Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Fish-Seafood · Hello Fresh · Salmon · Uncategorized · WLS

Hello Fresh Creamy Lemon Salmon

The third meal that we prepared was the Hello Fresh Creamy Lemon Salmon.  (Instructions copied from the Hello Fresh Site):
Prep

Wash and dry all produce. Core and seed tomato, then cut into ½-inch pieces. Zest lemon until you have 1 tsp zest, then cut into wedges. Trim, then thinly slice scallions, keeping greens and whites separate. Mince or grate garlic.

Make Crema

In a small bowl, stir together sour cream, half the lemon zest, and a few squeezes of lemon juice (to taste— start with about ¼ of the lemon and go up from there). Season with salt and pepper. Taste and add more lemon zest or juice, if desired.

Cook Couscous

Melt 1 TBSP butter in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add couscous and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly toasted, 2-3 minutes. Add 1 cup water, then bring to a boil. Lower heat slightly and let simmer until al dente, 7-9 minutes. Remove couscous from pot and set aside.

Stir Couscous

Heat another 1 TBSP butter and a large drizzle of oil in pot used for couscous over medium-high heat. Once butter is melted, add scallion whites and tomato. Cook, stirring frequently, until slightly softened, 2-3 minutes. Lower heat to medium and add garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in couscous. Season with salt and pepper, then remove pot from heat.

Cook Salmon

Heat a drizzle of oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat (use a nonstick pan if you have one). Pat salmon dry with a paper towel. Season all over with salt, pepper, and fry seasoning. Add to pan skin-side down. Cook until skin is crisp, 4-6 minutes. Flip and cook to desired doneness, 2-3 minutes more.

Plate and Serve

Fluff couscous with a fork, then stir in half the scallion greens. Divide between plates, along with salmon. (TIP: Arrange the fillets skin-side up to keep the skin crisp.) Drizzle salmon with a spoonful of crema. Sprinkle with remaining scallion greens. Serve with any remaining lemon wedges and crema on the side.  Photo of their dish and David’s:This time the tomatoes disappeared, and the seasoning was too much (what they had provided), but this was my favorite meal of the three that we tried.  My plate:

I had enough for lunch leftovers the next day.  I will try to make this again.

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Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Chicken · Hello Fresh · Uncategorized · WLS

Hello Fresh Presto Pesto Panko Chicken

The second meal that we cooked was the Hello Fresh Presto Pesto Panko Chicken.  (Instructions copied from the Hello Fresh Site):
Preheat and Prep

Wash and dry all produce. Adjust rack to upper position and preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut potatoes into ½-inch cubes.

Roast Potatoes

Toss potatoes on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast in oven until browned, 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway through.

Make Crust

In a small bowl, combine panko, mozzarella, a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Roast Chicken

Place chicken on another, lightly oiled baking sheet. Brush 1 TBSP pesto onto top of one piece. Repeat with other piece (you will have some pesto left over). Cover pesto-brushed sides with crust mixture, pressing to adhere. Roast in oven until chicken is no longer pink in center, about 20 minutes.

Toss Salad

Halve lemon. In a large bowl, toss together lettuce, a squeeze or two of lemon, and a large drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Plate and Serve

Divide potatoes and chicken between plates. Serve with salad on the side.

Our comparison plate to their photo plate.  Not bad.  We ended using way too much of the coating of the panko mixture.  It doesn’t indicate how much to use, so of course, I used all of it.   David’s plate:My plate:

Due to the amount of breading the chicken wasn’t dry, but we didn’t care for this one as much.  I would be willing to try it again to my error in the recipe.  David isn’t a big fan of pesto, so there is that as well.

Blessings.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Beef · Budget · Hello Fresh · Uncategorized · WLS

Hello Fresh Meatloaf Balsamico

The first meal that we prepared was the Hello Fresh Meatloaf Balsamico.  (Instructions copied from the Hello Fresh Site):Preheat and Prep

Wash and dry all produce. Adjust rack to middle position and preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a small bowl, mix 1 TBSP vinegar (we sent more) and ketchup. Mince 1 clove garlic (use other as you like). Chop parsley. Halve and peel onion. Using the large holes of a grater, grate one onion half into a large bowl (use the other half as you like).

Shape Meatloaves

Add garlic, parsley, ¼ cup panko (we sent more), beef, and ½ tsp salt to bowl with onion. Crack in 1 egg (use the other as you like). Season with pepper, then mix with hands to combine. Shape into two 1-inch-tall loaves, then place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Brush with ketchup mixture.

Cook Meatloaves and Sweet Potatoes

Roast meatloaves in oven until cooked through, about 25 minutes total (we’ll check on them after 10 minutes). Meanwhile, peel sweet potatoes, then cut into ½-inch cubes. Place in a medium pot with a pinch of salt and enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.

Roast Green Beans

After meatloaves have baked 10 minutes, remove baking sheet from oven. Toss green beans on same sheet with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. (TIP: Use tongs to avoid burns.) Return to oven and roast until meatloaves are cooked through and green beans are tender and lightly crisped, about 15 minutes more.

Mash Sweet Potatoes

Drain sweet potatoes and return to pot. Mash in pot with a potato masher or fork until mostly smooth. (TIP: If potatoes have cooled, quickly reheat over medium-low heat.) Add 1 TBSP butter and honey. Continue mashing to combine and melt butter. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Finish and Serve
Once meatloaves and green beans are done, sprinkle almonds over green beans and toss to combine. Divide meatloaves between plates and serve with sweet potato mash and green beans on the side.  The photo of their meal, and David’s plate in comparison:
My plate:
We will definitely do this meatloaf again.  David really enjoyed it, as did I.  He isn’t a fan of sweet potatoes but we both enjoyed these. Overall, really easy instructions, well laid out in timing and portions sizes.  So far, this one is a winner.
Blessings.
Bariatric Surgery - My Story · blessings · Budget · Hello Fresh · Uncategorized

Hello Fresh Meals

We were given a week of meals from a friend from Hello Fresh.  We chose the two person meal plan with three meals for the week.

I loved that the box was prepackaged per meal.  I didn’t have to sort or figure out what ingredient went with what protein.  It was also packaged with recycled foam instead of Styrofoam which made my heart happy.  Overall, I was extremely please with the packaging of the fresh ingredients.The sizing of the portions were perfect for David and I.  He eats more than a normal serving, and I can’t eat a whole serving.  Perfect.

I will post on each of the meals the rest of the week.

Blessings.