Hungry Mondays, slow cooked takeaway meals

IMG_5617I was recently introduced to these guys by my sister (thanks Steph!) who has been ordering their meals for a few weeks and raving about it. Last week I had the chance to try it for myself, and I was pretty impressed.

Do you ever wish you could just heat up a gourmet pre-prepared meal and enjoy beautiful nourishing food in a flash? Living in Sydney and having time to lovingly prepare a delicious dinner every night can be a challenge. As much as I love to cook, sometimes I get lazy and Hungry Mondays offers really good pre-packaged meal options. The meals are slow-cooked and ready for pick up from a range of locations around Sydney every Monday. I only wonder what they will call themselves if they start providing meals every day of the week :)

What’s good about it?

Slow cooked meat is possibly the tastiest way to eat meat, and it’s also the most suitable for reheating. Each Monday, two choices of pre-packaged meals are on offer. They are delicately prepared by the wonderful team at Hungry Mondays (who I am yet to meet) and delivered to 16 different pick up locations around the Sydney CBD and inner suburbs.

You can simply visit one of the locations to pick one up, or to be sure you don’t miss out you can pre-order (as it’s first in best dressed). You can then pick it up from the location of your choice. If you order four meals or more, they’ll deliver it to you, which is what my colleagues and I did last Monday.

What’s paleo?

Although not specifically designed to be paleo, most meals are pretty close to being paleo-friendly. Because they only use fresh ingredients it’s really just a case of avoiding the peas, or not eating the rice etc. I’m sure if you asked nicely and with enough notice they would be happy to prepare a meal that meets your dietary requirements. But I didn’t bother doing this and just ordered a meal that was mostly paleo and that I could easily make paleo on my own.

They do tend to make at least one option which is gluten-free each week, and I also noticed that they state which meals are nut free as well. And, for those of us who are extra picky (myself included!) they provide a full list of ingredients for each meal so you know exactly what you’re getting.

All meals are $10 which I think is quite reasonable for what you get. They come vacuum packed and ready to heat at home. I strongly suggest heating slowly on low heat in a pan for best results. I try to avoid using a microwave as I prefer my food to be microwave free.

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On offer last week was:

  • 16 hour mexican chicken with fire roasted peppers (it came with rice but it’s in a separate compartment, so you can easily remove)
  • 18 hour braised lamb with garlic, red wine jus and house churned parsley butter, served with peas and potato (I strained the peas out of the gravy)

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It’s a fantastic concept and allows Sydney-siders to get really nice gourmet meals to enjoy at home. It also won’t break the budget. This is definitely an option I’ll be keeping in mind, particularly for when I go away on a weekend and don’t have time to prepare food for the week on a Sunday evening.

Where

Check out their website for the weekly meals on offer and to pre-order: http://hungrymondays.com.au

If you’re keen on winging it, the website has all the pickup locations but you can also check their facebook page for updates on what they have left, to avoid disappointment: https://www.facebook.com/HungryMondays

Alison Sims

Passionate about real food and healthy living, Alison Sims is the founder and author of Paleo Foodies. She is on a mission to discover the best paleo dining in Australia and all around the world. What started as a part time blog in 2013 has lead to a full time career for Alison, who previously spent a decade in Advertising and Marketing. She is now a regular contributor to health and lifestyle publications, a public speaker in food and health, and co-publisher of Paleo Foodies Magazine.

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  • Reply August 27, 2013

    Kim

    Have you tried The Dinner Ladies? Same concept, but more choice each week and easier to adapt to paleo. I love them.

  • Reply August 27, 2013

    Ali @ Paleo Foodies

    No I haven’t Kim, thanks for the tip! I will check them out soon :)

  • Reply August 28, 2013

    lateraleating

    Heard about them a few weeks ago, seems very convenient and easy to tweak to make it paleo.

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