Bistro MD


BistroMD – Introduction

Note: Diet to Your Door is now known as BistroMD.

After my week of NutriSystem, I was hesitant to ever try a prepackaged diet meal program again. I had intended to try Jenny Craig next, but I admitted my high blood pressure to the sales rep and she said she could not process my order until they received a faxed authorization from my doctor. I’ll try Jenny later, but was anxious to try something new now. One of our members mentioned Diet To Your Door on our forum, and it sounded different from Nutrisystem, but similar to Jenny Craig because the meals were frozen. Because the meals were frozen, not shelf stable, the potential for better quality food was there. The meals sounded more like natural food. Each lunch and dinner consisted of a meat and two veggies. Breakfast varied from oatmeal and fruit to omelets with sausage. The diet plan also included two high protein snacks, allowing you to eat five times per day. It cost a lot more than Nutrisystem, but it seemed that we were getting a lot more for our money. The full package of Diet to Your Door costs $169 per week, plus shipping. The UPS charge to ship to my home was about $20. The program contained everything I needed, so I didn’t have to go to the store to buy more veggies and dairy, as you do with Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig. They also offer lower priced plans, which you can learn about on their website. The program includes a toll free phone number so you can call their dietitians if you have any questions or need support, though I never had to try it out.

They ship packages every Monday, and my shipment arrived on a Wednesday. It was so heavy that I couldn’t carry it inside and had to ‘walk’ it to the kitchen! When I opened the outer box, there was a large white box on top which contained the non-frozen foods. Inside were packages of high protein hot cocoa, oatmeal, protein bars and drinks. There was enough to have two protein snacks per day, and a hot cocoa with every breakfast. Under this box was a huge styrofoam container that held the entrees. I removed the dry ice and was amazed by the amount of food I pulled out of the box! Everything was frozen in clear, vacuum packed bags so you could see the contents, and they had labels to tell you what was inside, how much it weighed, and the nutritional info. The lightest weight package was 11 ounces, which was a bean soup. Most of the packages weighed 14 or 15 ounces. The chicken pieces look like real breasts, not restructured, and they were pretty big. There were lots and lots of very colorful vegetables. There were also full size bagels, frozen berries, and more. Each meal contained two packages of vegetables, one meat, and usually a sauce of some sort. Everything looked and sounded wonderful, and I couldn’t wait to get started!

Day 1

Breakfast
Breakfast began with a high protein bagel with cream cheese, and a cup of high protein hot cocoa. The bagel had arrived frozen, but I put it in the refrigerator the night before to thaw it. There was also a single serving size tub of Philly cream cheese. I then split and toasted the bagel before spreading with the cream cheese, and it tasted pretty good! The hot cocoa was a nice touch and left me feeling satisfied.

Snack
A couple of hours later, I had a Crisp’n Crunch peanut butter protein bar for my mid-morning snack. It came just at the right time and the sweetness of the bar was a nice treat.

Lunch
Lunch included an 11 ounce serving of black bean soup and crackers. The soup was frozen in a vacuum packed bag that I dropped into a pot of boiling water for about 10 minutes, then poured into my soup bowl. After all of the bitter, instant cup-o-soup I tasted on Nutrisystem, this was a pleasant suprise. The black bean soup was a very simple recipe of just black beans, water, cream, and a variety of seasonings. It came with a packet of melba toast, which added the necessary crunch to the meal. I couldn’t believe how stuffed I was after lunch!

Snack
I didn’t even need the afteroon snack, but I ate it anyway. I had a package of Kay’s Naturals Lemon Garlic Crisps, which are a high protein soy chip. They tasted very good and had a firm crunch, and were satisfying.

Dinner
My dinner was suprisingly good, and was more like a restaurant meal than a frozen diet dinner! It included a skinless chicken breast stuffed with chopped spinach and feta, covered in a tomato coulis made with fire-roasted tomatoes, shallots and basil, and served with green and yellow beans and a side of roasted baby carrots. I dropped each packet into a pot of boiling water, and 10 minutes later I had a meal that looked and tasted freshly prepared. The beans tasted like I had just picked them from the garden. The roasted carrots were naturally sweet and pefectly tender. The chicken was amazing! It was a tender, real chicken (not Mcprocessed) and was split down the side and overstuffed with the feta cheese and spinach. The tomato coulis came in a separate package which I poured over the chicken to serve. The meal covered my entire dinner plate.

