A Completely Honest Review Of Our First Hello Fresh Box!

We were so very excited to try out Hello Fresh. If you haven’t heard of them they offer a subscription plan where you choose your plan and your meals. They will deliver the meals, fresh from the farm to your home, and they provide a tracking service so you will know when to expect the package. You even have the option to skip a week or two, if needed.

You will need the basic kitchen utensils plus a few things like, butter, olive oil, salt and pepper, and sugar. Other than those ingredients they pretty much provide everything right in the cute little bags they deliver.

The first meal I made was the Lobster Ravioli with Chorizo in a Sherry Cream Sauce with Honey-Roasted Carrots, which was a Premium meal. Seems so fancy, doesn’t it? Continue reading “A Completely Honest Review Of Our First Hello Fresh Box!”

Easy Baked Chicken

This is one of those simple dishes that reminds me of growing up. I think everyone should learn to make this dish so you can have it to fall back on for those days that you just don’t feel like doing anything challenging.

I usually pair this with some mashed potatoes and a veggie on the side. I will also include the instructions for turning this into Oven BBQ chicken after the recipe.

Baked Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lbs chicken (can be legs, thighs, breasts, boneless or bone in, skin on or skinless — just note that bone in chicken will take longer to cook.)
  • melted butter or olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • favorite seasoning: lemon pepper, creole, etc. (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450.

Grease a large baking dish. I like to line mine with foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray to make for easier clean up.

Wash and trim the chicken. Pat dry with a paper towel.

Coat the chicken with melted butter or olive oil. Place in the pan.

Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle on your favorite seasoning as well, if desired.

Bake for 15 minutes at 450 to get a good browning on the chicken.

Reduce heat to 350 and cook another 15-45 minutes until the juices run clear.

Remove from oven and let sit 5-10 minutes before serving.

You can use the drippings to make Chicken Gravy which is delicious over mashed potatoes.


**Oven BBQ Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lbs chicken (can be legs, thighs, breasts, boneless or bone in, skin on or skinless — just note that bone in chicken will take longer to cook.)
  • melted butter or olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450.

Grease a large baking dish. I like to line mine with foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray to make for easier clean up.

Wash and trim the chicken. Pat dry with a paper towel.

Coat the chicken with melted butter or olive oil. Place in the pan.

Season with salt and pepper.

Bake for 15 minutes at 450 to get a good browning on the chicken.

Reduce heat to 350 and cook another 15-45 minutes until the juices run clear.

About 15-20 minutes before finished cooking pour the BBQ sauce over the chicken and continue baking.

Remove from oven and let sit 5-10 minutes before serving.

 

Smothered Pork Sandwiches

My family loves this dish. The ‘gravy’ can also be used on burgers to make what we call a ‘smothered burger’. This dish can also be served over rice or noodles instead of in buns.

Pork Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lbs pork loin, cut into thin strips
  • 4 T.butter or margarine
  • 4 T. oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 c. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 1/2 – 2 c. beef broth
  • 2 T. Dijon mustard
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • 3 T. cornstarch
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 8 – 10 hoagie rolls, or hot dog buns

Directions:

Heat 2 T. butter and 2 T. oil in a large skillet. Add onion and cook until starting to brown, add the mushrooms and cook 3-5 minutes more. Remove from pan and set aside.

Heat the remaining butter and oil in the same skillet. Add small portions of the pork and cook until done. Cook the remaining pork in batches. Remove from pan and set aside.

Add the broth, mustard, and soy sauce in the same pan. Use the whisk to scrape up any little bits in the pan. Mix the cornstarch and water together and add to the pan. Heat until slightly thickened. Return the onions and mushrooms to the pan. Heat through.

Fill the buns with the pork and spoon the gravy mixture over the top.

-Or-

You can also add the meat to the gravy before serving.

Enjoy!

Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken

This is a family favorite. I wasn’t too sure about it when I first made it several years ago but my oldest son fell in love with it. We usually eat it over a bed of rice but you can also eat it over noodles.

Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2T margarine
  • 8oz cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 Can cream of chicken soup, or cream of mushroom
  • 1/4-1/2 c milk
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 c cooked chicken,cubed
  • 4 c cooked rice

Directions:

I usually cook my chicken breasts in the crockpot by covering them with water and adding a little salt. They cook on low for 4-5 hours. After cooking I will either cube them up or shred them.

**Save the water for cooking your rice.

In the empty crockpot add the margarine and cream cheese. Heat until melted and then add the soup and milk. Add enough milk to get it to a smooth mixture, you may want it a little soupier as it will get thicker as it cooks. Add salt & pepper to taste and stir in the cooked chicken.

