One of you, Linda…I am talking about you… left me a comment earlier this week that said…. She was not a cook like me. Ha! I laughed out loud as I read that!
I am not a cook or foodie. I don’t enjoy cooking, planning what to have for dinner and grocery shopping. I like to entertain and set tables all nice and pretty, but planning meals, cooking and food shopping are dreaded chores. I buy cookbooks only to use them to display in my kitchen and make me feel like a “foodie”. I can make my tried and true recipes that I have shared here on the blog, but they are about it.
When my oldest daughter started working many long hours as a new doctor in a hospital, she and her boyfriend who is also on the same crazy schedule as she is, asked me if I have tried Hello Fresh. At the time, I had not tried it. She had nothing but praise to say about the meal delivery service.
Fast forward to two weeks ago when I was asked if I would like to try the service. I was game, since I figured Ed and I are empty nesters it would be a way to break out of our routine. HelloFresh allowed me to prepare healthy meals for the two of us, teach me new cooking techniques and expand my palate, while also saving me time by taking care of the grocery shopping and meal prepping! It was WIN/WIN in my book.
I signed up and received a box on my doorstep this past Tuesday afternoon. It comes wrapped in an ice pack so no need to have to wait for the postman. It contained the makings for 3 complete meals for two. I liked it immediately since it already saved me time by not having to meal plan and go to the grocery store. More time to paint and update the house in my own style. :-)
HelloFresh makes broadening your palate easy, with three step-by-step, delicious recipes delivered straight to your door weekly. Included in the box was a recipe book detailing the steps to make each fresh and healthy meal that is reviewed by an in-house dietitian to make sure you are receiving healthy and balanced meals.
Being such a visual learner, seeing made it so easy for me to follow the directions and have success in the kitchen.
All the ingredients needed to make a meal come in a box. Everything is clearly marked and listed on the recipe just like my DIY tutorials. :-)
I followed the steps on the recipe card and had Portabello and Orecchiette Primavera made in no time.
TIP: The one thing that I can claim is very “foodie” of me was the purchase of a high quality chef’s knife a few years ago. Invaluable when you want to eat fresh and healthy food. A sharp knife and some skills on how to use it, make chopping fun… that and of course a glass of wine make me feel like a gourmet. Note the word “feel” since I am truly not.
I even picked up a cooking tip when I made this recipe. After cooking the asparagus the instructions said to place them in an ice bath (bowl filled with ice water) to stop them from cooking and getting all shriveled up. It kept them perfectly crisp-tender.
Our first HelloFresh meal….was DELISH. We even had leftovers to enjoy for lunch on Wednesday. More time saved! Cook once, enjoy twice. :-) The recipe card even tells you how to add the garnish which is included in the box. Looks like it was made at a 5-Star restaurant and not in my kitchen.
HelloFresh made the cooking easy and fun! Thursday night I made Pesto Chicken Skewers and last night I made Chipotle-Glazed Pork Chops. Cooking didn’t feel like a chore this week, but an event I actually looked forward to.
HelloFresh would love to give you the opportunity to try their meal kit box too with a $35 off offer. Click here to sign up and use the promo code DIANE35 to receive $35 off!
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