Southern Mom Loves: My 5 Days of Diet-to-Go: Traditional Menu {Plus a 25% Off Code!}

My 5 Days of Diet-to-Go: Traditional Menu {Plus a 25% Off Code!}

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I received 5 days of food from Diet-to-Go in order to facilitate an honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

My 5 Days of Diet-to-Go: Traditional Menu {Plus a 25% Off Code!}

You guys might remember that I was going to do a review of one of Diet-to-Go's menus. The votes were mostly in favor of reviewing the Traditional menu, so that's what I chose, and I was not disappointed! Diet-to-Go sent me 5 days of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and I'm reviewing each one for you.

To recap, Diet-to-Go prepares delicious, healthy, balanced meals and delivers them right to your door. They have a Traditional Menu, Vegetarian Menu, and a Low-Carb Menu, so you can choose the one that fits your lifestyle, and you can let them know if there are any food allergies or dislikes. You can also choose your calorie count: 1200 or 1600. 

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When ordering my meals, I requested no fish, but said that seafood is okay. I eat some fish, but it's so rare that I like a certain fish that I didn't want to get stuck with something I wouldn't eat. I love seafood though, but am still a bit choosy about it. I figured I was more likely to eat a random seafood dish, so kept those choices in. Otherwise, I'm pretty open to trying new things. I also chose the 1200 calorie count menu.

My meals arrived in a huge cooler. It was extra secure and everything inside was well-padded.

All of the meals were delivered in black trays that were oven- and microwave-safe, so you can choose how much of a hurry you're in! Each meal included everything you need down to the condiments, which is great because you know your calorie count will be accurate.

Each meal is labeled with the contents and also heating instructions. The meals came frozen, and I stored them in my freezer, taking a day's meals out to thaw in the fridge the night before, but I would recommend storing them in your fridge. I did have problems with meals still being frozen the next day, so just a head's up. They're all vacuum sealed, so you don't have to worry about spoilage. 

When heating, there were some meals that I should have baked or toasted, but I ended up microwaving them all. Some were great microwaved, but as a rule of thumb, if there's bread involved, you should throw it in the toaster or oven.

The meals:

Day 1 Breakfast: Greek Stuffed Mushroom and Applesauce

This stuffed mushroom was amazing! It was a large (portabello?) mushroom cap filled with egg, sausage, spinach, and cheeses, then topped with melted cheese. I wasn't sure if I'd like this one, but I devoured it. Not crazy about applesauce, but it was good.

Day 1 Lunch: Chicken Burger with BBQ sauce and Peach & Pear Parfait

This is one I should have heated in the oven; When microwaved, the patty got soggy. It came with a large multigrain roll, which I love, and I could see the onions in the chicken patty, so it's not just flavored with powders, and the taste was good. It came with a BBQ sauce packet, so no extra condiments required. The parfait was also tasty, and the fruit wasn't soggy and canned tasting; It had some bite, which shows that it is fresh. I really enjoyed this burger though; Very tasty.

Day 1 Dinner: Stuffed Shells with Tomato sauce and Baby Carrots

The carrots were fresh-tasting and firm. The sauce and cheese were tasty and the shells were stuffed with tons of herbed cheese. Another dish in which no seasoning was required!

Day 2 Breakfast: Oat & Raisin Scone, Apple Butter, and Greek Yogurt

I am a huge fan of scones but am a bit picky, so I wasn't sure how I would like these. I heated the scone in the microwave and it was so super-moist and tasty! It was really more like a muffin, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This meal came with some spiced apple butter for the scone and a peach Chobani yogurt, which is one of the few greek yogurts I like. Great breakfast.

Day 2 Lunch: Mediterranean Tapas (Red Pepper Hummus, Baba Ganouj, Tabouleh, and Whole Wheat Pita Bread)

This was one of my favorites! I love red pepper hummus, but had never had Baba Ganouj or Tabouleh. Both were tasty as well, and I loved having a lunch that felt like an indulgent snack. You couldn't tell the pitas were whole wheat, and after tearing and dipping, I was so full! Fab lunch!

Day 2 Dinner: Turkey BBQ Melts, Peach Salsa, and Cole Slaw

This was another one of my favorites, but I should have toasted it in the oven because of the bun halves it's served on. The turkey BBQ was delicious and was covered in an indulgent melted cheese. It was served with a tart cole slaw and the best peach salsa I've ever tasted! Loved it!

