Whether it’s though JustEat, UberEats or just businesses diversifying to send their produce out to your door – the world of food deliveries has changed rapidly during 2020.
Collectively they’re reaching further and offering more than ever before. During this lockdown I’ve seen people ordering in kilos of cookie dough, Pret a Manger feasts and boot loads of burgers.
Restaurants might remain closed for sit-in customers, but appetites remain for a treat to see us through the week as well adjust to the ever changing ‘new normal’.
But it’s not just calorie-laden produce that is available to us. I’d long since spotted Healthy Eats Nuneaton on social media but hadn’t clicked much further because, well, the name just didn’t appeal to me in those moments of weakness when craving something nice.
However, that changed a little during ‘lockdown 2.0’ as I opted to push a recent health kick onto the next level and rid myself of alcohol and junk food and to up my exercise levels.
So suddenly, Healthy Eats seemed far more appealing. Something different, a treat, but without the self-loathing that follows once you throw out the big bag of waste from a more conventional takeaway. We’ve all been there!
It’s nearing lunchtime and their online menu for that time of the day offers four options, each of them priced at £6.75. There’s teriyaki chicken, turkey penne bolognese, hot smoked salmon salad and a Thai green vegan curry.
In the interests of being thorough for my review, rather than simply a return to my old gluttonous ways, I opt for all four along with a ‘refresher’ smoothie that combines watermelon, mint, cucumber, lime and pomegranate.
Lunch is served
The ordering process is swift and a delivery time is set and met, with a few minutes to spare.
My food is contained in a large, recycled brown paper bag and the individual meals are housed in black plastic bottomed trays with a see-through lid on top. They’re piping hot with condensation droplets forming on the inside of the packaging.
Lifting the tops of the trays free releases a reassuring billow of hot, fragrant air as I sample what I am told is their best seller – the turkey penne bolognese.
Lighter, brighter and healthier than conventional beef mince, the turkey variety works well with the sauce which is a world apart from the jars that most people empty into a pan when eating a bolognese at home – myself included. There’s plenty of it too with a portion of pasta to mix it up with and two sticks of long stem broccoli.
The familiar smell of a Thai green vegan curry lured me into trying this one next. As a fully-fledged carnivore, will this meat-free option be enough to satisfy me? Before taking my first forkful I inspect the myriad ingredients that are visible and it’s all healthy, especially when you consider you’re mixing it with cauliflower, not conventional, rice. The curry has heat, without being overpowering. This is tempered nicely by the cooling cauliflower rice which is so much more refined than any attempts at this I’ve made at home. It’s a much lighter dish than the bolognese but has a greater body of flavour.
The hot smoked salmon salad was in a bowl rather than a tray. It’s plenty colourful with the vibrant green shades of avocado, salad leaves and long stem broccoli mixed in with the purple of red onion, biege chick peas and the pink flesh of the salmon. A very light dressing runs through it and there’s a fair portion of salmon at the core, which is fresh and perfectly cooked, although, it’s not the tastiest. It’s inoffensive, it just doesn’t sing out as the star of the dish.
Finally, the teriyaki chicken. Anybody who has ever tried this Japanese marinade in the past has probably been won over by its sweet, sticky qualities. This is slightly different take as it stays within the ‘Healthy Eats’ banner. The sauce is much runnier than any teriyaki I’d had before and worked as a tasty, tangy gravy that surrounded the chicken, vegetables and cauliflower rice. There was a real need to mix it all together with a fork before cracking on. It’s pleasant, wholesome and just better than anything you can whip off a shelf in a supermarket on a lunch break.
My refresher smoothie does exactly what it promises. It refreshes my palate and surprised me a little with its body and richness of flavour given it wasn’t the most appealing visually. There was also that satisfaction of having just pumped five more healthy ingredients into my body.
In summary, this lunch offering was executed to a high standard and there really wasn’t too many reasons to fault it. The dishes constituted value for money and each had crammed in a number of healthy ingredients, not all of which are referenced in the menu listing. It’s not revolutionary but it’s well worth a try especially if you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle or trying to tweak your takeaway urges to something a little more agreeable on the waistline.
There’s breakfast and snack options too along with three more smoothie flavours.
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