Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Blue Apron Subscription Box 8th Delivery & Giveaway



Lentil Crusted Salmon with Spinach Yogurt Dal & Apricot Chutney



Recipe Results



Matzoh Crusted Chicken with Orange, Fennel & Golden Beet Salad



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Beef Dukbokki with Quick Kimchi & Sugar Snap Peas



Recipe Results


This is a review of the eighth box we received from a subscription box called Blue Apron. Our favorite dish this week was the Lentil Crusted Salmon followed by the Beef Dukbokki dish and lastly the Matzoh Chicken.

Lentil Crusted Salmon with Spinach Yogurt Dal & Apricot Chutney


This dish is one of our favorites so far. It tasted like three different dishes in one. The first wonderful flavor was the salmon that was cooked with lentil flour. The second flavor was the Spinach Yogurt Dal which was a wonderful comforting texture and flavor. Third, the Apricot Chutney which tasted so good with a bit of salmon. This is the sweetest chutney I've had and we both enjoyed it a lot. We were sad when our plates were empty and hubby licked his bowl clean. Our dogs were disappointed since we weren't sharing but a little bit with them. I soaked the lentils in the refrigerator for several hours prior to cooking, but I'm not sure it would have been necessary since they were very soft after cooking. Dishes like this one is why we keep getting box after box from Blue Apron. Bravo, Blue Apron, this one is a winner!

Matzoh Crusted Chicken with Orange, Fennel & Golden Beet Salad

Oh how disappointing this dish was, so sad. The beet salad was so horrible and I had an allergic reaction which caused me to have a sore throat for several hours. Beets should be cooked so that is less likely to happen and so it tastes better too! The fennel is pretty tasteless unless it's cooked in a stock or something that will give it some flavor. I had to skip eating the pickled onions since the last pickled item I ate, kimchi, gave me an IBS attack which lasted days. Hubby said he didn't care for the taste and that it took all the intense flavor out of the onion. Our orange was dry as a bone. I've never seen an orange that dry before. So that may have made the salad a bit tasty if it hadn't been too old causing it to lose all of it's juice and have a hard texture. The chicken was good, we liked the matzoh crust. We both left the table hungry since we couldn't stand eating much of the salad.

Beef Dukbokki with Quick Kimchi & Sugar Snap Peas

Since the last dish that had kimchi made me sick for days with an IBS flare up, I skipped that part of the dish. If you have IBS, you know that anything pickled can really cause a lot of gas and pain. This dish was weird, the rice cakes were very strange! The dish was just ok, I wasn't impressed.

Check out the previous Blue Apron recipes that I reviewed:


Blue Apron Giveaway:

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Blue Apron has provided me with another free subscription box worth $59.94 to give away. Congratulations to Alison, Tina, Amy, Samantha & Candie who won the last five! Blue Apron will send the winner one shipment that includes all the ingredients for three recipes for two people for a total of six servings. To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecopter form above. The winner must be over 18 years old, a new Blue Apron customer, provide me with their name and email address to give to Blue Apron, provide Blue Apron their credit card number in case they want to continue with the service past the first box and live in the US. The states they do not ship to are: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota & Texas. To cancel future shipments is easy since it can be done right on their website under "Delivery Schedule". 

I also reviewed Plated & Hello Fresh which are similar food subscription boxes and I will review Home Chef soon. So check those out before you leave and don't forget to claim your Free Graze Box. What do you think of my recipe results? 

Bargain Alert - Hello Fresh - $40 off your first box, use coupon code "YVWF79". 
                         Plated - $30 off your 1st box from Plated, click here
                        Home Chef - $30 off your 1st box, click here.
         

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Plated Subscription Box - 8th Delivery


Roast Beef Spiced Steak Salad with Horseradish Dressing



Recipe Results



Chicken Souvlaki with Spinach Feta Rice



Recipe Results



Mustard Roasted Pork with Spring Pea Salad & Crispy Shallots



Recipe Results


This is a review of the eighth box we have received from Plated. The winning dish this week was the Roast Beef Spiced Steak. Second place goes to the Chicken Souvlaki and last place goes to the Mustard Roasted Pork.

Roast Beef Spiced Steak Salad with Horseradish Dressing

This dish was surprising delicious. At first glance, I thought there was way too much arugula but it wasn't after all and it was really tasty. The horseradish dressing was really good and I don't normally enjoy that flavor at all! This dish tasted like something you would get at a famous New York city deli. The seasoning really did make the steak taste like roast beef. I was a bit worried about the bread though since it arrived a bit dry so we made this dish first because I don't think it would have been ok the next day. The bread would have tasted better with garlic powder mixed together with melted butter and then brushed on the bread rather than rubbing garlic on it or toasting it in garlic. The roasted tomatoes were also delicious and a nice compliment to the meal. All in all we were very satisfied with this dish and had happy, full tummies. 

