HelloFresh Meal Kit Delivery Review

Hello and happy Monday! Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween weekend. We were still getting record highs around 85 degrees on Friday and Saturday, but apparently as soon as November arrived on Sunday, so did fall…and the rain! Normally I’m not a fan, but with California’s drought and a serious lack of fall weather lately, I was more than happy to break out my boots.

Anyway, on to the topic of the day…Food box delivery. Meal Kit services. Whatever you want to call it, it seems we are living in an age of Birch Box/StitchFix/Ipsy and the like, and the latest entry into the market is FOOD.

Thanks to Becky, I got the opportunity to try a week (3 meals) worth of HelloFresh meals free of charge.

Here’s some info on HelloFresh:

Order HelloFresh and we’ll deliver fresh ingredients and healthy recipes straight to your doorstep each week. Each week our chefs create amazing recipes for you that are easy to prepare. Our meals are interesting yet simple. And we ensure that your diet is balanced and varied. With the HelloFresh recipe box subscription, you will receive a box of fresh ingredients and delicious recipes every week.

When you purchase a box from HelloFresh, you get to choose 3 meals out of 5 options available. I decided on these three meals:

  • Bratwurst in Pretzel Buns with Tangy Apple-Cabbage Slaw
  • Turkey Meatballs with Parsnip Mash & Roasted Carrots
  • Saffron-poached Basa with Basmati Rice, Caramelized Onion & Sweet Bell Pepper

Here’s how each went, followed by my general thoughts! Continue reading

Treat Yourself Tuesday – New York Edition

Oh hi again! It’s me…almost another entire month since my last post. #bloggerfail

Life has been busy with work and play, and I somehow fit in a mini vacation among all the craziness! Last week, we went to New York to celebrate my Pop (grandpa)’s 90th birthday. We also got to spend a couple of days in NYC. I decided to remember a few of the best treats of the trip in a TYT post, along with a few other things I’ve treated myself to since we got back.

Be sure to check out Becky’s post to see what fabulous things people have been doing to treat themselves. She puts it best:

“Do whatever feels best for you. Do something that will make you feel relaxed and loved and happy. Treat yourself well and treat yourself often so that you will become the best you possible and in turn be your best for others in your life!”

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Weekend in Photos

Look at me, 2 posts in a week’s time! #winning

Many weekends lately I’ve found that I either don’t take enough pictures over the weekend or don’t do enough fun stuff to make a blog post about my weekend sound exciting, but this weekend was a pretty fun one! I feel like once it gets warm outside, the weekend activities start to multiply. Let’s begin, shall we? Continue reading

Friday Favorites

Helllloooo blog. That was a bit of a hiatus, eh? It’s been nearly a month since my last update. My bad.

I’ve been pretty busy at work and with life in general lately. And I think I’ve mentioned this before, but when your job involves drafting tweets and posting on Facebook and writing blogs…sometimes doing those things for yourself just feels like another job.

That’s not to say I don’t still occasionally spend lunch time and my before-bed phone time catching up on others’ blogs though! I’m starting to wonder how people do it with busy full-time jobs and regular blog posts on top of it!

One thing that won’t change no matter how busy I am (or how much I neglect my blog) is the fact that I’m constantly taking pictures and documenting my everyday life. Like, seriously. The other day, Russell actually said to me, “you don’t have to take pictures of everything you eat, you know.” I know…but I #cantstop #wontstop!

So without further ado, here are some of my recent favorite things that I’ve been able to document: Continue reading

What I Ate Wednesday: Lunch Lately

Hello and welcome to what should be the almost-halfway point of most of our weeks 😉 Gotta love 3-day weekends!

Mine was really fantastic. No recap post, but my really lovely Valentine’s day can be summed up in this lil collage I posted on Instagram:

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We enjoyed EnjoyBy IPAs on Friday night, hiked 8 miles through Stevens Trail on Saturday afternoon, and indulged in a yummy dinner and champagne on Saturday night – complete with leftover bacon mac n’ cheese the next morning 😉

Aaaanyway, on to the real subject at hand:

Something I’ve been known to do here on my little ol’ blog is overshare photos of what I eat for lunch. (See evidence : 1 2 3 4)

The catch is, most weeks I claim to have zero time to prepare lunches. I work out in the morning, am busy after work at least 3x per week with clubs, sports, etc, and dining out every day is not in my budget.

Enter: meal prep.

I’m not so crazy anymore about prepping all my food on Sunday night, but I definitely wouldn’t be able to achieve a mostly-brought-from-home lunch regimen if I didn’t spend 30-60 minutes in the kitchen each week prepping some easily transportable food for lunches. Continue reading

Super Bowl Food – Some Healthy, Some Not

Here at Run Now, Wine Later, we believe in balance. (Why did I say “we” just then? Who is we??)

Go to the gym in the morning so you can go to happy hour after work. Indulge in an afternoon cookie because you had oatmeal for breakfast and salad for lunch.

This will also be my approach to what food I make for the Super Bowl this year. I will likely be drinking a few beers, so I want to make sure that my grease to vegetable ratio isn’t completely off the charts, but on the other hand, it is the Super Bowl and it only happens once a year.

What’s the fun in having a once a year party if you don’t make it count?

Here are some recipes – some healthy, some not – that I have my eye on to bring to the party this year. Continue reading

Four Things

So I’ve been seeing this survey floating around the blogosphere lately, and in the name of laziness and a full week of no posts (and a love of surveys) I am filling it out today. Enjoy!

