When I was in high school, my mother often told me she was happy cooking dinner every night—she just didn’t like deciding what to cook. I nodded my head to the beat of whatever Culture Club or Duran Duran song was on the radio, yet I had no clue what she was talking about. Now that I listen to NPR instead of New Wave, I totally get what she means.
Standing in the kitchen, rinsing, chopping, sautéing, and stirring, allows me to transition from work to family life. But when I have to dither about what to make for dinner—do I have all the ingredients for my go-to pasta dish? Do I need to run over to neighbor’s herb garden for some sage or rosemary? Or, worse yet, do I have to dash to the store for a can of black beans I swore was in our larder while shopping at Trader Joe’s? Suddenly the 30 to 60 minutes of decompression time is an hour+ of stress time.
Enter a brilliant solution: Purple Carrot, a meal-kit delivery service that supplies everything a home cook needs for two or three dinners. (Number of meals depends on whether you get a subscription for a Couple or Family.) The plant-based meals are healthy, heart-smart, and incredibly tasty. Purple Carrot draws inspiration for its recipes from around the globe: In two weeks’ worth of meals, my family has licked our lips after dining on Garlicky Greens Curry (Indian), Red Paella (Spanish), and Korean Eggplant Tacos with Kimchi Mayo (Asian-meets-Mexican). On that final meal, I’m more than licking lips—I’m drooling just thinking about it!
In addition to making dinnertime decisions a non-issue a few nights a week, I also love that Purple Carrot helps me branch out as a cook. The Indian dish included the obligatory curry powder, but also curry leaves (which I’ve since Googled where I can find here in Portland), and mustard seeds along with mustard greens. The eggplant tacos introduced me to gochujang, which I promptly fell in love with—and have since discovered it’s currently an “it” ingredient. (Purple Carrot is nourishes the belly and increases one’s foodie cred!)
Are you drooling yet? Three lucky winners will get a week of a Purple Carrot Family subscription, $74 value. To enter this giveaway, tell us an exotic-for-you food you ate recently in the comments section below. It could be quahog chowder on a family vacation to Cape Cod; baba ganoush at the neighborhood block party; or fried plantains at a street fair. Whatever the food, share it in the Comments section below this post on our website, allowing us all to travel—and eat—vicariously!
SAVE AND EAT: We’re delighted Purple Carrot is offering a special subscription deal for the Mother Runner tribe. Go to purplecarrot.com/amr and enter promo code AMR25 to save $25 off your first week’s subscription. (Offer valid for first-time subscribers only.)
The details: This running giveaway sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. Part of a series of weekly running giveaways, it begins on 7/20/16 and ends on 7/26/16. We will announce three random winners on our Facebook page on 7/28/16, as well as notifying the winners by email. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $74. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.