Chicken Souvlaki with Spinach Feta Rice

This dish was very tasty! This was the first time we had tzatziki with dill in it and it was surprising good. It gave the cucumbers more of a pickled taste and since I can't eat pickles due to IBS, I really enjoyed it. Hubby made this one and mistakenly put the spinach in with the chicken. It didn't matter since we both ate it all mixed together rather than two separate parts since it tasted better that way. The yogurt marinate really made the chicken very tender and delicious.

Mustard Roasted Pork with Spring Pea Salad & Crispy Shallots

This dish was pretty good and we tasted herbes de providence for the first time. I thought there was just a bit too much herbes de providence on this dish.  Also, we did not like the spring pea salad served cold. It would have been so much better served warm. Hubby forgot to add the peas since they were in the back of the refrigerator and he didn't see them. So the peas were served on top of our dogs' dinner so they didn't go to waste.

Check out the other Plated dishes we cooked:

We are taking a three week break from Plated since I don't care for any of the recipes they are offering those weeks. So we are going with Hello Fresh instead those weeks. That's one of the nice things about Plated, you can view the dishes weeks in advance.

I also reviewed Blue Apron & Hello Fresh which are similar food subscription boxes. So check those out before you leave and don't forget to claim your Free Graze Box and enter my Blue Apron Giveaway. What do you think of my recipe results?  I'm thinking about trying out Home Chef. Has anyone tried that subscription box before? 

Bargain Alert - $30 off your 1st box from Plated, click here.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Blue Apron Subscription Box - 7th Delivery & Giveaway


Lemon & Black Pepper Shrimp with Fresh Linguine di Cavolo & Fava Leaves


Recipe Results



Pan Seared Steaks with Green Peppercorn Sauce & Roasted Fingerling Potatoes


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Spiced Turkey Meatball Pitas with Sugar Snap Peas & Bibb Lettuce Salad



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This is a review of the seventh box we received from a subscription box called Blue Apron. Our favorite dish this week was the Shrimp & Linguine followed by the Steak dish and lastly the Turkey Pitas.

Lemon & Black Pepper Shrimp with Fresh Linguine di Cavolo & Fava Leaves

Wow was this dish delicious, what a perfect creation! I love it when they send fresh pasta instead of dry and it was made with kale no less! I hope they come up with more pasta dishes and send more fresh pasta! I had to make the crispy garlic twice. It goes from brown to burnt very quickly so you have to keep an eye on it and as soon as it's brown take it off the heat. Hubby didn't care for it, but I thought it was a nice touch. It loses a lot of it's flavor being fried to a crisp though.

Pan Seared Steaks with Green Peppercorn Sauce & Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

This dish was tasty and the sauce was something we never had before that we really enjoyed. I'm a bit tired of potatoes and spinach as sides though and the steak was tough.

Spiced Turkey Meatball Pitas with Sugar Snap Pea & Bibb Lettuce Salad

I was really looking forward to this dish but it landed up being nothing but a disappointment. First, there wasn't enough turkey! They only gave us eight ounces and we need at least ten to feel full. Second, the spices seemed like they would go better with red meat rather than poultry. Third, the lettuce was really dirty so we had to throw out the outer layers and it really made me lose my appetite. Forth, the salad was extremely boring with only lettuce and snap peas.  Fifth, the tzatziki sauce should have had garlic in it. Sixth, the pita should have had tomatoes and red onion added to them. Seventh, the pitas were of very low quality. They had very little puffiness to them and were so very thin and crumbly. So this dish was a miss.

Check out the previous Blue Apron recipes that I reviewed:


I also reviewed Plated & Hello Fresh which are similar food subscription boxes. So check those out before you leave and don't forget to claim your Free Graze Box. What do you think of my recipe results? 

Blue Apron Giveaway:


Blue Apron has provided me with another free subscription box worth $59.94 to give away. Congratulations to Alison, Tina, Amy & Samantha who won the last four! Blue Apron will send the winner one shipment that includes all the ingredients for three recipes for two people for a total of six servings. To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecopter form above. The winner must be over 18 years old, a new Blue Apron customer, provide me with their name and email address to give to Blue Apron, provide Blue Apron their credit card number in case they want to continue with the service past the first box and live in the US. The states they do not ship to are: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota & Texas. To cancel future shipments is easy since it can be done right on their website under "Delivery Schedule". 

