Thursday, September 30, 2021

Week 4 of HelloFresh: Crushed Tomatoes

It's the fourth week that a HelloFresh box arrived at our home. We skipped last week but ordered five different dishes this week. The theme of this week happens to be tomatoes. Four out of the five dishes we ordered included crushed tomatoes.

Carb Smart Moroccan-Style Shrimp Stew with Zucchini, Feta, and Almonds
HelloFresh Description: This savoury bisque is inspired by the flavours of North Africa. A sprinkle of dry-roasted almonds adds a light crunch on top.

It's so easy to burn the toasted almonds. Otherwise, I love the shrimps!

Spanish Chorizo and Chickpea Stew with Kale, Peppers, and Spiced Croutons
HelloFresh Description: This satisfying stew packs lots of protein with smoky chorizo sausage and filling chickpeas. It's a fiesta of flavour!

It's spicy! I went crazy and added lots of chilli flakes. The croutons made of ciabatta roll are so good.

Cal Smart Chipotle Pork Chili with Poblano Peppers and Cheddar Cheese
HelloFresh Description: This nourishing and light chilli replaces beans with lots of wholesome veggies! We added extra fun... spicy chipotle and melty cheddar cheese are mucho delicioso.

PRO Tip: Add all the chipotle powder for all the heat. The sour cream and cheddar cheese definitely tone it down.

Tomato Garlic Beef Spaghetti with Sweet Pepper and Zucchini
HelloFresh Description: We've figured out the secret to adding oomph to a simple meat sauce - a splash of soy sauce! The saltiness is a subtle but tasty addition to the succulent ground beef, aromatic Italian seasoning and juicy tomatoes. It's a colourful and flavourful dish that's perfect for a night in!

This is my favourite dish this week!

Chow Mein-Style Chicken with Mixed Veggies
HelloFresh Description: This riff on the classic dish is quick and packs a satisfying punch! The perfect combination of tender chicken pieces, springy noodles, and crunchy veggies coated in a fragrant soy sauce will satisfy any craving for take-out!

I made a mistake with this dish. I added a bit of too much salt to the chicken. 

Meal Planning with HelloFresh

Like I did in Week 3, I will share with you when we enjoyed each meal. We ate each dish twice because the calories are pretty high for a single meal (since I am on a "diet," LOL). We get our deliveries every Saturday. How do I decide which ones to cook first? By the number of fresh vegetables in the dish. The more there is, the sooner I'll cook it just to ensure the veggies don't die in the fridge.
  1. Sunday Lunch: Spanish Chorizo and Chickpea Stew
  2. Sunday Dinner: Carb Smart Moroccan Shrimp Stew
  3. Monday Lunch: Spanish Chorizo and Chickpea Stew
  4. Monday Dinner: Cal Smart Chipotle Pork Chili|
  5. Tuesday Lunch: Carb Smart Moroccan Shrimp Stew
  6. Tuesday Dinner: Tomato Garlic Beef Spaghetti
  7. Wednesday Lunch: Cal Smart Chipotle Pork Chili|
  8. Wednesday Dinner: Chow Mein-Style Chicken
  9. Thursday Lunch: Tomato Garlic Beef Spaghetti
  10. Friday Lunch: Chow Mein-Style Chicken
As you can see from the schedule, HelloFresh takes care of our Monday to Friday lunch, which is a big help because we work from home, and I don't want to worry about what to have for lunch. I just grabbed one of our containers and reheated on the stove. Most of the dishes are actually better when we had it for lunch.

For breakfast, we usually have rice (we're still Filipino) or sandwiches or oatmeal. I am surprised that I am spending about the same with HelloFresh as I did before when we would do our weekly grocery. We don't suffer from eating the same dish over and over again, plus, we're eating more vegetables, It's a win-win.

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