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GIVE ME YOUR STARCHES

Hello Wednesday! I am currently blogging while Andy is driving us to Brookline for dinner. I am also going to pick up my dinosaur and shark from last week’s paint night! Anyway, over the weekend I got ambitious and made a potato bacon torte for my friend Ginny’s potato party.

At first I was going to be lazy and just bring some chips and vodka. But my coworker offered up her tasty recipe. So I trudged to the grocery store on Friday night, and began making the torte on Saturday afternoon. I’m glad it turned out good, I was worried. THERE WAS SO MUCH FOOD! I didn’t have a chance to try everything. I made the huge mistake of eating dinner beforehand, I wasn’t mentally prepared for the sheer quantity of food. After the party we went to Harry’s where I drank White Russians and relaxed with friends.

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SPAGHETTI SQUASH!

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Spaghetti squash with mahi mahi

I was super excited to make some more spaghetti squash with my spiralizer the other night. My sister got me a Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer from Williams-Sonoma for Christmas. At first I had a bit of difficulty figuring out how to use it. But once I got the hang of it, I’m practically a pro at spiralizing. I also watched some YouTube vids on how to properly use it, and checked websites on which veggies can be used. This is my second time making spaghetti squash. I opted for a finer blade this round and like it better than the larger blade I used last time.  

Once I turned the butternut squash into spaghetti, I roasted it in the oven for about 10 minutes. I had had drizzled some olive oil on it with salt n’ peppah beforehand. It came out really good! I also added some spaghetti sauce too. Last time I just had it plain. I like it either way, but if you aren’t a huge fan of squash, you can use sauce. The sauce really helps disguise the fact you’re not eating real spaghetti. 

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LEMONY SOLE WITH OVEN-ROASTED POTATOES & ARTICHOKES…and a bloody lemon #HelloFresh

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[Photo] food!

I made my second meal from my latest Hello fresh delivery this week.  For those that don’t know, HelloFresh is a dinner box service. Each week they create new recipes to pick from and they send the recipes and ingredients right to your door. So you can cook your own meals without having to make a trip to the grocery store. You can skip weeks if you like too! I find the recipes are really easy to follow, but definitely involve some prep time. But it’s great way to get more comfortable in the kitchen and get cooking! If you’re interested in checking them out, use my referral code at the bottom of this post to save $20 off your first order. Don’t worry, they have options for vegetarians as well! Anyway, we made Lemony Sole with Oven-Roasted Potatoes & Artichokes.

I decided to take this dish on alone for selfish reasons. I was hungry and didn’t feel like waiting for Andy to wake up from a nap. This took me about an hour and a half from start to finish. YIKES! I probably should have just woken Andy up. Anyway, we didn’t add the lemon zest because I accidentally cut my hand and the lemon got a little blood on it, YUCK! But now I know in the future just zest a lemon with a grater, it’s a million times easier and I probably won’t cut myself [hopefully]. I also had a hard time flipping the fish filet in the pan, they were too delicate and broke apart. So my pictures aren’t very pretty. Aside from that, the food was darn good! 

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I purchased the HelloFresh dinner kit on my own. All opinions are my own. To help me get referral points, please use my code! Save 20$ on your first order with my code QFJ5CE at www.hellofresh.com

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SEARED STEAK AND SWORDFISH #HelloFresh

We got another set of three meals from HelloFresh this week. For those that don’t know, HelloFresh is a dinner box service. Each week they create new recipes to pick from and they send the recipes and ingredients right to your door. So you can cook your own meals without having to make a trip to the grocery store. You can skip weeks if you like too! I find the recipes are really easy to follow, but definitely involve some prep time. But it’s great way to get more comfortable in the kitchen and get cooking! If you’re interested in checking them out, use my referral code at the bottom of this post to save $20 off your first order. Don’t worry, they have options for vegetarians as well! Anyway, we made Seared Steak with Peppercorn Sauce and Grilled Swordfish with Pepperonata and Garlicky Cannellini Beans. 

I had no part in the cooking of the swordfish. Andy did that all on his own, which was nice! I like coming home to dinner already made. haha! But he said there wasn’t much to do prep-wise so from start to finish it took him about an hour.