I couldn’t get over how stuffed and satisifed I was at the end of my first day on this plan. I had a lot of energy and even exercised twice during the day. I looked forward to the next day.

Day 2 on Diet to Your Door

Breakfast
I was anxious to taste my first meal of the day. The breakfast menu said “Vanilla Breakfast Biscuit”, and I sifted through the freezer but couldn’t find anything that looked like a biscuit. I checked the box and saw several cookies, but still no biscuit. Then I flipped a package over and realized that one of the cookies was labeled as a biscuit. Whoever made them was obviously not from the South! I warmed my flat little biscuit in the microwave for a few seconds, and prepared my high protein hot cocoa. The meal was quick, but tasted good. It wasn’t as satisfying as it could have been, though.

Snack
I was more than ready for my mid-morning snack, which was labeled as a Wild Berry Shake. It came as a small, plastic jug that contained a powder to which I added cold water, and it tasted like fruit punch. I had never had anything like it before, and checked around online until I found them for sale. They are commonly sold to weight loss surgery patients as a protein drink. It tasted refreshing, like a regular fruit punch instead of a protein drink.

Lunch
My lunch included a large meal of Bourbon Chicken with 2 veggies. The boneless chicken breast was very tender and the bourbon glaze tasted wonderful. As with all of the meals, there were two packages of vegetables. They were good, though I should have removed the package of broccoli sooner, as it was overcooked. I’ll try to remember that the next time I have broccoli on this program. Overall, it was a filling meal and I felt satisfied. I normally would not have prepared a meat and two veggies for lunch, but would have grabbed a sandwich or salad. It was different, but nice.

Snack
I enjoyed a very large high protein cookie for my afternoon snack. The cookie was about 5 inches in diameter and tasted like a soft chocolate chip cookie.

Dinner
Dinner was Southern Comfort Chicken in a Peach and Melon Salsa with Seasonal Vegetables and Slices of Peaches. It tasted as good as it sounded. The grilled chicken breast had a deep char-grill flavor, and the peach and melon salsa was refreshing. It had a slight bite to it, but was more sweet than hot. The vegetable packet included a mixture of zucchini, carrots, cauliflower, beans, peppers, and seasonings.

Diet to Your Door Day 3

Breakfast
I began the day with a frozen omelet and sausage for breakfast. I’ve never had frozen eggs before and was slightly leary, but the meal turned out well. I dropped each package into boiling water and sipped my hot cocoa while it cooked. The omelet was a little fluffy, yet just firm enough, and came with peppers and onions that tasted char-grilled. It was so good! There were two small vegetarian sausage patties which tasted just like real meat sausage. The texture was perfect, the spices were well balanced, and I honestly had to check the package label twice to make sure it wasn’t really meat sausage! I’ve tried a few vegetarian sausages in the past and have never been satisfied. I wish I knew what brand they used, so I could buy more locally. My breakfast was very satisfying, and ss soon as my meal settled, I hopped on the treadmill and began my day.

Snack
I had a Coconut Delight Protein Bar for a mid-morning snack and once again, it just hit the spot. I don’t normally eat a lot of protein bars or sweets, but considering the amount of veggies and chicken I’m eating this week, the protein bars brought a little bit of variety to the meal and made it easier to stay on track.

Lunch
The ‘savory vegetable soup’ sounded ordinary, but it was the best vegetable soup I’ve ever had! It included a slightly creamy reddish orange base, loaded with vegetables, and had a very unique flavor that had a tinge of a sweet flavor that I couldn’t place. The ingredients include water, tomato strips, potatoes, carrots, corn, peas, heavy cream, lemon juice, basil, thyme, rosemary, dried savory, and cayenne pepper. You coudn’t really taste the herbs, but the apparent minute amounts must have been responsible for the unusual flavor. It was a 12 oz serving and the label said it only had 110 calories.

Snack
My afternoon snack was another bag of soy chips. They are really good! I found them on Amazon for about $14 per box of 15 bags, if you are interested.

Dinner
I had an unusual dinner of Pork Loin with Papaya Mango Sauce. I haven’t had pork in ages, and wasn’t sure if I was looking forward to this meal or not. Fortunately, it was delicious. The piece of pork loin was large, thick, very lean, and very tender. The papaya sauce was strangely thick and resembled jelly. It had a nice flavor which wasn’t too sweet and was perfect with the pork. There were two packages of mixed vegetables. One package contained green and yellow beans with baby carrots. The other package included edamame, broccoli, carrots, corn, peppers, and was seasoned with ginger. Both packages were delicious and I found that I was really enjoying all of the vegetables on this program. I particularly liked being able to pull a single serving of vegetables out of the freezer and cook them so quickly.

