Methodology is my millennial dream food delivery service

At this point, it seems like there are too many food delivery services to count – and I feel like I’ve tried them all. I love receiving a box at my door with ingredients and recipes so I don’t have to grocery shop or overthink what to make. I don't know what I need? The pre-prepared meals came in pastel lunch boxes, along with my own set of chic reusable silverware (with pink handles, by the way). *millennial faint*

It's little details like this that make Methodology a food delivery service that's supposed to stand out from its competitors with a touch of luxury. I'm used to tearing open meal boxes wrapped in plastic and each ingredient in its own bag. By the time I'm ready for pasta or fried rice, my kitchen is practically shrink-wrapped. Methodology, on the other hand, does everything possible to remain sustainable – without sacrificing taste.

Plus, as someone who tends to live on snacks from the corner store, I'm really glad to have a fridge full of real food. For example: delicious foods that contain actual vitamins and minerals. When the weather is nice, I'll shuffle to the grocery store, fill a freezer bag with ingredients, and whip up a hearty Sunday meal—but with my busy schedule, those weeks are few and far between And they're far apart. The methodology solved all these little problems for me, which was a real treat.

Below, I give an honest look back at what it was like to try out the methodology for a week.

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quick overview

  • Price: $18 to $28 per meal
  • Best for: People with busy schedules, foodies
  • My rating: 4.5/5
  • What we like: Gourmet food, sustainable packaging, clinically supported nutrition
  • What we don’t like: Higher prices

What is methodology?

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Methodology is a food delivery service founded in California in 2015. Co-founder and CEO Julie Nguyen just wants to bring the quality you expect from high-end restaurants to the food delivery space. Besides that, the food is also very healthy. The menu changes weekly but is always gluten, dairy and refined sugar free.

The methodology Nguyen created ticked a lot of boxes: She wanted to serve food that was not only delicious and totally Insta-worthy, but also sustainable and good for you. She specializes in clinically supported nutrition and gut health, which is why she teamed up with Stanford University nutrition researcher Dr. Christopher Gardner to make sure every meal has what you need.

Lunch and dinner menus are designed by co-founder Stephen Liu and are pre-cooked and prepared in refrigerated boxes. All you have to do is pop the container in the freezer and you're ready to stock up on a week's worth of food. You can serve cold meals straight from the jar or lunchbox, or heat them up quickly in the microwave or stovetop for five minutes. (Instructions for each meal are on the lid.)

Try the new 5-day methodology Signature Reset, designed to optimize your gut health with nutrient-dense foods. Choose the meat or vegetarian option and you'll get five lunches, five snacks and dinner (breakfast excluded), available in standard or large portions, depending on your needs. Prices range from $350 to $460, depending on your zip code, meal size and ingredients. California residents can also opt for Methodology's weekly subscription service, which includes breakfast and costs about $15 per meal.

How is it sustainable

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Nguyen and her team spent more than two years researching how to sustainably prepare and deliver fresh food. result? Methodology's proprietary food packaging system, aka the aforementioned range of adorable recyclable lunch boxes and glass jars, you can keep, recycle or return for reuse. Both types of containers are lightweight, leak-proof, and microwavable—and they look really cute stacked in the refrigerator.

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My Method delivery is scheduled to arrive on Monday and, not to be dramatic, I'm probably going to gasp when I open the box - it's all so aesthetically pleasing. It comes with a reusable freezer bag that keeps everything cold until I can haul it inside.

Being a vegetarian, I chose the standard size vegetarian option. Five dinners, five lunches, and five snacks are neatly packaged in assorted containers, along with a pink reusable silverware set with knives, forks, spoons, and chopsticks. Some sample meals I have delivered to your door: Vegan Moroccan Roasted Carrot and Quinoa Wild Arugula Salad, Ginger Coconut Sweet Potato and Kale Stew with Curried Caviar Lentils, Poblano Zucchini Cake and Smoked Almond Romasco, BBQ Tempeh and Herb Roasted Marbled Potatoes. There are also plenty of vegan protein truffle balls for snacking.

Reset also includes five flavors of apple cider vinegar shrubs that you can mix with water before each meal to minimize blood sugar spikes that can occur after a meal to keep you energized. There are also five matcha gift packs for morning or mid-day tea.

It also includes daily menus. Since some ingredients are more perishable than others, it's best to eat them in the recommended order so you don't accidentally leave your salad to wilt on day five. Breakfast is up to you. You can choose to have a snack, or follow one of the menu suggestions, such as oatmeal with berries and eggs (not included). There are instructions on the lid of each meal so you know how to reheat it, as well as a list of any potential allergens. All ingredients are also included.

My methodological experience

I start each day with my own iced coffee and a homemade smoothie – and maybe a truffle ball or two. Before lunch, I mixed half the AVC shrub with water as directed and went to town on my Roasted Beet Salad with Mint Mandarin and Braised Tempeh.

It's exciting and oddly comforting to know that these meals are lined up in the refrigerator. Instead of grocery shopping—or rushing to buy a sandwich—I already had everything I needed. Everything is so beautiful . I honestly felt spoiled after the first meal because of the unique ingredients that I don't usually eat. Was I in the kitchen, or was I transported to a restaurant?

I was impressed with how easy it all was to prepare. The instructions were basically "take the veggies out, microwave the quinoa, then put the veggies back in." Done, done. Some meals are also topped with edible flowers or chopped nuts. (Nguyen and Liu did cook the most.) Every meal was a hit, except for one or two that felt a little salad-like for my taste. However, I love it if it has sweet potatoes, quinoa, or lentils in it.

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I feel like I did something really good for my health by eating Methodology for a week. I feel great after every meal - like I've absorbed some much needed vitamins and nutrients. I also love trying new ingredients.

I can see myself ordering Methodology a few times a year when I want to treat myself to some extra nice deliveries. While it's more expensive than the regular set menu, that's because you're getting gourmet-grade meals that are perfectly customized and made with fresh, unique ingredients. If you can rock it, I highly recommend giving it a try.