Monday, March 19, 2018

Boxed Meals #SOL18 March 19

I love to eat. I mean, I REALLY love to eat. I am also quite picky. I don't like my foods to touch. Except for certain foods that can touch: meat and potatoes can but no other veggies can touch the meat, Chinese food can touch, gravy can't touch anything besides meat and potatoes. I even have divided plates so I can keep food from touching! I will prop up parts of my plate so sauces don't go where they are not supposed to be. I also have texture issues. I can eat mushrooms; I prefer them cooked. But, I cannot stand tomatoes; I even pick out chunks from spaghetti sauce, chili, and salsa. I also don't eat raw onions. I have come a long way in the last nine years. I will try new foods and have let some foods touch even if they aren't supposed to even come close to touching.

Why do I tell you this? Well, tonight I made dinner and only ate part of it because of the weird flavor and texture of one of the ingredients: chayote squash.

Why did I even make something with that ingredient? Well, my husband and I subscribe to Home Chef which is a meal prep service. We get three to four meals for two people every Wednesday. We love it because of the variety of choices and the high quality of ingredients. We select our meals in advance and then are surprised when we get them because we forget what we chose a month ago.

Tonight, I made chili-lime salmon with roasted chayote squash. The salmon was amazing! Salty and cooked to perfection with a lime-garlic sauce. So good! However, the squash was just weird. No flavor except for a kind of a dirt taste. I followed the directions and baked it after tossing the slices of squash with onion, salt, pepper, and olive oil. When it came out thirty-five minutes later, I added the cilantro and cotija cheese to it. It looked so pretty! (I should have taken pictures!) But, taking the first bite of the veggies made me want to spit it out. I tried again after finishing the salmon and adding some of the lime-garlic sauce to the squash and several onion slices. Nope. Nothing helped. I just ate the onions and cheese sprinkles. Luckily, that and the salmon filled me. For now.

Will I keep using Home Chef? Heck ya! It's so nice to not have to go to the grocery store except for breakfast and lunch items. Plus, everything is included except for salt, pepper, olive oil, and water. Even the spices are measured out! I've tried lots of new dishes and we have even remade some meals. And, honestly, it's so much easier than trying to get a meal ready at the end of the day. Just grab the meat/seafood/chicken/pork/turkey and the bag with all of the other ingredients. Read and follow the instructions on the card. Voila! Dinner is ready! Even me, the picky eater, enjoys 97% of the meals and wish there were leftovers!


  1. Interesting review of the meal delivery service. I’ve never tried one.

  2. I’ve never even heard of a chayote squash! We’ve tried Green Chef, a similar service. We’ve made and enjoyed dishes we never would have tried before. It certainly does help with the busy evening routines.