March 5, 2015

Vegetarian/Vegan Meal Delivery South Florida

by jmichael614

As proponents of healthy eating, Ashley and I have tried many of the meal delivery services here in South Florida.  We thought we’d make you a short list so you know what is available and can try them for yourself.  It’s always great to be able to have your options laid out for you:

Supa Kitchen- Run by Kelsey Vasquez in Pembroke Pines- Current rates (as of March 2015) $70 for two meals a day for five days.  Please check with her to see how far she delivers.  She can do- vegetarian, 21 day fix, weight watchers meals. https://www.facebook.com/SUPAKitchenHollywood
Eco Healthy Meals- Out of business it appears
The Fresh Diet- I have done this one several times when they are on Groupon but can be a bit high otherwise $249 for 7 days.  http://www.thefreshdiet.com/
Fit2Go- Also one that I’ve done on Groupon- about $20 a day for two meals and you can add on extra meals. http://fit2gomeal.com/en/
Catered Fit- can deliver all your meals for the day- 5 day plan is $125 depending on your area.  http://www.cateredfit.com/meal-plans/vegetarian/
Wholly Kitchen- a little on the high side but looks amazing- 5 meals $250 Vegan option. http://www.thewhollykitchen.com/
22 Days Nutrition- Vegan meal delivery- you can choose from 1, 2 and 3 meals a day- 2 meals starts at $115 for 5 days.  https://www.22daysnutrition.com/vegan-meals-plan2.php
The Special- Vegetarian/Vegan Daily meal delivery starts at $14 a day for lunch. http://www.thespecialmiami.com/index.php

And of course you have your litany of grocery deliveries so you can make your own food at home:
Plated https://www.plated.com/
Blue Apron https://www.blueapron.com/
Hello Fresh https://www.hellofresh.com/

These are just a few, please send us anything we have missed on this list!!

February 12, 2015

Hello Fresh Meal #1 “Caramelized Shallot Risotto”

by jmichael614

I just received the Hello Fresh box yesterday and busted it open to make dinner last night. Ermergerd!!  I had to stop myself from eating the entire meal. I felt like the best chef in the world, I wanted to invite people over so I could force feed them my dinner.  I never knew you could eat two whole shallots in one serving and not be overwhelmed by the onion-y taste.  This was also the first time I baked them first before adding them to my meal.

The Hello Fresh box was on special for dirt cheap on Groupon a couple of weeks ago plus I had a 20% discount so I paid almost nothing for three whole meals for 2 people.  I would have paid much more at the grocery store.  It was worth every penny… and then some.  I can’t wait to make meal #2 and #3.

Meal delivery services are so much fun, if they are good, they can turn you into an expert chef in one meal.  I love that every single step is laid out for you and all you need to supply is the salt, pepper & oil (*butter as well this time).  Hello Fresh is definitely going to be ordered again in my home.

For more information on the Risotto, please go here:  https://www.hellofresh.com/recipe/week/current/

January 22, 2015

Bring on the Edamame

by jmichael614

Ashley tried the Edamame Hummus from Eat Well Embrace Life last week and she raved about it so much I had to try it myself. This stuff is uh-mazing, smooth and tasty and only 60 calories (3 carbs, yes you saw that right, 3) per serving. I have only seen three flavors in the store but EWEL has several different bean flavors on their site. I paired this with Tamari black sesame crackers I found at Whole Foods and it was the perfect combination.  I actually had this as dinner last night and felt sated. However, the drawback is that I could only have 5 crackers (22 carbs-eek), normally not horrific but I’d already met my limit for the day.  The crackers are nice and chunky though, not thin and empty and the taste was mild, not at all what you would expect from this type of cracker. For more information on the Edamame Hummus, go to http://eatwellembracelife.com/.  For the Sesame crackers, http://www.san-j.com/products/tamari-black-sesame-brown-rice-crackers.

Eat healthy 2015!

October 7, 2014

Quickie Post: Jumping Kitchen Bakehouse (Yum Vegan treats)

by jmichael614

Just wanted to share what we found this weekend at the Commercial Beach Farmers Market in Fort Lauderdale:

This “bakehouse” sells at a farm to table restaurant in Broward but there isn’t much information online for them.  Looking forward to seeing where they will go from here…

October 6, 2014

Our Vegan Cuts Snack Box Finally Arrived and We’re So Happy!

by jmichael614

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We just got the box for our Vegan Cuts Snacks, yeah!  Their snack box (starting at only $19.95/month if paid on a monthly basis), included about 11 snacks that ranged from a couple of “electrolyte” pouches to a big bag of chai flavored popcorn (this flavor is new to me and probably my favorite snack out of the whole box).  Their snack boxes usually range from 7-10 snacks and you have other options for payment besides the monthly option.

