Monday, July 25, 2016
Spinacas: Healthy Salads and Bento Delivery in Singapore
One of my most popular posts is the "Five Local Food Delivery Services in Singapore You Probably Didn't Know About" and I think it speaks to the increasing way we are buying dinners instead of cooking it ourselves. I totally understand - cooking is wonderful but only if you have the time (and proclivity for washing up) and money. Yes, groceries are not cheap.
But it would be great to eat healthy, so I'm always happy to find a healthy food delivery option. Spinacas (meaning "spinach" in Spanish) which I previously thought was just about salads, actually has some hearty meals with low carb or low GI sides.
Besides generously portioned salads, there are bentos that cater to people who prefer a meal with meat and rice along with vegetables: each bento includes 150g meats, 150g savoury brown rice cooked in an onion-chicken stock, and 80g of vegetable side and bento toppings.
Recently I tried three orders:
Pulled Pork Bento (S$11)
Pork shoulder slow-cooked in cinnamon meat stock until meltingly tender then hand-pulled to juicy perfection. Comes with savoury brown rice, avocado guacamole and a side of fresh pineapple-tomato salsa
The brown rice is cooked quite soft, with a savoury hit that makes it good enough to eat on its own. I liked the pulled pork, but I do wish it had more of that yummy sauce (well, I guess we are saving calories). The salsa is surprisingly nice. Mine had apple slices instead of guac.
Shiraz Braised Beef Cheeks Salad (S$17)
Premium beef cheeks (150g) are slow-braised with ruby red Shiraz, baby carrots and celery to make them extra tender and flavour packed. All served on a bed of fresh green baby spinach and romaine lettuce, and complemented with 7 healthy toppings.
I have to say I enjoyed the huge and hearty green salad with all its toppings more than the super tender beef cheeks. The red wine notes are pretty strong (for me), so I guess wine lovers will adore this.
Meat Lover Honey Soy Chicken Salad (S$9, 11)
Chicken cubes marinated with a warm Cantonese ginger-sesame dressing and sautéed with soy.
The chicken is pretty intense, flavourwise, but a tad too sweet for me. It is a pretty big portion and might overwhelm the little salad, but you sure won't go hungry after this. For both salads, I like that the produce is so fresh.
Sides: Cauliflower Mash (S$2) and Vegetarian Spiced Chickpea Patties (S$3)
Don't miss the sides. I loved the cauliflower mash (my favourite item!) and thought the spiced high-protein chickpea patty was interesting (but those who don't like Middle Eastern flavours probably won't take to it).
Spinacas delivers to many locations islandwide - see the link for areas and delivery charges (S$4-6 depending on postal code).
Minimum delivery order is S$30, and it's best to order 24 hours in advance.
Many thanks to Spinacas for the experience.
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