My Week With Blue Apron

One of the things I’ve always wanted to try but never did are those weekly food deliver meal kit things (idk what the real term is). I almost did last year and then they wouldn’t send it to me because my roomie had already done it and they were like girl you been caught. So I never went through with it. One of my resolutions was to stop spending money on clothes and junk food, which sounds so easy but I love clothes and candy is life so its NOT. This was my way of “treating myself” to some healthy means for a decent price! A win-win!

So I received my lil box on Sunday and I was pummpppeeddd to try this stuff cause it looked damn good. I decided to start on Monday to do my week right, ya know.

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It started out okay….

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Then everything was not okay…

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Maybe it was just me dilly-dally-ing but this shit took me an hour to cook, so I didn’t eat until after 8 and guess who woke up twice during the night with what can only be described as pizza sweats. If you don’t know what pizza sweats are then I’m sorry you’ve never drunkenly eaten pizza and then gone right to sleep and you don’t know what living really is. Let’s be real they call it “flatbread” but its just a fancy word for “thinnish pizza.” The salad was the grossest thing ever, no idea what an endive is but its is horrible. Just leave it in the ground where it belongs if you ask me cause it is not for humans.

The next meal I made on Wednesday and lemme tell you by then I was very discouraged, didn’t even document it and made pasta just in case it was gross and/or took too long. I finished it in a decent amount of time and this one was DAMN GOOD. So good that I really would even make it again cause it had so many veggies and kale with so much flavor I would never even think to put together! It really restored my faith and was even really good the next day I was so impressed.

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By my last meal on Friday I was feelin’ like this:

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But it was my last one and it was tacos and potatoes so it had to be good right?

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The meat part really sketched me out because it was pork, the sketchiest of the meats. Also the directions called for a lot of water while I was cooking the meat?? I’ve never made ground meat so this was all weird for me. The tacos included radishes which lemme tell you are the grossest things ever. They had this weird bitter after taste and I am not about it. After eating I felt kinda gross and the only upside was that the potatoes were amazing, but like obviously.

Overall, I wasn’t impressed. This could be better maybe if I ate meat, but since I try to cut it out wherever I can’t, this really wasn’t for me. If I had gotten more meals like the Cauliflower Kale one, it would’ve been great. Next up I’m trying Hello Fresh!!!! Lets compare and see which one is better shall we?

Vegan Things I Tried So You Don’t Have To

So I’m still trying to find a good cheese (lol) and I tried a few new things and some of them were less than enjoyable as usual.

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Okay so not really a yogurt person? I really can’t imagine anyone really is like who is really out there eating yogurt because they actually like it and not because they’re trying to be healthy. I tried this basically for the sake of trying it and I kinda just want to eat things that are easy to get and less likely to go bad in a few mere days (hello fruit looking at your ass). This was thinner than normal yogurt but other than that not bad! Tasted basically the same and dare I say good. If your a yogurt person definitely recommend this. Go this at Whole Foods (of course).

If I think really really hard, I can still remember the days I used to eat a bagel and cream cheese every week. Those cream cheese days are over, but thankfully not my bagel days. Tried this stuff again, kind of just to try it. Everyone knows the beautiful taste of cream cheese and this, unfortunately, did not live up. It was not unenjoyable, but it tastes basically like unsalted butter. Smooth and creamy, but not flavor really. Still put it in my whole grain bagel with some raspberries and wasn’t mad at it so I mean if your looking to trick yourself into thinking you’re eating cream cheese, this is the spread for you.

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WAS going to use these to make a vegan cheese quesadilla but G-O-D had other plans and was like “just eat normal cheese Katie it’s fine” and honestly who am I to argue with God and the universe? So I cheated and ate it with normal cheese (also lets take a second and think about how I also ate these on the regular how was I not 700 pounds???) and they held up well guys. Thinner than the normal tortillas but taste very good so no complaints here. Funny story, also wanted to try a dairy free sour cream and accidentally bought lactose free sour cream instead of dairy free ugh. I was eating it and wondering why it was so damn good and then I read the ingredients…. You know what guys ignorance is very much bliss and I’ll attest to that.

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As I was expecting, this was not a winner. Definitely not as bad as the macaroni I was eating, but not worth the calories. For some unknown reason, it was a lot of calories??? I’m sorry but if I’m gonna eat a pizza that is

  1. vegan

and

2. small as heck

I would think it would be kinda healthy and not a ton of calories??? I was sadly mistaken because this thing is supposedly 900 calories. Among the strange ingredients are: psyllium(apparently good for digestion if you believe the internet), expeller pressed canola? seems unnecessary, critic acid and titanium dioxide. The last one is something they also use in their cheeses which is some sort of white powder used to make things white (I looked it up). Seems to be some debate on whether or not its safe to consume so I’m gonna pass on Daiya stuff from now on sorry not sorry. I would like to actually know whats in the stuff I’m eating.

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I FOUND A CHEESE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN I FOUND A CHEESE ONE WHOLE CHEESE.   This passed the no-playdoh tasting test and actually ate a whole slice by itself like it was regular old cheese. The best part? There’s no weird ingredients that make me nervous. Lets compare ingredients shall we?

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Ew gross and weird and tastes like playdoh g-bye

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All things I can pronounce and know what they are without the aid of google!!!

 

 

Anyways, more to come! And a special week next week when I try Blue Apron for the first time! Yay!

 

Vegan Attempts: An Absolute Failure

As you guys are aware if you’ve ever followed this blog, I try my very hardest to be vegan. For the most part, it’s rather enjoyable and interesting to discover things I can substitute for dairy or meat in order to eat the things I love. Sometimes, it’s nice to be conscious of what you put in your body on a daily basis and require yourself to think before you eat. However, one of the worst things about being vegan is missing out on the glorious thing that is cheese. Cheese is beautiful and delicious and if you love it like I do, it can be a full meal all on its own. They are fabulous substitutes of milk and eggs, but I have found dairy free cheese to be the grossest stuff ever (although I haven’t tried every brand). Daiya makes amazing dairy free stuff and so I set out to try making vegan mac and cheese, aka my favorite meal of all time.

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I used just these ingredients because I wasn’t about to get all fancy with it and have it taste gross so I decided to keep it simple and hope for the best.

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First, I cooked the pasta and put a little of the pasta water with it because thats what PROFESSIONALS do thanks.

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I added equal parts milk and cheese and started melting it. Usually, with regular cheese and milk there’s more milk but since this is weird cheese and different milk I just made them equal so it wouldn’t be runny.

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It took foreeevveerrrrrr to melt and was extremely liquidy and so I got a lil nervous and added more cheese.

As it was melting, it smelled exactly like a boiling pot of playdoh. No joke. Here’s me feeling very nervous and hungry

Here’s it looking a lil weird, but fully melted!

And wow here’s the finishing product looks soo good right?

Here’s me chickening out cause it smells so bad and I don’t wanna eat it at all….

 

 

And here’s me thinking yes tastes exactly as it smells a steaming pile of playdoh with noodles

 

 

In conclusion:

So yeah, learn from me and don’t do this!!!! Maybe I’ll try some other cheeses and attempt this again, but for nowI am scared of vegan cheese and will not be attempting this until the playdoh taste is out of my mouth!