How great is it to have new vegan snacks introduced to you EVERY SINGLE MONTH!  Expand your horizons, find more things out there that you can munch on when the craving hits.  We even got some Earth Balance Mac & Cheese and a very interesting “instant shiitake” pouch that only Ashley is brazen enough to try.

I actually kind of liked the BARNANA snack, made of just bananas and coconut but the kiddo was not having any of it- I think the smell of banana +brown turned him off but …. he’s 2 and hates everything that is healthy right now so I take it in stride.  More snacks for myself, I say.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with this box at less than $20.  Most of the boxes you get these days are at least $25.  Also, for those of you in remote areas and have a hard time finding vegan snacks- I highly recommend getting a box!

For more information on Vegan Cuts and their snack boxes and other treasures, go to: Vegan Cuts Snack Box.

September 29, 2014

Curry Leaf San Fran- A Break From The Seafood “Norm”

by jmichael614

As a vegetarian staying in Fisherman’s Wharf, it’s hard to find something close-by that I could actually eat.  I mostly ate salads and pastas during my stay.  That’s sad and depressing (for me anyways).

The second to last day in California, I had enough and figured the easiest way to get some vegetarian cuisine was to find a local Indian restaurant.  I was in luck, just a few short blocks from the Sheraton on the Wharf, was “Curry Leaf”, an adorable little Indian/Pakistani restaurant.  I ordered up a storm- papadum, veggie samosa, naan, palaak paneer, and masala chai (which I actually forgot I ordered) as well as something chickeny for my son.

The papadum was perfect, the right spiciness and flavor.  The palaak paneer was delicious, not too creamy, not too watery, a great flavor and it wasn’t crazy expensive for the area.  Curry Leaf also does things a bit different than normal restaurants- you order at the front and then pick up your own drinks (and pour your own Chai that I forgot I ordered).  You also grab your own plates and cutlery, get your own water and don’t forget to get the salsas from the fridge!

So happy I was able to eat something besides pasta, I wished I would have branched out a little more.  I think next time I’m in San Fran, I’ll probably stay somewhere besides Fisherman’s Wharf….

For more info and to find your vegetarian safety net, go to: http://www.curryleafsf.com.

On a side note, if you’re brave, I also saw this strange Irish pub/Indian restaurant on the way.  If you try it, let us know your review and we’ll post it here!

September 22, 2014

Beyond Meat for Tacos!! Yes!!

by jmichael614

Until last week, I had been eating my tacos plain with some beans.  Beans aren’t horrible but they don’t always do a taco justice.  You need some sort of ground something in it to make it feel like a taco.  So instead of shoving down a plain taco, I found the “Beyond Meat” ground “meat” in the freezer section of my local grocer.

It was the perfect alternative!! I flavored it like I did the hubs’ ground turkey (with the taco seasoning).  The result was a perfect taco!!

The only negative that I have to mention is that this “meat” is a little peppery, like that was the major flavor that was added.  However, it doesn’t destroy the meat and I would definitely use it in place of ground turkey in the future!! Super excited to have a new brand to add to my daily collection.

For more information on “Beyond Meat”, go to www.beyondmeat.com.  September 2014, you can also get a $1 off coupon on their Facebook page.

 

September 2, 2014

Starlite Vegan Enchiladas Rojas

by jmichael614

 

I’m so happy I found this Vegan Enchilada meal!  

It’s a new brand for me, I’ve never heard of Starlite Cuisine but I found them at Nutrition S’mart last week.  I have to fill my macros by eating higher-protein meals and this one did semi-ok with 11 grams of protein.   Also on the plus side, you can actually pronounce their ingredients.  The taste was pretty good and somewhat spicy.  

What sets this aside is that it uses a “pea protein” for the “meat” of the enchilada.  It didn’t taste OFF like I expected to so I was pleasantly surprised.  I think the packaging kind of throws me off, something about it makes me think it’s not going to taste good but I’m glad I pushed past it. Looking forward to other products from this company…

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For more info go to http://www.starlitecuisine.com/.  