1. Four names that people call me, other than my real name: (I cheated- my real name is Katherine!)

  • Katie
  • MKG (Mary Katherine Gallagher)
  • Katie Rose
  • Stinky (I’m lookin at you, Russell 😉 )

2. Four jobs I have had:

  • Tour guide/Freshman Orientation Staff at UCSB
  • Intern x 3 (in a legislative office, at a weekly newspaper, and at my current office prior to being hired full-time)
  • YMCA Day Camp Counselor
  • Account Coordinator (current role!)

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Spaghetti Squash Boats with Sausage Ragu

Attention everyone: I made a new recipe!

Not only did I make a new recipe, but it even turned out amazing enough that I am sharing it with you today.

Not only did I make a recipe amazing enough to share with you today, but it is also healthy, veggie-heavy, AND carnivore-pleasing.

In the words of Queen Ina, “How bad can that be?”

For the past several autumn/winter seasons, I have been pretty much obsessed with spaghetti squash. I even taught y’all how to make it almost 2 years ago.

One medium-sized squash will run about $3 a pop at Safeway, can feed me for 2-3 meals, and they are much easier to prepare than acorn or butternut squash. There’s no peeling of a strange looking gourd involved, AKA fewer flesh wounds for Katie 😉 Continue reading

Meatless Monday: Curry Chickpea Patties

Hey y’all! Hope you had a great weekend!

I have a serious case of the Mondays today…like we’re talkin hit the snooze button 4 times, get out of bed, take a shower, then get back into bed until the last possible second kind of case of the Mondays.

Before I send you guys off to my delicious recipe, I’ll share a couple of quick photos from the weekend – it was a great one!

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I kicked Saturday off with a long FAST run that was cut short – I was running late [no pun intended, har har!] for ultimate frisbee practice and really had to pee, so instead of running home I just stopped at Yvette’s place and we shot over to practice frisbee with our team!

Later that evening, Kristin and I represented Team America at the Beer Olympics! I didn’t do great at most any of the events, but it was still a fun time — I think our Chuck Norris trucker hats at least gave us spirit points!

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If Saturday was about sports, Sunday was about FOOD! Scott hosted brunch and Yvette found a recipe for French toast roll ups (stuffed with strawberries and Nutella) that was a Pinterest win!

Then I grabbed a Lyft to my parents’ neighborhood to see Alex, who was in town from NYC. We all BBQ’ed and he made me a bacon-wrapped hot dog. Score! Also, Mike & I had a photoshoot because we realized that our hair is currently the same length. #twinsies!

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ANYWAY, after a weekend of lots of activity, but also lots of indulgence, I always crave healthy clean eats to get my system re-energized. That’s why I’m bringing you a Meatless Monday post today!

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These curry chickpea patties are SO flavorful, and they’re healthy to boot! Lots of protein and fiber in these guys. Plus the leftovers are perfect for reheating and bringing for lunch — see above 😉

However, to get the recipe, you’ll have to shoot over to Becky’s blog, where I’m guest posting today!

Do you bring your lunch to work? What’s your favorite tip for avoiding eating out?

 

Mango-Macadamia Granola Bars

So it’s no secret that since I’ve started eating “healthy” – or whatever – I’ve become a breakfast eater.

My breakfast game was at its all time peak during my couple of months of unemployment late last year when I got to make breakfast at home every morning. Toast, eggs, cheese and salsa, yessssss #allthethings

HOWEVER, that’s unfortunately not the norm. I usually eat Greek yogurt and a little somethin’ somethin’ on the side. What that somethin’ somethin’ entails changes from week to week… I have made skinny muffins. I’ve made protein muffins. I love muesli…and I even made muesli bars.

For this week’s What I Ate Wednesday, I’m sharing what I’ve been eating for breakfast lately:

The past few weeks, I’ve been eating homemade granola bars!

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You’ll notice that, unlike my other breakfast muffins and bars, there is no “skinny” or “protein” in the title of this recipe.

That’s not to say they aren’t healthy! Made primarily of oats, uncooked quinoa, and flaxseed, they’re leaps and bounds better than any processed bar you’ll find in the supermarket. Plus they have a LOT less added sugar (only 3 tbsp of honey for the entire batch!).

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But they’ve also got a fair amount of nut butter…and chocolate.

The point of these granola bars isn’t that they’re low cal, or fat free. It’s that they are full of nutrient dense foods that are good for you, and some healthy fats that make them DELICIOUS.

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Plus, mango + macadamia nuts + coconut = tropical summer vacation. Am I right?

Mango-Macadamia Granola Bars
adapted from Cooking Light’s Cranberry-Pistachio Energy Bars
makes 9 bars

1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup quinoa, uncooked
1/4 cup dried mango, chopped
1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded or flaked
1/4 cup flaxseed meal (or just grind up flaxseed!)
1 oz chocolate (chips or chunks)
1/4 cup almond butter or peanut butter
3 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp coconut oil

Note: This is an extremely flexible recipe. I’ve also made it with pepitas and dried cranberries. Use whatever kind of dried fruit, nuts, nut butter, or oil you want!

Preheat oven to 350* F. Arrange oats and uncooked quinoa on a baking sheet and bake until slightly toasted and starting to brown, about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Meanwhile, combine mango, macadamia nuts, coconut, chocolate and flaxseed meal. Once cooled, add oats and quinoa.

In a stovepot, mix nut butter, honey, and coconut oil. Heat to a boil, whisking constantly. Boil for 1 minute and add to oat/nut/coconut mixture. Add to a greased 8×8 inch pan and bake at 350*F for 12 minutes, or until starting to brown.

Let cool before cutting into 9 squares. Eat at room temperature or cooled…the squares will keep for 1 week in the fridge!

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What is your breakfast go-to?