Being a busy entrepreneur Mumma, ‘convenient’ and ‘easy’ equals life saving. Needless to say, the convenience of having fresh fruit and veg delivered to my home weekly along with the fact the benefit of being conscious of what I am spending, makes being a loyal Kibsons customer rather easy. So, when their PR offered me the chance to try their new (a relative term in Dubai) DIY recipe box for Home Club ME, it ticked all the right boxes.
Their DIY Boxes offer lots of adventurous dishes for those who are keen to expand their culinary repertoire, but lack the confidence to go at it alone. They even have a few familiar meals too, including a Roast Chicken Tray Bake. As a pescatarian, I chose the fish based dish ‘Chargrilled Tuna & Coleslaw’, knowing that it would happily satiate the rest of my hungry lot at home. Ordering was easy and straightforward and the DIY box was delivered to my home within 24 hours, in environmentally kind cardboard boxes with full instructions. Unfortunately, there was an ingredient missing (spring onions), which was a little disappointing as I felt the taste of coleslaw was lacking without them. I replaced the spring onions with some finely chopped onion instead.
- 2 oranges
- 100ml olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 4 rosemary sprigs
- 6 tuna steaks, defrosted
- 250g small cucumbers
- 2 carrots, peeled
- ½ red cabbage
- 1 bunch spring onions
- 150g Greek yogurt
- coriander leaves
- Peel skin from 1 orange. Squeeze juice of both oranges and whisk with the olive oil, garlic, rosemary and orange peel. Use to coat the tuna steaks then leave to marinate.
- Cut the cucumbers and carrots into thin batons and thinly slice the cabbage and spring onions. Mix with the yogurt and a handful of coriander leaves.
- Cook the tuna on a preheated barbecue for 3-4 minutes; once charred, flip and repeat. Serve with the slaw and garnish with coriander. Allergy information: contains seafood and dairy
I have to say, the Tuna steaks were yummy and we all loved the marinade! As a meal, I felt that it needed a little something extra, so I added some accompanying new potatoes that did the trick. The coleslaw was OK, although I felt it was missing something (maybe the spring onions, ha!). Overall, it was a satisfying and a very healthy family meal.
The Chargrilled Tuna Box worked out at 21AED per person (including the additional new potatoes) and fed 6 people. We fed 2 adults + 1 toddler and had plenty left over for lunch the following day. We also had lots of remaining herbs that we used for meals throughout the rest of the week.
While personally, my family budget doesn’t allow for regular use of Kibsons DIY Recipe Boxes, I can definitely see the appeal for those who lead busy lives and enjoy the cooking process with a wider disposable income. I really enjoyed experimenting with a new recipe and the experience of having everything measured up and ready to cook in front of me. Were I to host a dinner party in the future, with little time to prepare, I’d consider using the service again. For now though, I think I’ll stick to what I know and continue with my regular kibsons fruit and veggie boxes, as for me this service feels more of a luxury than a necessity in my lifestyle.
What I do appreciate, is the flexibility the Kibsons DIY recipe box offers customers – you don’t have to subscribe to meal plans or commit to a full week or month of boxes. You can order as you please and receive it relatively quickly.