New to the area and wanting to minimize time doing food prep the first few months while catching up on administrivia and settling in at work My Chefs by Request was the option I took seeing as it had some PR in the Paleosphere online. I've been eating Paleo (it's not a diet, it's a mindset) for several years, not intended to lose weight. It was absolutely refreshing to find a service that controls ingredients for you, saving the random ingestions of gluten/wheat, soy, etc. that I'd really rather avoid for reasons scientific and health. They even let you avoid a handful (up to 4) ingredients for allergy reasons which makes this possible for me, otherwise I couldn't do it. I've been getting deliveries the night prior for about a month, coming in mini lunch coolers with massive ice packs delivered around 8pm up until the morning. Most of mine come in the evening. They've only missed one delivery due to a driver issue and had great customer service handling it, not counting that day for my total. I do it 4 days a week for lunch, dinner and snack. The meals rotate through the different meats chicken, turkey, pork, beef, sometimes seafood and generally they are fairly tender considering the lean cut (see later criticism). The steak even has a little pink which for a service like this is refreshing. The real value is a variety of sauces and vegetables (made with ingredients I can trust) that helps mix things up more than I would. It's usually more salad like for lunch and more meat and veggie style for dinner. The snacks were more substantial than I'd guessed, more like fruit salads, coconut custards, etc. I was expecting just a handful of almonds. Overall, I've been very happy for the time, effort and stress this has saved me and for that I highly recommend them.
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WAY BETTER THAN EXPECTED. I also consider myself a lover of fine foods so my standards are higher than most. Which is why I really love CBR - the food is fresh, delicious, and healthy to boot. I'm on the Paleo at the recommendation of my doctor, and have been consistently surprised by the flavors, textures and variety of foods on the plan. Having lunch and dinner delivered to my door daily is pretty friggin nice too. We're spending about $200 more a month on food now than we were before, but the time and calories saved is definitely worth the extra expense. No more arguments about what's for dinner, no more desperate decisions to order pizza because it's easy. And I'm satisfied! I'll also add that I've found their customer service to be TOP-NOTCH. Logan and Kimmy have been extraordinarily helpful. I travel for business frequently, and they've let me move meals and whole days to fit my schedule. They're also great about subbing foods, though I haven't had to do that since I've enjoyed every meal so far. I just renewed my order for another 5 weeks. Extremely pleased.
I love this place for the convenience. The idea of having three healthy "Paleo" meals without having to shop, prepare, cook and serve is worth it's weight in gold. Which is a good thing because sometimes it feels like that's what they are charging. It's definitely not cheap - but I feel it's worth the money. You cannot put a fair monetary value on time and this saves me lots of that. I spoke with Kimmi via phone and email a few times and she's been wonderful. Helped me tailor my plan and I've had no issues with the delivery. I like most of the meals - and what I don't like, it's mostly because it's something I haven't tried before. Since I stick to the three meals provided, I choke it down anyway. Healthy food isn't always tasty. :) Besides, I only have these meals M-F to keep me going. So far I've lost 38 lbs. and couldn't be happier with the results. And definitely could not have done it without this service.