The worst thing about cooking for one (or even two) is that if you’re trying to cook something original and interesting, you wind up with a ton of leftover ingredients. Right now, for example, in my fridge (and I just went to look, I promise) I have: half a red onion, half a lemon, a bunch of cilantro, the end of a bag of arugula and some tahini-lemon dressing. All of this is leftover from a week’s worth of cooking. All of which I have no plans to do anything with between now and when they go bad.
So when I heard about Scratch DC, I thought it was a very awesome solution to all my very first world problems: ingredient overload, very little time to grocery shop, and my need for fresh and local food.
Scratch DC is a cooking delivery service that will drive prepped-but-not-yet-cooked meals straight to your door. They do all the prep, include all the wacky ingredients (or your basics: even salt and pepper!), and then provide friendly detailed instructions on preparing it. It’s kind of the best thing ever. And if the two meals I tried (enchiladas in a jalapeno cream sauce and feta/basil tilapia) were any indication of the daily quality, they have my sad whole wheat pasta in marinara sauce trumped any day.
Go to their website. Order the meals you want. They source most of the ingredients organically and locally. They’ll prep it and bring it to you at the time of your choice. You will cook it and look like the hero, and you didn’t even have to go to the grocery store. Prices stay in the range of about $30 or less for two servings, depending on the meal.
It’s easy as pie. Actually, it’s way, way easier than pie.