Review: Hello Fresh: Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Fig Sauce

Hello Fresh from the Fresh Market

I love to cook and I enjoy planning meals, but sometimes I just run out of time.  As a result I have considered doing one of the meal delivery services out there, but have never made the commitment to try it.  That is where Fresh Market in Greensboro, NC comes in!  They have partnered with Hello Fresh and have 4 featured meal kits for $19.99 each.  I’m sure this is a temporary  special, but I’m glad I stumbled on it.

Hello Fresh is a Meal Delivery service that provides all of the ingredients needed to prepare a meal for 2-4 people, depending on the plan you choose.  Each meal comes to $9.99 per meal or $8.74 per meal for the family plan.  The ingredients are pre-portioned to make it easy, per the website “Stock your pantry with salt, pepper, sugar, oil, and butter. We’ll take care of the rest!”.   The website also states that you are not locked into a contract.

 


My finished product!
The Review

Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Fig Sauce

Time: 30 Minutes

Ease: Simple

We loved it!  The meal was easy to prepare, the directions were simple and had pictures to follow, and it was really good!  The meal kit said it served 2 and It did that exactly.  My husband said he felt satisfied and so did I; there were no leftovers.  The Fresh Market price was $19.99 and It would have been hard for me to spend much less than that if I had bought the ingredients.  That said, I’m certain that I would spend much less on some of the other meal options.  It really comes down to, are you willing to pay for the covenience?  For 3 meals a week serving 2 people per meal is $60, this would require good budgeting over the rest of the week for many people.

One thing Hello Fresh did not provide was organic and non-gmo.  I tend to make the effort in both of these categories, especially organic and would like to have this as an option if I’m going to choose a meal service.  They do have a vegetarian option.

I can see where adding Hello Fresh to your weekly meal planning could be beneficial, depending on your lifestyle and budget.  The meal was quick, easy, good, and had fresh ingredients.  It would be a great way to learn to step away from pre-packaged foods and learn to use fresh foods.  Also a great tool for a beginner cook, who just needs to learn to have a few good recipes under their belt or the busy family who just needs dinner on the table in 30 minutes.

If you live in Greensboro, NC stop by Fresh Market to see if they still have the Hello Fresh Meal Kits available and give it a try before deciding to join, plus you get a handy coupon!

Enjoy


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Roasted Salmon Review – Hello Fresh

Review: Roasted Salmon with Burst Cherry Tomatoes

and Green Beans – Hello Fresh

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The Link:  ROASTED SALMON WITH BURST CHERRY TOMATOES AND GREEN BEANS – HELLO FRESH

Time:  35 Minutes

Ease:  Moderate

Review:  I found this recipe through Hello Fresh, one of the popular subscription meal box services available online.  I have not subscribed to the service, but I like the recipe options they have available.  They seem to be pretty healthy and fresh.

The flavors of this dish were great and overall it was pretty easy to make.  The biggest issue to watch is that there are several steps and it can be a little challenging to feel that everything is running efficiently.  If you subscribe to the service each ingredient is exactly what you need which would help with organization in the kitchen.

Here are few tips:

  1.  Olive is is a great choice for any dish, it is a monounsaturated fatty acid and can lower LDL and have an impact on blood pressure.  It is also anti-inflammatory and can help keep the lining of the arteries smooth.  Watch your temperature as you cook, cooking beyond the smoke point can cause the oil to lose its health benefits and may produce chemicals that could be harmful.  The higher the quality of olive oil the higher the smoke point.
  2. This recipe calls for 1 Tablespoon of butter and new science has found that saturated fat isn’t as bad as we thought, but if you are worried about it, you can replace it with olive oil or lower the amount and mix with olive oil.
  3. When you pull the Salmon out of the oven you may see white goo on the top.  No worries, it is albumin, which is protein that comes to the surface from the muscle fibers.  It is harmless coagulated protein and even the most perfectly cooked fish is prone to it.  Try not to over cook as this will make it worse.  To learn more visit America’s Test Kitchen.
  4. Watch the potatoes.  I had small potatoes, but needed more that 15 minutes for them to become tender.
  5. My biggest struggle with this recipe was the size of my pot.  I used a large pot to blanch the green beans and boil the potatoes then tried to use the same pot to cook the tomatoes and crisp the green beans in.  There was not enough room in my pot to spread things out enough and I suggest using 1 pot and 1 large bottomed pan.
  6. Watching your carbs or fat?  This dish may scare you both away, coming in at 41 grams carbs and 34 grams fats, but keep in mind these are “right” or “good” carbs and fats.  Meaning they are complex carbohydrates and more Omega 3, healthy fats than other fats.  Studies also show that when you combine carbs with fat and protein it slows down the process of converting the carbs into sugars. Plus there is a whopping 41 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber! So enjoy this nice heart, brain, colon, inflammation friendly meal!

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