Have you ever found yourself in a culinary rut? I’m referring to a rut where you buy the same items at the grocery store week after week and your dinners consist of the same five or six recipes. Y’all, this was me. We had some sort of variation of tacos six times in about eight days. I love tacos; my husband has a different opinion of them now. My dinner routine needed a makeover, so when I had the opportunity to try HelloFresh for $20 I was all in. HelloFresh is a dinner prep kit; you get to select a plan based on the number of meals you’d like to make and the number of people you’d like to serve. There are about fifteen meals to choose from each week and they send you the perfectly portioned, high quality ingredients you need to make the recipe. You can keep new recipes coming each week or skip the week and not get charged. The ingredients are delivered to your home in special packaging that keeps your food cold in case you aren’t home.
I’d like to think I’m a pretty good cook; however, it’s not that hard to master a meal when you fix the same things over and over again. I was so excited to try a meal kit and add some flavor (no pun intended) back into my cooking. I knew I’d get to cook with new things and it would push me out of my comfort zone. I tried to pick things I knew my family would eat and would also introduce new flavors and techniques. I chose Mediterranean Salmon, Pineapple Poblano Beef Tacos (tacos, imagine that) and So Delizioso Chicken Cutlets.
My box arrived on a Thursday. I could not wait to get cooking. Logan chose salmon as the first meal because “you never make fish”. It was so delicious. I never cook with fresh herbs, and this meal included fresh dill to make a creamy dill sauce. This meal also included couscous seasoned with za’atar (don’t worry, I have no idea what this either) which was fun to introduce to my family. We thoroughly enjoyed this meal and even the baby kept saying “mo pwease” as she would ask for seconds and then thirds.
Mediterranean Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce, Green Beans and Za’atar Couscous
Because the first night was so successful I was stoked for the next meal, my personal favorite, TACOS! These weren’t your ordinary tacos; I got to make a homemade salsa that included pineapple, poblano peppers, red onion and cilantro. I love pineapple, but I never thought to include it in a beef dish. The taco beef also contained the juice of the pineapple. This combination mixed with cilantro and lime was absolutely delicious and was probably some of the best tacos I have ever eaten, much less made myself.
Pineapple and Poblano Beef Tacos
I thought I was a master chef when it came time to prepare the last meal of chicken cutlets. This meal not only included cheesy mashed potatoes, but also a screaming toddler, smoke alarms, glowing embers and me fanning smoke out the back door while trying to keep the cat from running out of the door. I’ll explain. I may have been a little too big for my britches and tried to make this meal all while tending to my toddler who kept throwing potatoes at me and trying to slice tomatoes (no children were harmed in the making of this meal). I ultimately burned the chicken cutlets and almost set the house on fire. Even with all of the drama, the meal came out edible and ended with the baby and myself sitting in the kitchen floor and eating mashed potatoes straight outta’ the pot. I even learned the difference between a shallot and a scallion! I still consider this meal a success.
So Delizioso Chicken Cutlets with Cheesy Mashed Potatoes and Tomato Zucchini Jumble
Would I try HelloFresh again? That’s a no brainer; I can’t wait to get my next box! However, the cost of my next box won’t be at the $20 price as that was just the introductory rate. HelloFresh is going to be a “special occasion” type of purchase for my family. The great news is that my friends can try HelloFresh for $20 with my code LACEYRN at hellofresh.com and in return I’ll get credits toward my next box. It’s a win for everyone!
Happy cooking friends!