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By Brittany Whelan
The RealEats movement motto is simple: “rise up against fake food”. Collaborating with Michelin-star chef Aliya LeeKong and a team of his own culinary experts, founder Dan Wise has created a series of meals that are made with only high-quality ingredients from the Finger Lakes agricultural region of New York. Cooked, sealed in air-tight packaging, and shipped on chilled ice right to your doorstep, RealEats healthy prepared meals are designed to give you back your free time. Boil water. Drop the pouches in. It’s that easy.
What We Liked
Storage! The vacuum-sealed quality of the RealEats food makes storing them at any angle and in any place in your refrigerator easy to do.
Taste! All the meals I tried after no more than a few minutes of heating up could have been easily mistaken for dishes that took much longer to prepare.
Directions! Simple steps. No issues following their plan.
What We Didn’t Like
Tongs required for boiling methods! If you’re using the stovetop to heat up your RealEats, make sure you have tongs to take the BPA-free pouches out of the pot when it’s ready.
Temping! The recommended temperature for RealEats meals is 165 degrees Fahrenheit which you won’t really be able to check until after the food is out of the bags.
Want a sneak peek inside our RealEats delivery? Watch the unboxing video below.
RealEats Review: Getting Started
All RealEats orders regardless of whether you choose to start right away with customizing your package or browse their weekly updated selection of healthy prepared meals will take you through the following steps:
Choosing a plan! RealEats offers either dinner or dinner + breakfast weekly deliveries that can contain anywhere from four to twenty-four meals.
Selecting meals! Choose from either a set seasonal or refreshed weekly menu.
Selecting Add-Ons! For a little bit more, RealEats offers soups, chili, breakfasts, proteins, sides, beverages, and snacks as possible extras to your order.
Payment! Fill out your information and wait 1-2 days from the beginning of the week to receive your meals.
How much does RealEats Cost?
RealEats products cost vary depending on your chosen plan which can be skipped, paused, or canceled at any time. All come with free shipping. Here’s the breakdown.
A few tips to enjoying your RealEats healthy prepared meals!
Watch our How-To Video
The freezer is an option! They recommend storing your meals in your fridge, but if you’re not sure you can eat them all in a week, moving some to the freezer to preserve past the seven-day shelf life is an option.
Pictures are not the product! I know we all know this one, but it’s good to keep in mind that you have to mix well in order to fully enjoy the contents of the meal.
Improvise! If you have the time and desire to experiment with adding your own seasoning or side spin to RealEats dishes, give it a try. Make it your own!
Personal Recommendations and Warnings
Hearty Roasted Breakfast Hash! Great flavors and balance of ingredients.
Local Squash & Chickpea Curry! The squash complemented the curry really well.
Sustainable Grilled Salmon! I’m not a huge seafood fan, but the salmon was delicious.
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Wild Shrimp & Pea Risotto! The shrimp were tough to get through and the risotto was very thick.
Baked Blueberry Oatmeal! The New York Maple Cream was good, but the oatmeal felt too condensed.
RealEats could easily be my favorite local restaurant instead of a prepared meal delivery service. Once the food slides out of its bag and onto the plate, I saw and tasted nothing different than what I’d expect from a meal made in thirty minutes instead of three. These healthy meals aren’t just quick, they’re quality, and I can’t wait to try more!