Today I am going to talk about one of my favorite things in the whole wide world, food!
Odds are you love food too. Not only does it keep us alive but it’s pretty fucking delicious. I love eating, I really love eating good food, but I SUCK at making food. I remember being around 5 years old and watching my Granny cook and wondering about the day when I too would just know how to make things.
Fun fact, that day never came.
Luckily, I am a strong independent woman in these modern times so instead of cooking I can get take-out delivered to my door. Unfortunately, takeout is expensive and often lacks nutritional value, so now I am saying goodbye to Postmates and hello to Hello Fresh.
Hello Fresh is one of those nifty food delivery services that lets you pick your meals for the week online and then sends you the ingredients and instructions. You can chose how many meals you get and what allergens you want them to avoid in your meals. As someone with a million food allergies, I find this super helpful. I love the idea of not having to worry about what’s in the food because I made it! B and I opted for the 3 meals a week for two people with no nuts and anxiously awaited the arrival of our first box.
Below is my kitchen illiterate review of our first week of Hello Fresh.
The meals arrived in one of those weirdly eco-friendly yet heavily packaged boxes and B and I were stoked! Not only were we going to learn to cook but we also didn’t have to worry about buying weird ingredients that are super necessary for making food with flavor (like herbs, how I am supposed to know which one is which?) We unpacked the box, pulled out our handy dandy recipe guides and got ready to cook.
Meal 1 Salmon and Lentils with Brussel Sprouts and Carrots
We started with the salmon because it had an eat first sticker on it. Apparently fish goes bad first and Hello Fresh knew I was slightly too stupid to know this. The meals come in difficulty levels, one through three and this was a level one. Starting off simple! Preparing and cooking the food wasn’t too difficult and the meal only took us around 45 minutes to make. I was a bit anxious when we sat down to eat it but we managed not to give ourselves food poisoning. Day one was a success!
Meal 2 Honey Mustard Glazed Chicken with Baked Veggies
This meal was the best! Not only was it easy to make but it also had wonderful flavor and seemed easy enough to replicate in the future. The sweet potatoes complimented the marinade for the chicken and I learned how to pan sear chicken. So far we were two for two and our confidence was through the roof. We began brainstorming recipes for our Master Chef Jr. applications.
Meal 3 Ultra Creamy Risotto
We saved the risotto for last since it was a level two. We knew we were dealing with heavy stuff and thought it would be best to make this meal on a weekend just incase it required extra time, or if we fucked it up and needed to run to Whole Foods to replace an ingredient. We made the meal with no snafus, but it was somehow lacking. I thought the rice and cheese combo would be a hit…but this was our least favorite meal. Still better than the time I tried to bake my own cookies from scratch though.
Woohoo! We successfully made all 3 meals. Not one finger was chopped off and only a tongue was burned. We got to buy new cool tools for our kitchen and now think we are ready for Master Chef Jr. If you want to try Hello Fresh with us you can use my discount code EMILYBR for $40 off your first week.
Let me know if you have ever tried a service like this and your thoughts on them!