Sunday, April 30, 2023

Atlantic Salmon Oshi Sushi from Masa Japanese Restaurant

Last night, I felt an acute pain on my right ear and I probably have an infection there. After Mass, we went to Downtown Vancouver to visit the two walk-in clinics open on Sundays and they're already both at capacity for the day. I sucked up the pain as we walked across Granville Bridge going home.

I told my husband I want ramen for comfort so we stopped by Masa Japanese Restaurant so I can get a bowl of ramen.


Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen
Pork tonkotsu flavoured soup base with chashu and egg

For sharing, I ordered Atlantic Salmon Oshi Sushi. I had Spicy Tonkatsu Ramen while my husband went for Tofu Teriyaki Platter.


Atlantic Salmon Oshi Sushi
Seared Atlantic salmon with special oshi sauce


If you're vegetarian and still want something delicious, the Tofu Teriyaki will definitely hit the spot. It's so good!


Tofu Teriyaki Platter
Deep-fried tofu with vegetable and rice

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Vanilla Ice Cream Cone from Costco Food Court

It's my favourite day of the month. It's Costco grocery day! Yay!

Before going inside, we enjoyed their All Beef 1/4 Pound Hotdog and French Fries. Then, I ordered their Vanilla Ice Cream Cone, which came on a waffle cone.


Vanilla Ice Cream Cone from Costco Food Court

It's creamy and surprisingly delicious. The temperature is above 20 degrees Celsius today, so this is a perfect treat.

View from Cambie Bridge on our walk to Costco on Expo Blvd.


Friday, April 28, 2023

Food Adventure at the Richmond Night Market

We went to the Richmond Night Market on opening night and got in as soon as it opened because of our Zoom Pass. Last year, I made a note to myself to go earlier into the season to write about all the food stalls, which I am attempting to do here.

Below are the food items we enjoyed from the different available food vendors. We decided not to get the same things last year (even though it's really tempting), and we just went for what looked good or anything we hadn't tried before.


F69. Momo's

Considering these premises, we started our food night with Deep-Fried Beef Momo from Booth F69 Momo's The Himalayan Dumplings. This is our first time trying Momo.


Deep-Fried Beef Momo at Richmond Night Market

I have a new favourite dumpling. Their Momo is packed with pure beef and seasoned perfectly, and it goes really well with the spicy sauce. Can I have another serving, please?


Booth F69. Momo's The Himalayan Dumplings

What is Momo?

Momo is a type of dumpling that is a popular dish in Himalayan and Tibetan cuisine. It is typically made with ground meat, vegetables, and spices wrapped in a thin dough wrapper and either steamed or fried. Momos are often served with a spicy dipping sauce and are popular street food in the Himalayan region.


F66. Garlic Oil Pork VermicelliK (Khay Oh) from Burmese Plate

Another cuisine we have yet to try is Burmese Cuisine (Myanmar cuisine).


Booth F66. Burmese Plate

They serve three items: Garlic Oil Pork VermicelliK (Khay Oh), Laksa Soup, and Golden Rice (Chicken Dan Pauk). When we're uncertain, we usually go from the top of the list, which is why we got the Garlic Oil Pork VermicelliK (Khay Oh).


Garlic Oil Pork VermicelliK (Khay Oh)
Vermicelli, garlic oil, vegetable, quail eggs, pork ball with shrimp and fish paste.

The garlic oil pork is so tender, soft, and juicy, while the noodles have a mild flavour and chewy texture, so the sauce they provide is a must! It's tangy and a little bit spicy.

What is Khay Oh?

Khay oh is a traditional Burmese noodle soup that is typically made with thin rice noodles in a savoury broth, served with a variety of toppings such as slices of pork or chicken, fish cakes, and fried garlic. The soup is often flavoured with spices and herbs and can be garnished with fresh lime juice, cilantro, and chopped scallions. Khay oh is a popular comfort food in Myanmar and is often enjoyed as a hearty breakfast or lunch dish.


