It was a hard week for cooking, perhaps a good thing I had that sample box from Hello Fresh to check out. I cooked 4 of the 5 meals, all were more than enough for 2 of us. I was hoping the kids would join in but play practice and work got in the way. While I love having everything right there in the box, I'm looking to get out of my rut. I think we all tend to cook the same ten things over and over with a little variation. A couple years ago my husband and I did a Wellness Challenge and only ate a whole food, vegan diet (so no fake cheese or meat products, nothing packaged with more than 4 ingredients) and that really shook up our cooking. I may have to go back to those recipes this winter.
So I'm cooking these meals and looking over their recipes for ideas. Last night was a pan roasted chicken breast with Dijon mustard mushroom sauce over whole wheat Israeli cous cous, with arugula on the side (I added a tomato from the garden, last one). Now I already have the whole wheat cous cous, I buy a large bag from Amazon because my supermarket choices are limited here. I can buy it here but it will cost me! But I would simply bake the chicken breast and serve it with the couscous and a salad but it would never occur to me to make a sauce. I will definitely be making variations of this meal. They had me pan roast the two chicken breast pieces and lightly brown them, then bake for 10-11 minutes. I always overcook my chicken breast so this was an eye opener! Then I cooked the garlic and mushrooms in the pan, added water and chicken stock and scraped up the brown bits in the pan and added mustard and sour cream. I had dinner done and the pots washed (only the sauce pan and frying pan and baking tray) within 20 minutes. No joke. We had the arugula with the tomato with a little olive oil and lemon juice.
It was a fun experiment. I liked not having to think about what I was going to cook every night. Other than the first night, because the salmon dish said "cook me first", we had choices. Did we want the chicken, or beef stir fry, or spicy pork and kale soup (so good) or the cauliflower Mac and cheese? We still have the Mac and cheese left. I paid about $45 with the offer I got, but at $90 it's way too much money for 5 meals. I may do it once in a while for 3 meals or so. I did notice that I am at the end of the week and it's time to go to the dump today (I know, I really know how to have fun) and I opened the frig to do my weekly toss out and there's nothing left to throw out. Normally I have greens gone bad, a soft cucumber and lots of leftover containers because I over cook.
So I'm going to plan next week ahead of time and see if I can de-stress dinner with what I've learned this week and look over the recipes on their website. And then there's Thanksgiving to look forward to....