Bargain Alert - Hello Fresh - $40 off your first box, use coupon code "YVWF79". 
                         Plated - $30 off your 1st box from Plated, click here
         

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Plated Subscription Box Review - Part 20, 21 & 22


Ingredients for Cheesy Beef Enchiladas with Avocado, Spinach & Black Beans


Recipe Results



Ingredients for Pork & Chive Burgers with Sriracha Aioli & Kimchi Slaw




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Ingredients for Chicken Tikka Masala



Recipe Results


This is a review of the seventh box we have received from Plated, a food subscription box for $72 a week. They send you three recipes and all the ingredients needed to make them for two people. This week our favorite dish was the Beef Enchiladas, followed by Pork & Chive Burgers and lastly the Chicken Tikka Masala.

Cheesy Beef Enchiladas with Avocado, Spinach & Black Beans

This is the dish I was most excited to try out of the three. I love Mexican food and enchiladas. This recipe is in the top five that we have tried so far, it was so delicious. It was also was a generous portion. Hubby cooked this one and added more Mexican cheese on top. We always have shredded Mexican cheese from Costco around for our weekend omelets. I'm afraid the edges of the tortillas would have been dried out without cheese covering it during the baking process. It was nice having the spinach in there for the nutrients and it didn't change the taste which I was concerned about. We loved the salsa and having the avocado and cilantro on the side was a nice change. Hubby used all of the hot sauce and wanted more, but I thought it had the perfect amount of spice. We hope they bring this one back soon since we can't wait to eat this again!

Pork & Chive Burgers with Sriracha Aioli & Kimchi Slaw

Hubby heard Kimchi is very stinky and didn't want to try this dish, but I convinced him to order it anyway. My mistake since it caused me to have an IBS attack which lasted days. I know better than to eat anything pickled but I really wanted to try it. Wont be making that mistake again. When it arrived it was in a box and then a bag and I could still smell it, so yes it's scent is very strong. It tasted pretty good but not something I would eat again even if my stomach could handle it. I like how the carrots were already shredded for us, but the lettuce was looking a bit rough on one side it had lots of brown bits. We really loved the burgers and the sauce though we would have liked a second helping!

Chicken Tikka Masala

I love naan bread so I was happy to see that it was included in this week's box. I've been getting tired of so many of the recipes having tomatoes in the sauce so I was least excited about this recipe but was willing to give it a try since it has Indian spices and I love Indian food. This one just had too much sauce and while the flavor was ok, it's not something I would make again. I'm getting tired of having spinach in so many of these dishes and they could have been more generous with the bread.

Check out the other Plated dishes we cooked:

Shakshuka with Green Garlic Pesto

The box we received this week has the following recipes:

Chicken Souvlaki with Spinach Feta Rice
Roast Beef Spiced Steak & Salad with Horseradish Dressing
Mustard Roasted Pork with Spring Pea Salad & Crispy Shallots

I also reviewed Blue Apron & Hello Fresh which are similar food subscription boxes. So check those out before you leave and don't forget to claim your Free Graze Box. What do you think of my recipe results?  I am thinking about trying out Home Chef. Anyone try that subscription box before? 

Bargain Alert - $30 off your 1st box from Plated, click here.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pixie Pink Manicure - Hard Candy





This is a manicure using a nail polish from a brand called Hard Candy available at Walmart. It's a polish I bought two years ago in a large haul which you can see by clicking here.  It's described as a light lavender jelly base with pink, turquoise & white round glitter. I find it's more of a light lilac color so it's "pink" name is quite strange. The "pink" glitter looks like copper in person. It's a very pretty polish which is perfect for spring! Unfortunately, just like it's twins Pink Taffy & Gummy Green, it chips in only a couple of days. This one only lasted three days which is extremely disappointing. It's such a pretty polish, it's a shame it won't stay on the nails very long. I used two base coats of Orly Bonder, then one light coat of Pixie Pink, then two heavy coats of Pixie Pink and finally one Seche Vite top coat.  The next day I added another coat of Seche Vite since the glitter was sticking out a bit on a couple of nails. The polish also shrinked a bit on tips and sides of three nails on my right hand.

I have over seventy manicures featured on this blog. Take a quick glance at them all on my Pinterest Manicure Board. Then simply click on the ones you want to read about on my blog, since they are linked to the matching blog post. Before you go, check out my Blue Apron Giveaway and enter. What's your favorite brand of nail polish?

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