So much is going on in the smart kitchen space (I just returned from the International Home & Housewares Show and SXSW: I gave presentations on smart kitchen technology in both places), assisted cooking, ingredient recognition, artificial intelligence, voice assistants and inventory management… it’s all either already here, or on it’s way to take our kitchens into the future. But the one thing that still hasn’t been touched by tech: Meal prep. You can have a machine cook dinner to perfection, but someone still has to chop the veggies, marinade the chicken, and wash the lettuce.
I think— no, I know— that’s why meal kit services have become such a sensation. They take the work and stress out of not only ideating on the week’s dinner menus, but shopping for, measuring and prepping the bulk of the ingredients. We’re kind of living in a golden age of meal kits right now: There’s one for everyone, no matter what your price point or dietary preference.
But while so many meal kits are designed to serve a household made up of one or two, One Potato is different: Their meal kits are all organic, so you can feel good about serving them to your family. They offer flexibility, so you can order a vegetarian version of many of their meat-centric menu items, and they cater to the exact size of your family. In fact, you can even specify the number of adults and kids in your household in order to receive both adult and child-size portions that are priced accordingly. (Yes, savings!)
To start receiving your meal kits, you simply have to create a profile that includes the exact makeup of your household, plus any dietary restrictions. You’ll receive an email with a list of recipe options (all made with organic and local ingredients) and can start getting boxes filled with everything you need to cook from there.
And this is my favorite part: The recipes are actually kid-friendly. One Potato was co-founded by genius family-feeding Weelicious star Catherine McCord, (full disclosure: she’s also a friend!), who has been creating fast, easy, kid-approved recipes for years.
My kids are both teenagers now, so it was an absolute pleasure to hand the entire box to them and let them make dinner on their own. They’re both pretty proficient in the kitchen (my son makes a mean pasta Carbonara, and my daughter is a whiz at fried egg avocado toast), but making an entire dinner, side dishes and all, was a new endeavor. The meal kit forced them to work together (gasp!) and read carefully… many giggles could be heard coming from the kitchen… and I could put my feet up and enjoy the show.
Sample recipes on the site include everything from a classic burger and fries (Knobloch-family approved) to spaghetti and meatballs with Caesar salad on the side. There’s also the opportunity to introduce your kids to new flavors—think tofu with mushroom Pad Thai or Persian chicken kebabs.
Even if your kids aren’t old enough to help with dinner, a service like One Potato will give you the confidence that it won’t end up a total disaster.
What do you think? Would you try One Potato? Let me know in the comments.