Side Street Style: Creative Meal Planning with HelloFresh

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11/08/2017

Creative Meal Planning with HelloFresh


Flavour Generator


Let’s talk family friendly meals for a moment, I know it’s exhausting right, getting the balance of quick, creative and tasty meals the kids will actually eat as well as hit the spot for adults as well. As the cooking lies completely on my shoulders it can be quite hard putting together a meal plan that fits into my busy life of juggling looking after the kids, working from home, trying to get the house ready to sell and provide nutrient packed meals for my boys.

I love to cook but lately I have been time pressured more than ever but I refuse to opt for ready meals which means I need to be as organised as possible when it comes to supper time and have meals that are quick to prepare. I’m really grateful that my children in most respects eat a well balance diet, they love broccoli, carrots, olives, hummus and are happy to dig into a big bowl of stir-fry, regardless there are some weeks were I just draw a blank with what to cook.



ripe avocado


Never fear however because HelloFresh, the people behind those wonderful healthy meal boxes have put together the Flavour Generator and its’ perfect for those days when you have an idea of what feel like but lack inspiration. We are big fans of Mexican food in our house as it’s a great way to sneak in more veggies in for your kids and often have wraps and quesadillas but would like to try something else. So I opened up the app and it gives you a variety of choices for what you feel like, I opted for Mexican and felt like something a little tangy. I clicked the generator and up popped two of my favourite ingredients - lime and chilli and three different recipes, all equally mouth watering but I decided to go with the quickest one which was Sweetcorn Fritters with Avocado, Tomato & Feta salad - bliss.



lime and sweetcorn


With one quick click the easy to follow recipe was downloaded and I folded this up into my weekly shopping list, what I loved was that it used normal ingredients, nothing hard to find or too expensive. The instructions were really straightforward and I actually had the meal ready in just under the 25mins it said it would take which was a big win for me as I am all about quick recipes which two hangry children running around the house this summer.





fresh salad


Of course you can also modify the recipes slightly, for example I left out the coriander from my fitters only because I know my eldest doesn't like coriander and it really didn't impact on the overall taste too much. I also liked the different flavour combinations from the lime in the fitters to the honey drizzle on the salad, which worked really well.

We all had a lot of fun planning around with the Flavour Generator and seeing what would come up on each foodie whim we had, its certainly been useful when I have lacked ideas for the weekly shop and it’s so easy and straightforward I am hoping John might even have a go making a meal, well I can dream anyway.






sweetcorn

In collaboration with HelloFresh, thoughts and opinions 100% my own

5 comments:

  1. The app sounds very interesting. I make meal plans from time to time, but I usually don't stick to them. But I'm always looking for ideas, so I might install the app.

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  2. Subscription meal services like this are such a boon when it comes to changing up your mealtimes and trying something new. We use a similar service and it definitely gets us eating things we'd not otherwise eat.

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  4. Those both look so delicious! I have never used a meal subscription service. But will look into it now. Using ingredients you would normally use or ones that aren't expensive it a plus! That has been a concern that they would be weird recipes ingredients I would never use again.

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  5. This app sounds like a great idea. I try to meal plan but its hard now since we are empty nesters cooking for two. I may give this app a try.

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