Friday Favorite: Green Chef

My brother-in-law recently changed jobs and now is at the amazing meal delivery service Green Chef. Thus when I got an email that they were delivering to the Pacific Northwest I immediately signed up for the trial offer ($26.98 for three dinners for two/$4.50 a serving! – click here for the offer). Each box is delivered to your doorstep packed with delicious produce and meat. The food is all USDA organic and the meals make sure to utilize the colorful produce. For example, this last week had a steak dish accompanied by a slaw made from broccoli stems, carrots, red onion, fennel, red pepper, and parsley topped with a creamy dressing. Delicious, filling, colorful, and summer-like. Every item delivered is color coded to match the recipe card. It is also correctly portioned, so if you only need 1 tsp of a spice for a meal you don’t have to buy the whole bottle!

You can customize the box to be vegetarian, omnivore (some vegetarian, some meat), carnivore (meat with each meal), gluten free, paleo, and the newest plan vegan. Omnivore and carnivore allow you pick what types of meat you would like to receive. Each of the plans varies in price slightly to account for the ingredients. We have tried omnivore and carnivore (on accident), but even when each meal has a meat focus there are lots of veggies.

Since the trial week we have changed the delivery scheduled to once a month. Thus we have had six dinners from Green Chef so far and most all have been hits. Those we have liked less are due to small personal preferences such as a dislike of green olives or how spicy a sauce was. Really good for what I expected! My absolute favorite meal so far was a pesto-ricotta flatbread pizza with salad (picture above). It was creamy, delicious and a meal I would never think to make.

My favorite parts of Green Chef are fewer decisions and cooking special meals together.

The week a box arrives I only have to decide do we want meal 1, 2, or 3 for dinner. No need to meal plan the entire week. Its simple and easy.

Its also nice to have laid out instructions. This means we can easily make dinner in the kitchen together or one read while the other chops. Green Chef has become our own version of date night; we get to spend time together, cook together, and experience a new dish together.


Disclosure: Yes, by brother-in-law works for Green Chef and I heard about it through him. All opinions are my own and it is one of my favorite products, I would use it if he worked there or not. This post contains some affiliate links. When you buy something through one of my links, I get a small credit. That means that at no extra cost to yourself, you can help me pay the cost of running this site. Thank you for your support!

Reading Nook: May 2016

The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner

I am rereading the Fringe Hours after hearing her on some new podcasts. She has a bubbly voice and is fun to listen to, the same goes for writing while still getting to the point. The Fringe Hours is sprinkled and punctuated with personal stories from Jessica and women surveyed for the book. I expect to reread this book many times throughout life as a reminder that its ok to say no, I don’t need a perfect spotless kitchen and that mindless Netflix watching doesn’t fill me up.

What’s Best Next by Matthew Aaron Perman

I started this on the recommendation of a friend and it very much falls into the productivity/career books. I appreciate how this book flips and starts with why productivity is important compared to so many fo the same genre that just starts with how to get more done.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Second reread for the month but sometimes you need old familiar books. We are planning a trip to see family over Memorial Day weekend and I always love reading cheesy fiction on such trips. Such books help escape normal life and enjoy the vacation more. I originally read this after the author appeared on The Lively Show podcast (noticing a podcast theme) and it seemed like a fun premise, William and Kate but not. The US is fascinated with the British royal family and its very clean in the book, fun to imagine what their lives could be.


Reading Nook is a monthly series about what I am reading that month and my recommendations.

Favorite: Halo Top Creamery

 

I’m always on the hunt for no or low sugar treats. I had heard tell of Halo Top ice cream but couldn’t find it in Bellingham. It claimed to be low calorie, low fat, low sugar and high protein (6 grams per 1/2 cup) while still tasting delicious. Of course I was interested in trying it. It got to the point of nearly obsessive so on a trip to the Oregon coast we stopped at five grocery stores in search of it. We were greeted by four cleared shelves. Thanks to New Seasons Market in Tualitn we gleefully purchased chocolate, vanilla, and lemon cake. (The pints helped us get through Portland rush hour traffic)

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I was instantly hooked.

Recently Whole Foods opened in Bellingham and I was able to try strawberry. I am impatiently waiting for mint chip, birthday cake, and chocolate mocha chip to return to stock!

Chocolate tastes like Häagen-Dazs chocolate and the vanilla is exactly like Bryer’s vanilla bean. Lemon cake is my favorite so far, its acidic, fruity and smooth yet not at all sour.

In short, Halo Top ice cream tastes like Breyer’s, Häagen-Dazs, and other normal delicious ice cream yet with a fraction of the sugar.

Update: Mint chip is amazing as well, tying for my favorite flavor.