Surprise! This week I am cooking with a companion: Green Chef
BUT first. I would like to be a little transparent, so bear with me. Eventually I will tell my full story when I feel mentally and physically prepared to, but for now just a brief summary as I am only barely coming to terms with it all.
This week (February 25 – March 3) is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. It is important that people know why this is so important to me.
I had an eating disorder from 2015 to 2018. I struggled in near silence, thinking I was getting better only to realize I had not succeeded in healing at all over the years.
Even though it can still be hard now, I learned a lot about myself through this difficulty and learned to not only live with an ED mindset constantly attacking me, but also how to THRIVE through this toxic mindset. I LOVE food, but when I was sick it was obsessive and unhealthy.
Starting this blog was a way to spread positivity and the idea there is hope for those out there still struggling and a reminder: You don’t have to struggle in silence.
This week serves as a difficult mental trigger for me, but I am stronger now than before and ED Claire would never have been brave or transparent enough to start her own blog, about food too!
So thank you for reading, and encouraging, and supporting this blog. It is a big deal and I have loved every minute so far, so thank you so much for all of it!
Like I said, I love food, but even better, I love FREE food.
So when a colleague of mine recommended this site for pre-planned meals and also sent me a code to try it out, how could I resist?!
The meals arrived on our doorstep in a cute, little refrigerator-like box and contained all the ingredients for this week’s meals:
1. Meat (Beef, Chicken, Cod)
3. Ingredients (In pre-portioned brown bags that boast of being “greener than a salad bag”)
I chose the 2-Person plan (duh, Claire and Blake) instead of the family plan. In the 2-Person plan, we were given 6 servings: 3 recipes/box, 2 servings/recipe, 1 meal/person
We also chose the ‘Paleo’ version (there is also: Keto, Omnivore, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, and Pescatarian)
Steak Shawarma Salad
Ingredients from the box: Everything came in cute pre-portioned servings so I did not need to measure or use any extra ingredients, no added zest 🙁
But I did not need to measure or portion any ingredients out, so it saved me considerable time!
Also, all ingredients sent to us were organic and fresh. I was hesitant because the box was shipped from Colorado and sat on our doorstep for a few hours before getting moved inside, but everything was fresh upon opening and the fridge-like box was still cold.
Directions from the box: Directions for the salad were self-explanatory. I chose an easy meal to prepare first since I had class and wanted to make sure I had time to make a decent dinner. I was apprehensive about the steak because I do not normally cook/eat red meat but I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out GREAT! (See below) I toasted almonds. Like ??? toasted almonds what a concept, they were yummy and added such nice texture and crunch that I had not considered before.
Also, the directions are printed on cardstock paper with easy-to-follow instructions and pictures to guide you. Green Chef really does turn its users into green chefs.
We thoroughly enjoyed the meal because it was different. A steak salad was a great alternative to chicken and something I had not made before, so the variation was yummy. Yet, there was just enough for two people, barely enough for a soccer player and lover of the gym. We did not have any leftovers, and could have probably used a little extra steak to go on top.
This meal normally cost $12/plate ($24 total)
Be sure to keep up this week to see the next recipe 😊