Last night I prepared the Country Gravy Pork Chops meal from Hello Fresh. This is my second attempt at preparing the meal plans from Hello Fresh, and I’m happy to say that this time the food tasted really good. I halfway wish I had chosen this one to start out with.
My previous post Hello Fresh Lemony Shrimp reviewed the packaging and delivery so I’m going to jump right in on the food portion since the packaging is the same.
Directions– This time the directions felt a bit more intuitive and flowed together pretty nicely. I did skip around to try to save some time, but wound up finishing in 30 minutes as the directions stated. I’d give this set of directions 4 stars. It was easy to follow, and I liked that the meal was cooked in one pan, keeping the dirty dish count low. Below is a picture of their plating of the meal, along with the direction sheet.
Flavor– I was impressed with the flavor and texture of this meal and I’m going to go ahead and give this portion of the review 5 stars. The flavor packet that you mix in with the flour for frying (in olive oil) really gave the meat a nice flavor, and the crust was so crunchy, and didn’t slip off the meat like some breading does on fried foods. The taste of the collard greens tasted really good mixed in with the potatoes and it was easy to try to mimic the plating to make the meal look fancy.
Nutrition– Again I had to change some things up to make the portion a reasonable size for someone trying to eat right and keep the calories low. 660 calories is really high for me, trying to stay in the 400 to 500 calories range for dinner. For fairness sake, the name of the meal does say Country Gravy Pork Chops, which screams, “I’m not healthy! Stay away!” But a girl can do her best to alter things and still eat yummy food. Who wants to eat salad all the time? So to keep the calorie count low this is what i did:
Each pork chop weighed in at 6 ounces (according to healthy sites and my nutritionist a healthy portion is 4 ounces or the size of a deck of cards) so I cut off some of it.
I only used half of the potatoes. I saved the other half to use with eggs for breakfast so that wasn’t wasted.
I just drizzled on some of gravy to get a taste of it and wound up using just 1/4 of the gravy per serving.
This meal had you frying and covering everything in olive oil. Sure, olive oil is still better for you than many of the other oils, but the amount in this one was excessive. I limited my use of it.
Knowing what I already knew about the lack of flavor from the previous meal I did add more salt to this one. Bad I know, but I did it anyway.
For the nutrition portion of the review, out of the box without my meddling with it, I’d give this one 3 stars. It does have some healthy veggies in there.
My overall experience with this meal was very positive. If I get the chance to order it again, I will. Below is a picture of their plating and mine. This one looks better than the first one I tried.
Eat well and prosper!