 

August 11, 2014

Blue Apron Summer Saute- “Delivery”

by jmichael614

My Blue Apron dinner was the Summer Saute found here: http://www.blueapron.com/recipes/matt-s-summer-saute-with-fregola-sarda-buffalo-mozzarella.

What I love about Blue Apron is that they give you the recipes on their site for free- even if you don’t buy the delivered ingredients from them.  However, who wouldn’t love to just open a box and have all the ingredients right there for them to use along with the recipe to make it delicious?  These are tested recipes that are delicious, wholesome and they have a great vegetarian selection!

It took me about 20-30 minutes tops to cook dinner last night and it honestly tasted absolutely delicious.  I’ve never had the fregola before- it’s a cross between pasta and Israeli couscous.  The mozzarella and basil on top were the perfect combination to finish this dinner.

As with the Plated meals, these boxes for delivery aren’t cheap.   However, if you’re looking to feed a large group of people or a very intimate gathering and want to impress them, you cannot go wrong with these meals.

For more information on ordering your next meal, go to the link above or http://www.blueapron.com.  Now, go eat!!

 

August 11, 2014

A Vegetarian Review of Blue Apron Meal Delivery

by ashleyjmorgan

Blue Apron is letting our first 50 readers get 30% off their first Blue Apron order – visit https://www.blueapron.com/vegontherun for all the details!

With so Blue Apron Upcoming Menu View Onlinemany meal delivery services on the market today, it’s been hard to sift through them all to see which are really worth the price. It’s true, $60 for three meals for two isn’t cheap, but if you calculate it in comparison with ordering take out on busy evenings, this becomes much cheaper. Blue Apron is the first meal delivery service I’ve tried where you cook your own meals. I like the idea since I do love to cook, yet still giving me three nights off from meal planning. All of the meals are listed as two portions unless you purchase a larger package, however I’ve found that some of the meals do give me enough to feed three. Blue Apron will hold your credit card information on file and you choose which weeks you would like to receive the delivery. You enter into the site, go to the Delivery Schedule section and can choose to skip one or all of the upcoming deliveries. You have until one week prior to finalize your selections. This gives you enough time to review the upcoming menu and decide if you’d like it to be delivered. I’ve been a member of Blue Apron for a few months before I took the leap, as I just wasn’t sure if I’d like the concept. They did not ever charge me anything for any of my skipped weeks.Skip Meals on Blue Apron

There are not many ways that you can customize the menu, you choose if you are vegetarian (at this time there is no vegan option) or if you eat meat, pork or seafood. However you can review the menu before ordering for that week, so you are able to skip that delivery if there are ingredients you do not like or have allergies to. Jessica and I shared this delivery, she prepared the Summer Saute, while I prepared the Potato Rosti and the Quinoa Tabbouleh & Fairy Tale Eggplants. All the ingredients were easy to split between us, so this is an option to split with a friend or family member. The box arrives via courier with ice packs to maintain freshness. You will need to refrigerate the ingredients as soon as possible, but it does stay fresh for a few hours after delivery.

Blue Apron IngredientsAll of the ingredients will be labeled with what they are (i.e. carrot, eggplant, basil, spice mix) and some will be inside paper bags with the recipe label (i.e. summer saute). You will also receive three recipe cards that have pictures and legible, easy to follow, step-by-step directions on how to prepare each meal. You simply read the card, choose the ingredients needed for that recipe and follow the detailed instructions. The two meals I prepared, the Potato Rosti and the Quinoa Tabbouleh & Fairy Tale Eggplants, took less than 45 minutes each to prepare, and that was with photos and notes in between to make this review. I can easily say that each could take only 20-30 minutes from start to finish if I hadn’t stopped in between.

Blue Apron IngredientsThis is a great option on hectic nights, as usually it takes just as long to decide on a restaurant, order and pick up a take-out meal. The meals were very healthy, delicious and even my meat loving fiancé loved them, he especially liked the Potato Rosti. The Quinoa Tabbouleh & Fairy Tale Eggplants was only enough for two servings, however the Potato Rosti would have been enough for three to have a nice meal. Overall I think this is a great option for those hectic weeks where I know I’ll be tempted to order take-out or delivery. I loved that the ingredients are fresh, whole ingredients, which is a much healthier alternative to many hectic mid-week meals as well. With each meal averaging about 500 calories, I could definitely see this as an accompaniment to a weight loss plan. Thanks Blue Apron for letting us try out your service and I look forward to ordering again in the future!

Blue Apron Quinoa Eggplant Vegetarian

Blue Apron Potato Rosti Vegetarian

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