This was my free box — thanks to a friend with a handy coupon.
The box itself was HEAVY and bigger than expected. When I opened it up, I saw that the cardboard was lined with something akin to silver bubble wrap.
Recipe cards and three brown paper bags were on top. Each bag was labeled with the meal it contained.
Below that I found the meat sandwiched neatly between two frozen “pillows”.
(Note: I gave my mom the box, lining, and frozen pillows when she was here this weekend. The pillows remained frozen overnight. Super cool.)
Recipe 1: Crispy Breaded Tilapia
I chose this recipe because cooking fish is still daunting to me, and I’ve not got much experience breading and frying things.
The sides were roasted asparagus and ciabatta toasts (with butter and chives).
I saved one of the two ciabatta rolls they sent me because I (correctly) assumed mom would want to make a sandwich with the other. I will say that I was surprised at how lovely the fresh chives were on a toasted ciabatta. I honestly thought it would have needed garlic or something.
The asparagus was good, but disappointingly slim. I ate ALL of it as part of my first meal and ended up pairing my leftover fish with some veggie bites I had in the freezer.
The fish itself was really good. A co-worker told me that if I would have let the breaded-but-uncooked fish sit for at least 5 minutes, the breading would have stuck to the final product a little better.
Even so, the panko was super tasty and I was pleased with the overall meal. A fun experience that I would never have bought the ingredients for and tried on my own.
Recipe 2: Cherry Drizzled Pork Chops
HUGE win. Super delicious and tasty, and fun to make to boot!
The only downside is that one of the ingredients was missing. There should have been a little packet of soup base to use in the cherry drizzle sauce, but it was nowhere to be found.
The couscous side was very easy to make (though if I make it again, I’ll saute the shallots before adding them to the mix) and turned out zingy and fresh.
The pork chops turned out PERFECT. Delightfully crisp on the outside and the cherry sauce? MAGNIFIQUE.
I added the pork chops and cherry sauce to my recipe cards.
Recipe 3: Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner
The side dish was a big big win, but the chicken itself was uninspiring.
Alas, the downside this time was the chicken itself. One of the breasts was off-color and both of them had … an odor. We rinsed them, sniffed again, and decided not to chance it.
Luckily, I live across the street from a butcher shop, so we got some replacements there.
The chicken was just butterflied and fried with spices. If I do this again, I’m slicing, marinating in italian dressing, and frying THAT up. OM NOM.
However, I bought the recipe because I wanted to try the orzo and I was NOT disappointed.
What a LOVELY texture and shape the orzo has!
Plus, they had me roast zucchini and tomato … then sprinkle panko, mozzarella, and parmesan over top and broil until toasty.
I then added THAT glorious, cheesy, crispy mess back to the orzo and you guys?
You bet your bottom dollar that recipe got added to my box.
Yup! I want at least one more … plus, I emailed in about the chicken and the missing soup base and they gave me a $30 rebate.
I mean. They addressed the email to “Rick” but I still got the rebate, so I’m not complaining. 😉
The next box isn’t for another couple of weeks (I paused the next few until I found a week with three awesome-looking recipes) so expect another post sometime after Halloween.