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What We’re Loving: The Weekly Roundup

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OK shoppers, listen up — as we end the week, we’re just about getting to the procrastinator’s time of the year for shopping. Yes, you last-minute people, we’re talking to you!

In any case, while you’re busy with work, life, kids, school, and stress among other things, let us assure you, there are plenty of gifts left for your long list of recipients.

While we surely can’t guide you in the right direction for sports equipment or the right makeup palette, we can guide you to greatness in terms of food, home décor, and great presents for the entertainer in your life.

Here’s our round up of this week’s what we’re loving favorites:

Neiman Marcus’ 'Cheers' Dessert Plates

All right, all right, we’re ahead of ourselves a bit, but these "cheers" dessert plates from Neiman Marcus aren’t only for New Year’s Eve, right?

You're guaranteed to make a statement with these because you’re not only getting the extravagant bohemian décor but also a decadent filling, with flavors including chocolate, vanilla, green tea, red velvet, and pink champagne.

As you know, we’re kind of obsessed with party crackers and how they can really bring a party to life. Now, Pimlott & Co. is back with their Christmas crackers and we’re obviously hooked.

The rings are also part of a vast collection that includes cakecutters, champagne flutes, dishes, bowls, glassware, and flatware, as well as home décor like vases and frames.

G.H. Cretors’ Chicago Mix Popcorn

Behold, the Chicago Mix, the brand's signature blend that is free of GMOs, preservatives, and artificial colors and flavors (pretty amazing, right?).

Staying Home Weekly Roundup

We’re back with another weekly round up. Here are some ideas if you’re looking for ways to stay happy, healthy, and entertained at home.

If you love learning new styles of dance or want to add something new to your routine, why not get moving at home with the help of Dance Plug? Thanks to their community page, you can watch and learn from their easy-to-follow and customizable dance tutorials. They offered at a very low cost or free!

We found this great recipe to make the juiciest fried chicken all thanks to kitchn. Follow up with this easy to make apple pie recipe from Pillsbury.

View hard to find documentaries and movies on the Kanopy app – for free! There is hours of free content at your fingertips.

If you are not able to take your yearly camping trip or want to be adventurous in the comfort of your own home – try camping in your backyard. Buzzfeed has compiled a great list of 28 ideas to make your backyard camping an experience that you won’t forget!

If you’re looking for a fun arts and crafts project using items you may already have in your household, try this fun Pasta Bracelets project from Baby Center.

Recipes I’m Excited to Try This Month

I found this on one of my favorite places for recipe inspiration, Gimme Delicious, and this one stood out to me because lemon always reminds me of summer. My grandma had a lemon tree growing up and some of my all time favorite memories was going to her house and making fresh lemonade – i love the taste!

Sriracha Shrimp Tacos

I’ll be honest, when it comes to spicy foods I like to pace myself, but Duncan loves Sriracha and you can’t beat a fresh shrimp taco on a warm summer night, so I thought I would give another Gimme Delicious recipe a try!

Hibachi Style Chicken with Magic Mustard Sauce

I’ve actually made this one a few times – I think I found it over quarantine and it has quickly become one of our favorites! My mom and sister just came to town and we made it for dinner. I was reminded how much I love this The Defined Dish quick and simple meal. I can’t wait to have it again this month!

Pasta Alla Norma (with added chicken)

YOU GUYS, I’m finally pulling the trigger and trying one of the Cravings by Chrissy Teigen recipes. Pasta is my go-to comfort food and I think this new twist on eggplant parmesan will be so satisfying. I’ll be adding chicken to mine for extra protein, but I think this could be a universal dish whether you add another kind of protein or keep it a vegetarian pasta.

Stuffed Mozzarella and Spinach Chicken Breast + Parmesan Zucchini Fries

I have a feeling this one might become a staple in the Butler household. I’m sure you can see a trend with chicken being a fan favorite or mine, but what an fun way to spice up your chicken breast with this Eat Well 101 recipe. We recently purchased an air fryer so I could try new ways to cook sweet potatoes, but I saw these Easy Weeknight Recipes Zucchini Fries and knew I had to put these in there to try in July!

