RealEats Meal Delivery is Like Having Your Own Private Chef

first_img What is Sous Vide Cooking? Here’s What You Need to Know Chef Marco Ballatori whips up the food in the RealEats Kitchen in the New York Finger Lakes area using local, non-GMO, never processed, never frozen, responsibly sourced ingredients and the meats never have hormones or antibiotics. The meals are high in protein and always less than 800 calories. Each meal is designed with not just taste in mind, but are also nutritionist-approved, so there’s no guilt in eating these restaurant-worthy dishes.It also gives you the unique opportunity to sample the culinary visions of chefs you might not otherwise get to taste, all curated by RealEats’ culinary specialist, Chef Katy Sparks. She brings together chefs like Dale Talde of Talde in Brooklyn, Bill Telepan of New York’s Oceana, Chopped champ Silvia Baldini and this month, Kat Turner, a noted private chef. Chef Turner’s serving up things like Moroccan Chicken with herb couscous and grilled eggplant covered in Chimichurri; Grilled hanger steak with bok choy and new potatoes, and the vegetarian option of whole wheat fusili with a roasted pepper tomato sauce served with corn, basil, and cheese. All the nutritional information is provided for you. For example, that pasta dinner is just 510 calories with 20 grams of protein and 14 grams of fiber, and let’s face it, no one is getting enough fiber these days. The old adage that if you can boil water, you can cook needs some updating. Thanks to RealEats, if you can boil water, you don’t have to cook.We’ve talked before about the magic of sous vide cooking and some of our favorite meal kits, but both of those have flaws for the cooking-averse or otherwise too busy. Sous vide requires equipment and planning and meal kits require you to cook. What if a chef could do all the work for you and you could just do the fun pouch boiling part?Enter RealEats. This is a meal delivery service where chef-prepared meals are sent to you in little vacuum pouches. All you have to do is boil some water and put the pouches in it for the indicated amount of time. About ten minutes later, you have a healthy, gourmet, delicious meal. Your prep consists of pulling pouches out of the fridge and boiling water and your clean up is tossing plastic into the recycling and maybe washing your plate. Or just let it soak until tomorrow. Or like, next Thursday. You’re busy! Just, not with cooking.It will feel like wizardry the first time you try RealEats. For six minutes, you’ll watch the meat in its vacuum-sealed bag sitting in boiling water and think, “There’s no way this will work. It’ll be rubbery and probably cold in the middle.” And then you’ll open the bag, plate your food, and taste tender, juicy, flavorful perfection. Science is weird, but the geniuses at RealEats have harnessed it for fast-paced, busy 21st century eating.RealEats is also the most versatile meal delivery out there. There’s no need to eat unhealthy take-out or tasteless frozen dinners anymore: anywhere you can boil water, you can eat their meals. Take them camping, chow down like a king in a dorm room, or at the office. It’s the perfect solution for parents who are too exhausted after keeping small humans alive all day to cook. It provides you the space and time to sit down, relax, indulge, and reconnect over a meal. All of these high-end ingredients, high-end chefs, and high-end meals must cost a fortune, right? Wrong. They offer three plans: the Singles Plan, Couples Plan, and the Family Plan and each plan comes with three meals a week. For one person, it’s $45 a week, for a total of $15 a meal. That’s less than most Chipotle lunches. The Couples Plan, for two, comes to $85 a week, at $14.16 a meal, and the Family Plan, which feeds four people, is $162 a week, or $13.50 a meal. You can skip a week anytime or cancel– there’s no commitment.Not yet convinced that this is the greatest invention since sliced bread– especially since with RealEats you wouldn’t even have to slice bread? Try it. You can test it out for yourself for $45 or, if your subscribe, you can get three meals free.RealEats has taken away any excuse we have for not eating right and well. Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows center_img RealEats Meal Delivery is Like Having Your Own Private Chef Close How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide Editors’ Recommendations How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time last_img read more

