HelloFresh Review

HelloFresh Review

Have you heard about the latest trend in dinner prep?   All the ingredients for a meal ready to be prepared sent directly to your house?  The idea intrigued me – I could think of a variety of situations where this would be very useful, so I’m on a mission to test a few of these out. The first one I tried is a company called HelloFresh.  I liked the premise that the food is all fresh, there is an ability to customize your meals, and that the company has a lot of good reviews.  I logged onto the site and ordered a meal plan for 2.  Ready to hear what I thought? Pros: The presentation was lovely.  The packaging was attractive, I liked that the meals were packaged individually and since one of my meats had leaked during shipping, I thought it was smart that the meat was separated from the rest of the ingredients. There was a nice variety of dishes.  I was able to select a beef, turkey and sausage meal. The cost was definitely less than I would spend for dinner for two in a restaurant. There was a lot of food in each meal. It was very convenient – no trip to the store as I had everything I needed to prepare all three meals. There were no partial ingredients left to go to waste in the fridge. It was easy.  I consider myself a fairly advanced cook and the directions were simple and straightforward.  I even timed it and the suggested times were spot on. Cons: The meals were pretty sophisticated – my kids are GOOD eaters,...
The Easiest Brunch Ever

The Easiest Brunch Ever

A few weeks ago, I alluded to brunch being the easiest event to host, and received several requests for my “secrets.”  So here they are – get ready to entertain stress-free: Keep it simple.  It’s breakfast.  No need to get all fancy (unless that’s how you roll).  Simple dishes (even paper plates if that makes it doable for you) are fine.  Clean as you cook so there is little mess for the aftermath. Keep it casual.  Once again – it’s breakfast.  Very few people are in the mood to get all dressed up for breakfast, so plan your event accordingly. Prepare the night before.  This is really my biggest secret.  There is NOTHING on my menu that I can’t at least prep the night before.  That way I can enjoy the party too, and I don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to get everything ready.  After all, a relaxed host will always improve the mood of a get-together. Keep it short.  A few hours is plenty of time for brunch.  Start at 9 or so and you can enjoy your time together and still allow everyone plenty of time to get on with their day. Now you know some of the basics, so the next question is: What do I serve? The specifics vary each time I host a brunch, but here is the basic “formula” I like to follow: some type of egg or meat casserole a sweet bread (muffins, banana bread or coffee cake) fresh fruit (often a bowl of mixed berries or other fruits) coffee (make a big pot and put it...
Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Need an easy but delicious breakfast for a crowd?  An overnight casserole is your answer.  No getting up at the crack of dawn to fix breakfast, no standing at the stove making a variety of different types of eggs while everyone else eats.  Simply prepare it the night before, store it in the fridge and pop it in the oven in the morning.  You get to eat with everyone else and enjoy a relaxing morning too!  Master this – you’ll be glad you did: Overnight Breakfast Casserole 2 cups oven fries (make a double batch one night for dinner and save half) 1 to 2 cups chopped veggies (peppers, mushrooms, onions) 1 cup cooked breakfast sausage 5 to 6 large eggs 1/2 cup shredded cheddar sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper Step one:  spray a casserole dish (9×9) with olive oil spray and place oven fries in dish Step two:  sprinkle veggies and sausage evenly over the potatoes Step three:  beat the eggs until fluffy and pour over top Step four:  sprinkle cheddar on top of the eggs and lightly salt and pepper Step five:  cover and place in fridge overnight Step six:  Pop in the oven in the morning at 350 until eggs are cooked through (depending upon how deep your dish is, will probably be about 40 minutes). Enjoy – it will quickly look like this: Ready to achieve your goals this year?  Having a personal health & lifestyle coach will keep you accountable and help you get the results you want – whether your goal is to get fit, eat better, be healthier, have more fun,...
Creamy Kale Dip

Creamy Kale Dip

This recipe is a fun alternative to the traditional spinach artichoke dip.  It tastes very similar so it’s an easy foray into Kale for someone who is a bit scared to try this unique green . . . Creamy Kale Dip 1/2 cup chopped onion 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 bunch kale, chopped (remove stems) 1 cup cream cheese 1/4 cup mayo 2 T milk sea salt freshly ground pepper 1/2 t. hot sauce or siracha 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese (freshly grated best) extra virgin olive oil Step one:  Heat oven to 425.  Rub an 8 x 8 casserole dish lightly with olive oil.  In a medium skillet, heat about a T of oil over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until fragrant.  Add kale, cook 10 minutes or until wilted. Step two:  In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, mayo and milk until smooth.  Stir in hot sauce and then kale mixture along with 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour into casserole and top with rest of Parmesan.  Bake uncovered 30 to 45 minutes. Serve with crackers, bread and/or veggies. Have fun with this – take it to a party and see if anyone else suspects it’s not the normal spinach dip! Looking to start each day off feeling GREAT?  Get your FREE copy of my 3 day e-course “Discover the Perfect Start to  Your Day” and you’ll be there in no time!!! Shared on Real Food Wednesday, WFMW and The Mommy...
Have tomatoes?  You have lunch!

Have tomatoes? You have lunch!

Today I thought I’d share my favorite quick and easy lunch ideas that use fresh tomatoes!  So, if your tomato plants are bursting with tomatoes, here are some delicious and simple ways to enjoy them: Lunch #1: Caprese Salad – don’t order these at fancy restaurants – the tomatoes won’t be fresh and you’ll pay twice what it will cost you to make a tastier version at home! 1 tomato a few slices fresh mozzarella a few basil leaves extra virgin olive oil balsamic vinegar sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper Assemble:  slice tomato and layer on a plate with mozzarella.  Tear basil leaves and sprinkle on top then drizzle with olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper. Lunch #2: Veggie & Cheese Plate – these tomato bites would also be an excellent appetizer! cucumber 2 cups spinach 1 clove garlic tomato extra sharp cheddar cheese extra virgin olive oil sea salt freshly cracked black pepper balsamic vinegar (optional) Assemble:  Saute the garlic and spinach in olive oil; season with salt & pepper.  Slice cucumber and sprinkle salt on top.  Slice tomato and top each slice with a piece of cheese.  Sprinkle with salt & pepper and balsamic vinegar if desired. Lunch #3 –  Tomato & Avocado Salad – for a change of pace, serve this as a side dish with a grilled steak or hamburgers instead of guacamole. 1 tomato 1 avocado few slices red onion extra virgin olive oil cumin 1/2 a lime sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper Assemble:  Slice tomato and avocado.  Toss with onion, olive oil, and juice from 1/2 lime.  Sprinkle with cumin,...

Menu Plan Monday August 18 – 24

Now that school and sports are back in full swing, my life is so much easier if I’m on top of menu planning! Monday – homemade pizza, veggies from the garden Tuesday – grilled chicken, veggies from the garden, quinoa with spinach Wednesday – Peanut Thai Chicken, brown rice Thursday – roast Friday – date night – who knows where we’ll end up! Saturday –  Indian Red Lentils & Rice, fresh veggies Sunday – swim banquet – I’ll bring fresh tomatoes from the garden with mozzarella and basil – YUMMY Feel like you could use a refresher on menu planning?  Check out my menu planning e-course.  For less than $10 and in under an hour you’ll be a pro at planning a weekly menu perfect for YOUR family and YOUR schedule! Shared on Organizing...

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