F52. Pineapple Juice from Fresh Juice

After two savoury dishes, I needed something refreshing, so we went to the first fruit juice stand we saw and got a large pineapple juice to share.

Booth F52. Pineapple Juice from Fresh Juice

F43. Taiwan Deep Fried Chicken Strips

It's my first time trying Taiwan Deep-Fried Chicken Strips. I am familiar with Salt & Pepper Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken, which is my favourite, but these chicken strips are pretty different.


Original Taiwan Deep-Fried Chicken Strips in Richmond Night Market

It's good but not popcorn chicken good. But it's easy to eat while we scout the rest of the Richmond Night Market.


Booth F43. Taiwan Deep Fried Chicken Strips

F8. Signature Bao Bun from Bao Buns

After three savoury items and a refreshing drink, it's time for desserts, and there are PLENTY of fun and unique options, but the best marketing award goes to Bao Buns. It's like a party near their booth! The energy and joy are infectious, which is why we ordered one, and their food deserves all the hype marketing.


Signature Bao Bun from Bao Buns
Deep-fried mantou, vanilla ice cream, condensed milk, and icing sugar

There's a restaurant in the Philippines called North Park, and one of the items I love are their fried buns with condensed milk. I love the crispy exterior and soft interior - the contrast is so great. I love it! I'll be happy even without the ice cream and all the toppings - yes, it's that good.


F108. Deluxe Deep-Fried Basket from Myst

My love for Taiwanese food started with Dang Dee (a small restaurant in Makati that's now closed), so every time I see Taiwanese sausage and fried chicken, I know it will be great, and the food from Myst delivered.


Deluxe Deep-Fried Basket from Myst
Taiwanese fried chicken, deep-fried fish cake, classic steamed sticky rice, and Taiwanese sausage wrapped with glutinous rice.

Both are so delicious on top of Seasoned Sticky Rice. The rice was cooked with shrimp and savoury seasoning. They're surprisingly mouthwatering on their own.

At this point, I'm feeling full. I blame the rice, of course.


F27. Korean Chicken Skewer K-Garbi

Our last bite in the Richmond Night Market for this evening is from Booth F27 Korean Chicken Skewer. We ordered the K-Garbi (Korean BBQ Sauce). It goes well with our rice, and it could just be my Filipino-ness and me talking, but savoury BBQ on rice is always delicious.


K-Garbi from Booth F27 Korean Chicken Skewer

After finishing our food, we walked around the merchandise area but didn't buy anything. We have three remaining Zoom Pass entries and can't wait to return!

Moroccan-Style Shrimp from HelloFresh Canada

Happy Friday! For lunch today, we cooked the Smart Moroccan-Style Shrimp with Cilantro Yogurt Dressing and Couscous from our HelloFresh box.



Smart Moroccan-Style Shrimp with Cilantro Yogurt Dressing and Couscous

HelloFresh Description:

"Get cozy with this delightfully fresh and warming dish! Juicy shrimp and a medley of veggies are seasoned with our fragrant Harissa Spice Blend, then topped off with a bright and dreamy herb-yogurt dressing and crispy shallots for layers of texture and flavour. It's the smart choice in more ways than one! Smart is based on a per serving calculation of the recipe's kilocalorie and carbohydrate amount."



The shrimp has a spicy kick thanks to the harissa spice blend. The heat complements the crunchy and sweet veggie combination of tender zucchini, juicy Roma tomatoes, and sweet bell peppers. Couscous is a beautiful side dish because it absorbs the broth's flavour quite nicely and is an excellent vehicle for the herby yogurt dressing, which adds a refreshing and tangy flavour. Lastly, I love the crunch from the crispy shallot topping! It's such a nice contrast to the tender, succulent shrimp and veggies.


About HelloFresh:

HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that provides its customers with pre-measured ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe cards to make cooking at home both convenient and enjoyable.

