I started a new tradition at Budget for Health by sharing recipes I made and loved each month. This has been a fun post to write and it’s been a form of accountability because I want to lead by example when it comes to meal planning that is easy, budget friendly, and healthy. Be sure to check out what we ate in prior months.
We tried Blue Apron last month and wanted to compare it with Hello Fresh. Using a friend’s referral, we got to try our first box for free! I have to say that the meals from both companies were delicious but I liked the Hello Fresh selections a little better, especially the Tempura Fish Tacos with Avocado Crema & Cabbage-Radish Slaw. Dave and I agreed that they were the best fish tacos we’ve had.
The other two meals were Bloody Mary Chicken with pancetta, pickled onion, & tomato-horseradish vinaigrette and Lebanese beef skewers with herby quinoa tabbouleh.
If you want to sign up to try Hello Fresh, use my referral code (7X7WG5) to get $40 off your first box. That’s 3 meals (6 total since there are two servings per meal) for only $20!
1. Salmon burgers with roasted brussels sprouts and corn
2. A monster salad with hardboiled egg, ham, walnuts, avocado, kalamata olives, organic greens, broccoli slaw, and homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
3. Grilled sirloin steak from our beef share with mixed veggies cooked in butter and avocado
If you haven’t tried barbacoa, start with this recipe. It was really easy to make in the crockpot and the meat just fell apart when I pressed down with one fork; no shredded needed!
Burrito bowl & Breakfast
These don’t need much explanation since they show up every month in my “What we ate” series. We love eggs, veggies, avocado, sweet potato hash or homemade hash browns. Burrito bowls are just some ground beef with homemade taco seasoning and your usual taco fixins.
Meals away from home:
BBQ and kayaking
High school friends came to visit and we took them kayaking and then to a favorite BBQ joint downtown. I got a reuben sandwich and sweet potato fries. They have an amazing homemade cookie ice cream sandwich but we showed some self-control and passed.
We supported a local food rescue organization and attended an event that was sponsored by many local restaurants. We had all sorts of great food
I brought my mom’s homemade pizza crust recipe and we build our own pizza with friends.
Mexican with family
Dave and I tried this restaurant for our anniversary and loved it so we brought my parents and sister so they could check it out. My mom insisted that we come back to this place again because our meal was so good! Nora was just gifted her own Elmo from my family so he joined us for dinner.
Our friend wanted us to try out an Indian restaurant down the street that he really liked. My meal of braised goat with vegetables and a curry sauce was hearty and flavorful. It reminded me of beef stew but with Indian spices instead of bay leaves and thyme like I usually throw in mine.
Our local grocery store has a sushi deal on Wednesdays so I picked up some for dinner and surprised Dave. We enjoyed it at a picnic table while Nora played on the playground area. I miss the raw stuff but I was a compliant pregnant woman and got shrimp instead.
I got a wood-fired personal pizza for our lunch. It was a thin crust pizza with fish, roasted corn and red peppers, avocado, and a cilantro aioli sauce drizzled on top. We got a burger from Culver’s for dinner and shared a small fry. The next morning we went to a Southwestern breakfast joint multiple friends told us to check out. My meal was homemade cornbread with a poached egg with chorizo and homemade hollandaise sauce on top and a tiny side of fruit. We packed sandwiches for lunch on the beach and I enjoyed shredded beef tacos for dinner at a local Mexican restaurant.
We spent a day with Dave’s family before and after our anniversary trip. The first day we grilled burgers. I made my burger like a salad so I could enjoy an extra fruit kabob instead of a bun. Our final day with family was Dave’s 28th birthday. We made our favorite salmon dish and grilled brats. The sides were broccoli salad, fruit, and a heavenly piece of Dave’s birthday dessert: brownies topped with a chocolate gnoche frosting and crushed Oreo’s… with a scoop of ice cream, of course.
What great eats have you enjoyed lately?