Thursday, February 24, 2022

Four New Meals in our Fifth HelloFresh Box for 2022

Our 5th HelloFresh box for the year arrived last Saturday. I was planning to order six meals, but hubby said I should keep it at five, just in case we have other food from the family in Richmond.

My "housewife" hat challenge is that we have a small fridge. Yes, it's slightly larger than the ones you will find in a hotel room, and as such we have to manage how much food we can store. Another challenge is that we do not have an oven, so I can only pick HelloFresh meals that don't require an oven.

I accidentally ordered a meal that calls for an oven. Thankfully, it's just to heat the Tortilla Chips with spices which my air fryer managed to do.

Monday and Tuesday Lunch: Cal Smart Spicy Chicken Bites

I like the crunchy slaw, soft rice, and sweet chicken.

Cal Smart Spicy Chicken Bites with Carrot and Green Onion Slaw

HelloFresh description: Spicy chilli garlic sauce, sweet sticky honey, and savoury soy sauce bring bold flavours to this calorie smart supper! Calorie Smart is based on a per-serving calculation of the recipe's kilocalorie amount.

Monday dinner and Wednesday lunch: One-Pot Southwest Beef and Cavatappi

I wish there was optional heat for this dish. Also, the change from Monterey jack to mozzarella made it creamier than it should be.

One-Pot Southwest Beef and Cavatappi with Monterey Jack Shredded Mozzarella and Baby Spinach

HelloFresh description: This one-and-done dinner in a hurry packs beef, veggies and noodles into one easy bowl. What's even better? It's a meal that everyone is sure to devour!

Tuesday dinner and Thursday Lunch: Chow Mein-Style Chicken

Last year, we ordered this dish, and I remember adding too much salt to the chicken. So this time, I didn't add any salt, and it came out more flavorful and still salty.

Chow Mein-Style Chicken with Mixed Veggies

HelloFresh description: Move over Chinese takeout 'cause you got some heavy competition! This perfect combination of tender chicken pieces, springy noodles and crunchy veggies coated in a fragrant soy sauce will satisfy any craving for chow mein!

Wednesday dinner and Friday lunch: White Bean Chicken Chili

Hubby pointed out that it's more soup than chilli; maybe I should have let it boil at a higher heat than I did.

White Bean Chicken Chili with Spiced Tortilla Chips

HelloFresh description: This hearty chilli, packed with filling cannellini beans, will keep the winter chills at bay! Crush the spiced tortilla chips over the top for a delightful crunch, or use them to scoop up every last bite!

Thursday dinner and Saturday breakfast: Smart Togarashi Shrimp Stir-Fry

Hubby said it's like a stir-fried salad because there are no carbs. I love it!

Smart Togarashi Shrimp Stir-Fry with Broccoli, Carrots, and Cabbage

HelloFresh description: Tonight's colourful seafood dish is inspired by East Asian flavours. You'll season shrimp with togarashi, then pan-sear to a tender finish and serve over stir-fried broccoli, carrots and cabbage. Sprinkle it all with dry-roasted cashews, and you're good to go! Smart is based on a per-serving calculation of the recipe's carbohydrate and kilocalorie amount.

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