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HelloFresh: a review

Published on February 11, 2016, by in Uncategorized.

This is not a sponsored post. I’ve been on the hunt for some new meal ideas. I love the idea of a meal delivery service for two. When I find a new recipe I want to make, I am often deterred by the amount of special ingredients I need to buy to make the recipe once. What if I don’t like the recipe and now have three full spice bottles I’ll never use again? Or what will I do with the rest of that random vegetable that I only needed a little of? I decided that I would try a few of the meal delivery services, and why not, they offer great deals for first time customers. The  first company I tried was HelloFresh. I paid about $30 for 3 meals that are 2 servings each. There were about 6 options to choose from. I chose a shrimp lettuce wrap,

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Strawberries, thievery and assault

Published on July 11, 2013, by in Update.

I believe it was just two days ago that I blogged about how well the garden is doing and my excitement to turn my cabbage into sauerkraut. Well, the situation turned sour tonight. After dinner Brian and I rode bikes to the garden to water. Upon arrival, I noticed the back third of my garden was alarmingly empty. Someone had stolen my cabbage. Left the outer leaves and had taken the cabbage! Thieves!!! To add insult to injury, while I was standing the morning the loss of my cabbage, I got nailed in the back of the neck with a tennis ball from the neighboring tennis courts! Ouch! The highlight of going to the garden was the strawberry plant. Brian and I happily ate the strawberries when we got home. I wasn’t going to wait around to get hit by another tennis ball!

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Cauliflower and yellow lentil curry

Published on July 11, 2013, by in Recipes.

I love cauliflower. I love curry. I’ve made a delightful red lentil soup before and curried lentils with cauliflower, but never yellow lentil curry with cauliflower. This one takes the prize! It’s the mango chutney for the win at the end! Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum.  INGREDIENTS 1 onion, finely chopped 8 cloves garlic, minced 1-2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger 2 tablespoons oil ¼ cup red curry paste  ½ teaspoon turmeric ½ teaspoon curry powder 3 cups vegetable broth + 3 cups water 2 cups dry yellow lentils  1 head cauliflower, chopped into bite sized pieces 1 ripe banana, mashed mango chutney cilantro salt to taste Prep your ingredients to make life easier:     Saute the onion, garlic, and ginger with the oil until soft.     Add the curry paste, turmeric, and curry powder and cook  for another 1 minute, until fragrant.     Then, add the

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Easy teriyaki and pineapple chicken with rice

Published on July 10, 2013, by in Recipes.

This was a super simple recipe that I threw together in almost no time. I had bought a package of chicken breasts for another recipe and had one giant breast left over. Seeing that I also had some pineapple in the fridge, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Teriyaki chicken. I love teriyaki chicken. Or teriyaki pork. Or teriyaki turkey burgers. I think I like it because it’s sweet, tangy and a little salty. I started by marinating the chicken in some kikoman’s teriyaki sauce in the pantry. I’m not a big fan of this sauce and think it lacks flavor, so I added some honey, garlic, cilantro, and pineapple juice. If you find a teriyaki sauce that you like, you don’t need to do that. Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes to a few hours. Heat up a skillet to medium heat. Place chicken in skillet once

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Garden update

Published on July 9, 2013, by in Update.

I have steadily been getting a few things from my garden this year: kale, tomatoes, strawberries, radishes, spinach, onions and herbs. Just a few things here and a few things there, so far. I am eagerly awaiting my first cucumber and bell pepper. And my lone head of cabbage that I’m growing. Perfect for making homemade sauerkraut. I had a tomato ready in one of my potted plants in the back yard, so I ate that for dinner on a veggie burger. It never ceases to amaze me how much more flavorful homegrown tomatoes are than store bought. After dinner Brian and I biked up to the garden where I got oregano, more tomatoes, some of my second planting of radishes, an onion, kale and some sort of peppery lettuce that is growing in our community garden community plot. My tomato plants are doing incredibly well this year, just loaded

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Tarragon chicken salad sandwiches

Published on July 9, 2013, by in Recipes.

This is an easy and flavorful recipe that I lightened up. Perfect for a quick lunch for unexpected guests or as smaller sandwiches/roll-ups for a party. I lightened up the recipe by substituting plain Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise and Brian didn’t even notice. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon mayonnaise(regular or low-fat) 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest 2 teaspoons tarragon dash of salt and pepper 1/4 cup dried cranberries(I used strawberries) 1/4 cup chopped nuts of choice(I used almonds sunflower seeds and cashews) 6 oz of shredded chicken Mix everything except the nuts, dried fruit, and shredded chicken in a bowl. Taste and adjust flavors as necessary. Stir in nuts and dried fruit. Toss with chicken. Let refrigerate for about an hour(if you have the time) to let the flavors mingle. Serve on delicious bread or in pieces of lettuce

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Holiday weekend

Published on July 8, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

Maybe it wasn’t technically a holiday weekend, but with the 4th falling so close to the weekend, it seemed like one. Thursday we had a few people over to grill out and enjoy the back yard. There was a ton of food and festivities(maybe a little too much for some of us). We now have oodles of left overs that I have been trying to recreate into other dishes so that we aren’t eating burger after brat after burger. Saturday I woke up at 5:15am and couldn’t go back to sleep. So, I headed up and did some work in the garden and headed to water aerobics, only to learn that it started at 11am, not 10am. I didn’t want to wait around so I headed home and started creating some calzone dough. I made two different fillings, one being ground taco meat, corn and black beans with cheddar cheese

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Gone again

Published on July 3, 2013, by in Update.

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but I spent most of last week mostly unplugged. I left from work on Wednesday and headed to my parents for 4 days of much-needed rest, relaxation and distance from social media. I wasn’t without but with it much less. I spent much of my days outdoors, running at the track, running errands, taking walks with my parents, lounging in the back yard and taking pictures of their pretty flowers. While at my parents, I discovered these delicious green bean “chips” in their pantry. I immediately became addicted: Saturday, I spend part of the day at a camp reunion for the camp I worked at during my summers in college. I got to see long time friends and play around like I was a kid again. We trekked it up to the corral and reminisced on our time with the horses, went creek

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Birthday and baptism

Published on June 24, 2013, by in Update.

I started my weekend with an early morning flight to Dallas, where I was meeting my brother after some meetings to head to his house and celebrate a very adorable one year old’s birthday and baptism. Get ready for come cuteness overload in this post. While in Dallas I had a few hours to kill. My first stop was The Sixth Floor Museum about JFK and his assassination. I toured the 6th floor of the old Texas School Book Depository where the shots were supposedly fired from. A very interesting and worthwhile tour. After that, I walked around Dealey Plaza and the West End district of Dallas that has JFK’s cenotaph.   After taking in so much history, I was hungry for some good southern bbq! After arriving to my brother’s house, there was a meeting of the minds in the kitchen about how to best bake Hannah’s 1 year

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Chocolate chip peanut butter cookies

Published on June 13, 2013, by in Recipes.

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! These are amazing. Taste exactly like cookie dough. Serve them at a party and NO ONE will know they are healthy. Brian sure didn’t know…and I sure didn’t tell him. I had seen this recipe months ago, filed it to make later and forgot about it until yesterday when I saw someone mention it on a social media site. I had made bread before with chickpeas, so I wasn’t concerned that it was too weird of an ingredient swap. I had all the stuff at home and decided to make it last night. I mean, we were to get hit by derecho. Who wouldn’t need a batch of protein and fiber filled cookies to get them through the storm? So glad I did. It might be my new favorite healthy treat. I might even leave out the chocolate chips next time or half the amount and use

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