This was my second time ordering a box from Hello Fresh and this on was delivered April 3rd! I turn into a kid at Christmas waiting for this thing... is that strange? That I'm THAT excited to cook new things? Our first meal from the new box was definitely not a disappointment... I give you MELT IN THE MIDDLE MEATBALLS!
Looks fuckin' glorious doesn't it? That's what I thought too when I saw the picture... and this was one of the 3 meals I was most excited for. The other two I chose this time were the Sweet Potato Coconut Curry and Turkey Milanese
The real challenge for me with every Hello Fresh meal, is getting it to look as much as I can, like the picture provided. That's the "fun" in it for me... besides eating the food, fuck I love eating - Usually I get a pretty close match...
Even more important than appearances... WAS IT EASY TO COOK? HOW DID IT TASTE AND WAS IT WORTH THE $? Kinda. Yes. and Yes. Uh... I should elaborate
Cooking these meals (as a skill level:mediocre cook) is still a challenge. I always try to cook my meals by making the least amount of dishes/mess and I find myself using tools I'd never regularly, to make some of these hello fresh meals. They also put heavy importance on using fresh spices, which I can appreciate - but taking the time to shred basil leaves or pick tiny parts off a rosemary stem can become the time consuming part of the recipe. It definitely requires some patience and work to put together and some extra clean up at the end. If you are the type of person who defines cooking as "putting a pizza or lasagna in the oven and done" this may be a little bit of a frustrating process for you, but we should all learn basic cooking skills just in case the robot overlords who cook for us one day, break down and we're left helpless. *Am I the only one waiting for robot chef's to cook for everyone one day?
The ingredients all looked great to start and instructions were clear - It did take me a little longer than a half an hour because I had a mix up with the sauce *We will get to those details... You can read the steps and ingredient list for the MELT IN THE MIDDLE MEATBALLS BY CLICKING HERE
Once I started washing and cutting up my ingredients, I noticed my shallot had a small yucky spot... I just cut it off and kept cooking (It wasn't a problem)
If you order a food box like this I recommend opening each bag of food you've received and going through the ingredients, also check your best before dates. Sometimes things are more fresh than others, and you may want to cook a recipe first depending on that.
Here I had completed step 1: prepping and cutting all the ingredients
(Garlic, Basil, Mozzarella, Shallot)
Mix them in a bowl with 1/2 the Italian spice provided and the ground beef - When its all mixed up, grab some to roll into a meatball... put a mozza cheese cube in the center of each one! (thats where the "melt in the middle" part comes in)
I cooked them on low/med and for a little longer than the recipe said - While the balls harden, start softening the spaghetti and get the sauce goin'
This is where I got a little confused... In the recipe it said to add the broth concentrate to the tomatoes - ON THE BROTH CONCENTRATE it says add 1 cup of water - It never said to do that in the recipe, but do I follow the instructions on the broth concentrate? I did. The sauce was a little too watery and needed extra time to simmer down and thicken *Not that big of a deal*
They also wanted me to add the basil stems in for flavor, and remove them later. Knowing me, I'd forget - or miss a stem and have an unpleasant bite of my meal, so I just skipped that step and left the basil stems out (I did add the basil leaves to the sauce near the end as directed)
In the end, I was very pleased with this meal. It turned out so good and my kitchen smelt heavenly. I will try to recreate this meal in the future, but I may modify the ingredients. The sauce wasn't my favorite thing in the world and I felt like I didn't have enough of it for these two plates. We also had a baguette with butter to go with this that *WAS NOT PROVIDED BY HELLO FRESH*
This meal cost $9 each from Hello Fresh *not taking into account the baguette I bought from the store for $3* I got my box at a discount - We order the Pronto plan: 3 Meals for 2 people delivered right to your front door! I got a discount for you to use too! Sign up with my coupon code to get $$ off your first order
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Snap's are supposed to go away after 24hrs but sometimes a story is too good not to share! Here is my attempt at cooking a hello fresh meal, let me know what you think in the comments!
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With a coupon my first box cost me $40 total for 3 meals for 2 people delivered to my front door. Totally worth trying for under $7 a meal (I'd usually pay that amount with ingredients I went out and got from the grocery store myself)
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Not all of us have every ingredient ready to go in the cupboard!
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2 Cups of Flour
2 Cups of Bread Crumbs
1 Chicken Breast
Set the oven to 400F
Line a pan with foil or parchment paper
Put the Flour and Bread Crumbs in separate bowls.
*add salt and pepper and/or other spices to the flour if you want more flavor
Crack the egg into its own bowl as well, add a tablespoon of water to the egg and whisk with a fork
Cut your chicken into nugget size pieces, dip them in the flour bowl, then into the egg&water mixture and finally into the bread crumbs and onto the pan. Once you've done this to all the chicken, put it in to bake for 15 mins. Flip the nuggets and put them back in for 10 mins (25 mins total) When they're done enjoy with celery or a side...
*For a side, make pink mashed potatoes! Learn how, click here
*For Dessert make Rice Pudding like grandma does, click here
Comment below and let me know what you like to dip your nuggets in! Ketchup? Ranch? Plum Sauce? MUSTARD? YOU CRAZY!
Grandma's Rice Pudding Recipe:
1 Cup of Rice
2 ounces of Butter
1 1/2 Cups of Sugar
1 Cinnamon Stick & Powder
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
Some Lemon Peel
2 Cups of Water
6 Cups of Milk
Half a tea spoon of Salt
Put 2 Cups of water in a pot to boil with half a tea spoon of salt
When it boils, add 1 cup of rinsed rice
After you add the rice wait for the water to boil again while stirring. Once it's boiling, strain the water from the rice
This step is to "open the rice" not cook it.
Now you are left with a pot of rice. Add 5 cups of milk for 1 cup of rice
Add 2 oz of butter
1/4 of the lemon (just the peel)
And a cinnamon stick...
add it all in the pot, turn it on to boil and keep stirring.
Keep stirring because you don't want it to get stuck to the bottom of the pan (and it will so stir your heart out)
When it boils, turn the stove on low and let it simmer and cook for 45mins-ish
You guessed it, you'll need to keep stirring through this process.
When the rice appears to be drying out, add another cup of milk. Warm the milk before adding, or add it to the pot little by little.
Stir in a cup of sugar and take out the lemon and cinnamon stick.
2 Egg Yolks + a teaspoon of vanilla mixed in a small dish, add a small amount of rice pudding to dissolve better and warm the egg. Add that mixture to the rice pudding while stirring fast so the egg cooks evenly. This makes the rice pudding very creamy
Add more sugar if you wish, we added another half a cup. Once the rice is cooked, its ready to be put on a plate! Decorate with cinnamon on top