In the docu-series “Cooked” Michael Pollen mentions how as Americans, food is one of the things we love to watch being made on TV but pay other people to do for us. Pre-baby I made 98% of our food not because I don’t love to eat out (I DO) but because I was navigating this whole gluten free eating thing and getting really interested in slow cooking. Pollen speaks to a woman about braising and she mentions that people think a lot of food prep is mindless/tedious and it sure can be. But I take solace in the mindless activities sometimes. Peeling veggies isn’t thrilling but I know I’m going to compost the scraps and that means going outside in the garden and being a little green, which I love.
I don’t expect everyone or anyone to compost or make food slowly all the time. As a culture we really are busy but I think the thing we are the most is Tired. As new parents, we’ve never been so tired or felt so over-stretched in our lives. Some weeks I feel like I’m just getting the hang of parenting when BAM baby goes through a Wonder Week and I feel utterly inadequate. When it comes to eating we’ve been doing our very best. Overnight Oats, hell yeah. FaceTiming with grandparents is when I knock out a few meals for the week. The other night I was knackered and seriously considered just going to bed without dinner. It wasn’t because I didn’t have the time I simply didn’t have the energy.
I searched as best I could in the first few weeks of parenthood for gluten free food subscriptions and what I largely came up with were snack foods. But we need dinner! I received a free trial for Blue Apron which isn’t gluten free but they do list on the ingredients which ones contain wheat. I tried it out and substituted or left out the ingredients that contained wheat. I don’t think Blue Apron is for me at this moment, the food was mostly delicious but it was time-consuming and right now I want something that doesn’t require me to use every bowl I own just for prep.
Gilt had a deal the other week for Hungry Root and I pounced on it. The foods are gluten-free and plant-based. Being 100% honest our vegetable consumption hasn’t been what we’d like it to be. We either run out and neither can get to the store or we just eat broccoli. Hungry Root was appealing! I received 2 main dishes, 2 side dishes, and 2 desserts. I LOVED these foods! One of the desserts was meh but the other (carrot cake bites) was great. The best part is the food was already prepped and cook time was 7 minutes. I don’t see this being a weekly feature in our lives but I’m really pleased to know it is an option. If I can foresee the Wonder Weeks ahead of time I’ll totally order these. Sweet potato noodles? Amazing. Cauliflower couscous with Moroccan Almond Curry? Divine.
Have you tried Hungry Root? Do you know of another meal based gluten free food subscription? Let us know. Please!
If you enter the promo code “GIFT” on Hungryroot.com you should receive a free meal.