Ordering from Vancouver meal prep delivery companies have saved me so much time, I’m always on the look out for new ones to try and seeing how different services — and their meals — compare.
Fuud is the most recent Vancouver meal prep delivery company I ordered from — you may have heard about them from their appearance on Dragon’s Den a few seasons back. They are much smaller than, say, Fresh Prep or Hello Fresh, but their main offering is a highly localized angle focusing on sourcing local ingredients from our community while catering towards people who really care about the origins of their meal ingredients. According to Fuud, they regularly convert other meal-kit customers who are looking for Vancouver-specific ingredients with a focus on free range and organic proteins.
Fuud openly shares where they source their ingredients from, some of their recent supplier partners include: Zaklan Heritage Farm, Hazelmere Organic Farm, Fractal Farm and Cherry Lane organic farm, Cioffi’s, and Biota’s fermented products.
The service offers 9 recipe options each week — these were the ones I picked for my first order:
- Fried Avocado Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Sauce
- Garlicky Kale & Alfredo Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
- Shirataki Noodle Soup with Prawns
Some of the recipe options, at first glance, seemed really basic. There was something like a hot dog with fries on the menu (“Beer Bratwurst with Biota Mustard + Handmade Fries”) but, as simple as the recipe is, the meal is upgraded with highly localized, premium ingredients. In other words, the mustard in the meal kit isn’t just any old mustard, it’s Biota mustard, a small-batch Vancouver brand which specializes in fermented products. Similarly, the bratwurst is sourced from Cioffi’s, a high-quality Italian butchershop based in Vancouver.
Along those same values, Fuud doesn’t offer pre-chopped veggies in their meal kit, they prefer to send whole ingredients — typically sourced from Fraser Valley farms — so that customers can see the quality of what’s growing around them.
Fuud: Meals Reviewed
I really enjoyed the Stuffed Spaghetti Squash — it was my first time cooking with this ingredient, I had no idea the inside was so noodle-y (like spaghetti) — the texture reminds me of zucchini noodles, but way easier to prep because you don’t need to grate the vegetable. It was perfectly paired with a garlic kale and alfredo sauce…so creamy, veggi-ful, and carb free too! The recipe took nearly an hour from start to finish, but at least half hour of that was baking time.
The Avocado Tacos seemed like a really basic recipe, but it turned out more interesting and balanced than I thought it would. The recipe entails coating avocado in a crushed cornflake batter, then frying it in a pot. I loved the warm creamy texture of the avocado, paired with the crunchy corn. Wrapped up in soft tortilla with chopped cabbage and a creamy cilantro sauce, it was well balanced. Note that we actually added one additional avocado from our own groceries — there was more than enough batter left over to coat a second chopped avocado.
The Shirataki Noodle Soup with Prawns, however, was a miss for me — mainly because of the noodles, which didn’t match what was shown in the website photo. I didn’t like the jellyfish-like texture of the noodles, the noodles didn’t really absorb the savoury broth, and I thought the broth was too lime-y (that last point could have been our cooking though).
Like with any meal prep company, you’re not always going to love every single order — some are hits, some are misses. The only thing you can do is get better at picking your meals and be more in tune with knowing what flavours and ingredients you enjoy best. For me, I now know that I don’t like shirataki noodles!
My order total came to $83.70 for 3 meals x 2 portions which works out to be $13.95 per portion, including tax and delivery. Beyond the Vancouver core, Fuud also delivers as far out as out to Delta, Maple Ridge, and West Vancouver.
The per-portion pricing of Fuud does run about a $1 – $2 more per portion compared to other meal prep delivery companies. As long as you don’t mind paying a small premium for farmer’s market style ingredients, it’s worth checking out.
For more information about Fuud, visit their website at: fuud.ca.
Use the discount code “Choot” (that’s my last name) for $25 off your first Fuud order. Valid until February 15, 2019.