Think outside the bag for dinner tonight! We chat to celebrity chef Miguel Maestre about a new cook-at-home service and get his top tips to save time in the kitchen.
Sick of doing the weekly grocery run and coming up with new ideas for dinner? My Food Bag is a service designed for busy people who enjoy cooking but don’t have time to handpick the best ingredients or plan meals in advance.
We chat to Miguel Maestre about the service and more.
1. What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve been working on an exciting project with My Food Bag, a meal creator and delivery service which has taken New Zealand by storm. We’re now launching in Sydney, so I’m going to create delicious and nutritious recipes to help Aussie households re-kindle their passion for healthy cooking at home. I’m so excited to be a part of it!
2. What is My Food Bag?
It’s a concept where our customers receive fresh, free-range and locally-sourced ingredients with no sugar-free fads or anything like that. Just nutritionally-balanced seasonal recipes. Each bag that we send you gives you everything you need to make delicious and healthy meals at home, we even do all of the shopping for you!
3. How is My Food Bag different to other food delivery services?
Our three bag choices have been carefully developed to suit the different taste buds of each household rather than the number of people. Whether you have a home of hungry teenagers, fussy little eaters or a couple of gourmet foodies – we want to cater for your family.
4. What skills are needed to prepare the recipes?
We design our dishes so that they’re suitable for everyone, not just chefs like me! All of our recipes are at an easy to intermediate level, and are quick and easy to prepare. We lead such busy lives these days, so we have tailored our recipes to take 30 minutes on average to cook.
5. How do you inspire others to try new flavours and ingredients?
So many Aussie families cook the same four or five recipes throughout the year. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and experiment with new flavours and ingredients. Fresh produce from local suppliers is not only ethical, it also adds flavour to your food to help you get creative with your meals.
6. What are some of your time saving tips for the kitchen?
Take time to plan ahead. This will allow you to have all the ingredients you need and save the hassle of daily decision making and multiple trips to the shops when you could be in the kitchen having fun!
7. Who is your inspiration in the kitchen?
My little daughter can be very fussy and always wants to help me create her meals. She inspires me to be creative so I can learn to enjoy a whole range of delicious food. She’s my toughest critic!
8. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Be passionate about good food, and make the time to enjoy your meals with others! Meal time is family time and there’s nothing better than that!
Here are some of the recipes from My Food Bag to try yourself at home:
Sticky Soy Chicken Drumsticks with Rice and Green Vegetables
Spaghetti and Beef n' Bacon Meatballs
Lamb with Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Sauce and Chippies
Korma and Butternut Soup with Crispy Bacon and Sesame Naan Croutons
Fish Tacos with Mexican Salad and Mango Salsa
Crispy Chicken Tenders with Chunky Fries, Slaw and Sweet Chilli Mayo
Sticky Lamb Stir Fry with Vegies and Rice
Spinach Feta Tarts with Sweet Potato Wedges
Mini Beef Burgers with Cheddar, Avodao and Cherry Tomatoes
For more info, go to www.myfoodbag.com.au