Sunday, March 1, 2015

Blue Apron - FAIL

This is NOT a sponsored post, this is our opinion of Blue Apron.

If you are not familiar with Blue Apron it is "A Better Way to Cook" (taken from their website). What it comes down to, they send you three meals for 2, including everything you need for about $60. It comes neatly packed with ice packs, and everything really arrived fresh. We ended up with three meals containing things we have never eaten (i.e. turnips, some green veggies from the beef lo mein recipe (spoiler alert, I threw the entire thing out including the recipe card) and some scary looking mushroom for the vegetarian jambalaya.) What I did like, was that you can pick which main meats you eat. Since we do not eat seafood/fish/veal/lamb, we were guaranteed to not have those, and we did not receive them.

The first dish we tried was Chicken and Sage biscuit pot pie.

Please note, the green pepper wasn't supposed to be there. This dish was good. It was much too sagey for me, next time I would leave it out. Also the amount of celery to the carrots was WAY too much. I would remove a celery stalk and replace it with 2 carrots. Also since this was our first experience with a turnip (I had to google it to see how to clean it) I would replace it with potato in the future, since we normally have them on hand. I was surprised how it has a mild taste.

The next meal we made was a beef lo mein. I thought I took pictures, but maybe in the heat of the moment of me tossing our supper into the garbage after cooking for 40 minutes..I might have deleted them. We tried and were SO grossed out. The veggies had a VERY strong, bitter flavor, and the beef was ground beef. Not steak like, which I was expecting. Not to mention, they didn't send us any garlic. It was a good thing I had that on hand. This experience of this recipe left me frightened to even TRY the last one of veggie jambalaya. I ended up chopping up the veggies and freezing them for other recipes and plan on using the canned veggies for chili. The scary mushroom thing...well..that got tossed.

The worst part of all of this was....I forgot to cancel in time for us not to have to get this again this week. So again we have a HUGE amount of food that we are not familiar with. Just to let you know, cancelling it NOT an easy task. You have to request an email.

So this week we have the following recipes to make: Three Cheese Cannelloni (that has weird things like butternut squash and kale in. I am thinking about making kale chips and roasted butternut squash and making a more traditional cannelloni or slicing the sheets of fresh pasta into strips.

The next is Beet, Goat Cheese and apple sliders..maybe you have missed it, but this is a MAJOR fail for us..I am sure you know we haven't eaten Beets...luckily I know my friend Ash loves them. We are to also make a fingerling potato salad with Frisee and Mint. UM..I know what mint is..but what is Frisee?? Should I again just roast the potatoes? (see a theme here?)

Lastly we have a Chole Chickpea Stew with Collard Greens and Naan bread. Guess what?! Yep you got it...there is NO way we will eat Collard Greens...they are bitter...anyone want them?? I hear it takes some getting used to. There is also coconut yogurt..??? What is that??!?!? Is it coconut flavored yogurt? OH FAIL over here. I might use greek plain instead.

If you noticed we bought three vegetarian meals for $60. Dude..seriously?!

So as you can see...our experience isn't the best. IF you can eat anything this might be good for you. We will NOT be doing this again. I would maybe try a different service after I checked the review more closely.

OK raise of hands..who wants which meal!?

Yeah I didn't think so. ;)

If you have tried Blue Apron was your experience like ours?

Have you tried a similar one from Peapod?

When was the last time you tossed an entire recipe, to scrounge the fridge to quickly feed a hangry child?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

meal planning/prepping

Hey,

So my initial 2015(see here) plans aren't going so well. I have been wearing makeup for the most part, not to church this morning...but more days than not. My working out has been non existent. I am a bit concerned I have a sinus infection, I should probably make a doc appointment.

V and I have been working hard at making meal plans and making things from scratch. I know for many this is probably a no brainer, but for us this is a bit new. My SIL has been doing this for years, and she feeds a family of 5, which is how I grew up, with many mouths to feed. So when I am making food for V and myself, and neither of us likes leftovers, so it is hard to meal plan with the proper portions, esp since some days V eats twice as much as me and other days he barely eats.

I have been also getting V to help and cook more. At his age(7.5) I was already cooking for my entire family. So yesterday he chopped up our peppers to throw into the freezer. I didn't want them to go bad, so V chopped them up. He did ok. They are a bit big, but hey, we didn't throw them out.

Last night we browned up a pound of ground beef (we get our beef from a grassfed vendor from upstate Wisconsin, and the flavor is amazing, let me know if you want any info), and split it into two meals, one last night of beef stroganoff, and one for tonight of hamburger stew. Tonight we were to do the same thing and make goulash for tomorrow night and chili for Tuesday night, but I found I don't have chili powder....obv I haven't made chili in some time. So tomorrow night I need to hit up the Target on my way to pick up V from school and grab some chili powder.

So here is our list for this week:

Monday:
B: V toast with PB, L egg salad on open faced English muffin
L: V Buying at school, L leftovers and fruit
S: goulash and a veggie

Tuesday:
B: V drinkable yogurt, L egg salad on an open faced English muffin
L: V PB&J, and fruit, L leftovers and fruit
S: Chili and maybe biscuits

Wednesday:
B: V fruit, L open faced egg salad on English muffin
L: V lunchable, L leftovers
S: meatloaf with sides

Thursday:
B: V poptart, L peanut butter toast and fruit
L: V yogurt and fruit, L leftovers
S: ham sandwiches and sides

Friday:
B:  V toast with butter and jelly, L unsure
L:  salami sandwiches
S: ? maybe takeout? maybe leftovers?

For snacks we have raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, cauliflower, and carrots. V can't bring anything with allergens for snack time, so it really makes it hard sometimes, because remember he is 7. At school he also gets an additional small breakfast snack.