It’s been very easy to stay on the plan without cravings, and my energy level has been high. So far, so good.

Diet to Your Door Day 4

Breakfast
Today’s breakfast included instant oatmeal, which was the first instant meal on this plan (unless you count the berry protein drink). There were two packages of oatmeal, one was plain and unsweetened, and the other was a high protein maple flavor oatmeal packet. I was instructed to prepare both of them, so that I had a hearty sized portion that was not over sweet, as most supermarket instant oatmeals are known for. I’ve noticed that a lot of our members eat instant oatmeal, so maybe this is a tip they can use to make their oatmeal a little healthier. There was also a small package of frozen blueberries which I was to thaw and stir into my hot oatmeal. I hadn’t had any fruit for several days, so the handful of blueberries was much appreciated πŸ™‚

Snack
Today’s morning snack was another high protein fruit punch. It was good, but it’s not something I would normally go out and buy. The doctor that created the plan feels that it’s important to keep a good supply of protein throughout the day.

Lunch
Chicken Marsala with low carb pasta and a blend of Italian vegetables. I’m not a fan of chicken marsala, and this version didn’t convert me. It tasted like all other chicken Marsala I’ve tried, if that helps any. I didn’t like the low carb pasta and didn’t eat it. I rarely eat pasta, but when I do, then it has to be the real thing. Texture is important to me and nothing can compare to a good semolina pasta that is properly cooked. I pushed the low carb strands to the side and ate the chicken and vegetables. The vegetables included whole green beans, zucchini, and red peppers.

Snack
My afternoon snack was another large high protein cookie. This time the flavor was banana-nut and it tasted like a slice of banana bread.

Dinner
Tonight’s dinner was Cranberry stuffed Chicken with Roasted Vegetables in a Cranberry Chutney Sauce. The chicken breast looked like it was roasted, and sliced down the side to hold the stuffing. The stuffing was a mixture of bread crumbs, cranberries, and various seasonings. It was very good, but I thought the cranberry chutney sauce was overpowering and I wish I had served it on the side instead of pouring it over the chicken. It was served with roasted corn and vegetables that I LOVED! The corn looked as if it had been char-grilled and cut from the cob. It was mixed with a little bit of onions and peppers. I was surprised to read the label and learn that it contained “grill flavor”, but it tasted natural.

I thought this was a particularly good day, despite the low carb pasta that I had to pass up. I wasn’t hungry at all, though I don’t seem to have as much energy as I did earlier in the week. It could be a fluke, or maybe I need more carbs since I have been exercising regularly this week. The diet isn’t promoted as a low carb diet, but most of the meals range on the low carb side.

Diet to Your Door Day 5

Breakfast and Snack
Today I had another high protein bagel with cream cheese. It was soon followed by a cinnamon protein bar for my mid-morning snack. I guess there isn’t much more to say about it than the first time I had the bagel and protein bar. I couldn’t help but snoop and found the bagels online, for sale on a low carb specialty food website. The ingredient and nutrition labels were identical.

Lunch
Lunch consisted of Blackened Chicken Breast, Sicilian Salad, and Seasonal Vegetables. The chicken was well seasoned and tasted great, though it seemed too soft – as if it had sat in tenderizer too long. The Sicilian salad was delicious, I’ve never had anything like it. It included white beans, black beans, chickpeas, artichoke hearts, roasted red bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and was served in a mild vinaigrette. I’d love to find a recipe so I could duplicate this at home.

Snack
Chili Nacho Protein Chips. Another treat from Kay’s Naturals.

Dinner
Ahi Tuna in Asian Demi-Glace, served with Japanese style vegetables and baby carrots. This meal included a thick tuna steak with an Asian seasoned sauce. The flavor and texture was good, though the sauce had a slightly bitter aftertaste. It may just be me, because I’m more sensitive to bitter flavors. The vegetables were good and included edamame, carrots, broccoli, and red peppers. Overall, it was an enjoyable meal. It was definitely a huge difference from the tuna paste meals I tried on Nutrisystem!

Day 6

Breakfast
I had the omelet and sausage again. It was just as good as the first time, so I won’t bother you with the details.