Smart Moroccan-Style Shrimp with Cilantro Yogurt Dressing and Couscous from HelloFresh Canada


Thursday, April 27, 2023

Thai Sweet Chili Chicken with Fragrant Cilantro Rice from HelloFresh Canada

Thai cuisine is well-known for its bold flavours and unique blend of sweet, salty, sour, and spicy tastes. One dish that perfectly embodies the essence of Thai cooking is the Thai Sweet Chili Chicken with Fragrant Cilantro Rice which came with our HelloFresh box this week.


Thai Sweet Chili Chicken with Fragrant Cilantro Rice from HelloFresh


Thai Sweet Chili Chicken with Fragrant Cilantro Rice

HelloFresh Description:

"This sweet and savoury dish will take you back to the busy streets of Bangkok without the long haul flight! The fresh cilantro brings a punch of Thai flavours and fragrance!"


Thai Sweet Chili Chicken with Fragrant Cilantro Rice from HelloFresh Canada


Yummy! I can't believe how much I enjoyed this dish. The chicken has a crispy exterior and a juicy interior, while the bok choy and pepper add a wonderful crunch and subtle sweetness. Chicken and veggies are covered with sweet chilli sauce bringing a sweet and spicy flavour balanced by salty soy sauce and savoury chilli-garlic sauce. The fluffy and fragrant cilantro rice is the perfect side dish for the tender chicken and veggies for its fresh flavours and aroma.


Thai Sweet Chili Chicken with Fragrant Cilantro Rice from HelloFresh Canada

About HelloFresh:

HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that provides its customers with pre-measured ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe cards to make cooking at home both convenient and enjoyable.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Shrimp with Pearl Couscous from HelloFresh Canada

The Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Shrimp with Sweet Peppers and Pearl Couscous is a perfect combination of rich and creamy flavours with a burst of tang with the sun-dried tomato pesto that will take your taste buds on a ride.



Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Shrimp with Sweet Peppers and Pearl Couscous

HelloFresh Description:

"Tonight, we're serving up the crave-worthy dish you've been dreaming of! A garlicky sun-dried tomato sauce studded with onions and peppers is draped over shrimp and buttery pearl couscous. Each bite will have you going back for more!"


Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Shrimp with Sweet Peppers and Pearl Couscous from HelloFresh Canada


The juicy and succulent shrimp were cooked in a creamy sauce with sun-dried tomato pesto, making them a perfect complement to the chewy and slightly nutty pearl couscous. Meanwhile, the sweet bell peppers add a refreshing crunch and sweetness to the dish, while the cream cheese brings an extra layer of creaminess.


Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Shrimp with Sweet Peppers and Pearl Couscous from HelloFresh Canada

Pearl couscous is a type of pasta made from semolina flour and wheat. Unlike traditional couscous, which is smaller and granular, pearl couscous is larger with a chewy texture similar to small grains of pasta. Its shape and texture make it perfect for soaking up the creamy sauce in this dish.


About HelloFresh:

HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that provides its customers with pre-measured ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe cards to make cooking at home both convenient and enjoyable.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Chipotle Turkey Burrito Bowls with Veggies and Guacamole from HelloFresh Canada

Happy Tuesday! For dinner, hubby and I prepared the Cal Smart Chipotle Turkey Burrito Bowls with Veggies and Guacamole from our HelloFresh box.



Cal Smart Chipotle Turkey Burrito Bowls with Veggies and Guacamole

HelloFresh Description:

"Tonight's dinners packs in all the flavours of a turkey burrito into bowl form, from the charred veggies and zippy guac to the spicy pickled jalapeƱos and smoky turkey! No tortilla? No problem!"


Cal Smart Chipotle Turkey Burrito Bowl with Veggies and Guacamole from HelloFresh Canada


This meal is so delicious! The rice cooked in butter, garlic, enchilada spice blend, and chicken broth is the perfect fluffy base for the other components of the dish. Meanwhile, the veggies (red onions, sweet bell pepper, and corn kernels) are slightly caramelized, providing sweetness and a satisfying crunch. The star of the show is the smoky and spicy chipotle turkey and bright and tangy pickled jalapenos. They're so good together! Of course, no burrito bowl is complete without guacamole; this one is no exception. It is rich and creamy, adding another texture to the dish.


