Hello Fresh, fixing my diet

One step in fixing me is working on my diet. I thought returning to work would help me with this, but it ended up making things worse. Instead of buying more veggies and better quality food for home cooked meals we ran in a whole other direction, restaurants and fast food. Between multiple closing shifts a week and a sore Achilles tendon after long shifts I had little desire to cook. Until last week.

Last week I came across an ad for Hello Fresh, a meal delivery service full of foods I already eat, but in healthier combination with more natural ingredients and more adult flavors. Tonight I cooked our first meal, Spaghetti with ragu. Delicious!!

Ok I may have altered the recipe just a tad, but I only added to the flavor. Steam peeled tomatoes, zucchini, garlic, onion, ground beef, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper were all included in a package with spaghetti noodles of choose. I chose to add Johnny’s seasoning salt, powdered garlic, and 2 bay leaves because, hey, it’s spaghetti and I needed a touch more flavor. They also include a small bottle of Colavita Pepperolio which adds spice (heat) to the sauce and had earned a permanent place in my pantry. All of this combined with grated parmesan (surprisingly not included) have changed the way I will make spaghetti in the future. Bye bye sugary packaged sauces.

My biggest concern when I received my order was portion sizes. After tonight’s meal I don’t think portion sizes will be a problem. As you can see in the picture above, one serving (I order a 2 serving meal which feeds 2) is more than enough, I didn’t even take half of the sauce! If all of their meals are like tonight’s then I’m hooked!

Unfortunately my son was away for the weekend so I won’t know his thoughts on tonight’s mall until I cook it again, but I have a feeling he too will be hooked.

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Quick update, it’s good

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, the job is going great! I’m about 3 months in and am already working as cashier and now the customer service desk (returns, returns, returns). I am also a go to when it comes to those shady customers trying to scam us for gift cards, I love to make their transactions difficult 🙂

Things are going well and I’m ready enjoying having money to spend, maybe a little too much. I’ve splurged a bit each check. New patio table, pictures for the house, clothes, even a kitchen garbage can…it feels great. I’ve even managed to put money away for car repairs and vacation, but what makes me feel the best is sending money with my son when he’s out with friends. 

The only thing that bugs me is that my son is home so many nights alone. He’s been spending time at his aunts and friends and it makes me feel bad that he’s having to rely on them for homeless dinner and company. I need to figure out a better meal plan and adjust my availability after my probationary period is over. I know he’s ok but when you’ve had a depressed kiddo you can’t stop being concerned with their mental state. Ah I feel another post in the making.

All in all things are going well.