Tag: Blue Apron

Supermarket Meal Kit #2

I tried the Stouffer’s Roasted Tuscan Style Chicken meal kit a few weeks ago. I was pleased with its easy preparation and good taste. This week I tried another one from Stouffer’s — Braised Pork.

Front and back of meal kit box
Front and back meal kit box

The meal’s four components (pork, potatoes, broccoli, and sauce) came frozen and packed in plastic.

Frozen pork and sauce in bags
Frozen broccoli and potatoes in plastic

Step 1:

Thaw sauce in its bag in boiled water.

Saucepan and frozen sauce in bag

Step 2:

Heat some oil in a skillet and cook the potatoes.

Potatoes cooking in skillet

Step 3:

Heat more oil and cook the pork.

Pork cooking in skillet

Step 2.5:

Microwave the brocolli in the plastic while the other stuff is cooking.

Illustration of microwave and photo of broccoli in bag

The whole thing takes about 25 minutes (like it says on the box). The instructions say bto mix the pork with the sauce and serve the potatoes and broccoli on the side. I mixed it all together. There was enough sauce for everything.

Completed meal. in skillet
The finished meal!

The pork tasted great! The veggies weren’t spectacular, but still good. I liked this meal better than the Tuscan Chicken.

One of these days I’ll talk myself into trying one of the meal kit services like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron. I’ll keep your informed.

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Supermarket Meal Kit

I’ve been intrigued by the meal kit services that cropped up a few years ago. I want to try them, but I’m a little scared for some reason. Also, they’re not cheap.

When I saw this Stouffer’s family meal kit in Kroger’s frozen food section, I decided it would be worth a try.

The box contains packaged chicken pieces, broccoli, a rice and quinoa mixture, and some sauce. You start by boiling water in a pan. You’ll use the hot water to melt the frozen sauce.

Illustration of saucepan

While the water is boiling you heat some oil in a skillet to cook the chicken.

Illustration of skillet

You’ll heat the quinoa mix and broccoli on a plate in the microwave while the other stuff is cooking.

Illustration of microwave oven

Put the chicken, the sauce, and the broccoli together and serve the quinoa on the side.

Plated meal

Conclusions

  • Easy to prepare
  • Not too pricey
  • Tasty
  • Healthy
  • Would be good to cook for a small dinner party

I’m glad I tried this meal kit and I will definitely buy it again. I imagine the offerings from Blue Apron and the like are more flavorful since they included herbs, spices, and other fancy food elements. But if you don’t want to spend the extra money, and do a little more work, this kit might be the next best thing.

Nutrition information
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Work work and food

I worked a fair amount of hours last week. I finished a blog post about personal digital archiving and started one on digital painting. I go to work with the mindset that I am a writer. Then I sit down and write. The topics I write about require some research, and I feel a little guilty when I’m searching the Web and not writing, but that’s part of the process.

This week, I want to finish the latest blog post. I also want to learn something that I can make a video tutorial about.   Those are my work goals.

In my personal life, I want to write more in my real paper notebook. I think this will help to alleviate my depression and anxiety. I recently read yet another article about how journaling is a good way to deal with depression. I’ve got stuff I need to say that I don’t want to share with the world.

Another personal goal is about food. I have to improve my diet. I eat vegetables most days, but I’m not getting anywhere near the recommended five per day. I think that I have to eat well so that MS doesn’t get the better of me. There are recipes I want to try, but the idea of going to the grocery store and getting the ingredients stops me. I considered trying Blue Apron, but it’s too expensive for my budget. What I think I can do is work with the food I have at home. That seems reasonable.

Illustration-Carrot, Broccoli, Red Pepper