Editor’s note: I have been compensated for this post, but the opinions are entirely my own
A HUGE thanks to the kind folks at Supperworks for letting me try out the service and to my parents for being the photographers.
There’s no denying how much I despise cooking and the process that goes behind it. From trying to figure out what to cook to cleaning up the kitchen afterwards, I’m not a fan of any of those aspects.
Let’s be honest. Cooking ranks pretty high on the list when it comes to labour-intensive chores. At least with laundry and running the dishwasher, you can do something else or relax while the machine does its thing. Ok fine, you can do the same idea with a crock pot, but in general, cooking is a LOT of work.
I think you either love it or hate it. I hate it, but I love eating. My rants about cooking can be found in this post, The Joy of Cooking for One which has now turned into the The Frustration/Stress of Cooking for Two.
With things I hate, I’ve tried to find alternatives. For example, I know running is a very simple, frugal way to get into shape. But I HATE it (unless it involves running through a mud-soaked obstacle course). So I look into alternative forms of exercise to stay in shape/get my cardio on.
With a full-time job, part-time job as a group fitness instructor, running a blog and trying to keep a house relatively tidy, I am pretty busy. I also just recently decided to tackle a big, new scary but exciting endeavour. I am one of those weirdos who gets bored easily and can only be idle for so long. I’m somewhat of a workaholic, but I choose to be one.
Productive people know they can’t do everything and that outsourcing can save you loads of time and help you focus on the things that are more important to you – such as time for yourself, time for your family and or time to make more money.
Enter Supperworks – A meal-assembly business created by two busy full-time working moms. The idea was created to help ease the difficulty of cooking healthy meals for the family while juggling a hectic schedule. It’s not just for working moms. As one of their slogans state, “Helping busy people eat well.” It is the perfect alternative for people who don’t have the time or don’t want to cook, but still want simple, healthy, affordable meals for themselves and their families.
Supperworks pretty much takes care of everything I hate about cooking. They do the grocery shopping, prep the ingredients in-house, come up with healthy recipes and clean up the workstations. At the meal-assembly facility, each workstation has a specific recipe with simple, clear instructions on how to assemble the meal. Everything is labelled clearly and organized in a manner where ingredients and tools are easy to locate. Basically all you have to do is read and follow instructions. No fuss, no muss. Or no mess for you to clean up.
Once you are finished packaging the meal, there is a label with detailed instructions on how to cook the meal that you place on the front of the bag. Afterwards, you place your meal in the fridge in a bin with your name labelled on it.
[Tweet ” Ah, if only life came with detailed instruction labels that I could stick everywhere.”]
At first I was a bit nervous and slow in terms of assembling, but then by the third entrée, I got more into a rhythm and was more confident in the procedure. As someone with a science degree, it sort of felt like I was following a science experiment. As soon as I came home, I ate a couple of the sweet potato veggie burritos and gave my dad one to try. I think he enjoyed it just as much as I did. Maybe even more.
The staff at Supperworks was so nice and helpful. As a first-timer, I received an explanation of how the process works and where things were located. They were available to answer all of my questions and offer little tips and tricks when assembling the meals. I actually had FUN preparing the meals, which is something that never happens!
The menu changes every month, so you don’t have to worry about getting bored with eating the same thing. As a self-confessed picky eater, this is music to my ears. There are also vegetarian options. You have the option of adjusting the recipe to suit your own personal tastes. For example, neither of us really like cilantro, so I ended up omitting that ingredient for a couple of recipes.
Less than 2 hours of my time and I wound up with 12 entrees that could serve between 2-3 people (6 entrees that were assembled as split orders). Which is about 24-36 meals. When it comes to cost, At $5.94-$8.92 CDN per meal, it’s very affordable.
If you would rather not prepare the meals, they can prepare them for you and you can pick them up. They also recently added a delivery option to their list of services.
I am so happy to have so many healthy meals for my husband and I for the week. They are currently being stored in the freezer. My biggest problem now is trying to decide what to eat next.
Supperworks has several locations in Ontario. Check the website to find out the location closest to you and the calendar to book a session that works with your schedule.