Day 3 Breakfast: Tomato Mushroom Omelet, Creamed Spinach, and Italian Roasted Potatoes

I am a huge fan of creamed spinach and any kind of potato, but I wasn't sure about the omelet. It didn't come out of the package too pretty, but it was delicious! The omelet is stuffed with a creamy seasoned cheese mixture; It didn't even need salt! The mushrooms, tomatoes, and peppers were tender and gave it a great additional flavor.

Day 3 Lunch: Blue Crab Ravioli Soup, Vanilla Fruit Gelatin, and Peanuts and Raisins

I'm not a fan of seafood raviolis, but the vegetable soup was tasty. My daughter actually ate my ravioli and loved it. I'm also not a fan of gelatins, but it was a nice sweet treat filled with fresh blueberries. The nut mix was a nice side. It says 'raisins', but I think they were cranberries? 

Day 3 Dinner: Porcini Mushroom Chicken, Wild Rice Pilaf, and Italian Veggie blend

This one looks a bit boring, but was really wonderful. It was an actual chicken breast, not a ground and formed patty. I should have gotten pics of the inside; It was stuffed to the gills with mushrooms and a creamy sauce. I also love a good wild rice and the veggies inside the pilaf and on the side were delicious as well.

Day 4 Breakfast: Chocolate Zuccini Bread, Orange Cranberry Cream Cheese, and Orange Sections

Another one of my favorites: This chocolate zuccini bread was moist and delicious! I had never had zuccini bread, so didn't know what to expect taste-wise. It didn't taste of veggies, but of a spiced chocolate, nuts, and raisins, and was so moist! I would make this recipe at home for sure! Delish with the cream cheese, which it didn't really need, and the oranges were a nice refreshing finish.

Day 4 Lunch: Basil Parmesan Chicken

A very green lunch! The pesto was flavorful and did a great job seasoning the chicken and spinach. The side veggies needed a tiny dash of salt, but otherwise, a yummy lunch. Again, I want to point out that they're serving whole chicken breasts and not "chicken patties." I'm impressed.

Day 4 Dinner: Vegetable Ravioli, Red Pepper Sauce, Ratatouille, and Broccoli

Loved the ravioli! Flavorful, and didn't taste like I was eating something that was low-cal at all. The ratatouille veggies were tender, but still had bite, and the roasted red pepper sauce was absolutely delish!

Day 5 Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs Rancheros, Whole Wheat Tortilla, Chicken Chorizo Sausage, and Mango Salad

This was not one of my favorites. It was okay, but not really to my taste. Maybe the eggs needed a bit more salsa? I couldn't pinpoint it, but it was maybe a bit blander than the other dishes? I was so pleasantly surprised with the taste of the rest of the dishes that this one left me a little disappointed. Not terrible by any means, but not one of my favorites.

Day 5 Lunch: The Kelly (French Toast, Roasted Red Pepper, Swiss cheese, Tomato, Pesto sauce, Cream cheese), and Orange Sections

This was another dish I should have toasted in the oven. Microwaving it left the bread soggy and the red peppers tough; I pulled the peppers out and still enjoyed it though. The taste was amazing! The creamy, melty cheese and pesto mixture in this one is just the best! I would have this one again and again.

Day 5 Dinner: Mexican style Burrito, Spanish Rice, Refried Beans, Fajita Veggies, and Salsa

This one made me feel like I was eating out! The burrito was super-stuffed with a ground turkey and bean mixture, and the sides tasted just like the sides you would have at a Mexican restaurant. I did add a few dashes of hot sauce to my burrito, and it was delish! This was another of the meals that was so large, I wasn't sure I would finish it!


I was surprised that at no time did I feel deprived. The packages for the dishes look small-ish, but they were all satisfying, and at a few points, they were too much to eat. I ended up splitting my meals a few times and eating them a couple of hours apart. If you're looking to do 6 small meals a day instead of 3 large, you could easily split these.

I was also surprised at the amount of cheeses in the dishes; I would have thought that was a no-no to any diet. Ditto on carbs; There was a bread, pasta, or rice in almost every meal (yay!) The fruits and veggies weren't soggy and canned-tasting; They really tasted like they were frozen fresh. 

The variety was great; I didn't get stuck eating the same variation of the same ingredients over and over again, and just about every dish was seasoned to perfection; I think I reached for the salt shaker once for some veggies.

Overall, it was a delicious 5 days, and I ended up losing a few pounds without even trying! I highly recommend this service if you're trying to lose weight, and if you're not, you can choose the higher calorie count and use it as a service to have some quick meals on hand. It was so convenient having those meals in the fridge, ready to go!

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Have you ever tried a meal delivery service? What did you think of it? Do you think Diet-to-Go could help you in your weight-loss journey?

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