I Feel Less Inept In The Kitchen (But I'm Not)
I'm not a person that enjoys cooking. Meal prep for me needs to be easy, but that doesn't mean that I want my meals to be unimaginative and plain. My dream dinner scenario is a flavorful meal that I can prepare with extremely minimal effort - I'm not trying to pretend like my kitchen experience is a cooking montage from Hannibal. Luckily for me, Evol has made eating well while being, er, less skilled in the kitchen incredibly simple. I generally keep 2-3 bags of Evol's chicken tikka masala meals in my freezer at all times. It's become my go-to when I have no clue what to eat, but I'm hungry, and I want something delicious, satisfying, and easy. In one of these bags you have a something from every part of the food pyramid (Are we still using the food pyramid? Hi, I'm from the 80s!), so you can feel totally superior because you ate a protein and some veggies. Unlike other balanced meals, however, Evol's meals are fantastic. Like, really, truly fantastic. When I first tried the tikka masala I think I actually said out loud, "Hold up. What is this witchcraft?!" The chicken tastes like chicken. I don't know how familiar with pre-made foods you are, but I'm a master of trying to work protein into my diet while also being lazy, so I've eaten a lot of frozen chicken-containing meals. The chicken never tastes like chicken (ironically). Evol's chicken not only tastes like chicken, it's delicious. I'm telling you: Witchcraft. Or, you know, dedication to making frozen food that tastes like food.
Now let's talk about just how easy this meal is to prepare. Do you see all the items in the above photo? That's all it takes to make this fabulous meal that is full of wonderful flavors and vegetables and chicken that tastes like chicken. (Actually, there's a lid that goes on the pan, but it didn't photograph well, so there's a tiny extra element, but still.) I tend to eat my tikka masala out of a bowl with a fork, but if you want to eat it out of the pan with that spatula so that you'll have to wash even fewer dishes, I won't narc on you.
Everything you need is in the bag, so you don't even have to mess around with any sort of spice packet or sauce packet or whatever. You throw the pan on the stove, pour the contents of the bag in the pan, cover the pan, occasionally stir, and then when everything is hot (chicken) and melted (the bouillon cubes or whatnot that the sauce comes in. I guarantee I'm using all the wrong words here) you're done. How easy is that?! It's so easy that I eat this about three times a week, that's how easy it is.
And tikka masala is just one of the options in the Evol menagerie of amazing foods. I'm also a big fan of the Thai style curry chicken, and they have many other meals that look fantastic but that I can't eat because they have wheat in them or some other delicious thing that will make me ill. But another fantastic thing about Evol is that on their website you can not only browse their entire selection of foods (everything from burritos to mac and cheese to breakfast sandwiches), you can read the list of ingredients and nutrition information, AND you can locate stores that carry Evol by the specific item you're looking for. So say you go to the website and you're really jonesing for Evol's gluten free uncured bacon mac and cheese (and why wouldn't you be?!), but you're thinking, "That seems like I real niche product. I don't wan to go to my local grocery store and be disappointed when they don't have it." You can go to Evol's store locator, but check that you're looking specifically for gluten free uncured bacon mac and cheese (and any other products you might want) and it will tell you what stores in a particular zip code stock those individual products. I think this is probably the most genius thing ever. I mean, after chicken that tastes like chicken.