I’ve never enjoyed cooking…mainly because I don’t really know how to. The thought of cooking dinner for 30, 40 minutes after a day of work has never been appealing. Living in a studio with almost no kitchen counter space for 10 years didn’t help matters either.

But, my current apartment does have some kitchen counter space. And now, I’m using it more often because I decided to try a meal kit for the first time. I received a coupon in the mail for Purple Carrot, a plant-based meal kit. I’ve been interested in bringing more plants into my diet AND stretching my cooking muscle, so I decided to try it.

I think we are on our fifth or sixth meal at this point. The minimum number of meals you receive at a time is two, with four servings each. I’m still feeling overwhelmed by the recipes, but I’m hanging in for now. I usually don’t like a recipe with more than four ingredients, so these kits have been a challenge, to put it lightly.

However, the challenge has been worth it. The meals are delicious. Our first meal was a curried chickpea bowl.

My partner and I felt like we were on a timed cooking show, as we did more chopping, mincing, cooking, and roasting than we had ever done before. I have since started to do the chopping and mincing beforehand to cut down on the stress of cooking and roasting. It’s so much to do at once!

I am learning to like tofu, which I thought I would never like. I also discovered that I like farro. My aversion to bok choy is unfounded. Yes, this has been a good learning experience so far.

Do you have a favorite meal kit company?