HelloFresh Coconut Dal Review!

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be talking about the Coconut Dal with Roasted Butternut Squash, Warm Flatbreads, and Crispy Onions from HelloFresh! This particular recipe has to be eaten within 2 days of getting the box, so that meant 2 days of recipes in a row! I’m usually not a big fan of Indian Food, and am bit of a baby when it comes to spice, but the beauty of HelloFresh is you can just leave out the spicy peppers (which I did) and just have the flavors of the curry coming through.

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The first step was to chop up half of the butternut squash, which made me really happy because I’ve been looking for a butternut squash in the grocery stores since we got here. This means that I can use the other half of the squash to make a super simple, super delicious soup. Maybe for dinner tomorrow 🙂 I had a tough time chopping through the squash, so it took me longer than it should have, but it worked out eventually and I was able to pop it into the oven with olive oil and curry powder on the very gross baking tray.  FYI, I roasted these for about 40 minutes instead of the time suggested.

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The next step was moreeeee chopping! Like yesterday, I used the onion in the freezer for 15 minutes trick first, which prevented lots of tears. More coriander, and more tomatoes which were chopping in 2cm chunks which was kinda crazy because we’ve pretty much only had 1cm chunks up to this point!! I also like the colors of the Italian flag created here.

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Next was putting all of the coconut milk, curry, tomatoes, and lentils together to make the main dish. I was surprised to see how much it simmered down. When I was serving the lentils I was worried that there wouldn’t be enough food for two, but HOLY COW was it filling and really packed with protein (31 grams to be exact, according to the website). Ooh and general HelloFresh tip: make sure you check the amount you’re supposed to put in, especially if you’re making the recipe for two. I was seconds away from using way to much coconut milk and flour today, so it’s always worth a second look!

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Next was frying up the onions. I don’t know what I did wrong, but I got a lot that were very burnt on the bottom of the pan and some that were not cooked at all. Something to work on in the future! Thankfully that was the last separate component that had to be cooked on the stove (this was a pan heavy one, folks).

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You can see the toasted flatbread (easiest part of the whole dish, but added a lot to it) in this shot. The flatbread was popped into the oven once the squash was finally done cooking. The last step was assembling the dish by spooning in the lentil and popping the squash, onions, and pumpkin seeds on top. Technically you weren’t supposed to put extra coriander on it,  but it looked pretty!

Here’s a photo of the final product:

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So my final verdict:

True to Cooking Time Stated: 3.5/5 It took a pretty long time for the lentils to cook all the way through *no gross raw lentils for me* and the squash also took longer than it was supposed to, both on the chopping end and the roasting end.

Easiness: 3.5/5 A decent amount of chopping, lots of pans involved, and honestly the onion frying was a little stressful (I got splattered with some hot oil… ouch)

Taste: 4/5  According to the friend I invited over, it was the best meal I’ve made yet. I don’t know if I loved it quite that much, but it was pretty delicious. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone of foods that I like, which is kinda the point of this exercise. Curry is not something I’d usually buy, but maybe I’ll get some more super mild curry soon.

The full recipe from the HelloFresh website if you want to try!

Also if you feel inspired to try HelloFresh, here’s a code for £25 off your first order (cool, right!)

HelloFresh Vegetarian Mexican Beanie Tostada!

Hey everyone! For my first official review here on my blog, I’m going to be talking about the Mexican Beanie Tostada from HelloFresh! It was pretty yummy (even though it had a strikinggggg resemblance to the Black Bean Chili in the box last week). One major bummer was that they had forgotten to put the cucumber in the box when it was packed, and since I can’t eat bell peppers, it was a little sparse. Here is an in progress photo of the chopping:

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One tool that I will certainly is a proper garlic press. My attempts to grate the garlic with a cheese grater have totally failed and I have spent so. much. time. hand chopping garlic cloves over the past two weeks (and have a permanent garlic smell on my hands). Another MAJOR TIP!!!! that I found online is to stick the shallot (or any onion) in the freezer for a bit before chopping it up. If you’re someone who gets super teary around onions, this is a life saver.

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As you can see, there was a lot of tomato juice involved, but it eventually simmered into something that wasn’t as runny as I was worried it was going to be. I have never really had coriander before and actually really enjoyed it! I know some people have the “cilantro tastes like soap” gene, so it’s a great substitute for that crowd in the guacamole. I also don’t love the HelloFresh cheese (I find it too soft to properly grate), but that is easily substituted with some other store bought cheddar.

Here’s a photo of the final product:

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So my final verdict:

True to Cooking Time Stated: 4/5 (I had a friend help with some of the avocado mashing and stirring, and it still took 5 minutes longer than suggested)

Easiness: 4/5 No particularly tough cooking techniques here, and even though there is a decent amount of chopping, it’s not difficult (and would be even easier with a garlic press!!!)

Taste: 3.5/5  It was pretty good! My favorite part was the tostada itself- reminded me of the tortilla chips I’ve been missing from across the pond. Maybe it was the missing ingredients, but it was a bit too tomato-ey for me and not beanie/cheesy enough.

The full recipe from the HelloFresh website if you want to try!

Also if you feel inspired to try HelloFresh, here’s a code for £25 off your first order (cool, right!)

 

Welcome!

Hi everyone! I am super excited to be starting this blog, letting y’all know about my adventures learning to cook on my gap year! Hopefully this will be a combo of me talking about different meals I’m learning to make. I am a vegetarian (who occasionally eats fish) and am a huge fan of my Hello Fresh! box. I’ll try to keep this blog current with reviews on the Hello Fresh as well as include details of different things I’m cooking and baking! A native New Englander, I’m currently living in England and getting used to the different ingredients available here. I really, really love to eat (and basically structure my whole day around it) so hopefully by the end of this year (and ideally before 2018) I’ll have learned some cool new cooking techniques and learn to make yummy foods!!!