We’re all busy people. If we’re not out working hard to bring home the bacon, we’re busy with family, friends, hobbies, exercise, studies… There’s always something. For me, the first thing that flies out the window when I’m swamped is my diet. Even the simplest healthy eating routine gets dropped like a hot, carby potato when I’m buzzing around. I either don’t have time to cook, or I’m too tired. Or there aren’t groceries in the fridge. Cue take-aways. Not ideal.
Enter Daily Dish. A simple solution not only for those of us perpetually strapped for time but also great if you’re out of fresh dinner ideas and the ol’ mac and cheese just doesn’t cut it anymore.
Daily dish is a straightforward service that’s easy to sign up for and offers not only excellently priced meals but flexibility and quality. It takes the hassle out of fresh, healthy dinners. You sign up, choose your menu and they send you everything you need for four meals (and plenty of leftovers!) for a week. Simply go to the website, register (for free) and then browse their menus. They have three options: Classic, Low Carb and Vegetarian. You can have a look at the recipes for the following week and choose your menu. There’s a deadline for orders with the delivery date clearly stated so you know exactly when to expect it.
This week, I chose the vegetarian menu because it looked absolutely fantastic. Admittedly, I “enriched” two of them with some added animal protein but the options were just mouthwatering. The recipes are idiot-proof but make you feel like a top chef. And, because Incogvino is all about the wine (which forms part of lifestyle, of course), I have a little pairing suggestion for each meal I made this week:
- Caponata on Ciabatta – Lovely, fragrant aubergine based dish with olives rosemary and tomatoes. I had some ostrich steak on the side with this, prepped medium to medium rare and paired it with 2009 Zonnebloem Pinotage. The pairing worked well with both the meat and the vegetarian main dish.
- Aglio e Olio with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes – Fabulous, garlicky pasta dish with gorgeous spinach and a hint of chilli for a lovely bite. I added some smoked salmon trout to the dish by flaking it generously on top once finished. Paired it with a 2007 Vriesenhof Pinot Noir but the dish will work well with a Chardonnay too, not too oaked but rather one with some zest.
- Feta Sweet Potato Jackets – The easiest of the meals (which really makes it a no-brainer as the others were all very simple to prepare), I kept this one straight vegetarian. Squeeze lots of lime on top and have it with a flavourful Sauvignon Blanc, like the Nederburg Airhawk.
- Chilli Bean Wrap – This was my ultimate dish of the week. Dead easy recipe but packed with flavour. Also made it vegetarian but it’ll be great with some added mince (or try chicken mince for a fun twist). Tex-mex grub actually calls for a beer (whatever your preference may be) so I didn’t pair this with a specific wine but you can definitely crack open a light red, like a Grenache or a light red blend.
And now, folks, the very generous and brilliant folks from Daily Dish have given us THREE Daily Dish subscriptions for one week (that’s FOUR MEALS) to give away! Here’s how to enter:
Dish me up! Win a week’s worth of delicious @DailyDishForYou meals. Enter here: http://bit.ly/1tSMdv7
3) Leave a comment below telling us which menu (Classic, Low Carb or Vegetarian) you’d prefer and why.
Winners will be drawn randomly on Friday 7 November at 17:00. Please make sure that you live in one of their specified delivery areas.
***COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED***