A Dietitian’s Review of HelloFresh

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Hello everyone! For the past few weeks we have been trying HelloFresh. Companies, like this one, have grown in popularity recently, so I’ve been wanting to try one and of course share with you what I thought about it! If you aren’t familiar with how HelloFresh works checkout their website. However, the gist of it is that they send you a box full of all of the ingredients you need to make a few recipes each week. The only ingredients that you need to provide yourself are salt, pepper, sugar, and oil. You can pick the Classic, Family, or Veggie plan. Each are about $10 per meal per person.

Recipes we tried:  (** = favorite)

  • Soy-Marinated Steak with Peanut Sauce and Crispy Broccoli
  • Fun-Day Fajita Bar
  • Gussied up Grits
  • One-Pan Pesto Tortelloni Bake with Asparagus and Parmesan**
  • Spanish-Style Cod with Chickpeas over Zucchini and Arugula
  • Cherry-Drizzled Pork Chops with Couscous Salad
  • Sweet Italian Sausages and Blistered Tomatoes over Cheesy Kale Polenta
  • Speedy Springtime Pasta
  • Penne with Sausage, Corn, and Zucchini
  • Asparagus and Prosciutto Tartines with Lemon Pepper Ricotta and a Potato Hash (tartines weren’t my favorite, however, the potato hash was really good!) **
  • Mario Batali’s Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes, Chorizo, and Basil
  • Italian Sausage and Veggie Skewers over Cheesy Herbed Orzo **
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Asparagus and Prosciutto Tartines

 

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Pesto Tortelloni Bake

 

As you can see we tried quite a few recipes! All of them were pretty good. I can’t say that any were absolutely the best most outstanding thing that I had ever tasted, but none of them were horrible. All were pretty tasty! Especially the Tortelloni Bake, the crispy of the topping was fantastic!

Pros:

  • Each recipe comes with nutrition info 🙂 (As a dietitian, you know that I was happy about this! All of them were pretty good; around 500-700 calories each serving – more info can be found on their website, including allergy info).
  • Step-by-step picture directions (super easy to follow!)
  • Creative, a lot of them I wouldn’t think of myself!
  • Easy, not very complicated recipes.
  • They send you everything, pre-measured, and labeled.
  • The ingredients are actually fresh! (I was really impressed by this!)
  • Well-packaged (includes ice packs, they put the meat on the bottom separated out so it doesn’t leak on the fresh items, and each recipe has its on box with everything you need).
  • We ordered for two people and it was enough for the three of us (for some of the dishes, like the pastas, we just had to add a bit more pasta that we already had on hand).

 

Here are some photos of the all of the ingredients laid out so that you get an idea:

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Fun-Day Fajita Bar

 

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Soy-Marinated Steak with Peanut Sauce and Crispy Broccoli (aren’t those soy sauce fish cute?!?!)

Cons:

  • Their website was a bit hard to use, I found the app to be much easier.
  • Don’t offer a plan for only one person, however, you could order it for two and then stretch each recipes out for two meals (don’t offer a three person meal plan either).
  • None of the tastes absolutely wowed me (all got a good rating though!)

 

It was honestly really nice to come home, grab the box, grab the directions and just get going. I don’t know about you, but in my family by the time we all get home, catch up about the day, and then start thinking about dinner plans it gets to be about 8 o’clock at night. It was awesome to not have to think after a long day; everything was already thought out for you! It was also pretty fun to cook the recipes together (my dad got really into it haha) and then critique them and rate our favorites.

We have stopped our order for now, but plan to pick it back up again in the fall/winter when fresh ingredients aren’t as readily available in our area.

Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think (I don’t think that you will be disappointed)!

 

(**These are my honest opinions; I received no compensation for my comments**)

Quincy Market – Massachusetts

Hello everyone! I’m finally back! What do you think of the new look? It is officially summertime for me and I am ready to get back into the blogging world. I am looking forward to new summer recipes and adventures that I can share with all of you!

My first summer adventure was another stop on my 50 by 50 tour in Boston, Massachusetts. I chose Qunicy Market at Faneuil Hall for my Massachusetts stop. My friend and I were still full from a big breakfast, so we just had a few snacks while we were there, but it was still a neat place to walk around. I would love to go back sometime when I’m more hungry to try more yummy treats! We went on a Monday and it seemed like a lot of folks were there on their lunch break; which I would absolutely love to have a place near my office to go to like this for lunch. Maybe someday! 🙂

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They had rows and rows of stands with all sorts of food; everything from gourmet desserts to Italian to Boston favorites to Chinese:

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The inside was so cool!

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Had some Boston ice cream: 🙂

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I also tried some clam chowder, which I did enjoy, don’t pay attention to the look on my face….obviously I was a little hesitate to try it, but this Picky Girl did like it!

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Also, ran into a few old friends 🙂

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope that you all had an egg-tastic day with family and friends! I had a lovely weekend full of lots of yummy food and some of my favorite people 🙂

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My contribution to Easter dinner were these cute little desserts. They were a bigger hit than I thought that they would be, almost all of them disappeared! Super easy to make too! First, make the typical Rice Krispie treat recipe that you find on the side of the box. Then shape Rice Krispie treats into nests (I used a muffin baking pan), sprinkle on coconut flakes for the grass (I dyed them with green food coloring), and add a few eggs (I used candy “Robin” eggs). There are tons of different recipes all over Pinterest too if you get stuck.

Enjoy the rest of your night and have a fabulous week; stay tuned for more from the Picky Girl!

 

**I have no affiliation with the Rice Krispie treat company and did not receive any compensation for this post.**

Shrimp Fajitas

Feels like forever since my last post (about a month actually, sorry!), but life kind of has gotta in the way recently! Now I’m back though and ready to share one of my newest favorite dinners with you all.

