for it on the back of a Waitrose recipe card and have chopped and changed it until it’s just right!

It’s the perfect wholesome meal that’s light on the tummy for the January detox season! My mum and I had it without rice and naan (they send her tummy funny) and just served it with some crunchy green beans. And boy was it delicious.

The recipe serves 3 (or 2 with a bit left over). If you’re scaling it up to make for a larger audience only increase the spices by half quantities (so for example the 1tsp of ground coriander – increase to 1.5 tsp if making for 6) as the sauce is quite strong as it is!

 

Lamb, Coconut and Cashew Nut Stew
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Ingredients
  1. 50g cashew nuts
  2. 4 cloves of garlic
  3. 3cm piece of fresh ginger
  4. 2 good glugs of olive oil
  5. 350g diced stewing lamb
  6. 1 red onion (finely chopped)
  7. 1tsp cumin seeds
  8. 1 tsp ground coriander
  9. 1/2 (half) tsp cayenne pepper
  10. 6 crushed cardamom pods
  11. 1 cinnamon stick
  12. 400ml coconut milk (I used full fat, but half fat is fine)
  13. 1tsp garam masala
  14. Juice of half a lemon
  15. Chopped coriander (to serve)
Instructions
  1. Blend the cashew nuts, garlic and ginger with 2tbsp of cold water to form a thick paste.
  2. Heat one glug of olive oil in a pan and brown off the lamb. Once browned removed with a spoon, leaving all the juices in the pan, and place on the side.
  3. Add another glug of oil to the pan and soften the onion over a low heat.
  4. Once the onion has softened add the cumin seeds, ground coriander, cayenne pepper, cardamom pods and cinnamon stick to the pan. Cook through for approximately 2 minutes.
  5. Then stir in the cashew nut paste and cook for another minute.
  6. Return the lamb to the pan and add 350ml of cold water. Season well with salt and pepper.
  7. Bring the pan to the boil and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the liquid has reduced.
  8. Add the coconut milk and garam masala and cook for another 10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  9. Add the lemon juice and scatter the top with the chopped coriander.
  10. Dish up and enjoy!!
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