Cal Smart Chipotle Turkey Burrito Bowls with Veggies and Guacamole from HelloFresh Canada

Together, all these components create a flavour-packed dinner. I'm so glad we only ate half, and I can enjoy this again for lunch.


About HelloFresh:

HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that provides its customers with pre-measured ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe cards to make cooking at home both convenient and enjoyable.


Monday, April 24, 2023

Veggie Chili with Tortilla Chips from HelloFresh Canada

Meatless Monday just got much more exciting with the delicious Veggie Chili with Tortilla Chips from our HelloFresh box. My husband and I cooked it for lunch and enjoyed half for dinner. The hearty and flavourful chili is packed with beans, vegetables, and a zesty Mexican seasoning blend that satisfied my cravings for spicy and comfort.


Veggie Chili with Tortilla Chips from HelloFresh Canada


Veggie Chili with Tortilla Chips

HelloFresh Description:

"This delicious chili is simple but fantastic! Each bite is tender and comforting. We suggest using the tortilla chips to scoop up and enjoy every last drop!"


Veggie Chili with Tortilla Chips from HelloFresh Canada


One of my favourite features of this dish is the texture. The beans provide a creamy, meaty texture that is complemented by the crunch of the green bell pepper and the crispy tortilla chips. The chipotle powder adds a smoky depth to the dish, while the cheddar cheese and sour cream give it richness.


Veggie Chili with Tortilla Chips from HelloFresh Canada

The flavours in this Veggie Chili are bold and spicy. The Mexican seasoning blend is a balance of earthy cumin, spicy chili powder, and aromatic oregano. Meanwhile, the garlic and aromatics blend to add a depth of flavour to the dish. Lastly, the crushed tomatoes and vegetable broth provide a rich and savoury base for the chili.

The Veggie Chili with Tortilla Chips from HelloFresh is a satisfying, nutritious, meatless Monday meal.


About HelloFresh:

HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that provides its customers with pre-measured ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe cards to make cooking at home both convenient and enjoyable.

Sunday, April 23, 2023

A Taste of Sweden: My Food Coma Lunch at Ikea Restaurant

Happy Sunday! We discovered this morning that one of the light bulbs in our lamp no longer works. So we decided to go to Ikea after Mass to get one.


Exterior of Ikea in Richmond, BC

Ikea is a Swedish multinational company best known for its affordable flat-pack furniture. Most of our household items are from there! However, many people may not realize that Ikea also has a restaurant that serves various delicious and affordable dishes. So it made sense that we enjoyed lunch at the Ikea Restaurant before buying a light bulb.


Swedish Meatballs

There must be something wrong with me because the meatballs weren't as good as I remember, which made me sad. However, the gravy and mashed potatoes are the usual, and the green peas are cooked and seasoned perfectly. My favourite part of the lunch is the lingonberries sauce.

Swedish Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Peas, Cream Sauce, and Lingonberries from Ikea

Salmon with Vegetable Medallion

My husband chose the 'New' Salmon with Vegetable Medallion. The fresh salmon is perfectly cooked, and the salt brings out the fish's natural sweetness. I love it!

The salmon is topped with a red pepper relish sauce which has a tangy yet slightly sweet taste with a subtle spiciness.


Salmon with Vegetable Medallion with Peas, Corn Mix Veggies, and Red Pepper Relish Sauce from Ikea

The salmon is served with Vegetable Medallion on the side. I surprisingly liked it. It's savoury and creamy, with a slightly crispy exterior and a soft, smooth interior. There's a subtle sweetness from the broccoli and leek, but the cheese and herbs add a surprising depth of flavour.