Snack
My snack was a chocolate drink mix, similar to the fruit punch from earlier in the week. I added water, and it tasted just like chocolate milk.

Lunch
The original menu called for a beef chipotle chili, but I requested a substitute since I don’t eat beef. I received Santa Barbara grilled chicken with fire roasted pepper sauce, with vegetables and lentil salad. The chicken was delicous and had a deep, char-grilled flavor. However, it seemed to have been marinated too long and was too tender, almost to the point of being mushy. This is the second time I received chicken in this condition. The lentil salad included chickpeas, tomatoes, lentils, onions, carrots, and seasonings. It was pretty good, but probably not something I would want to eat often. The mixed vegetable package contained green beans, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower. It was seasoned with a hint of mace, which tasted good with the mixture.

Snack
I had a large protein cookie for my afternoon snack. The flavor was lemon zest, and the cookie was about 5 inches in diameter. It was very tasty, tender, and sweet. I love lemon, probably more than chocolate, so I particularly enjoyed this snack. The doctor sells the cookies on one of her websites, At $2.50 a cookie, you probably wouldn’t want to get addicted to them.

Dinner
Day 6 dinner is not included in the plan and you are encouraged to do your own thing. I wasn’t in the mood to go out, so I prepared a Lean Cuisine pizza and stayed in.

Day 7

Breakfast
I had oatmeal with blueberries again this morning and it was still good πŸ™‚

Snack
My mid-morning snack was a peanut butter protein bar. It was tasty, crunchy, and hit the spot. I craved a glass of milk to go with it, but the diet plan doesn’t allow for milk.

Lunch
Lunch was a delicious meal of teriyaki salmon with sugar snap peas, carrots, and flame roasted pineapple. The salmon filet was large, and I could see that it was raw, so I had to watch it carefully as I cooked it to make sure it cooked through. It came with a sauce packet that was made from soy sauce, pineapple juice, and various seasonings. The vegetables tasted fresh and sweet and were a nice compliment to the salmon. The pineapple was also delicious and rounded out the meal. This was really a nice lunch and was on par with a restaurant meal.

Snack
I had more protein chips for my snack. I’ve enjoyed them and have ordered a box from Amazon.

Dinner
My last meal included stuffed turkey with cranberry sauce, green and yellow beans, and a side of squash. The turkey was stuffed with wild rice and tasted very good. I made the same mistake as before, though, and poured the cranberry chutney over the dish instead of serving it on the side, and regretted it. The green and yellow beans were still my favorite vegetable as they still tasted like they had just been picked from the garden. I’ve never enjoyed green beans as much, and will have to learn to cook them properly on my own. I wasn’t sure about the squash. The card that came with the meal didn’t mention the squash, and I couldn’t tell what it was by looking at it. It was either mashed sweet potatoes, pumpkin, or carrots. I only learned it was squash by reading the menu plan that was packed separately. I expected it to taste sweet, but it didn’t taste like anything at all. I was disappointed, and didn’t eat it.

Diet to Your Door – Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed the meals I had on this plan during my trial week. I thought I ate a lot of vegetables before, but I must not have, as I noticed the vegetables more this week with 4 servings of vegetables every day. I liked being able to pull the packages of prepared vegetables from the freezer, in single serving sizes. I plan to do this on my own now, using my FoodSaver vacuum sealer.

I stayed full and satisfied every day, and I felt good about the quality of the food I was eating. It was a huge improvement over NutriSystem, though it did cost quite a bit more. Most of the meals included chicken, and I wish they offered more seafood options. I also think they need to reconsider the type of marinade they are using for the grilled chicken, since it seems to tenderize the meat almost to the point of mush. Other than that, I have no complaints and enjoyed the week.

I would recommend Diet to Your Door to anyone that wants a prepared food plan and can afford it. It’s not going to be the right choice for everyone, but I enjoyed it and even ordered a second week. I lost 2 pounds during my trial week on the plan. I stuck to it 100% and supplemented it with exercise every day.

If you are interested in learning more about Diet to Your Door, please visit their website at BistroMD

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  • Kristin

    I’ve always found that the delivery plans worked better for me than trying to cook and portion my own food. That’s probably because I’m busy and LOVE to have the food pre-made for me. It makes me want to stick to the plan because I don’t have to try to cook after a long day. I also love to see how the real portion sizes are, because it really is a shock when you see that!

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