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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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Meal Planning 101

Published on May 9, 2013, by in Recipes.

I’ve had a few people ask me lately about meal plans. I’ll give you a run down about how I plan our meals. Brian and I pack and take our lunches to work most days of the week. It’s way cheaper and healthier. Even if you are getting an inexpensive meal out, just keep in mind that restaurants charge you at least 3x or more what it costs them to make it. Meaning: You can make it sooo much cheaper at home. Let’s do the math. If you spend $5 on lunch everyday eating out(which if you live in Chicago you spend more), that means that it’s costs that restaurant at most $1.66 to make your meal. So $5 x 5 days per week is $25 per week on lunches. If you made that same thing at home for $1.66 x 5 days a week, you would have spent $8.33.

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Birthday weekend

Published on May 5, 2013, by in Update.

What a weekend! Yesterday was my 32nd birthday. Thirty-two. When did I get that old? Where has the time gone? I can’t complain. It’s been a good ride. Friday, my co-workers surprised me with fancy cupcakes that we all indulged in. When I got home Friday night, Brian surprised me with season 2 of the BBC’s show Sherlock. We watched an episode Friday night. The season is only 3 episodes long, but each episode is 90 minutes. The first episode was so good. We were on the edge of our seats the entire time. We went out for BBQ for lunch yesterday. We ordered an appetizer of poutine then decided to split a sandwich. Holy cow. The poutine had a homemade gravy that is probably the tastiest gravy I have ever eaten, globs of cheese, bacon and pulled pork. That hit my stomach like a brick. A few bites of

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Easy oven ribs

Published on July 11, 2012, by in Recipes.

I have had a wicked hankering for BBQ lately. However, most things barbeque aren’t all that healthy. So, in typical fashion I decided that if I made it myself it will be healthier than ordering from somewhere. While the ribs may not have been much, if any, healthier it let me control the sides that went with the meat. Most BBQ joints serve unhealthy sides of creamy coleslaw, cornbread, butter corn and baked beans. All delicious, but unnecessary if you are already having a main course splurge. What better day than the 4th of July to set out on my first BBQ rib adventure? Well, probably a lot of days considering we were setting record high temperatures  with heat indexes around 113F. Our poor air conditioners couldn’t keep up with keeping our place cool due to the heat and then I had to leave the oven on for hours. Whew.

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BeST BLT variation

Published on August 22, 2011, by in Recipes.

Bacon. Egg. Spinach. Tomato. Guacamole. Zing. Bam. Ka-pow! That’s what my taste buds were saying when I ate this sandwich for lunch. This needs to be on a menu somewhere, if it’s not already. While my perfect sandwich bacon was cooking in the oven, I made a half batch of the best ever guacamole. If you want to construct this sandwich, follow these very simple steps: Start with a piece of bread. Spread a tablespoon or two of guacamole on it. Top guac with slices of a homegrown tomato. Top the tomato with a fried egg(I leave my yoke runny) and bacon. Toss some spinach on top of that. Top with another piece of bread and devour! Here’s the Points Plus breakdown: 2 slices of bread(2 points), 2 slices turkey bacon(2 points), 2 tablespoons guacamole(1 point), 1 egg cooked with cooking spray(2 points), spinach(0 points)= 7 points plus for one sandwich

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Stuffed Cuban pork tenderloin

Published on August 20, 2011, by in Recipes.

I love a good Cuban sandwich. This looked like a slightly healthier alternative. I would give this recipe a 6 out of 10. I blame myself for much of that. It’s only a 5 ingredient recipe, to which I thought I owned all of them. Well, when I went to the fridge, my cilantro was bad and the jar of bread and butter pickles went mysteriously missing. Oh, and that jar of dijon mustard that I was convinced was in the cupboard…Brian informed me that we’ve never owned any. So……… Ingredients: 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed 2 tablespoons mustard 1/3 cup sweet relish (or diced bread and butter pickles) 3 slices of swiss cheese 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed salt and pepper Preheat your oven to 425F. Cut a lengthwise slit down the center of the tenderloin two-thirds of the way through the meat. Open halves, laying tenderloin flat: Place

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Busy-day pork chops

Published on August 17, 2011, by in Recipes.

Easy and tasty. What more can I say? Do you need a hot, quick and satisfying meal after a long day at work? Look no further, I have the recipe for you. Busy-day pork chops adapted from Taste of Home: Ingredients: 1/4 cup fat-free milk 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling on top 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 4 boneless pork loin chops (4 oz each) Preheat oven to 375F. Place milk in a bowl. In another bowl, place bread crumbs, cheese, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Stir to combine. Dip pork chops in milk then coat with bread crumb mixture. Place chops on a baking sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray. Spritz top of chops with cooking spray. Bake 9-11 minutes on each side or until meat thermometer reads 160F. When turning pork chops over, sprinkle top

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Sweet and sassy chili pork chops

Published on July 26, 2011, by in Recipes.

I never really know what to do with pork chops. I was tired of eating chicken and ground turkey, so I bought some at the grocery store the other day. They sat in the refrigerator for a few days, while I figured out what to do with them. After doing lots of food blog reading and some internet searching, I found a recipe for Sweet and sassy chili pork chops over at The Pioneer Woman. Unfortunately, I deleted all but one picture of them in the making. Fortunately, they will still turn out to be very delicious even if you don’t have any pictures of them. Adapted from above linked recipe. Ingredients: 1-1 1/2 pounds of bone in pork chops 1 12oz can of Coke 1 clove of fresh garlic, minced 3 tablespoons of sweet chili sauce(I used a garlic and chili sauce) 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1/4 cup fresh squeezed

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Pork tinga and tortillas

Published on March 3, 2011, by in Recipes.

The talented Kirsten over at More Cheese More Chocolate posted about this recipe last fall. I’ve been dying to make it ever since. I made this recipe last Sunday during the Oscars. It was so good that I thought I had won a statue that had a giant sombrero on top. Upon MCMC’s advice, I also made my own tortillas. The flour ones were awesome and the corn, well, they were like all the actors that didn’t win awards…less than winners. Pork tinga(adapted from More Cheese More Chocolate): 1 lb red potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes 2 pounds pork loin, trimmed, cut into 1 inch cubes 28 oz fire roasted, diced tomatoes 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from chipotles 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon dried oregano 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 medium white onion, chopped 1 1/2 teaspoon salt Put cut up potatoes in

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Rubbed slow cooker pulled pork

Published on February 24, 2011, by in Recipes.

I like the slow cooker pulled pork recipe that I’ve been using, but I knew it wasn’t “the one”. I knew that there is a better version out there and I want to find it. The one I’ve been using is a little too sweet and a little too saucy. Almost like those prepackaged bbq’s out there that you just reheat. I could continue to adjust the ingredients, but I’d rather try a whole new method all together. I came across this recipe on D.C. Foodies. Make a rubbed pulled pork and add the bbq sauce yourself. Genius. Pure genius. Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated on D.C. Foodies: Ingredients(for 4-6 pound pork loin): 1 tablespoon ground black pepper 1 tablespoon ground white pepper 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (only use 1 tsp if you don’t like it  spicy) 2 tablespoons ground cumin 4 tablespoons paprika 1 tablespoon dried oregano 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar 1

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