A few talented Vancouver chefs definitely know what's up. That's because they have shared their talents, and recipes, to a new meal delivery option available now in the city.
The subscription service gives users access to two-, three-, or five-day plans, and those menus feature meals created by UpMeals' in-house nutritionists. The company uses seasonal ingredients and can work with all sorts of meal or diet needs - things like vegetarian, vegan, low carb, high protein, allergies or intolerances, as well as specific protein preferences can all be factored in.
For the launch, three Vancouver chefs have meals on the menu, offering customers the chance to have dishes created by talented local pros. For example, Chef Joël Watanabe of the acclaimed Kissa Tanto created the Andalucía Bowl, which is a savoury, soulful journey featuring Moroccan chicken, falafel, crispy chickpeas, curried cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, broccolini, local radish, and gem lettuce served with beet hummus and a rich harissa vinaigrette, finished with toasted pumpkin and sesame seeds.
Chef Nihal Elwan of Tayybeh, the Middle Eastern hybrid social enterprise and food business, has a Muhammara Chicken Wrap with UpMeals, while Chef Kim Vo of Chầm Chậm, a vegan Vietnamese take-out and delivery biz, created a Vietnamese Zoodle Salad, a light but filling feast of citrus, veggies, and herbs featuring lemongrass tofu and her special peanut sauce.
UpMeals has the "Chef Collab" dishes available from its weekly, rotating menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. All the nutritional information is available on the online menu so you can check out each item and tailor your weekly delivery to suit your needs by first indicating key preferences like if you are dairy-free, would prefer to not receive certain proteins or ingredients, or have any allergies or intolerances. You can also leave a note on your order if there's a meal you would particularly like or any you would prefer to avoid.
All the work is then done for you - just choose what you're going to eat and dig in.
Designed for those who want fresh, healthy meals without having to do any shopping or cooking, UpMeals has launched its delivery meal service in British Columbia and Alberta, with plans to expand to other provinces.