Here is V from about 20 minutes ago, he pulled out frozen banana, mango, strawberries and peaches...it was too thick so we added a drinkable yogurt and some water.

he was frozen, it started with being heaped over the cup

Tell me about what you use to keep you on track, either financially or for healthy reasons.

What ingredients do you use to make your favorite fruit smoothie?

I just got a fitbit charge yesterday, a review to come, do you have one so can be fitbit friends and motivators?




Sunday, January 4, 2015

plans to change via 2015

So I am not making resolutions.

I am making plans to be a better me.

There are many layers and it is still evolving. But here is a short start to my list.

Actually put on 'some' makeup if I am leaving the house.

Do not leave the house wearing sweats unless I am sicker than a dog or going out for exercise.

Meal plan and try to make healthier meals (from scratch), while teaching V how to cook/bake. (V eats much more and has more interest in eating when he can help make it, he talks for weeks about the things he makes. He is only 7, but really wants to help cook.)

Get on the dreadmill and start off running X amount and then increase it one minute every week. The X amount is one minute by one minute or X minutes in a row. It's up to me how I feel that week.

Continue cleaning out our place. We are in a very small area, and purging is not our strong point.

Only surrounding myself with people who care about us. I have already started purging my FB list. We don't need any added negativity.

Continue saving money where we can.

What have been some of your goals? Do you believe in resolutions?




Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hey how have you been? We have been pretty quiet over here. I have been plagued with injuries, and there really hasn't been anything I can update you on.

My latest injury was when I was stepping out of my shower, and hit my (healthy) foot on the glass door frame. Originally, I thought it was broken, then I thought it was just bruised..but it is still sore and it has been about 3 weeks. So I am going back to think it is broken. It is also still tender.

(yes I still need a pedicure, the thought of someone moving my toe hurts to think about)

V and I did a lot of baking this Christmas. We gave a lot of baked good for gifts. I also tried my hand of making homemade yeast bread.


V and I had a good Christmas, I got a Ninja. I tried my hand at making homemade smoothies. We love them from Marianos. Mine weren't as good, but they were still delish.


V was working on a programming online app, and Bogie decided he wanted to spend some time with V, Bogie is not a lap cat. So this is funny. V just kept going. Finally, I had to pick Bogie up and off of V. And yes..Bogie is a big cat. My coworkers said he looks like a lion. LOL

#catnaponChristmas


Our Christmas #Selfie



We hope you had a great Christmas. Next time, I want to share our plans of things to work on this year. :)

What was your favorite gift for Christmas?
Do you take selfies?
Cats or Dogs? I actually prefer a dog, but we are in a condo with no yard. One day..I want a lab.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

in Italian?

for some reason my blog setting are currently in Italian...anyone else having issue? I need to get this fixed.

Monday, December 8, 2014

little miss priss

That is what I am.

Let me tell you a short story, my sibling is a good person. He has his family on a budget and they have a good life. He monitors ads and coupon deals. He not only an upstanding dad, he is an upstanding citizen in his town. He donates to the less fortunate, he spreads his knowledge and good deals.

One of the deals he finds is meat on clearance. (aka it is expiring that day and you need to freeze or use that day).

NOW as many of you already know, I have food issues. I am not a fan of leftovers, as the microwave changes the texture of meat. I have really bad texture issues. One small piece of bone in my burger will make me swear off burgers for at least 6 months.

So my brother helped me score some great deals on meat. I pulled out a pound plus of burger meat yesterday from the freezer and I had a plan to use half in chili and the other half in a hotdish for tonight's supper.

I opened the bag and found it smelled HORRIBLE. Now..it probably wasn't bad, but I knew I wasn't going to be able to overcome the taste in the meat. I am sure he would tell you it is in my head, and maybe it is....but I knew I couldn't do it.

So my 'steal' ended up in the garbage. We ended up scrounging for other food.

Do you ever buy food that is a steal only to throw it out?

Do you meal plan? It is something new to us.

Food texture issues? I have so many...V eats more than I do. I have a horrible gag reflex. For instance tonight, I was watching a show and they were to eat gross things and I literally gagged and ran for the bathroom.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

that should be me

Have you ever gone through a situation and felt..gee..that should be me?

I have too many times over..

....that should be how much I  have improved in my running...that should be me with how good of a cook I am...that should be me with that clean and organized of a house...that should be me with a husband/father for my child...that should be me... (fill in the blank)

I think we all fall into this at one point or another. I think the defining point is what are we going to do with it. Are we going to sit and wallow in our misery or will we decide to take action/or take a high road and enjoy it all?

I have taken the low road too many times to mention. I won't deny it still gets me from time to time. But you know what? I am so lucky. I have a good job. I have a GREAT kid. I have a great running community that I miss terribly and I can't wait to get back to. I am happy V is so active. I am happy he is so loving, caring, and considerate. I am so happy we were able to afford a new couch. I am so happy that my stupid foot is healing and I am thinking about attempting the dreadmill this weekend. I am so happy that my stupid mole wasn't cancer. I am so happy that I have a messy house.. I am so blessed that I have so many people who care about me.

I have spent WAY too much time and energy for those that have mistreated me, or disrespected me or my child.

In 2015 I want to continue to relish is the enjoyment of all that is good, rid of all of the not so good.

Spend more time with the dreadmill and not get injured....and kick the current residents...off



I want to continue to grow my friendships and really enjoy their bounty

And I really want to enjoy this Christmas season with this munchkin...or should we say my little elf.



How do you find the good?

What motivates you?

Are you coming off of an injury and itching to get back?