At-home dining is made easier with these simple yet delicious DIY kits
Whilst the repetition of staying in most nights can take its toll, change up your weekly routine and add some fun to the cooking experience with these delicious do-it-yourself meal kits from local Vancouver restaurants.
NubaVancouver's Lebanese hotspot Nuba has recently launched four meal kit options available for delivery or for pick-up from their Mount Pleasant location. With kits ranging from 12 to 20 meals to easily cater to all (and also make great freezing options), take your pick from soups, stews, falafels and more delicious dishes and make home cooking that bit easier.
Starting at $54; Order online
2. The Lazy Gourmet
The Lazy GourmetWith weekly ready-to-eat kits ($35), The Lazy Gourmet offers a three-course dinner with the menu changing weekly. Depending on the week, choose delicious dishes like caesar salad, roasted pork loin and berry crumble, with optional additional dishes and even cocktail kits.
Order online for pick-up or delivery
3. Fresh Prep
Fresh PrepFresh Prep, the Vancouver-founded weekly meal kit provider, focuses and prioritizes sustainability with their most recent launch: a first-of-its-kind 'zero waste kit' that will help with the battle against single-use plastic. With no extra cost to the customer, the innovative kit is delivered by local drivers in a reusable, insulated bag with the ingredients pre-portioned in a reusable container made with BPA-free, reusable plastic and silicon parts. Simply return your kit with the reusable cooler bag upon next delivery, or schedule a free pickup. Zero waste recipes will be denoted with a ‘Packed in a Zero Waste Kit’ badge on the website with nearly the entire menu moving to zero waste packaging over the coming months. And with delicious options like sweet potato enchiladas, feta lamb burgers and General Tso-style chicken, you really can't go wrong.
4. Tractor at Home
TractorAvailable to residents in Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby and the North Shore, and designed to eliminate the stress of meal planning, enjoy chef-prepared meals and seasonal fare from Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods. The weekly cold-packed subscription boxes contain a curated assortment of nutritious entrées, soups and stews, healthy proteins, signature Tractor salads and sides, farm-fresh greens and vegetables, baked goods and more. Choose a plan for two, six or ten meals with full flexibility to customize to suit your household preferences.
Prices vary; Order online
5. Chefs Plate
Chefs PlateWith food having the power to transport us to a different place, Chefs Plate has launched internationally-inspired meal kits to give you the chance to explore different flavours at home. All of the ingredients are pre-portioned with step-by-step recipe instructions that are super easy to follow, and take just 15 to 30 minutes usually. Additions include spicy Caribbean beef tacos, curried turkey with roasted aloo gobi, Italian sausage and mozzarella calzone and so much more.
Starting at $8.99 per serving; Order online
TacofinoAlready a beloved favourite of Vancouverites, Tacofino now offers ready-to-heat meal kits for pick-up or delivery (Uber Eats or Doordash) from their Kits, Gastown and Ocho locations. All kits include jalapeno slaw, chips and salsa, salsa roja, salsa verde and four mini churro cookies along with your choice of pork carnitas, Yucatan chicken, beef barbacoa or achiote cauliflower for your main. Add a bake-it-yourself nacho kit ($17) or include this as the starter for $5.
Serves two for $45; Order online
7. Heritage Asian Eatery
Heritage Asian EateryFancy skipping the cooking process? Heritage Asian Eatery now offers family-style takeout meal options that are ready to plate-at-home. Pick from their family feast for two or four ($69), or four to six ($139). Dishes include Heritage chicken, BBQ pork, truffle siu mai, black sesame balls, Peking duck and so much more.
8. Chancho Tortilleria
Chancho TortilleriaThe ready-to-eat 'backyard kits' from Chancho Tortilleria include fresh corn tortillas, chips and guacamole, salsas and black beans, choice of either margarita (375 mL bottle of Hornitos tequila and mix) or Michelada (Four bottles of Pacifico lager and mix) kit, with main options including pork shoulder and leg, pork belly, pork shoulder and belly, potato or veggies.
Starting at $74; Order online
9. Como Tamperia
Como TamperiaAllowing you to indulge from the comfort of your own home, Como Tamperia's meal kits—dubbed Como en Casa—do all the prep for you and provide you with a kit that contains simple instructions to finish each dish to perfection. The dinner for two meal package ($90) comes with delicious croquets, slowly-poached then grilled octopus, black tiger prawns and so much more. And their tapas package for two ($60) includes premium tinned mussels from Galicia, Spain in a pimenton marinade, peppadew peppers stuffed with citrus whipped goats cheese and more yummy options. Both kits offer a double-up option to add more to your order.