If you know me, you might know that I love food. Really, really love food. I even love to cook. The problem always seems to be the planning ahead. Meal planning, list-making, grocery shopping, food prep...who has time for that? Luckily for me, that answer to that question came in the form of a local company, Gourmet by Numbers, owned and run by lovely Austinite Heather Amalaha.
Taking the dinner process and simplifying it to fit a busy, family-centric, city lifestyle, Gourmet by Numbers offers customers fully-prepped, ready to go meal kits for delicious sounding recipes. Choosing from a menu of delicious classics, such as Roasted Cornish Hen with Creamed Spinach and Wild Rice; Pan-Seared Steak with Red Wine-Mushroom Sauce with Blue Cheese Smashed Potatoes and Sauteed Spinach; or Herbed Baked Chicken Fingers, Three Cheese Mac-and-Cheese and Sauteed Swiss Chard with Bell Peppers (my mouth is watering just thinking about these!), your meal kit arrives fully prepped and includes everything you need - including step-by-step, user-friendly instructions - to tackle dinner on even the busiest of nights! You can even send her your own recipe for her to shop and prep for you - how awesome is that?
For my review, I chose the Greek Lamb Sliders with Garlic Oven Fries. Full disclosure: I wasn't sure how I would feel about the lamb. This was a more adventurous departure from my usual chicken, grain, veggie type of meal, and let me tell you: It did NOT disappoint.
Here's how my food arrived:
(bonus points for the super cute cooler bag that I've used twice since!)
And here's a bit of the cooking process:
I was worried that not being familiar with lamb, the prep work would be more difficult, but thankfully, it was as easy as if I were making sliders with ground beef. Just smash the meat together with the packaged ingredients thoughtfully marked "2" (for "second step", the first being garlic oven fries), and voila!
This meal was super simple to make - so much so I was able to throw it together after sitting in traffic post-pool with both kids and still pull it together in time! Not only was it simple, but it was delicious! I ate seconds, and then ate it again for lunch the next day!
A big thank you to Heather for allowing me to sample her delicious meals at Gourmet by Numbers! Next on my list? The pan-seared steak!