Soup of the Day: Hungarian Mushroom

The Soup of the Day at Ikea Restaurant is Hungarian Mushroom, a type of mushroom soup popular in Eastern European cuisine. It has a rich, earthy, and savoury flavour. It's not as creamy as other mushroom soups I have tried,   and the focus is on the nutty undertone and subtle sweetness of the mushroom. It's comforting.


Hungarian Soup from Ikea

Vegetable Spring Rolls and Vegetable Samosas

This feels like a fan service to the local market in Richmond, BC, with a large population of East Asians and South Asians. Both items have a crunchy exterior, but the interior is acceptable for the price. So if you want mind-blowingly good samosas or spring rolls, go to restaurants that are experts in both.


Vegetarian Spring Rolls and Vegetarian Samosas from Ikea

DAIM Cake

A visit to the Ikea restaurant won't be complete without having a slice of their DAIM Cake. It is one of their popular dessert items, made with layers of almond cake and caramel buttercream, covered with a chocolate ganache and pieces of DAIM candy. The cake has a rich, sweet flavour and crunchy texture from the candy pieces.


DAIM Cake from Ikea Restaurant

After lunch, we walked around Ikea. We got the light bulb we need and so much more. It's such a dangerous place for your wallet.


Regular Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

After shopping and paying for our items, we grabbed a Regular Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, which tastes like soft-serve ice cream. No hint of sourness is expected from a yogurt.


Regular Vanilla Frozen Yogurt from Ikea

I plan to try their $1.00 hotdog next time to see if it can compete with a great deal from Costco.

Everything Croissant Breakfast Sandwich from Tim Hortons

A blessed Sunday morning to you. Before going to Mass, we decided to grab breakfast at Tim Hortons. They introduced an Everything Croissant Breakfast Sandwich. I know. It sounds weird, so I had to try it.

I am familiar with their Everything Bagel and Croissant, but adding the 'Everything' to a croissant? Sounds crazy!

For comparison, I ordered a Sausage & Bacon Breakfast Sandwich and chose Plain Croissant as Breakfast Bread instead of our usual Homestyle Biscuit. It's so soft and buttery. Of course, it's not as flaky as freshly baked croissants from Beaucoup and similar bakeries nearby, but it's surprisingly good with the sandwich.

Sausage & Bacon Breakfast Sandwich with Plain Croissant from Tim Hortons

Let's compare this with the new Everything Croissant. The "Everything" portion of a bagel is typically covered in a mixture of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried garlic, dried onion, and salt. On a croissant, the texture changes quite dramatically. Instead of soft and flaky, the croissant becomes heavier and denser. However, it's okay because the inside of the croissant is still soft, and the seeds outside provide a crunchier texture, especially when toasted. The addition of 'Everything' also made the croissant more savoury than just butter and salt.

Sausage Everything Croissant Breakfast Sandwich with Extra Bacon from Tim Hortons

Overall, it's not something I'll order again but worth a try. Meanwhile, a Plain Croissant on our breakfast sandwich is worth the additional $0.80.

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Harissa Shrimp and Chickpea Stew with Buttered Ciabatta from HelloFresh Canada

Happy stew Saturday! Today, we enjoyed three different types of stew for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.



Cal Smart Harissa Shrimp and Chickpea Stew with Buttered Ciabatta

HelloFresh Description:

"Smoky and complex North African spices are combined with chili-garlic sauce to infuse this dish with intense flavours. Ciabatta points are perfect dippers for this visually appealing and wholesome stew! "



The Cal Smart Harissa Shrimp and Chickpea Stew with Buttered Ciabatta from our HelloFresh box, which arrived today, is a filling and comforting meal. The shrimp are coated in a deliciously spicy and fragrant Harissa spice blend, then cooked in butter.


Cal Smart Harissa Shrimp and Chickpea Stew with Buttered Ciabatta from HelloFresh Canada

A rich tomato sauce base is the starting point of the stew. Next, chickpeas are added for a satisfying crunch texture and protein. Moreover, baby spinach, carrot, and yellow onion add extra nutrition and a pop of colour to the dish. Lastly, ciabatta rolls slathered with a generous amount of butter are served on the side for the perfect finishing touch. Yum!

