Tamara Clarke explores an all-in-one concept to get dinner done in a snap.
What’s for dinner?
It’s a question that plagues many of us at the end of each day, but Kibsons comes to the rescue with DIY boxes. The home-delivery service brings fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry straight to your doorstep in a bundle that takes the guesswork out of meal planning.
What exactly is a DIY box?
Just as its name suggests, DIY boxes are packed with all the ingredients required to help you whip up a healthy, delicious meal all by yourself. Moreover, each box contains the right amount of each ingredient along with a recipe card for ease-of-use. My box didn’t contain a recipe card (likely, a small oversight) but thankfully, all of the recipes and instructions are also listed on Kibsons website.
Making it happen
I scroll through the expansive list of DIY box options on the website, inclusive of everything from elaborate meals such as stuffed eggplant to quick eats, which require minimal prep like halloumi and fruit toast. I choose the chicken traybake, a straightforward meal indicated as being plentiful enough to feed my family of four.
The box arrives on the requested delivery date assembled in two separate packages: the famous blue Kibsons box and a small parcel wrapped in brown paper with instructions to keep it chilled. The box includes a potato, red onion, courgette, garlic, parsley, three yellow capsicums and a tin of cherry tomatoes. The vegetables are newly harvested and neatly packed and the paper package contains one fresh chicken spatchcock marinated in lemon and herb.
I read the directions, unpack the box and chop all the vegetables, which takes about twenty-five minutes to prep. The recipe calls for three tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of honey, which I grab from the cupboard as condiments are the only things not included in the box. I slide the entrée in and let the oven do the rest of the work.
The taste test
After about 35 minutes of baking and five minutes under the grill to give the chicken skin a little crispness, the meal is done. The sweet smell of rosemary fills the air as the pan sits on the stovetop cooling. The chicken is juicy and tender and the vegetables are a perfectly cooked pairing. This working mum is happy to serve her family a healthy, delicious meal that doesn’t require extensive planning or a trip to the supermarket.
Need to Know
AED 75, serves four. Prices vary. Visit: kibsons.com