Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending a cooking demonstration and dinner at Healthy Habits Kitchen in Wellesley. Hidden in a corporate office building off Washington Street, this meal prep facility was founded by Susan Schochet in an effort to get healthy meals on the table in next to no time. At Healthy Habits, you can assemble your own meal or buy it already assembled for you.
“It’s home cooking without the time-consuming chopping, meal planning and grocery shopping, and superior restaurant flavors without the high cost, caloric content and fat.”
On this particular evening, I joined a small group of Boston Brunchers to meet Susan and learn about her Kitchen. We were invited to bring the wine of our choosing, and we all sat around, sipped our vino and had an open conversation about our blogs and Healthy Habits.
Susan even showed us a typical small and large meal kit – complete with all the ingredients needed to make that particular recipe (and with all the chopping, etc. already done for you). A half-sized kit usually serves 2-3 people, and a full kit serves about 4-6 - both at $5 per serving.
From there, Susan explained what was on the menu that evening – Cranberry Salsa Chicken (half, $17.99; full, $26.99), Cocoa-Coffee Rubbed Pork with Root Beer Cream Sauce (half, $16.99; full, $25.99) and Quinoa Salad for the vegetarians. For the demo that evening, Susan showed us how easy it is to prepare the Cranberry Salsa Chicken.
Then, we sat down to dinner. The quinoa salad was chocked full of fresh vegetables and balsamic vinegar – it was wonderfully fresh and surprisingly filling.
For dessert, Susan served us two types of her homemade cookies: Dark Chocolate Cherry ($6/dozen; $3/half dozen)...
...And Cranberry Oatmeal (same price as above).
Overall, it was a great evening with some fabulous bloggers, and Susan was extremely informative (and clearly very passionate) about her business. From just eating the quinoa salad and a few cookies, I can’t vouch for her food 100 percent – but I will say what I ate was clearly made with high quality, healthy ingredients.
To try out Healthy Habits Kitchen for yourself, you can visit the facility, catch them at a local Farmers' Market, or even have their meals delivered to your home (delivery charges range from $15-$30, depending on where you live).
What do you think about meal prep services? Have you ever used one? If so, what's your review?
Disclaimer: The Brunchers and I were fortunate enough to try out Healthy Habits Kitchen's food free of charge. Despite HHK's generosity, the opinions expressed in this post are honest and 100 percent my own.