This Harissa Shrimp and Chickpea Stew with Buttered Ciabatta from HelloFresh is a delicious and satisfying meal for any time of year. It's easy to make, packed with flavour and texture and will leave you feeling full and satisfied.


About HelloFresh:

HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that provides its customers with pre-measured ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe cards to make cooking at home both convenient and enjoyable.

Friday, April 21, 2023

Savoury Pork and Veggie Stir-Fry from HelloFresh

For dinner tonight, hubby and I prepared the Savoury Pork and Veggie Stir-Fry with Cashews and Garlic Rice from our HelloFresh box.



Savoury Pork and Veggie Stir-Fry with Cashews and Garlic Rice

HelloFresh Description:

"For those who don't shy away from spice, this pork stir-fry packs a flavour punch and plenty of heat thanks to our Szechuan-style sauce! Toasted cashews finish off this dish for a culinary home run!"


Savoury Pork and Veggie Stir-Fry with Cashews and Garlic Rice from HelloFresh


The Savoury Pork and Veggie Stir-Fry with Cashews and Garlic Rice is a yummy and hearty dish that perfectly balances sweet and spicy flavours. The lean ground pork is seasoned with soy sauce and Szechuan sauce, which gives it a bold and savoury taste. Meanwhile, the sweet bell peppers and zucchini add a mild sweetness to the dish. Lastly, the cashews offer a nutty flavour and satisfying crunch that complements the tender pork perfectly.


A bowl of Savoury Pork and Veggie Stir-Fry with Cashews and Garlic Rice from HelloFresh

The garlic rice is a wonderful side dish to stir-fry. It offers a subtle garlic flavour that enhances the overall dish. In addition, the chicken broth concentrate adds depth and richness to the rice.

This dish is a beautiful combination of savoury, sweet, and spicy flavours, making it an excellent choice for those who love bold and flavorful dishes. The cashews and vegetables add a great texture to the plate, while the garlic rice perfectly complements the stir-fry.

However, the buttery garlic rice and fatty pork made the whole dish too oily for my liking. It was delicious, like Chinese take-out, but my lips were covered with oil afterwards. Something sour or tangy will make the dish better.


About HelloFresh:

HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that provides its customers with pre-measured ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe cards to make cooking at home both convenient and enjoyable.


Thursday, April 20, 2023

Savoury Beef Bowls from HelloFresh Canada

For dinner, hubby and I prepared the Savoury Beef Bowls with Garlic Rice and Veggies from our HelloFresh box. It's my favourite HelloFresh meal we've had this week.

Savoury Beef Bowls with Garlic Rice and Veggies is a hearty meal perfect for breakfast (when you add egg), lunch, or dinner. The dish features tender ground beef, fragrant jasmine rice, and a variety of fresh vegetables seasoned with a delicious blend of sauces and spices.



Savoury Beef Bowls with Garlic Rice and Veggies

HelloFresh Description:

Oyster sauce and sweet chili sauce combine to add a flavourful kick to these bountiful beef bowls. Taking a pic for the 'gram? #putaneggonit!


Savoury Beef Bowls with Garlic Rice and Veggies from HelloFresh Canada


The garlic rice adds a subtle garlic flavour that perfectly complements the bold flavours of the beef and vegetables. The aromatic blend of celery and onions provides a savoury base for the dish, while the sweet bell peppers and green onions add a pop of colour and a mild sweetness to balance the savoury flavours.


Savoury Beef Bowls with Garlic Rice and Veggies from HelloFresh Canada

The combination of sweet chilli sauce, vegetarian oyster sauce, and spicy mayo creates a mouthwatering blend of sweet, spicy, and tangy flavours that will tantalize your taste buds. This dish is perfect for anyone who loves bold and flavourful meals with protein and healthy veggies.


