Friday, October 23, 2015

Meal Delivery: Green Chef

A couple weeks ago I posted a blog reviewing the meal delivery services of HelloFresh and Blue Apron. We have tried another service, Green Chef. This was another one my friend Katie has tried and sent some free meals my way (free meal code is below if you are interested).

If you want to review what we though to HelloFresh, read my post here:

Green Chef

use my code for 4 free meals:

HOW IT WORKS: Same as the other companies I have reviewed except they are USDA Certified Organic with no synthetic pesticides, modified organisms, artificial ingredients, or GMOs/antibiotics plus eco-friendly packaging.

$10.49 per person per meal for 3 Vegetarian Recipes
$11.99 per person per meal for 3 Omnivore recipes (veggie, meat, seafood)
$13.49 per person per meal for 3 Carnivore recipes (meat and seafood)

HOW IT ARRIVES: In a large box, all ingredients wrapped in a giant insulated bag with cold packs and instructions, color coded. They aren't individually wrapped per meal, but do color coded stickers on each ingredient that matches the instruction sheets.

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Ginger-steamed Cobia

with chard argue & scallion rice cakes

Ingredients (all organic): cobia fillets, aromatic vegetables, herbs, dried shiitake mushrooms, vegetable stock, celery, Swiss chard, sushi rice, sushi sauce, mirin
Cook time: 30 minutes

Verdict: We loved the scallion rice cakes, crispy and very tasty. I liked the fish but wasn't a huge fan of the ragu. Overall it was very good, can't wait to make the rice cakes again.

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Molasses Chicken

with veggie fries & caramelized onion couscous

I forgot to take a picture, here is the one from their site
Ingredients (all organic): marinated chicken breasts, spiced orange-ginger sauce, rainbow carrots, green beans, honey-glaze, rosemary, parsley, pearl couscous, yellow onion, smoked salt

Cook time: 40 minutes

Verdict: Everything was very good. It was hard to get the chicken to cook thoroughly but not burn the outside because of the molasses marinade. It was still tasty but a little over crispy for my taste. The pearl couscous was delicious!

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Pesto Grilled Cheese

with marinated artichoke salad & tomato jam

Ingredients: ciabatta, organic butter, organic mozzarella & Swiss cheese, organic arugula pesto, organic olives, organic grape tomatoes, organic garlic, organic balsamic brown sugar, marinated artichokes, organic sprouted lentils
Cook time: 15 minutes

Verdict: Definitely my favorite of all of them. The arugula pesto was amazing and I actually saved some to put on my sandwiches the rest of the week. The balsamic glaze on the tomato salad was super tasty! I will be making this again.
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Finally Opinion: Very happy that they are Certified Organic on all ingredients compared to the other companies. I wasn't a huge fan of the color coding because the colors they sent were too close to tell (pink and red) when in the refrigerator. I actually got a couple ingredients mixed up. If they picked different colors I think it would work great. are our PROs and CONs
My biggest PROS for using a delivery service:
  • It has prevented us from eating out, we have been having dinner at home almost every night.
  • Opened us up to trying new types of recipes I would have never thought of
  • taught me cooking techniques I usually shy away from (ex. cutting corn off the cob instead of buying frozen or canned corn)
  • And my favorite, I get 20-40 minutes of ME time to cook. It has been a huge de-stresser but still Sawyer likes to help with some recipes and that is still just as enjoyable.

I really don't have cons except maybe the choices of how many meals and for how many people. It would be nice to get one for 3 people and maybe just 2 times a week.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Weekend in Pictures // Dallas

I traveled to Dallas last Friday morning for work and while we had a lot to accomplish, we also got to enjoy ourselves a little after the work was done. Thanks to our amazing hostess we were able to see the Dallas Aurora Festival on Friday evening and then see Taylor Swift in concert Saturday night.  We may work long hours but we make sure we get in some fun time too! One of my favorite artist, Vance Joy opened for her as well as Shawn Mendes. Taylor also brought out a surprise guest, Ellie Goulding to perform. She packed the house with 62,000 fans. Her show was incredible, definitely a must see!

It was the first time I left Scout overnight but I did better than I thought, I honestly didn't have time to think about how much I missed him. I joke that I felt like I pumped all over the city of Dallas but it is pretty much true. Traveling as a nursing mom is hard work.
Boy, was I glad to snuggle all my boys when I got home Sunday and it was a beautiful day so we enjoyed a nice long walk as a family. It was the first time Scout got to ride facing out in the Bjorn too.

Here are some videos from the festival and the concert. Funny thing is I uploaded the full Bad Blood performance to my YouTube channel and I got a notice from YouTube that is has been blocked due to a copyright claim. That has never happened with any of the other concert videos I have posted. So here are the others ones they allowed me to share.....

Aurora Festival 

Taylor Swift Wildest Dreams

Ellie Goulding

Vance Joy Intro

Vanc Joy - Mess is Mine
Vance Joy - Georgia
Nice welcome from the Fairmont Hotel
even personalized my toiletries
How Sweet!!
Dallas Aurora Arts Festival, buildings were lit up with art

Visiting the Bomb Factory venue, they just purchased the World's largest disco ball
Lunch at the Rustic
Bacon drink...interesting!
Dallas Cowboy's Stadium is HUGE!

Julie carried around her daughter's bear and took picturesof it all over Dallas
The suite before the show
peaking out the window, this is where we will be for the Cowboys game in December

Julie, Tracie, and Me

Ellie Goulding
Taylor handed out bracelets that were synced to her songs

Scout's souvenir from my trip, the cake is for me :)
Sawyer calls the bracelet from the concert his magic Fitbit
When I returned, he did all the grocery shopping for me

Family Walk

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Great Daddy Surprise

For anyone that knows my husband, knows he is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. He has never lived in Dallas or doesn't even have family there, however he did grow up in the 90s when they were super popular and had some of the all time greats (Deion Sanders, Emmit Smith, etc.). So at a very young age he was a follower and has loved them ever since. When the opportunity came up to go to a game, I knew I would do whatever it took to get him tickets and that is how the Great Daddy Surprise was born. I ordered some shirts for the boys, made a little movie trailer and signs, and then the boys and I hid in the bedroom to give John the best birtday gift ever (his words)....the chance to see America's team play at Jerry's World in December. It will also be a chance for us to have a small getaway sans kids for our 5 year wedding anniversary. It's a win-win. We will be traveling with my boss (#bossfriend) and her husband and from what I hear our seats are going to be quite the treat for Mr. Hamra. Don't worry, another post to come.

Check out my movie trailer:

waiting patiently

I'm getting nervous!

still in shock!

birthday kisses

We also celebrated his birthday last weekend with 
friends at Missouri Spirits and Falstaff's.

A drink with a popsicle?!? Yes, please!


Girl's Win! Sort of