Pork Chop With Dijon Herb Sauce

Anything paired with a Dijon Mustard is my jam! I’ll be honest, I don’t always turn to pork for my protein, but this recipe from Skinny Taste was shared with me by a girl on Instagram and I think it would be a yummy way to switch things up!

One Skillet Saucy Chicken Tortilla Enchilada Rice Bake

Doesn’t this look SO GOOD? I still don’t know how baseball or football season are looking with Covid-19, but this nacho dish from Half Baked Harvest would be the person one pan game-time-at-home-kind of dinner!

PF Chang’s Lettuce Chicken Wrap

These look so yummy! Some nights a lighter dinner is need and this recipe for the PF Chang’s Lettuce Chicken Wraps from Damn Delicious would be perfect!

One Pan Harissa Chicken

As you can probably gather by now, chicken is a fan favorite in the Butler home. No matter what way we make it, I know it’s something we’ll most likely love and I don’t think this fresh recipe from David Lebovitz will be any different!

I’d be lying if I told you all that I’m a master chef in the kitchen, but there is something about finding a recipe you love, learning new skills, and having a satisfying meal to enjoy at the end of all the hard work.

Also while we’re talking about being in the kitchen, I thought I’d include this collage I put together for a blog post I shared last month. These are some of my favorite things in the kitchen:

Black Bean Avocado Burgers from Hummusapien

This is one of my most-made recipes, and for good reason. These veggie burgers are totally DELISH, and make a fantastic lunch when you’re not feeling same old chicken. This week, I packed one of these on a bed of greens, sprouts, and baby tomatoes with a giant scoop of hummus. Easy and satisfying. That’s what I like to hear.

They also require minimal prep and the ingredients are probably things you already have in your fridge. Plus they’re super customizable.

I personally make them vegan because I prefer the texture with the flax, not the egg, but they taste just as good either way!

What is the best food subscription box?

There are plenty of food-themed subscription boxes out there that can help you out on a daily basis. Some are useful for planning your meals, while others are great for trying something new. There really is something for everyone out there, with popular options from top brands like Mindful Chef, Graze, SimplyCook, and more.

The process of picking a food subscription box is not that easy, especially with so many strong options on your plate. We have tried to make things slightly easier for you by researching everything on offer, and hightlighting a short selection of your best options. Take your pick from this tasty bunch.

Weekly Faves

Cream cheese frosting for breakfast from Imma Eat That

No, that was not a typo. This is a recipe that tells you in full honesty that it is okay for you to eat frosting for breakfast. And you don’t even need to feel bad about it (not that you should ever feel bad for eating frosting for breakfast because lezbereal if you’re doing that, you’re probably doing something very right).

Now this recipe is not actually cream cheese frosting. I’m sorry. I know I got all of your hopes up, and now you’re slapping your thigh because you can’t believe you’ve fallen for a cruel trick.

But. Allow me to regain your trust.

This is as close as you will get to eating cream cheese frosting flavor-wise, while getting all the nutrients and satiety from a hearty and healthy breakfast. And if that isn’t a great deal, I don’t know what is.

I love that this recipe needs to be made the night before because I’m often so hungry in the morning that the very idea of waiting until my breakfast cooks makes me want to throw my pan out the window while simultaneously shoveling chocolate chips into my face since my blood sugar is in a dangerously low position (anyone else? no? just me then?).

If you haven’t tried making your breakfast the night before, GAME CHANGER. Honestly. Never again can you say you don’t have time for breakfast because lo and behold, your breakfast will be waiting for you as soon as you stumble out of bed and into the kitchen in your fluffy robe and bunny slippers. Zero effort, zero waiting. Boom.

Basil Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese, Sunflower Seeds, and Lemon Vinaigrette from The Ambitious Kitchen

Guys. This salad. It was orgasmic.

Was that inappropriate? I don’t even care.

