The Catfish I’d dipped in a blend of rice flour and Cajun spices was crisping nicely in a pan just as the dirty rice on the stovetop grew perfectly fluffy and tender. I plated the rice and fish and topped both with my homemade remoulade before adding a garnish of chopped parsley and sitting down to eat.
This was a Wednesday.
The dinners I usually cook for myself on a weeknight don’t often involve homemade remoulade, and certainly not a garnish. But my foray into the world of meal-subscription kits shook up my routine. These kits—boxes delivered to your door containing ingredients and recipes for several nights of dinners, usually at a cost of $7 to $12 per meal—are a booming business. There’s Blue Apron, the company that promises easy, healthy recipes. There’s Purple Carrot, which specializes in vegan meals. There’s Marley Spoon, which emphasizes high-end ingredients. There’s Plated, the sustainable one, and PeachDish, the Southern one, and Pete’s Paleo, the meaty one.