Cook on low for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly. Add more milk, if needed.

This can also be made on the stovetop.

Bean Dishes

Beans are fairly inexpensive so I try to include them in our meal plan at least once every week or so. Personally, I enjoy them more the day after if there are any leftovers. Continue reading “Bean Dishes”

Pasta

Below are some links to our favorite pasta dishes.

Recipe Links:

45-minute spaghetti sauce (a family favorite)

Briarpatch Casserole Continue reading “Pasta”

Beef Dishes

Below are some of our favorite dishes that use different cuts of beef. Please note that almost any recipe calling for ground beef can usually be made with ground turkey, chicken, or pork.

How to cook frozen ground beef in the Instant Pot

Recipe Links:

Continue reading “Beef Dishes”

Crockpot Meals

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Below are links to some of our favorite crockpot meals. I love to use my crockpot as I can just throw something in there in the morning and forget about it until dinner time. It’s so easy to do. If you haven’t been using yours then I suggest you pull it out of the closet, clean it up, and get ready to enjoy some delicious meals. Continue reading “Crockpot Meals”

Casseroles

Casseroles are so easy to put together and usually feed a crowd. Below are links to some of our favorites.

BBQ Chicken and Pasta Bake

Briarpatch Casserole

Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes Casserole

Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken Divine Casserole

Chicken Mexicana

Chicken Pot Pie

Chili Dog Casserole

Daddy Can’t Wait Casserole

Easy Burrito Casserole

Easy Chicken Casserole

Easy Pork Chops w/Rice

Eggplant Parmesan

Hamburger Casserole (Serve with a salad and buttered bread)

Impossibly Easy Pizza Bake

Meatball Sandwich Casserole

Another version of meatball sandwich casserole

Mom’s Oven Stew

Pizza Mac N Cheese

Popover Pizza

Poppy Seed Chicken

Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

Red & White Pasta

Shepherd’s Pie in a Skillet

Tater Tot Casserole

Chicken Dishes

I can usually find some really good deals on chicken so we do eat a lot of it around here. My kids love chicken so that’s a good thing. Below are some of our favorites.

Recipe Links:

Alice Springs Chicken

BBQ Chicken and Pasta Bake

Cheddar Chicken

Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes Casserole

Cheesy Crockpot Chicken and Veggies

Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken Bacon Avocado Wraps

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken Cordon Casserole

Chicken Divine Casserole

Chicken in a Biscuit

Chicken Mexicana

Chicken Pillows

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

Chicken  Tamales

Crockpot BBQ Chicken

Crockpot Chicken Joes

Crockpot Chicken Marinara w/Veggies

Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken

Crockpot Italian Chicken

Crock Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

Crunchy Chicken

Easy Baked Chicken

Easy Chicken Casserole

Easy Crockpot Salsa Chicken

Fix It and Forget It Crockpot Chicken

Oven BBQ Chicken 

Oven Fried Chicken

Poppy Seed Chicken

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Skillet Chicken

Spicy Chicken and Bowties

Spicy Chicken Breast Caprese w/pasta

Thanksgiving in a Crockpot

Tumeric Chicken Recipe


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Fish and Seafood Dishes

We love fish and seafood. We love to catch fish and eat them too! A couple of my older kids have a seafood allergy so I may not have too many of those on the menu but occasionally I will stumble across a meal that I just have to try. I give warning to the older kids so they know to keep away. Continue reading “Fish and Seafood Dishes”

December 11-17, 2016 meal plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forget to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Lunch:

PB & J w/fruit

Dinner:

Oven Fried Chicken, Baked sweet potatoes, slaw

Snacks:

cupcakes


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Leftovers

Dinner:

Pintos, hoe cakes, greens

Snacks:

Popcorn


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Bean Quesadillas w/leftovers

Dinner:

Tater Tot Casserole, Veggies

Snacks:

PB Toast


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Muffins

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches

Dinner:

Chili Dog Casserole, salad, chips

Snacks:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Leftovers

Dinner:

Salmon Patties, Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Peas

Snacks:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

ramen noodles, grilled cheese

Dinner:

Sweet N Sour Meatballs, Mac N Cheese, Veggies

Snacks:

Boiled Eggs


Saturday

Breakfast:

Bagels w/cream cheese, fresh fruit

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Broiled Parmesan Tilapia, Steamed Asparagus, Steamed Red Potatoes

Snacks:

Russian Tea Cakes