TB12 Performance Meals, in partnership with The Purple Carrot, is a healthy meal subscription box that delivers pre-portioned ingredients to create plant-based, gluten-free recipes based on the TB12 nutritional guidelines.
Even his critics admit that Tom Brady, at an age when most quarterbacks are eyeing retirement, is performing at a higher level each year. He credits his to hard work and a sound diet to leverages the benefits of plant-based nutrition.
TB12 Performance Meals partners with Tom Brady & TB12 to create meals that help you achieve and sustain your own peak performance. When we chose our meals for this month, we were able to pick from two flights of three meals for each week of the month – you can switch between regular Purple Carrot & TB12, you just can’t swap meals in or out of one of the flights (they come as a set).
TB12 Performance Meals insulates the food with ecologically-sound padding. A few huge icepacks sit below the food, separated from it by cardboard. though it looks like a bit of a jumble because of the larger ingredients not being bundled, everything seems to make it in good condition. My latest box got a bit banged up and torn open in transit, but the contents stayed inside and weren’t damaged.
On-card information includes an estimated prep-time, number of servings, and a breakdown of the essential nutrition info (calories, fat, carbs, protein).
The recipes are really well designed, with most prep done ahead in a mise en place approach. Any items needed from your kitchen, whether food or cooking vessels, are set out separately. As far as ingredients, only olive oil and salt and pepper are needed. Ingredients are bolded for ease of recognition, and they even put ingredients in red font if they are divided and used in more than one spot in the recipe. Handy tips were worked into the text, like how to tell when a phase of cooking is done by smell or sound. They even have a hotline for phone or email help if you need it!
This month’s box came with a bi-monthly newsletter.
There’s a short message from Tom Brady inside.
They have a “24 Hours with Tom” feature that will be spread out over several editions. This one had some info on his morning routine.
There were also tips on picking produce and a few recipes for tasty and nutritionally sound sauces.
All our food! The meals are bagged separately, with the large or delicate items labeled in individual packages. Veggies that were bagged separately usually state which recipe they go with.
White Bean Keftedes With Skordalia And Dill Sauce. 35 minutes, 800 calories per serving.
Off the top of my head, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what keftedes or skordalia are prior to having eaten this dish. Now I know I love them! This was my favorite meal of the trio. This skordalia is a Japanese sweet potato seasoned with a splash of vinegar. It was super creamy and very tasty – I ate half the recipe later, and it was actually even tastier cold! The keftedes were delicious, too. They were very easy to make, with the only hassle being getting out the food processor. The simple dill sauce was yummy and added needed moisture to the keftedes. The kale and asparagus were given and short boil and paired well with the main part of the dish.
Summer Ramen With Coconut Lime Broth & Sweet Corn. 30 minutes, 760 calories per serving.
This soup was creamy and tasty, and I loved the authentic Thai ingredients. Though there was no galangal or Thai chili, there was ginger, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves. The only miss on this dish was that they sent parsley instead of cilantro, so I missed out on that ingredient. The combo of black ramen, tofu, roasted corn, and baby bok choy added tons of varied texture and made the dish super enjoyable. Prep included pre-boiling noodles and roasting corn, but it was overall a simple exercise.
Quinoa Fried Rice With Charred Scallion Butter & Kohlrabi Salad. 30 minutes, 770 calories per serving.
This dish had a really light feel to it, and the leftovers made a superb daytime, guilt-free snack. The quinoa provides some protein, and it stays a little lighter in texture than rice would. The kohlrabi was very refreshing and made a great canvas for applying the togarashi and sesame seeds. Lots of crunch in this meal. No difficult prep to be done, other than peeling the kohlrabi into strips.
This was another great set of TB12 meals. The flavors and textures were superb, and the dishes are creative and very unique while celebrating authentic flavors from the cuisine inspiring them. I eat meat regularly, but I thoroughly enjoyed the TB12 recipes and found them to be exceedingly filling and satisfying.
Like many folks, we are always a little skeptical of meals that focus on nutritional composition above all else, but this set of meals did not make taste and afterthought. We were blown away by the TB12 meals! They are possibly the best combinations of textures and flavors we’ve had in a meal kit, and the quality and condition of the ingredients were as good as we’ve seen. We tend to eat many hearty and meat-centric meals, and this subscription is a perfect breath of fresh air. These are well-designed, incredibly flavorful meals with superb nutritional profiles, and I highly recommend them whether you are an athlete or just a food lover.