I expected this to be good, ‘cause how can you go wrong when you have goat cheese and strawberries in a salad? But I never expected how frickin’ satisfying the addition of nutty quinoa would be and how crunchy and texturifying the seeds would be, and that dressing! MAKE IT.

Another bonus: this ain’t no sissy salad. It kept me and those I fed it to nice and satisfied for hours!

Pro tip: I actually added a hefty drizzle of balsamic vinegar to the salad, and it took it over the top. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are the best of friends after all.

Flourless Peanut Butter Zucchini Brownies from The Hummusapien

Alexis from The Hummusapien really knows her desserts. I absolutely adore her bar and brownie recipes because it is literally impossible to tell that they are healthy since they are so dang delicious. Sinfully so.

I’ve made these brownies once before about a year ago, and then somehow forgot about them amidst all the other recipes I was making.

When she posted a picture of them on her Instagram a couple weeks ago, I couldn’t stop thinking about them until I made them, and then I was like, HOLY PICKLES HOW DID I FORGET ABOUT THIS GOODNESS?

Guys, I feel very strongly about these brownies. No, you can’t taste the zucchini. Yes, you can taste the peanut butter. In a wonderful way. If you’re allergic to peanut butter… I can’t help you.

KIDDING! You can replace it with absolutely any nut butter, and it will be bomb anyway. Almond butter, cashew butter, oooh sunflower seed butter! The possibilities are endless, and you don’t even have to be resentful about how prevalent peanut butter is in the American foodosphere.

I fed these to my mom and best friend, and they were all totally unaware that these were healthy and secretly had a vegetable.

That was a total lie. They know me, so even before taking a bite, they were like, so what’s weird in this recipe?

But actually, they gobbled up the brownie and took seconds because they are well aware by this point that Nicole knows her stuff when it comes to healthy recipes, even if they’re “weird.”

1. Skewers

As my colleague Anna Stockwell has said, there's nothing easier to throw together or faster to grill than a skewer. They're easy to marinate and assemble in advance—in fact they taste better this way—so they're perfect to have on hand in the refrigerator during grilling season and to toss in a container to take to backyard parties. Most importantly, their convenient packaging and precut, bite-sized pieces makes them ideal for kids. You can stack them with any meat or vegetable your child will eat, but here's one version we really like:

Chicken-Apricot Skewers

Growing older is something to take pride in, but with endless marketing of “anti-aging” products, it’s understandable if you want to address signs of aging. In this post, we take an in-depth look at popular OTC anti-aging ingredients to get to the bottom of what — if any — potential benefit they have for your skin.

If you’re reading this, we bet you’re like us when it comes to skincare: you totally nerd out. If you’re struggling with acne, it can be especially challenging to find a good moisturizer that won’t make your breakouts worse. In this blog post, we do all the heavy lifting for you, listing our latest picks for non-comedogenic moisturizers.

Easy Casserole Dinners for Cool Weeknights

Okay, it&aposs not a taco, but it still deserves a spot on your table this Tuesday. Layer on the tortillas, cheese, and meaty filling, top with even more cheese, and serve with all the fixings. 

Wednesday: Rachael Ray&aposs Croque Monsieur Casserole

Need a mid-week pick-me-up? This breakfast-for-dinner dish comes together quickly and makes great leftovers any time of day! 

Thursday: Rachael Ray&aposs Herby Tuna Noodle Casserole with Potato Chip-Parm Topping

Photography by Kate Mathis

We&aposre always here for a good tuna casserole, but this one takes things to another level with loads of fresh herbs and a crunchy, cheesy topping that makes every bite even better. 

Friday: Rachael Ray&aposs Tater-Toterole

Photography by Kate Mathis

Friday calls for these crispy, cheesy bowls of nostalgia. Combine tots, beef, and tons of veggies into a dish and bake until brown and bubbly. 

What’s on the Menu the Week of May 24th?

