WeCook's Review: Meal Delivery in Montreal

Ever since I have moved out of my parents’ house, my diet has consisted of junk food and trips to restaurants. I’ve tried multiple times to change that, but to no avail. With time, I came to realize that eating healthy is actually a complex habit to acquire if you haven’t developed it at a young age. I concluded that I needed to start simpler and train myself to eat healthy food instead of hamburgers, club sandwiches and pizzas. After looking at various meal delivery services in Montreal, I ended up choosing WeCook.

How does WeCook’s meal delivery work?

WeCook is a subscription-based service. In other words, you sign up to receive a given number of prepared meals every week. You can order 6, 9, 14 or 22 to 30 meals and you are allowed to skip one or several weeks and to unsubscribe at any time. You can also choose whether your meals have 100g of meat or 200g, which corresponds to their small and regular portions. Shipping is done throughout Quebec and Ontario at no extra cost.

At this point, one meal will cost you from $10 to $14, but there’s a “catch.” You see, each week, you will be presented with a selection of 14 different meals. However, six of them will be marked as “premium”. That is, you will have to pay an extra $1.50 to $5 for each of those meals you would like to order. They are pricier because they usually contain fish or fancier meats such as lamb or duck.

While WeCook meals have a certain diversity, they are centered around a few patterns you will quickly notice. Almost all of them have meat in some way or another. Many will have rice, quinoa or potatoes and will also have vegetables, though you can pay $1 extra if you want vegetables only. Meals often come with sauce or dressing. They all have their nutritional values displayed on WeCook’s website.

Each meal is packaged in its own plastic container and you will receive them, surrounded by ice bags, in a big green box. The bags can be ripped apart and safely poured into the kitchen’s drain. The meals last up to 7 days in the fridge and up to 1 year in the freezer.

A meal from WeCook delivered to my home in Montreal

What I like about WeCook’s prepared meals

I like that the meals are fully prepared. I discarded meal prep delivery services like HelloFresh or GoodFood because I didn’t want to cook or to wash dishes – just eat. Indeed, WeCook meals require, at most, three minutes of reheating in the microwave and they can be eaten straight of their container. This is great because my current focus is to accustom myself to healthy food after years of preferring their sugar and fat-loaded counterparts. WeCook makes this easy because their meals are tasty and I was especially surprised by their salads.

Another thing I love about WeCook is how generous their portions are. A regular-sized meal from them will contain 600 to 900 calories, whereas a meal from their competitors will contain, for a similar price, only 400 to 500 calories. This made WeCook a no-brainer for me as I was looking to eat better, not less. That being said, if you are trying to limit your caloric intake, you can opt for their small-sized meals.

What I don’t like about WeCook’s prepared meals

So far, I have not been impressed by WeCook’s vegan meals. I must admit I’m not a big fan of vegan meals to begin with, but the ones I’ve tried out were bland, at best, and unappetizing at worst. They really stand out from their other meals, and not in a good way. Thankfully, only one or two of their 14 weekly meals are vegan and I hope it’s going to stay that way.

My other minor complaints are:

  • I don’t like that the nutritional values of the meals are only available online. I would find it more convenient if they were printed on their plastic container too.
  • The ice bags are a mess to rip apart as they don’t contain water, but a sort of slush.
  • The delivery company on which WeCook relies often doesn’t ring your bell when they have delivered your meals. Sure, the ice bags are supposed to keep them cool, but hey, it’s food – ring the bell!

My mixed feelings about the cost of WeCook

Finally, I must address the subject of pricing. Like all meal delivery services, WeCook is rather expensive, but keep in mind that you are paying them to do recipe hunting, grocery shopping and cooking for you. In this light, I would argue that you are getting a good bang for your buck since their portions are enormous and their meals can be eaten straight out of their container, leaving you with very little dishes to wash.

So, what’s the problem? Well, in a bid to entice new customers, WeCook isn’t fully transparent regarding their pricing. They offer you discounts in such a way that you aren’t too sure what their regular prices are, and by the time you find out, you realize that you also have to pay extra for their so-called premium meals. This lack of transparency isn’t unique to WeCook – I’ve noticed it in most meal delivery services –, but it does cast a negative light on the industry as a whole. This is a shame, because if you have the disposable income, WeCook is a solid choice.