Fresh and healthy food at your fin­ger­tips

CityPress - - Trending - GRETHE KEMP grethe.kemp@city­

A new kind of food-de­liv­ery ser­vice is be­com­ing more pop­u­lar among busy but health-con­scious South Africans and the ser­vice has been pop­ping up all over the place – th­ese are com­pa­nies that de­liver healthy food to your door ev­ery week so that you don’t have to think about what to cook. They are great for those of us who are too busy to shop for nu­tri­tious food.

Now, a ser­vice called uCook is of­fer­ing sub­scribers farm-fresh in­gre­di­ents that you use to pre­pare your own de­li­cious and healthy meals.

There are three menus you can choose from for vary­ing fam­ily sizes: rus­tic; low-carb, high-fat; and vege­tar­ian. You can get a de­liv­ery for one, two or four peo­ple, and you get enough food for three din­ners.

The com­pany of­fered City Press a chance to try its ser­vice, and I chose the low-carb, high-fat op­tion for two.

The de­liv­ery ar­rived in a box with poly­styrene lin­ing. In­side, there are three cards, each with a dif­fer­ent meal on it, with three cor­re­spond­ing pa­per bags of food. Not only was ev­ery­thing I needed in­side the box, but the in­gre­di­ents were de­liv­ered prepacked in the right quan­ti­ties. So if the recipe calls for 5g of nut­meg or 400g cau­li­flower, you will get a small packet of nut­meg and a 400g packet of cau­li­flower in your box. The only thing you have to have at home that is not in­cluded in the box is olive oil, salt and pep­per. It’s then a sim­ple mat­ter of throw­ing it all to­gether ac­cord­ing to the easy-to-fol­low in­struc­tions on the card.

uCook’s menu changes weekly. Dur­ing the week that I used the ser­vice, the menu was spring­bok steak with a cau­li­flower and dried apri­cot salad, chimichanga chicken tacos and but­ter­nut cot­tage pie.

All the in­gre­di­ents were ex­tremely fresh and the meat was a good qual­ity.

So, you may ask, what about the price? uCook is sur­pris­ingly af­ford­able, with a weekly low-carb, high-fat sub­scrip­tion for two cost­ing R516. The rus­tic op­tion also costs R516, and veg­e­tar­i­ans will spend R438. With the amount of food we got, there was ac­tu­ally enough left over for lunch the next day. uCook says it also uses eth­i­cally farmed, or­ganic and lo­cal pro­duce, so you can be sure you’re get­ting the high­est-qual­ity in­gre­di­ents. I’m not one for sub­scrip­tion food ser­vices as they can be rather over­priced, but uCook may be worth your while. Give it a go. Sub­scribe at


EASY AS PIE The de­liv­ery box con­tains all your in­gre­di­ents as well as sim­ple cook­ing in­struc­tions

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