I don’t want to say I hate lunch, but I hate lunch. George Michael was right when he said the most important thing was breakfast (okay, family, followed by breakfast). I’m a total front-loader when it comes breakfast because I just would rather skip over lunch most days. I’m not into sandwiches, sometimes salads get repetitive and a bar or a protein shake can last me until I get home… ravenous. Whoops.
This is totally awful to admit but my dream of working from home mainly stems from being able to make lunch at home every day. I could have a freshly made lunch every day if I wanted to buy my lunch at work but the food at my office sadly doesn’t compare to the food at AE and I’m the type of person who fills my salad bowl so full it ends up being like $15. Plus I’m a control freak so I like to know what goes into everything and pre-made dressings are usually not healthy.
When HelloFresh asked me if I wanted to try their meal delivery service I was all about it, but the week they delivered it to me I suddenly had a full social calendar every night. I didn’t want anything to go to waste so I spent a Sunday afternoon cooking everything all at once and making my lunches for the week out of the shipment.
HelloFresh was so kind as to let me choose my meals for the week (shrimp allergy and all that) so I went with a steak bibimbap, a pork tenderloin dish and chicken meatballs with gnocchi. As we know, I’m not really much of a pasta person (Don’t let the last name give it away — I’m not into Italian food. Also searching “not into pasta” on my blog brought back a surprisingly high number of hits) but I am into chicken meatballs so I thought I could use those and skip the gnocchi part. (They’re still in my fridge in case I ever have a gnocchi emergency — is that a thing?)
How to Hack Meal Delivery Services to Work For You
- Add Veggies to Stretch the Meals Further
Even if I say I’m not into veggies at a given moment, I’m into veggies, but I’m probably just more into starchy veggies (all the sweet potatoes and squash, please!). I had some extra mushrooms and cauliflower rice so I beefed up the steak bibimbap with those (pun kind of intended). I also bought a container of kimchi on impulse at Whole Foods so I added some of that to the side because, uh, more veggies. I skipped making the rice because I have to be in the mood for rice (and someone else has to make it because it does not taste as good if you make it) and by splitting the steak into three portions, it was my lunch three different days that week. Score!
- Think Outside the Recipe
Back to that chicken meatball situation — I had spinach that was about to be wilt-city. I threw a ton of it into containers, added the baked apples and cheese that were supposed to go with the gnocchi, topped with the meatballs and made a simple apple cider vinegar and olive oil dressing and voilá — a fancy salad.The bibimbap recipe called for slicing the carrot and zucchinis into thin matchsticks… uh, ain’t nobody got time for that. I pulled out my spiralizer to get the same and of shape situation in 1/10th of the time it would have taken me to chop all those veggies.
- Add an Egg For Extra Protein
I’m not going to lie — the allure of meal delivery services to me is they take all the thought out of getting enough protein in a meal because they’re all primarily protein-based if you get a non-vegetarian/vegan option. But um, eggs make everything tastier in case you’ve been living under a rock.
- Think Beyond Dinner
AKA make the recipes for lunch. Or breakfast if that’s your thing.
- Make Meals Ahead of Time
I know a big selling point of meal delivery services like HelloFresh is the ability to get a healthy, delicious dinner on the table on a weeknight in under an hour but sometimes I come home from work/a late night run/SoulCycle ready to demolish everything in my refrigerator… which is usually like raw veggies and Greek yogurt so I’m out of luck. Use a couple hours over the weekend or on a weeknight you don’t have anything going on to cook everything so when you get home you can re-heat and eat.
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HelloFresh was lovely enough to send me a week of meals to try but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Are you a lunch hater or a lunch lover? What do you usually eat for lunch? Have you ever tired HelloFresh – or hacked a meal delivery service?