About HelloFresh:

HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that provides its customers with pre-measured ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe cards to make cooking at home both convenient and enjoyable.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Moroccan-Style Beef Stew from HelloFresh Canada

Moroccan-style cuisine is known for its bold and exotic flavours resulting from a blend of spices and herbs. One of the most famous Moroccan dishes is Beef Stew with Lentils, which we have in our HelloFresh box this week. This hearty and comforting dish is packed with flavours and aromas that will transport you to the colourful streets of Morocco.



Cal Smart Moroccan-Style Beef Stew with Lentils

HelloFresh Description:

Beef and lentils are sweetened with carrots and stewed with warm Moroccan spices in this comforting bowl. It's a perfect dish for a cozy night in! Calorie Smart is based on a per serving calculation of the recipe's kilocalorie amount


Cal Smart Moroccan-Style Beef Stew with Lentils from HelloFresh Canada


Combining ground beef, lentils, and vegetables creates a delicious and nutritious meal that will satisfy any appetite. The lentils add a rich and earthy flavour to the dish, while the beef provides a hearty and meaty texture. The Moroccan spice blend, which includes cumin, coriander, ginger, cinnamon, and paprika, adds a depth of flavour and a touch of warmth to the dish. The carrots and zucchini add a subtle sweetness and a pop of colour to the plate, while the garlic and onion create a savoury and aromatic base.


Cal Smart Moroccan-Style Beef Stew with Lentils from HelloFresh Canada

To make this Moroccan-style beef stew with lentils, start by browning the ground beef in a large pot. Next, add the vegetables and cook until they are tender. Then, add the lentils, crushed tomatoes, beef stock reduction, and the Moroccan spice blend. Let the stew simmer until the lentils are tender and the flavours have melded together.

Garnish with cilantro and serve. This stew is perfect for meal prepping, as it can be made in large batches and reheated throughout the week for a quick and easy meal. We even have leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

If you want to add a touch of exoticism to your dinner table, this Cal Smart Moroccan-Style Beef Stew with Lentils is the perfect recipe. It's a hearty and flavorful meal that is sure to satisfy your taste buds and leave you feeling warm and satisfied.


About HelloFresh:

HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that provides its customers with pre-measured ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe cards to make cooking at home both convenient and enjoyable.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Comfort Food Classics: Turkey and Mushroom Stew from HelloFresh Canada

There's nothing quite like a hearty bowl of stew on a cloudy windy Vancouver day, and this Turkey and Mushroom Stew with Roasted Potatoes and Spinach from our HelloFresh box is the perfect meal to warm you up. It's our first time cooking a HelloFresh meal for lunch on a working weekday.



Smart Turkey and Mushroom Stew with Roasted Potatoes and Spinach

HelloFresh Description:

"This hearty dinner has all the flavours of a traditional stew, but on the lighter side. Turkey, potatoes, thyme, mushrooms and spinach are featured in this dish that's sure to warm your soul and your stomach."


Smart Turkey and Mushroom Stew with Roasted Potatoes and Spinach from HelloFresh Canada
This hearty dinner has all the flavours of a traditional stew, but on the lighter side. Turkey, potatoes, thyme, mushrooms and spinach are featured in this dish that's sure to warm your soul and your stomach


Tender chunks of ground turkey, earthy mushrooms, and fragrant thyme are simmered in a rich and savoury broth until they're melt-in-your-mouth tender. Potatoes, aromatic blends (carrot, celery, and onion), and spinach are added for a satisfying meal.


Smart Turkey and Mushroom Stew with Roasted Potatoes and Spinach from HelloFresh Canada


About HelloFresh:

HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that provides its customers with pre-measured ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe cards to make cooking at home both convenient and enjoyable.

Monday, April 17, 2023

#MeatlessMonday Creamy Cheese Tortellini and Mushrooms from HelloFresh Canada

Looking for a satisfying and delicious meatless Monday meal? Look no further than this Creamy Cheese Tortellini and Mushrooms with Spinach and Pine Nuts from our HelloFresh box for a hearty and healthy dinner perfect for any occasion.

