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Gift - Vosges Black Salt Caramel Bar
This is a review of the 22nd box of food and recipes we have received from Home Chef. Each week they offer twelve recipes and a fruit basket to chose from. One is a smoothie, one is breakfast and usually three of them are vegetarian. Some are low calorie, low carb and some are gluten free. Each dinner entree is $9.95, smoothies are $4.95 and the fruit is $4.95. Occasionally, there is an special recipe that is higher in price due to the ingredients. This week we gave two recipes four out of five stars and two of them three. They also sent us a Vosges Black Salt Caramel Chocolate Bar as a gift. I had never tried this brand before and I became a huge fan with just one bite. It was so incredibly delicious and I've been craving it ever since.
Fall Detox Smoothie with Kale & Avocado
I really enjoy smoothies and this one included kale, parsley, avocado, apple cider and maple syrup. We gave it three stars because it wasn't sweet enough. Perhaps the addition of an apple, stevia or the use of a thicker apple cider with the addition of spices would have helped. It was enjoyable though, the perfect way to start your day. It took about ten minutes to prepare and it had 304 calories.
Thyme & Rosemary Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cider Pan Sauce & Broccoli Mash
Wow was this recipe scrumptious! I'm not a big fan of pork, so I'm always surprised when I really enjoy a pork recipe. We gave this recipe four out of five stars, but it would have been five stars if there had been more food. Usually they give us more than enough food, but this was a bit on the light side. The apple cider pan sauce was very delicious. Normally you have to slow cook apples with brown sugar to get that tasty of a sauce. This is the quick version using olive oil, minced garlic, shallot, corn starch, apple cider, evaporated milk, salt and pepper cooked in a pan. It took about forty-five minutes to prepare, ten minutes longer than the recipe indicated and it had 615 calories.
Double Decker Poblano Tostadas with Spanish Rice
I gave this recipe four out of four stars and Hubby gave it three stars, so in the end we give it three and half stars. Admittedly, we are very picky when it comes to tostadas. I would have given it five stars if it had a green sauce and better quality tortillas. Hubby would have given it a better grade with higher quality tortillas, green sauce and the addition of chicken or beef. He's not a big fan of vegetarian meals. I didn't like them stacked on top of each other, it was too difficult to eat. It took much longer than the forty minutes the recipe called for and it had 984 calories. Mind you, I could only eat half of it at one sitting, so it's really half the calories.
Blueberry BBQ Salmon with Honey Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
Hubby gave this one five stars and I gave it three, so in the end it gets a four. I'm not a fan of BBQ sauce, but since this one used blueberries instead of lots of sugar, I thought I would like it. It was enjoyable for me and Hubby loved it. I thought our reviews would be the other way around since Hubby loves really sugary BBQ sauce. This BBQ sauce has a "seasoning blend" which Hubby detected as having chili power and smoked paprika. It also had blueberry preserves and cider vinegar which were cooked for five minutes. Quite simple yet delicious and lower in sugar. This recipe took around thirty minutes and had 503 calories. It was a generous portion, I shared some of the salmon with our dogs.
It was yet another enjoyable week of recipes and food. Friday, the following recipes arrived:
- Pan Fried Sole with White Wine Butter Sauce
- Snickerdoodle Smoothie
- Bread Bowl Veggie Chili
- Butternut Mac 'N Cheese
- Pork Shumai Meatballs
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