Food

Sesame Beef Tacos

20180927_202221Recipe: Gouda Pork Burgers
Vendor: HelloFresh
Calories: 720

Time: 20 min
Rating: ★★★

The flavoring used for the beef was savory and sweet, however, I would advise you not to add the sriracha as it spoiled the previous flavoring. But, when in doubt, add hoisin sauce (not included with the recipe). Hoisin sauce is my best friend. My boyfriend and I literally add it to every dish we cook. It is so sweet and succulent that I just can’t get enough! Honestly, our version was probably better than the recipe would’ve been.

As for the pickled radishes and cucumbers…they were a hit! They added a little crunch to the tacos that had my taste buds screaming for me. And, especially for me, I can’t eat a lot of meat…just not a big fan. The pickled veggies made it easy for me to load my taco up with meat! 

The cooling sour cream, tart pickled veggies, and sweet and savory meat were a great combination that I would definitely try again!

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Garden Quesadillas

20180926_200024Recipe: Garden Quesadillas
Vendor: HelloFresh
Calories: 620

Time: 30 min
Rating: ★★★★

You know why salad is always one of the first items you encounter? Because it is a filler. And, that’s kind of what I thought about this dish. I’m all about a good salad, however, when the main course has a lot of the same ingredients, just feels like not a lot of thought went into the side dish. However, the main event, the veggie quesadillas, exceeded my expectations with flavor and there was enough cheese for even me! I would definitely try the quesadilla portion of this dish again. The vegetables were crisp yet soft, the cheese was savory, and the combination perfect. Besides from being distracted cleaning and accidentally overcooking the tortillas, I thought the quesadillas were a success!

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Cauliflower Pancetta Mac ‘n’ Cheese

20180924_180239Recipe: Cauliflower Pancetta  Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Vendor: HelloFresh
Calories: 700

Time: 30 min
Rating: ★★★

CHEESE…I need more cheese. This was good, but I felt like it was very dense and I would’ve liked a thinner cheese sauce that had a bit more flavor. The pancetta really stole the show and I used the whole pack (the recipe only called for half). Healthier, to me, generally means less flavor, and this fell into that stereotype. I would give it another shot, though.

 

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Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner

20180312_200308.jpgRecipe: Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner
Vendor: HelloFresh
Calories: 730

Time: 30 min
Rating: ★★★

This dish was just “alright” for me. There wasn’t really anything special about it and I felt it was kind of bland. Not to mention, it is not the easiest to butterfly chicken if you’ve never done it before. I wish they would’ve pre-cut the chicken. The orzo was pretty bland and didn’t really have any seasoning flavor to it. 

The part I did like was the zucchini and tomato. Baked in a Italian seasoning, the flavor was already there. Add the mozzarella, panko, and parmesan, and there is no denying the added flavor! It was crisp and stringy and really, for me, made the meal.

Had it not been for the veggies, the overall rating would be down. This is not a meal I would recommend and found myself not even wanting the leftovers.

 

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Speedy Spinach Ricotta Ravioli

20180208_193220Recipe: Speedy Spinach Ricotta Ravioli
Vendor: HelloFresh
Calories: 620

Time: 20 min
Rating: ★★★★

I don’t know if anyone else every gets HelloFresh, but some weeks there are two meals I really want to try and just kind of picked a last one. This was the last one haha. I was a little hesitant because of the sausage and I mean, who really likes spinach all that much? What got me was that is was tortellini…I love my carbs!

This really was a speedy meal. There wasn’t much cutting needed to be done, pretty much one pot besides for the pot with boiling water. The chicken sausage was sweet but savory. The ravioli was the perfect blend of ricotta and spinach. The sauce was to die for! It was light and creamy, and I found myself slurping it up at the end.

I was extremely close to giving this dish five stars. The only downfall is that I felt that there could’ve been a few more raviolis per plate. Like every other meal it seems, the scallions appeared. Surprisingly, they’re starting to grow on me. I was that girl who used to pick them out of every dish. This is definitely something I would order again!

 

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Tilapia with Scallion Sriracha Pesto

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Reality:20180307_201002Recipe: Tilapia with Scallion Sriracha Pesto
Vendor: HelloFresh
Calories: 650

Time: 30 min
Rating: ★★★★★

Those of you that know me, know that I love most seafood and will most likely choose that over any other kind of meat. This was a fairly simple dish to make. The green beans are as simple as adding some water in a bowl, saran wrap over the top, and poking a few holes while cooking in the microwave. They used to come in these bags and you just placed them in the microwave, which was super convenient so I’m not sure why they resorted to this process except money-saving.

The first thing I would like all viewers to notice when looking at the difference in photographs is the color of the rice. The recipe calls for adding soy sauce to the jasmin ginger rice. Please tell me how the white doesn’t change color when a dark sauce is mixed with it?! Second, to me, the picture of their tilapia looks baked and not cooked in a pan. 

So, as you can see, I rated this a whopping five stars and it is well-deserved based on the flavor. I mean, a recipe that has me wanting more of the pesto (which has majority scallions when I don’t like scallions) is an A+ in my book. One thing to note that I did for the pesto was I accidentally added 1 TBS of sugar instead of one TSP, but I think I actually preferred my way. It was the perfect helping of meat, carbs, and veggies. Especially around Lent, this was perfect.

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Pineapple Poblano Beef Tacos

20180305_201351Recipe: Pineapple Poblano Beef Tacos
Vendor: HelloFresh
Calories: 700

Time: 20 min
Rating: ★★★

I figured out one trick to plating softshell tacos when you don’t have that fancy holder thingy! You can use a wide bowl as seen above. 

One thing I really like about HelloFresh is the option to have 20-minute meals. For someone like me, always on the go and had multiple events scheduled at the same time, convenience is a big factor. Probably the most time-consuming factor was chopping, dicing, and slicing all of the fresh ingredients. After that, it’s a piece of cake!

I was in such a hurry and accidentally did something wrong, but no worries, it didn’t ruin the meal. Instead of squeezing the lime into the sour cream, I added it to the salsa. One thing that was really unique was draining the beef juices and replacing them with the leftover pineapple juice. I was a little hesitant at first because I am a savory person, but this meal was delicious and really well put together. No to mention, there was an excess of beef. Overall, this was enjoyable…it didn’t leave me wanting more, but rather satisfied.