When I first heard about Mod Meals a few months ago, I immediately fell in love with this brilliant meal concept. Like so many modern families, when the kids get home from school I start driving them all over town to ballet, music lessons, sports practice, etc. Ideally I would prepare our nightly meal before the kids get home, and sometimes this happens…most of the time it doesn’t. This is when Mod Meals comes to the rescue.
Mod Meals delivers fresh, healthy locally sourced meals prepared by some of Cleveland’s top chefs (Chef Jonathon Sawyer, Noodlecat, Greenhouse Tavern, Trentina, and Chef Karen Small, The Flying Fig, were featured when I ordered last night). However, unlike other delivery services that pick up a hot meal from a restaurant that was prepared to be eaten immediately but spends up to an hour in a delivery vehicle prior to delivery resulting in a soggy lukewarm meal, Mod Meals delivers food that has been designed to be heated in your oven or microwave providing a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of your own home.
What really sold me on Mod Meals is their family offerings. In the past I have seen veggie lasagna (with locally sourced vegetables) and BBQ pulled pork with buns and slaw. The family offerings appealed to me because with a family of six, I was able to keep within our budget. Although Mod Meals does offer children’s meals, they run about $8 per meal. Which adds up to $32 just to feed the kids. However, the family portions run just under $30 and are typically advertised as enough to feed 2 adults and 3 children. I figured that given the right meal, this option would be perfect.
That meal appeared on Mod Meals website yesterday. I saw that Mod Meals was offering a herb roasted whole chicken with red skins, shiitakes, and corn from Chef Sawyer. I added Chef Sawyer’s grand knife caesar and a bottle of Greenhouse Tavern Merlot (I figured to get the entire experience we had to get the suggested wine pairing ~ it just seemed like the right thing to do). I knew from past experience in trying to order the lasagna one Friday night that sometimes the family offerings sell out later in the week so I decided that Monday night seemed like the perfect occasion to order.
The online ordering was simple. I selected a half hour deliver window and placed my order. There is a personal delivery fee of around $3 per delivery and tips are optional.
Exactly ten minutes before my food arrived, I received a text from our delivery person telling me to preheat the oven to 375° or that I could heat my meal in the microwave. I loved that this not only notified me that my meal would be arriving shortly, but also let me know how to prepare for its arrival. Our delivery person was extremely friendly. She knew this was our first order from Mod Meals and made sure that any questions I had about preparing the meal were answered. She left a card with a friendly note and contact email in case I had any questions or comments later. I really loved this extra touch. My kids loved the delicious peanut butter chocolate cookie she gave us to celebrate our first order!
Our meal was neatly packaged in compostable, heatable packaging with the preparation instructions clearly attached. The preparation instructions are also available online in the description of each item so you know exactly how much time you will need to heat your meal when you order.
I chose to heat the herb roasted chicken in the oven. I am so glad that I did, because it provided the added benefit of incredible scents filling my kitchen. When my husband and older daughter returned from practice, they both commented on how amazing dinner smelled. At this point I realized my only error of the night was telling my family I ordered from Mod Meals and not attempting to pull these delicious dishes off as my own.
My entire family loved this meal! It truly was a restaurant-quality meal warmed at home without all the time and mess. There was more than enough food to feed the six of us. I had the left over caesar salad and some of the chicken for lunch today, lucky me!!
Mod Meals’s menu varies, typically on a weekly basis. So if you don’t see something that would peak your family’s appetite, try again next week. Better yet, join their mailing list here to receive alerts about new meal offerings. Mod Meals also offers gift cards which would make the perfect gift for new moms, to celebrate new homes, for a recently ill friend, etc.
We will definitely be ordering from Mod Meals again. I look forward to seeing their next family meal offerings!