Things are getting more and more convenient in today’s society, and we’re seeing even the simplest tasks getting gobbled up by startups and apps and monetized into services for those who can afford them. Dinner time can be stressful even when you have the raw materials, and if you want to medicate it, following a recipe after a long work day seems out of the question. Eating well is challenging for lots of people for a variety of reasons, but there’s now dozens of options for having the components to a complete meal arrive on your doorstep.
Meal boxes are taking over and that’s for a good reason. Each part of your dinner is contrived from protein to the tiniest bit of specific vinegar to make a dish taste just the way the chef planned it. I tried some of the services out there to see if it was easy to make and easy to add Cannabis infusions into the mix. For medical users who like to purchase prepared oils and butters, this could be the nexus of both gourmet and convenient.
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Were these 4 boxes tasty, worth the money, and easy to spike with infusions?
Martha And Marley Spoon
This was the box that tasted the most interesting to my spoiled New York veggie palette. I wholeheartedly trust many of Martha Stewart’s opinions, and her partnering with Marley Spoon to bring meals right to your house is a brilliant look. The vegetarian choices were divine and complex despite being ready in what felt like no time at all. One meal was my fav: a bed of savory farro draped with crispy kale and roasted carrots, drizzled with a miso honey and crunchy seeds.
All you need to do to medicate it is add ½ tsp of tincture* into the dressing and you’re now enjoying a lightly dosed and incredibly tasting dish. I can’t rave about the miso honey dressing enough, it was tart and savory all at once and made the carrots taste like candy.
Even simpler than cooking your own dish in 28 minutes is popping open a recyclable container to a chef prepared meal all ready to rock. Unique food combos like white beans and black rice with preserved lemons were delicious hot and cold, meaning I could satiate different moods with the family style portion over a few days.
Since chef-prepared options at Fed are extra healthy, a small drizzle of cannabis infused olive oil* didn’t thrash the calorie count too much, and only made the tasty tastier. For extremely handy meals that would also make a great bring-your-own lunch strategy, this is one of the best options on the East Coast, soon to expand!
Fried rice with five spice tofu? That’s normally a solid 30 minutes with the rice cooker and then preparing the meal. Sun Basket provides you with quick cook jasmine rice and a captivating coconut aminos blend for stir frying that’s a fun spin on the typical soy sauce.
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Since their stir fry requires you to use your own oil, it’s the perfect plug for some meds. Their dishes are well rounded in taste, like the Minestrone with fresh basil, a hearty tomato based stew that again leaves you room to drizzle in the infused olive oil* instead of the plain ol’ stuff.
Now I hadn’t realized you could do the same degree of planning and land yourself a gourmet baked dessert. Though I didn’t try this myself, the idea of Red Velvet, a service that delivers ready-to-bake kits to your door, is pretty genius. Baking is all about exacts, so when all of that hard stuff is done, you can nail a recipe. All you have to do is sub a portion of the butter or oil for the infused stuff* and you are still getting the good stuff, just a bite danker.
*Cannabis Infused Oil or Butter
Decarboxylate 3.5g of finely ground cannabis at 225 degrees for 20 minutes in a tightly sealed, oven safe container. Put cannabis in lidded mason jar or vacuum sealed bag with cannabis and one stick of butter or ½ cup oil. Heat in water bath just under boiling for at least 1 hour. Strain and chill to use in recipes.
If you hate shopping and putting together a menu, these services could rock your world. As they aim to reduce food waste, their purpose is more than making things easy. Spending the time to keep extra cannabis infusions on hand is the simplest way to add it on a whim, and subbing it onto the gourmet team is probably the most foolproof way to have a restaurant quality medicated meal with little to no planning.