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[photo] Swordfish

I decided to make the seared steak all on my own last night because I was very hungry and Andy decided to take a nap. So, it took me a little over an hour to make this dish, and that was mostly because the steak took much longer to cook than the directions stated. I ended up over-cooking it a little. I actually prefer my steak on the medium-rare side, but it wasn’t bad being cooked well-done. The roast potatoes and broccoli were a cinch to make at least! Zorro kept trying to steal the pan of roast potatoes and broccoli though. He loves veggies for some reason, my dog is a weirdo.

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LAMB RAGU WITH RICOTTA & MINT #HelloFresh

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[photo] Yummy meal!

We got another set of three meals from HelloFresh this week. For those that don’t know, HelloFresh is a dinner box service. Each week they create new recipes to pick from and they send the recipes and ingredients right to your door. So you can cook your own meals without having to make a trip to the grocery store. You can skip weeks if you like too! I find the recipes are really easy to follow, but definitely involve some prep time. But it’s great way to get more comfortable in the kitchen and get cooking! If you’re interested in checking them out, use my referral code at the bottom of this post to save $20 off your first order. Don’t worry, they have options for vegetarians as well! Anyway, we made Lamb Ragu Pasta that was yummy! If it looks good to you too, you can download the recipe from the HelloFresh site here.

Anyway, I’m happy to say this was one of the easier recipes. Andy was happy there was barely any prep. But I had a bit of cooking to do! I started off by cooking the pasta while Andy prepped the ingredients. Then I started cooking the ground lamb in a separate pan. Once the lamb had been cooking for five minutes, I added the garlic and shallot. After a few more minutes, I was able to add the ground tomato, mint, and water to make the ragu. It smelled so good! The pasta finished cooking while I was prepping the sauce, so I left in on low until I was ready to drain it. Once done, you mix the ragu sauce and pasta together. You can add a scoop of ricotta and extra mint to your plate too. We even had leftovers, which is great! 

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I purchased the HelloFresh dinner kit on my own. All opinions are my own. To help me get referral points, please use my code! Save 20$ on your first order with my code QFJ5CE at www.hellofresh.com

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LEMONY CHICKEN AND BURST TOMATO LINGUINE #HelloFresh

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[Photo] Cooking up a storm!

We made another meal from my HelloFresh order this week. If you’re interested in checking them out, use my referral code at the bottom of this post to save $20 off your first order. We made the linguine recipe last night and it was yummy! If it looks good to you too, you can download the recipe from the HelloFresh site here.

This recipe involved a bit more prep work because of all the veggies,but the cooking went by quickly. Plus we have leftovers, which hardly ever happens. I’m going to enjoy the leftovers for lunch today. I’m going to say this involved about 30 minutes of prep work and 15-20 minutes of actual cooking. Andy handled the prep work again, and I did all the cookeratin’ and such. We should have cooked the lettuce wraps recipe first, the lettuce already went bad. We will have to pop over to Stop & Shop this week and pick up some more before we make the third recipe from this shipment. I can’t wait though, I love lettuce wraps. 

 

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SEARED SWORDFISH WITH WARM POTATO & BEAN SALAD #HelloFresh

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I got my first HelloFresh order this week! If you’re interested in checking them out, use my referral code at the bottom of this post to save $20 off your first order. We decided to try the Swordfish recipe last night and it was yummy! If it looks good to you too, you can download the recipe from the HelloFresh site here.

So far, I’m liking the HelloFresh dinner kits the most. They run about $10 more than Blue Apron and Plated. Ingredients are separated into labeled bags when you receive your insulated package. I recall Plated does the same thing. I’m not crazy about UPS delivery though, I didn’t get my package until towards the end of the day, which is annoying.

The recipes are less complicated and don’t involve as much prep time. THANK THE LAWD! We were getting annoyed with the amount of chopping some of the other recipes require.  We managed about 15-20 minutes of prep and 15 minutes of actual cooking. Andy handled chopping the veggies and I prepped and cooked the swordfish. I also cooked the beans and potatoes. Clean up was not fun though (it never is). I feel like I spend more time cleaning up after than cooking and meal prep combined. Can I hire a post-dinner clean up service? That needs to be a thing. 

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I purchased the HelloFresh dinner kit on my own. All opinions are my own. To help me get referral points, please use my code! Save 20$ on your first order with my code QFJ5CE at www.hellofresh.com

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