Lately, I have been seeing a lot of posts on Pinterest about one-pan meals and I think that they are amazing! Such inventive ideas that are perfect for when you need a quick dinner for a busy weeknight (and I’ve had a lot of those lately!). The first one-pan recipe that I attempted was “Shrimp Fajitas.”

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I mean don’t they just look delicious?!?!?! And trust me they are! Follow this link for the recipe for “Shrimp Fajitas“. The only things that I changed were: I didn’t add cilantro and I added fresh onion and garlic instead of onion/garlic powder. Mine also took a bit longer than what they said. But, they were still fantastic!

I hope that you enjoy this recipe and please let me know what you think! Happy Cooking 🙂

 

P.S. Thank you to my favorite follower and my number one fan; who read all of my posts, commented, and as I found out later saved all of my recipes. Thank you for passing on your love of cooking and trying new recipes to me (even though it may have taken this Picky Girl a little while to catch on 🙂 ). Love and miss you Granddad forever and always ❤ 🙂

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Fig Jam, Goat Cheese, and Prosciutto Pizza

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that you all had a lovely holiday with your friends and family. In my personal opinion this three day weekend went way too fast…good thing it’s a short week!!

Every New Years Eve our tradition is to make homemade pizzas. This year I decided to try a new recipe that I recreated from a pizza that I had at a restaurant recently. (I know, I know crazy that the Picky Girl actually ordered a pizza with meat on it…it was a big step!) And I had to share it with all of you, because I am in love with this new recipe! I definitely think that it will be one of my go-tos for homemade pizza nights to come.

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Ingredients:

Pizza crust
Fig Jam (I used one that my friend got me in Italy, but I’ve seen it in local grocery stores too)
Goat Cheese (the restaurant used gorgonzola)
Prosciutto

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Make dough. I always use the master recipe from The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day cookbook.
  3. Shape dough.  Bake crust in oven for about 3 minutes before adding the toppings.
  4. Spread on fig jam, add goat cheese, and then prosciutto.
  5. Bake in oven for about 20 minutes until curst browns.
  6. Enjoy!

**Nutrition Information depends on size of pizza and amount of toppings used.**

Hope that you all enjoyed the recipe! I hope that you and your family have a happy, healthy, and joyful new year. Stay tuned for more from the Picky Girl!

Veggie Chili

Hello everyone…wow, it’s been awhile! This whole adulting thing is very time consuming, with a full time job, graduate school, and trying to find time to actually have a social life things have gotten pretty busy for me these past few months. But one of my new year’s resolutions is to do more of the things that I love (which includes blogging!), so lets hope these long hiatuses from the blogging world are officially over 🙂

While on my long hiatus I did try out some new recipes! One of my favorites was my recipe creation for “Veggie Chili,” especially with this whole cold weather thing that’s been going on (is it summer yet?). I entered my chili into a Chili Cookoff fundraiser for our Relay for Life team. I didn’t win, but it was number one in my book and I did help raise money for a good cause!

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Honestly, I just sort of put a pot on the stove and started throwing random stuff into it, hoping that it eventually would turn into chili! I have to say, though, sometimes those are how the best recipes come to be and I think mine turned out pretty delicious if I do say so myself!

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Ingredients: (for about 10-15 servings)

-2 tbsp olive oil
-2 medium sized onions
-4 medium sized bell peppers
-2 cups butternut squash
-1 medium sized sweet potato
-2 jalapeños
-1 medium sized portabella mushroom
-3 8 oz cans of diced tomatoes w/ green chiles
-1 8 oz can black beans
-1 tsp turmeric (this was my secret ingredient for the Chili Cookoff!)
-2 tbsp chili powder
-2 tsp cumin
-4 cups water
-1 cup farro

Directions:

  1. Chop and dice vegetables to desired sizes.
  2. In a large skillet sauté onions for about 5 minutes in olive oil on medium heat.
  3. Add peppers, squash, sweet potato, jalapeños, and mushroom.
  4. Cover on medium heat until squash and sweet potatoes are soft, about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, black beans, spices, water and farro.
  6. Turn up to high heat until it simmers.
  7. Turn to low heat, cover for 20 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information (serving size: about 1 cup):  237 calories, 3 g fat, 46 g carbs, 8.4 g protein, 126 mg sodium, 11 g fiber. [Dietitian approved :)]

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Original Picky Girl Recipe.

Tomato Chips

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Happy Sunday everyone! Wondering what to do with the last of the tomatoes that you grew in your garden this year?? Well if so, I have got the recipe for you…”Tomato Chips”! They are salty, savory, low calorie, and delicious! They kind of taste like a pizza just without the crust! We have been making them for an appetizer for most of the football Saturdays this season and they have been a big hit. It’s a pretty easy recipe, just takes forever, so make sure that you have enough time to make them.

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Ingredients:

Tomatoes
Salt
Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Slice tomatoes (less than a 1/4 inch wide).
  3. Place sliced tomatoes on cooling rack covered with parchment paper, then on top of a baking pan [Tip:  see picture below for set up].
  4. Drizzle tomatoes with salt.
  5. Cook in oven for about 2 and a half hours. [Tip:  Rotate frequently! As you can see from the above photo it’s rather easy for them to get a bit crispy!]
  6. Immediately after removing from oven, sprinkle with cheese.
  7. Peel tomatoes off of parchment paper. [Tip:  If they stick, they aren’t done yet, the tomatoes should peel easily off of the parchment paper].
  8. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information: (For about 5 slices) 31.5 calories, 0.8 g of fat, 5.8 g of carbohydrate, 1.6 g of protein.

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Have a great week!! Stay tuned for more from the Picky Girl 🙂