Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hello Fresh Review

I got a few meals from Hello Fresh and I thought I would tell you what it was like.

It seems like the subscription meal services are all the rage now.   I find this fascinating because I do my own meal planning for our family which includes lunches and breakfasts and dinners and sometimes I get bored with what I make.  I thought maybe I could get a few ideas from this box.  I got three meals for two people which easily stretched to my family of four because I added garden grown vegetables.

The box arrived on Monday in a cardboard box with two thick pads of insulation as well as some freezer packs to keep the meat cold.  The meat was actually layered between the two freezer packs so I had concerns about spoilage.

The first one I made was Honey Roasted Salmon with Asparagus and Israeli Couscous.  I added zucchini and tomatoes because I did.

This was my plate:


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It was fine.  The kids did not like it but that is not about the food, they did not like the big couscous because it was different.

What I did not like was the fact it required me to turn my oven on.   It is still on average above 90 degrees here in the ATL and I hate making my house hot and then paying to cool it.  Also when I cook a meal, I like to use as little cooking pots as possible.  I would have liked this meal more if all the components were made in the oven but I had to stand over a stove top to make the couscous.  Also who eats asparagus in late summer?  Asparagus is a springtime vegetable.

But the salmon was fresh and I cooked it very well.  Hello Fresh sent me a little jar of honey and a little jar of mustard which I did not use.  I ended up using my own honey, which was fresh honey from a hive nearby and my own mustard.

I would rate this as a seven out of ten.


The second meal was Mole Spiced Steak Tacos.


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This was what added


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I should also add that the avocado was mine.  There was cheese, tomatoes and tortillas.


The kids liked it but we have tacos once a week.  The corn salsa was good.  There was enough leftovers that Yohboh had enough for lunch the next day.

I would rate this nine out of ten.



The final meal was Crispy Parmesan Chicken Salad.


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I added the tomatoes.

Also the recipe was annoying because it made me turn on the oven to cook the potatoes for 25 minutes and I did not want to do that.  So I microwaved the potatoes to par cook them and then cut them into dice sized cubes and then threw them in the oven for the same duration as the chicken.

I cut the chicken into strips because they would take less time to cook.  The recipe suggested I coat the chicken in sour cream and then in the Parmesan bread crumb mixture.  I liked this approach to oven frying.  I have dipped in butter to oven fry chicken but it came out greasy and disappointing.  The sour cream kept the chicken moist.  Next time, I will add some flavoring, like ranch dressing to the sour cream to give it more flavor.

This was the family's least favorite meal.

I would give it a six out of ten.


Overall, would I order Hello Fresh again?  Not really, it is expensive and I can do better in my own in my current situation. I am a SAHM so I have lots of time to figure out meals and shop accordingly.   But I can see a need for this product, especially if I was working.  It would be a godsend to have a box of food, preportioned out for me and my family.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cod en Papillote

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Actually it is in aluminum foil but I like to say it in French.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Everyday tomato salad

Or my kids are spoiled.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Donald the Possum

So in a new layer of rodentia,  there was a possum in the garden this week eating a rotten pumpkin.

It was sitting in the rotten pumpkin, covered in rotten orange pumpkin goo, looking fat and smug.

So it looked like Donald Trump.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Excellent leftover user upper

Spring Roll bar -- an excellent way to eat all the odds and ends


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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

My Lunch Everyday

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This is my lunch everyday when the tomatoes come in.

I take all the over ripe tomatoes, chop them up and salt them.

Make the pasta, I like angel hair because it takes less time to cook.

While it is cooking, I add garlic and basil and pepper to the tomatoes.

Then I drain the noodles and add it to the bowl of tomatoes and toss.

I add parmesan cheese.

This is my lunch everyday.  And the noodles are chickpea noodles because I cannot eat too many carbs.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Strawberries and Cream


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This is a bowl of macerated strawberries with a dollop of marscapone cheese and a tablespoon of heavy cream.  My kids loved this.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mac and cheese and chili

My kids and my husband asked for macaroni and cheese and chili.


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It was surprisingly successful.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition - The tomato on the left is a Cherokee Purple. The tomato on the right is a red currant.



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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Doughtnut Tomato

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What it looked like sliced up.


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