Friday, January 8, 2016

29th Home Chef Delivery & $30 Coupon



New Year's Eve Appetizers - Jalapeño Poppers with Bacon, Roasted Red Pepper & Cream Cheese and Mini Pork Meatball Tacos


Ingredients (click on photos to enlarge)


Brazilian Shrimp Moqueca with Coconut Tomato Sauce, Zucchini, Grape Tomatoes and Mashed Rutabagas


Ingredients (minus the rutabaga, which I forgot to include)


Italian Sausage Farfalle with Mascarpone Basil Parmesan Sauce


Ingredients


Miso Honey Bone-in Pork Chops with Pepper Mushroom Stir Fry


Ingredients

This is a review of a weekly subscription box called Home ChefOut of the four recipes we gave two of them five out of five stars and two recipes three out of five stars. What wonderful appetizers we had on New Year's Eve! Now I regret not ordering the other set of appetizers. The Miso Pork Chops were to die for! We were in heaven eating them. The sauce was so delicious and yet low in calories.

Each week Home Chef offers twelve recipes and a fruit basket to chose from. One is a smoothie, one is breakfast and usually three of them are vegetarian. Usually five of them are low calorie, four are low carb and seven are gluten free. There are also dairy, nut & soy free recipes. Each dinner is $9.95, breakfast is $9.95, smoothies are $4.95 and the fruit is $4.95. Shipping is free for orders of $40 or more. Give it a try with my $30 coupon! Orders over $40 include free shipping!

New Year's Eve Appetizers - Jalapeño Poppers with Bacon, Roasted Red Pepper & Cream Cheese and Mini Pork Meatball Tacos

The photo above shows half of them. Instead of appetizers, we ate them as a meal. These were so wonderful on New Year's Eve that I asked Hubby to make them again two days later! Then I made the Jalapeño Poppers for a third time a few more days later when Hubby was out of town. I bought the ingredients at the store the other day and we will be making them again this weekend. They are seriously addictive appetizers and so much healthier and tastier than the processed, preservative, greasy versions you can buy at the store. The Mini pork Meatball Tacos were so delicious also, they are just more time consuming than the poppers. They both make an awesome presentation for your guests! I really hope they will add another appetizer recipe soon. It's so much fun and so delicious without the guilt of eating processed, greasy food. Needless to say we gave these two recipes five out five stars. This recipe was meant for six people or six servings and it had 310 per serving. It took about fifty minutes to prepare or much less than that for just the poppers.

Brazilian Shrimp Moqueca with Coconut Tomato Sauce, Zucchini, Grape Tomatoes and Mashed Rutabagas

We had high hopes for this recipe since we both love rutabagas, zucchini and shrimp. We aren't familiar with Brazilian food, so we didn't know what to expect. Unfortunately, we came to the conclusion that we aren't crazy about the Brazilian combination of flavors though we did like spice on the shrimp. Not to mention this recipe was way too time consuming. This recipe stated thirty minutes, but it was closer to an hour. It's nice that it was low in calories and it was good enough to eat and healthy, but we won't be repeating this recipe. We also decided we don't like coconut milk in our mashed rutabaga, we prefer butter. This was an extremely generous portion of food and we could have easily had enough for a small lunch the next day. It had only 440 calories and we gave it three out of five stars.

Italian Sausage Farfalle with Mascarpone Basil Parmesan Sauce

We both love Italian sausage, so whenever they offer a recipe that includes it, I order it. Sadly, we were disappointed with this recipe and gave it three out of five stars. I can't put my finger on it, but it just wasn't as good as other versions we have had in the past. Perhaps if it had been spicy sausage rather than mild. The sauce was good though, the mascarpone was a nice addition. There was too much pasta and the sausage should have been cut into much smaller pieces so it cooked more evenly. It took about forty minutes to prepare and it had 934 calories. It was a very generous portion and one could have easily saved enough for lunch the next day.

Miso Honey Bone-in Pork Chops with Pepper Mushroom Stir Fry

Oh my, we fell in love with this recipe and plan to make it again very soon if we can find miso in our grocery store. We gave it five out of five stars since it was so incredibly delicious, quick to make and low in calories. The glaze on the pork chops was finger licking good. The pork chops are pan cooked in the glaze which is made of 3/4 oz soy sauce, 1/2 oz miso, 1/2 oz honey and 1/4 cup water. I assure you that this glaze will make anyone love pork chops. All of the ingredients were of high quality. The only thing I would change is to not cook the green onions, to just add them to the mushrooms and red peppers at the end. This recipe had 620 calories.

Well the New Year is here and it's time to start picking lower calorie recipes to make up for all the super high calories ones during the holiday. Join me by snagging my $30 Home Chef coupon and ordering your shipment today! These are the recipes we are making this week:
  1. Chicken Pad Thai
  2. Lemon Poppy Seed Pork Tenderloin
  3. BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad
  4. Raspberry Chai Smoothie
Check out my Pinterest Home Chef Board to see the 123 recipes we have made so far! Also check out my Healthy Dog Cookie RecipesI recently did a comparison of Home Chef, Plated, Blue Apron & Hello Fresh, so be sure to check out that post before you leave too. Which of the four subscription services have you tried so far and which one is your favorite? Not subscribed? Tell me what's keeping you from giving it a try! Please comment below.

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