We enjoyed toasted whole wheat bread and Kirkland Signature Mixed Nuts Butter for breakfast today. Afterwards, we finished leftovers from the Savoury Braised Chickpeas last night to complete our Meatless Monday meals.



Creamy Cheese Tortellini and Mushrooms with Spinach and Pine Nuts

HelloFresh Description:

"Creamy, indulgent and quick to prepare: What more could we want from a fuss-free weeknight meal? We guarantee you'll scarf down this beautiful bowl of al dente tortellini that's tossed in a luscious mushroom sauce and topped with toasted pine nuts."


Creamy Cheese Tortellini and Mushrooms from HelloFresh Canada


The dish features tender cheese tortellini cooked to perfection, then tossed with a creamy sauce made with cream cheese, vegetable broth concentrate, and a blend of spices that adds a rich taste to the dish. Adding shredded parmesan cheese and chives adds a delicious flavour and a touch of freshness to the plate. Lastly, there's an option to add chilli flakes, adding spiciness to the creamy dish.


Creamy Cheese Tortellini and Mushrooms from HelloFresh Canada

But the real stars of the show are the mushrooms, spinach, and pine nuts. The mushrooms add a hearty and earthy flavour that perfectly complements the creamy sauce, while the baby spinach provides a fresh and healthy dose of greens. Lastly, the pine nuts add a delicious crunch and nuttiness to the dish that's sure to delight your taste buds.

Overall, this creamy cheese tortellini dish is a delicious and satisfying meal that is perfect for any meatless Monday meal.


About HelloFresh:

HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that provides its customers with pre-measured ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe cards to make cooking at home both convenient and enjoyable.

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Savoury Braised Chickpeas from HelloFresh Canada

A blessed Sunday to you. For dinner, hubby and I prepared the Savoury Braised Chickpeas with Feta and Garlic Toum from our HelloFresh box, which arrived yesterday.



Savoury Braised Chickpeas with Feta and Garlic Toum

HelloFresh Description:

"Protein-packed chickpeas get a flavour boost from warm curry paste in this hearty and fragrant stew. You'll want to scoop up every last bite of this veggie-filled wonder!"


Savoury Braised Chickpeas from HelloFresh Canada
Protein-packed chickpeas get a flavour boost from warm curry paste in this hearty, fragrant stew. You'll want to scoop up every last bite of this veggie-filled wonder!


To start, the bulgur wheat is cooked to fluffy perfection. It provides a nutritious and satisfying grain that is perfect for filling you up without weighing you down.

Afterwards, you cut and cook for 4 minutes in 1 tbsp oil, the pepper, zucchini, and onion. Then, you add the chickpeas, which are braised in a mixture of vegetable broth concentrate and tomato sauce, along with a blend of fragrant spices like curry paste. The result is a rich and hearty base perfect for soaking up the flavours of the other ingredients.



What is bulgur wheat?

"Bulgur wheat is a whole grain that's commonly used in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. It's made by boiling and drying wheat berries, then removing the outer bran layer and cracking the remaining kernel into small pieces. The resulting grains have a slightly nutty flavor and a chewy texture that makes them a popular ingredient in salads, stews, and other dishes."


But what really sets this dish apart is the garlic toum. So what is it, exactly? Garlic toum is a traditional Lebanese sauce made from garlic, lemon juice, and oil, emulsified together to create a creamy and tangy dressing that's perfect for drizzling over savoury dishes like these braised chickpeas.

To make HelloFresh's garlic toum, mix garlic minced garlic, mayonnaise, and water until smooth and creamy. Drizzle over the chickpeas and bulgur wheat, then top with crumbled feta cheese for a delicious and nutritious meal that's sure to please.

My favourite part of the dish is the strong taste and unique flavour of salty feta cheese.


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Bowls of Savoury Braised Chickpeas from HelloFresh Canada

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