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Roadtest: Primal Move Food

Amanda Whitley

In the final part of a five-part series, we roadtest home-delivered cook or heat at home meals, and give you the lowdown.

It had been a big few months for me, with some significant emotional challenges and a very, very demanding work schedule. So the delivery of a week’s worth of food from Primal Move Food was just what the doctor ordered.

Developed by Holistic Health Coach Ante Strika and chef Chris Toth, Primal Move Food provides “chef-prepared, nutrient dense salads, meals and desserts” using certified organic produce from local farmers. Using certified organic produce is central to Primal Move, as it has more nutrition and less toxins compared to conventional farming, meaning it’s better for you, animals and the planet. You can find out more about their philosophy here.

HOW IT WORKS

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It’s a simple process: visit the Primal Move Food website, choose your meals and delivery date, hand over the cash and wait for it to arrive (encased in environmentally friendly packaging)!

You can pick and choose individual meals and salads to create your own individual meal plan, or choose from one of the weekly packages designed by Ante and Chris. These set packages are based on a “rotational diet”, so you get a variety of produce which is good for your health.

Simply place your order before 12 noon on Friday and your food will be delivered (or you can choose to pick it up from Mawson) the following Tuesday.

All meals will stay fresh for four to seven days from the day of delivery.

THE FOOD

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One word: ‘generous’. Primal Move’s meals were the perfect size for my marathon-running husband but the portions defeated me. This is not a complaint — each meal was packed with heaps of fresh vegetables and lean protein (and loads of flavour).

As a comms chick, I love Primal Move’s creative naming. Some of my faves? Asta Lasagne, baby! is lasagna paleo-style — instead of the usual pasta, thin slices of eggplant and zucchini form the base of a yummy dish of rich tomatoey mince, topped with baked eggs and cauliflower. (Foreword by Ali G) Pad Thaiiiiii is a punchy take on the Asian classic — loaded with fresh herbs and spices; while Finding Nemo teams fresh white fish with broccoli, pak choi, green beans and red capsicum with a dill and lemon aioli.

The boys don’t believe in microwaving, saying “the science shows it destabilises the molecules and loses nutrients.” So the meals are vacuum-sealed to allow you to heat them by placing them in a pot of simmering water for roughly 20 mins or until the desired temperature is reached. You can also heat them in a pan or in a conventional oven by removing the vacuumed seal packaging and placing in the oven at 180-200 degrees Celsius for 20mins.

I must admit that I’ve become so accustomed to just chucking stuff in the microwave that having to actual boil water and then cook it for 20 minutes provoked some eye-rolling. But the proof was in the eating. The prawns, in particular, tasted fantastic — fresh and juicy — which hasn’t been my experience of previous microwaved attempts. I decided the wait was worth it and dutifully sous vided each dish.

Price? A five-day meal plan of 10 meals costs $159, which works out a little less than $16 per meal — great value for organic produce, the size and quality of these dishes, not to mention the convenience.

THE VERDICT

If you find other ‘deliver, heat and eat’ services a little on the small or bland side, Primal Move Foods may be what you’re looking for. The meals are on the low carb / high protein side, which I really liked, and were certainly fresh and flavourful.

I’ll be keeping some of these babies in the fridge for those days when I come home from work and don’t have the headspace (or even just the inclination) to whip up something fabulous for the family, but they’d also be a fantastic option for people just wanting to eat well and ethically.

the essentials 

What: Primal Move Food
When: Order by noon on Friday, delivery or pick up each Tuesday.
How much: Visit the website for pricing.
Order online here: www.primalmovefood.com

The author received one week of Primal Move Food meals free of charge for reviewing purposes, however, all opinions are her own. 

Want more options? Read our roadtests of FudieYouFoodz, Urban Real Food and The Cook’s Grocer.

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Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author

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