Meal of the Week

Hello Fresh

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Meal delivery services have been taking hold recently and there are quite a few to choose from. My daughter started using Blue Apron and has been very excited about it. Basically you pick the package that you want, usually between 3 to 5 days a week, you chose those meals out of menu that changes every week, they deliver it with all that you need including directions with pictures on how to make it. After looking at the leaders out there I chose Hello Fresh.

My daughter is very happy with Blue Apron, and I considered them, but their estimated calorie count per meal was between 600 to 800 calories which is way to0 high for us. I get a max of 500 calories a night, if I chose to forgo my evening snack. I did like that Blue Apron posted the calories, whereas Hello Fresh did not, but when looking at the food I could see a lot of noodles and rice on Blue Aprons site. I wouldn’t be eating that so I would be wasting food.

So why did I decide to do this when I’ve been making a lot of progress on my own menu? Well, in my household I’m the menu designer, list creator, shopper and chef. This is going to take a big load off my mind, at least for the three meals I’ll be getting a week, and with my husband just out of the hospital with a total knee replacement surgery I can use all the help I can get. I’m truly excited to start this adventure. They have some really nice meals and each week I plan on cooking the nicest one for Saturday night dinner.

I have no idea what the calorie count for each meal will be, or what their idea of one serving is- I chose the 2 serving meal option- but for each meal I’m going to plug in the ingredients into myfitnesspal and find out. I can adjust how much I eat after that, and I may end up with lunch for the next day. Check in with this blog on Sunday. I’m going to prepare the Lemony Shrimp Risotto Saturday night and write up a review along with a picture of what it really looks like after I’ve made it. I’ll also be including the calories per serving that come out of myfitnesspal after I add it all up.

I love to shop at The Woodlands Farmers Market to get fresh veggies every week from Atkinson Farm and  this trip I’m going to get some freshly baked herb bread  that we can dip into some of the best olive oil I’ve ever had from Texas Hill Country Olive Company. Does this sound like a healthy dinner? No, not really, so don’t try this at home if you are wanting to lose weight. I allow myself to eat whatever I want for one meal a week, and so far it hasn’t stopped my progress. My boss actually gave me that advice, and he has lost a ton of weight in one year, so I’m not going to argue with success.

Remember to check back in Sunday afternoon to get the review of our first meal from Hello Fresh! Below is a picture of the three meals we chose for the first week, including the Lemony Shrimp Risotto that I will be doing the review on.

Eat well and Prosper!