Facebook redesigns big blue app doubles down on groups in shift towards

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Facebook Inc. unveiled updates to the Groups feature of its main social network, doubling down on a successful but controversial part of the big blue app — and another sign that Facebook is moving toward more private, intimate communication.The changes, announced Tuesday at the company’s annual F8 conference in San Jose, California, make Groups a bigger part of the Facebook user experience. A new design for the Facebook mobile app highlights the Groups that users have joined, and now shows a personalized feed of activity across all the groups people are part of in a special tab.Facebook has been pushing more aggressively into groups for the past two years as people shy away from posting things publicly and look for more intimate ways to connect with friends and family. Fast-growing meme and community groups have been a recent bright spot for Facebook amid a series of privacy scandals, and the company is also shifting its focus to deal with its own projections that people are spending less time on its namesake site. Instagram to remove number of likes on photos and videos in Canada Mark Zuckerberg just got $4.5-billion richer thanks to blockbuster Facebook earnings Facebook slammed for breaching Canadian privacy laws — and then refusing to fix it “There are tens of millions of active groups on Facebook,” the company said in a statement. “When people find the right one, it often becomes the most meaningful part of how they use Facebook. And today, more than 400 million people on Facebook belong to a group that they find meaningful.”Groups, which can be public or private on the social network, can be used to help keep long-distance friends in touch, connect people with similar interests or passions, and organize events. Facebook is also making it easier to discover new Groups based on users’ interests, and will recommend relevant groups to people when they are in other parts of the app, like Marketplace, the Gaming tab and its Watch video service. People will also be able to share content directly to their Groups from the share button on the main News Feed, the same way they do with friends and family, Facebook said.The company is even rolling out specific features for different types of groups. For example, members in health-related groups can ask the group admin to post on their behalf to better protect their privacy. Facebook is also adding more chat features for groups focused on gaming.The growth of groups makes it more urgent for Facebook to reckon with the spammers, manipulators and hackers that exploit them to spread misinformation and conspiracy theories, among other things. In special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly interfering in the 2016 U.S. election, several Facebook groups were cited as tools to support President Donald Trump’s campaign or oppose Hillary Clinton’s. More recently, Facebook groups have been blamed for amplifying anger and spreading misinformation during violent protests in France. On WhatsApp, an encrypted Facebook messaging service, private groups have been used to spread dangerous misinformation that has led to physical violence and even deaths.Fast-growing meme and community groups have been a recent bright spot for Facebook amid a series of privacy scandals. In March, Zuckerberg said Facebook is undertaking a massive overhaul to focus on private, ephemeral and encrypted communication, saying that more people want to interact privately or in more intimate groups — rather than the open-sharing model he built the company around. The company also aims to integrate Facebook’s different online properties, allowing users to send messages between WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger.Facebook will unveil a slew of other new features on Tuesday. The company’s Dating service is getting a new feature called Secret Crush that lets people “express interest in” up to nine of their Facebook friends. If one of these users has opted into Facebook Dating, they will get a notification saying someone has a crush on them. If that person adds the original admirer to their Secret Crush list, Facebook makes a match — digitally, at least. Facebook Dating, which was announced at last year’s F8, is still free to users.Menlo Park, California-based Facebook is also trying to facilitate non-romantic relationships. A “Meet New Friends” feature will make recommendations based on some shared connection — like living in the same city or working at the same company. It’s opt-in, so users will only see other people who are open to meeting new friends, and vice versa, the company said. It will also be integrated into Facebook Groups.The social network’s e-commerce service, called Marketplace, also got an upgrade. People who sell goods on Marketplace will soon be able to take payment directly through Facebook, including shipping costs, the company said. Today, people who sell goods have to arrange payment outside of Facebook, though they can do so via Facebook’s messaging app, Messenger.PayPal Holdings Inc. will process payments for purchases made directly inside Marketplace, according to a company spokesperson. That’s the same payments partner Facebook’s Instagram is using to process in-app purchases. Facebook also says it is considering charging sellers a fee for facilitating these deals.“We are evaluating a selling fee that is in line with competitive platforms to help cover payment processing and programs such as purchase protection,” a spokesperson said.Bloomberg.com read more