Kitchkat food delivery could help the starving, time-starved staffer

Let’s face it: Many Capitol Hill aides don’t have time to cook meals five days a week. During busy sessions, some might even forget to feed themselves.

For those who don’t want to rely on fast food, a prepared-food home delivery service might be the best solution. Kitchkat is one such local company.

Washington resident Kat Basile started Kitchkat in 2009 when she realized she could take advantage of the city’s hungry masses. The food entrepreneur cooks, prepares and delivers her freezer-ready dishes herself.

The menu goes beyond what’s available in the grocery store’s frozen entrée aisle. Basile’s offerings include main dishes shrimp and black bean enchiladas, turkey cheeseburger macaroni and cheese with whole wheat pasta; and baked Portobello mushroom parmesan; side dishes like Thai pineapple quinoa with peas, and asparagus soup;  and Oreo trifle with low-fat vanilla mousse for dessert. The menu changes weekly.

All meals are ordered online at Diners have the option of paying online with Paypal or in person with cash.

Kitchkat meals are cheaper than a usual takeout meal as well — dishes range from $7 to $10. Delivery, which costs $3, takes place on Mondays between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. (the timing depends on where customers live; Basile calls her clients when she has arrived at the drop-off location). Customers who are busy at the office can have Basile leave meals with a building’s front-desk attendant.

A recent order delivered in Washington’s Tenleytown neighborhood arrived at 7:30 p.m. and was a mere handoff.

Dishes come in easily freezable plastic containers. The Thai pineapple quinoa with peas was akin to a healthy (but tasty) spin on fried rice. The portion was generous; it could have served as a main dish for one or a side dish for two. It cost $7.

The turkey cheeseburger macaroni with whole-wheat pasta was a more traditional meal, but it, too, came in an ample portion. Unless customers are extraordinarily hungry, they could eat from this dish throughout the week. The cheese-and-carbohydrate mixture is filling, and half of it could satisfy a normal diner. Also, the whole-wheat pasta is nearly indecipherable from its regular cousin — with loads of cheese and turkey, diners will hardly notice the difference. It cost $9.

For those with a sweet tooth, Basile offers dessert. She recently whipped up an Oreo trifle with low-fat vanilla pudding mousse. For optimal tastiness, she recommended freezing the concoction before eating it.

Anyone who falls in love with Basile’s cooking can have her cater a party. Her catering menu includes hearty, healthy, Southern or Italian options.