Sometimes an idea finally is done right. “Cooking Made Easy” is a term we all like, but rarely see when it involves quality, fresh food and at home delivery. When it comes down to feeding your body and soul, nothing is better than preparing your food from scratch, with quality ingredients, at an affordable price point and served under 30 minutes.
If you have never experienced this phenomenon then try it out with HelloFresh (www.hellofresh.com) and see what I mean. There is finally a company based out of the east coast that has figured the whole idea out. It’s true, so stop rolling your eyes.
I am not a gourmet cook, but I do like to cook. I could not believe how fast easy and gourmet-like the results were. Recipes sent to me for review were Indian Spiced Chicken (see recipe below), Chiles Rellenos and Shrimp Lo Mein. Not a stinker in the bunch. I appreciated many of the ingredients were marked “organic.” I invited several friends over to share the experience. Everyone loved every morsel. They didn’t think a fresh quality experience could be had with home delivery, but they were singing their apologies …and praises…at nights end. I really looked – and the food really tasted – like I knew what I was doing. I was so inspired by my success that I wanted to purchase a chefs coat while visiting the Culinary Institute of America while in Napa last week. Just sayin.
Check it out, try it out. See how your family feels as you work together in the kitchen to create a level of harmony and good health eaten slowly with others. So no more excuses about time and schedules and all the rest of it. HelloFresh delivers 3 delicious recipes and the exact ingredients (for 2-4) to your door every week. Meals are easy to follow (taking under 30min) with their step by step recipe cards.
In a few weeks check back when Chef Ivan Flowers (Executive Chef for Top of the Market, San Diego, CA) and a group of food writers square off in the kitchen to see what happens when a professional chef and skilled food writers separately handle the same ingredients from this company. I am going to sit back and watch, but I think this could get interesting.
10 Reasons Why YOU should try this Service
- Specially designed, recyclable packaging that keeps food fresh from their kitchen to yours.
- Two choices: Veggie Box & Classic Box. 3 Classic Meal Box for Two - $69 3 Classic Meal Box for Four - $129 3 Vegetarian Meal Box for Two - $59 3 Vegetarian Meal Box for Four - $109
- Each week chefs create new recipes, and you choose which meals you'd like on your menu for that week.
- Shipping is free! Boxes are packed to keep your ingredients nice and cool, so you can be rest-assured that you're getting the freshest, tastiest ingredients possible. Mine came cross country and were perfect!
- Step-by-step, illustrated recipe cards are easy to follow. Chefs test each recipe to make sure that they're foolproof, so all you have to do is prepare your delicious meal and you've got a home-cooked meal on the table in 30 minutes or less.
- Your groceries stay fresh for the duration of the week. The recipes are created using ingredients that stay fresh long enough for you to enjoy them in the week you have received them.
- HelloFresh works closely on recipe development with the Michelin star restaurant, Aquavit, and has a team of in-house chefs who graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education and worked at restaurants including Momofuku and Eleven Madison Park, to name just a few.
- Roughly speaking the meals contain anywhere from 400-700 calories each.
- All you need to have available at home is salt, pepper, a good cooking oil, and butter. They give you the rest!
- A flexible subscription service where you can change or amend your order if you want to take a break.
Indian Spiced Chicken
Compliments of HelloFresh.com
2 chicken breasts
5 oz Israeli couscous
2 cloves garlic
1 red onion
1 tsp garam marsala
1 oz sliced almonds
10 oz spinach
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil
Mince the garlic and finely slice the red onion. Butterfly the chicken breasts. In other words, with your hand on top of the breast, slice it carefully in half almost all the way through. Then open it up like a book. Repeat with the other breast.
In a pot, toast the couscous with the garlic and 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat. Once fragrant, about 1 minute, add 1 ½ cups water. Bring to a boil. Season with a pinch of salt. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 8 minutes, until softened and the liquid has been absorbed. Add the spinach to the pot, cover and cook for about 1 minute, until wilted.
Meanwhile, season each chicken breast with salt, pepper, and garam masala. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot, sear the chicken for about 3 minutes on each side, until cooked through and juices run clear. Set aside to rest. In the same pan, add the onions and cook for 3-5 minutes, until softened. Season with salt and pepper.
Finish: Serve the couscous and spinach with the red onions on top. Thinly slice the chicken and serve over the couscous.
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Yup, just as simple and delish as I promised! AND, I did not have to buy extra ingredients. Everything I needed came in recipe sized portions.