Friday, February 15, 2013

HelloFresh Review: Easy, Convenient, Healthy

After my veggie cleanse in January, I started thinking about how to prepare healthier meals on a more consistent basis. Enter: HelloFresh


HelloFresh is a service that hand-picks and delivers simple recipes and fresh ingredients so customers can cook their own meals each week without having to worry about recipe planning or grocery shopping.

Customers have the choice of vegetarian-only meals ($59/week) or meals that include meat and fish ($69/week), and they can pick the number of servings they want (2, 4 or 6) for each of their 3 meals. A box is delivered the same day every week (for me it was Wednesday) with ice packs inside of an insulated bag to keep the food chilled.

HelloFresh Simple Instruction Sheet
When I first signed up for HelloFresh there were some complications with delivery (which was my own fault since I accidentally typed in the wrong address), but I think the customer service team handled it well enough for me to try the service again. I signed up for the vegetarian option, which came with ingredients for: Grilled Vegetable Tostadas, Vegetable Bibimbop and a Squash & Chickpea Stew.

Everything was great and super easy to make, thanks to the simple recipe sheets provided (example in the photo to the left). The front had an overview of the ingredients and tools you need, nutritional information (calories, carbs, fat, protein) and a photo of what the finished dish should look like. Then the back has step by step instructions with photos so you know exactly what to do, which was helpful for a novice chef like me. One of the best perks of the service is that you get just enough food for the meals, with maybe a little leftover.

I honestly could not be happier with everything, so I ordered another box this week. Definitely recommend!

Vegetable Bibimbop
Grilled Vegetable Tostada

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Day 2-3 of My Veggie Cleanse

So the Veggie Cleanse is now over. Overall I think it was really successful! Since I hadn't eaten any junk food, at the end of the week I didn't really crave it as much as I had before. I also made some cool dishes that I probably wouldn't have thought to make before. Here's the recap of the rest of the week:

Day 2:

Sweet Potato Curry with Brown Rice (inspired by Food.com)


For this recipe I didn't have a lot of spinach so I substituted broccoli instead, which was a tasty and healthy choice. It was also really filling!

Day 3:

Quinoa Vegetable Salad (inspired by AllRecipes.com)


My quinoa vegetable salad was pretty ghetto considering I didn't read the "quinoa" packaging clearly when I bought it and I didn't have half of the ingredients I needed. The "quinoa" I bought was like 85% couscous, and I didn't use any dressing because I forgot to buy balsamic vinaigrette. Despite my many failures with this dish, the natural flavors from the fresh vegetables (tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, bell pepper) made it really enjoyable.

Day 4:

Kale & Quinoa Salad (AllRecipes.com)


This was my favorite recipe of the week - most likely because it was so simple. I just combined the leftovers from the quinoa vegetable salad from day 3 with kale and mushrooms. Delicious and super healthy. 

Day 5:

So after 4 days of cooking I was exhausted. On Friday my boyfriend & I ended up getting Mediterranean food at The Olive Tree Cafe (above the Comedy Cellar) in the Village. It was our first time trying it, so we ordered way too much food. We had a hummus & kebab platter, avocado pita sandwich and their lentil soup. Everything was really good and affordable! We'll definitely go back. 



Good way to start the year.


Monday, January 7, 2013

New Year, New Challenges: Veggie Cleanse

Happy New Year - It's been a while since I've last posted!

2012 was definitely a memorable year. For one, I became a vegetarian (though I eat seafood from time to time) and started taking the necessary steps to become a little healthier.

After eating so much food over the holidays (thanks to my family's amazing cooking), my boyfriend & I promised to go on a post-holiday cleanse this week (5 days). Every day I plan on making a new vegetarian dish, following the guidelines in this LiveStrong post. This will help me improve my very limited cooking skills, while watching exactly what I eat! Cutting out processed foods, alcohol and coffee is going to be tough but I think I'm up for the challenge.

Day 1: 

Breakfast:
  • Fruit Salad with Blueberries, Strawberries and Pineapple
  • Banana
Lunch: Took a client out to Soho House
  • Burrata w/ Beets
  • Kale w/ Roasted Squash Salad
Snacks:
  • Almonds
Dinner: Brown Rice Vegetable Saute featuring Broccoli & Mushrooms (Food.com)


I tweaked the recipe a bit since I am trying to add a variety of vegetables to my daily intake. I added orange bell pepper and a little bit of spinach to the mix as well. I also prepared brown rice as usual with water instead of using any broth.

I am going to continue posting to keep myself motivated. Looking forward to tomorrow!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Louie and the Redhead Lady

Went down to Louisiana at the end of July and I would have to say that the best part of the visit, besides the alligator sitings, was the food.

The fam and I went to one of our favorites - Louie and the Redhead Lady. It was featured on the Food Network show Diner's, Drive-ins and Dives last year and for good reason! (Scroll down to see Guy Fieri reviewing the restaurant)

I had the Jambalaya scramble. For $10.99 you get a big plate full of smoked sausage, shrimp, tomatoes, onions and sweet peppers - AND it came with creamed spinach to start.



Definitely look forward to going back!


Here's the clip from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives - Fast forward to 1:00 to see the Louie and the Redhead Lady part.



Name: Louie and the Redhead Lady

Location: 1851 Florida St. Mandeville, LA 70448

Rating: 4.5


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