By Mitchell Nover
For all those foodies out there looking to jump start their “New Year, New You,” The Yielding Seed is a meal delivery plan that features real, wholesome, seasonally-inspired food. While not a weight loss program, the focus is on feel good, fresh soul food. The Yielding Seed takes great pride in providing chef-prepared, freshly-made meals each and every day for each and every client, and, to ensure they are able to do just that, they cap their weekly members at a maximum of 250 people to ensure complete satisfaction. There are different levels of membership options, ranging from $100 a week for lunch and dinner up to $540 a month for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Menu highlights: The Yielding Seed chefs work tirelessly to create surprising and inspired dishes that help members live a healthy lifestyle, creating unique dishes full of natural herbs and ingredients. The menus focus on lean proteins, high complex carbs/grains, and veggies. Each meal is approximately 400 calories and contains four ounces of protein with a large variety of flavorful and fresh ingredients. Obviously, due to the fresh and seasonal nature of the meal plan, the menu changes regularly – no duplicate dishes. So the below highlights may not fully resemble your exact experience.
I was surprised by the quality of the eggs in each of the breakfast dishes, as that’s not an ingredient that necessary travels well. But, from breakfast burrito form in the Chicken & Melon Firecracker to Scrambled Eggs with Cilantro Chicken Bites to an Omelette with Peppers and Bacon, they all came through with a simple, yummy breakfast option that was easy to eat on-the-go before work.
The lunch options all brought a signature protein side and veggie in a perfect portion size for an afternoon meal that won’t have you begging for a nap afterwards. I was shocked with the creativity of each dish, including Orange Chicken with Roasted Broccoli and Noodles and Roasted Turkey Breast with Mash Sweet Plantains and Couscous. No basic sandwiches here!
The meals continued to satisfy at dinner, with hearty comfort food-style dishes like the BBQ Shredded Pork with Sweet Potato Mash and Corn and Lemon Mint Grilled Chicken with Honey Garlic Brussels Sprouts and Yellow Rice.
Standout dishes: While the breakfast options were easy and good in their own right, the true creativity of The Yielding Seed’s dishes shone in the lunch and dinner offerings. Two of my favorites from the week were the Flank Steak Rolled in Avocado Puree and Quinoa for lunch and the Sweet Thai Chili Chicken with Garlic Roasted Carrots and White Rice for dinner.
Are we boozing? No booze here, which is great if you’re Dry January-ing your way through the first month of the year. And, if you want to take it a step further, The Yielding Seed does offer a juice cleanse option that consists of six different cold pressed juices that range from 100-300 calories each, designed to be consumed every 2.5 to 3 hours, commencing early in the morning. Try adding this to your order if you decide on the Lunch and Dinner only plan.
Check this place out if you like: eating quality food, but are looking to scale back a little bit to kick-off the New Year. While not intended as a weight loss plan, the fresh, natural, healthy ingredients certainly can’t hurt.
Mitch’s take: To be honest, I was a little skeptical at first. I’ve been a faithful client of meal prep services like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh for the past year or so, which I enjoy for similar reasons as The Yielding Seed, but includes the cooking step. I wasn’t sure if The Yielding Seed would satisfy as much as those choices considering that the food is delivered cold and requires re-heating. But the flavors totally stood up to the microwave and it was certainly nice to save the cooking time for a few nights. So go ahead and try for yourself!