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1. Home Chef

About this Meal Kit: Home Chef is a meal kit subscription that delivers a weekly box of the pre-portioned ingredients needed to make two to six meals that feed two, four, or six people. Recipe cards are easy to follow, and meals can be made in about 30 minutes. For those with dietary restrictions, Home Chef points out recipes that are calorie-conscious, carb-conscious, and vegetarian. Picky about your protein? Most meals allow you to customize whether recipes include chicken, steak, or seafood some recipes can even be made vegetarian-friendly by opting for Impossible (meatless) meat!

Cost: Meals start at $6.99 per serving depending on the current menu options. Sign up here!

COUPON: Save $80 off your first four boxes! No coupon needed - just use this link.

Ships to: 90% of the U.S. (You can check to see if Home Chef delivers to your zip code here.) Shipping is $7.99 for most orders. If you order their smallest package (two meals for two people), shipping is $13.99.

Order cutoff: Be sure to finalize your menu selections before 12 pm (CST) on the Friday prior to your scheduled delivery day.

Here’s what’s on the Home Chef menu next week:

  • Chicken en Croûte and Florentine Cream Sauce with Broccoli and Crispy Garlic Potatoes
  • Goat Cheese Juicy Lucy Burger with Tomato Jam with Garlic Aioli Fries
  • Salmon and Sweet Miso Sauce with Spicy Honey Mustard Broccoli and Asian-Style Rice
  • Shrimp Rigatoni with Creamy Tomato Sauce and Garlic Bread
  • Steak and Bordelaise Sauce with Creamy Parmesan Potato Gratin
  • Fried Chicken Tacos with Brussels Sprout Slaw
  • Chicken Kiev with Goat Cheese Butter and Garlic Broccoli
  • Turkey Cheeseburger Soup
  • Crispy Prosciutto and Creamy Lemon-Rosemary Gemelli with Brussels Sprouts
  • BBQ and Butternut Squash Flatbread with Chipotle Pesto and Caramelized Onions
  • Sesame Tofu Poke Quinoa Bowl with Pickled Cucumbers and Carrots
  • One-Pan Chicken Teriyaki Noodles

In addition to the standard meal kits, Home Chef has these 15 Minute Meal Kits available:

  • Korean-Style Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Orange Sesame Slaw
  • Garlic Pepper Chicken and Lemon Herb Butter with Parmesan and Pea Risotto
  • Sweet Chili Ginger Pork and Broccoli Stir-Fry

For those looking for quick meals with minimal prep, Home Chef is offering these Easy Prep Meal Kits:

  • Cheesy Chicken Taco Bowl with Poblanos
  • Mediterranean-Style Steak Strip Wraps with Tzatziki
  • Cheddar Tortilla Chicken with Pepper and Potato Hash
  • Lemon Feta Pork Chops with Roasted Red Pepper Cauliflower
  • Piri Piri Grilled Chicken with Sofrito Crema, Rice, and Peppers

Ready to sign up? Make sure to use our coupon code to score some free meals!

Want more info? Check out our Home Chef reviews. Have you tried Home Chef? Leave a review for the community!

2. HelloFresh

About this Meal Kit: HelloFresh offers quality pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes that you can choose week by week. Their plans include Veggie, Meat & Veggie, Low-Calorie, and Family-Friendly, and their menu rotates weekly.

The Cost: Subscriptions cost between $8.74-$9.99 per serving depending on your plan, plus shipping. Sign up here!

COUPON: Save $90 off your first 4 deliveries! No coupon needed - just use this link.

Ships to: The U.S.

Order Cutoff: Menu selections and changes need to be made by 11.59 pm PST 5 days prior to your next scheduled delivery.

Here’s what’s on the HelloFresh menu next week:

  • Sesame-Soy Beef Bowls with Sriracha Mayo, Cilantro & Crispy Onions
  • Pork Chops with Zesty Green Onion Salsa plus Buttery Black Beans over Rice
  • Beef & Red Bean Chili with Hot Sauce Crema & Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Italian Chicken & Pepper Sandos with Potato Wedges & Tangy Garlic Sauce
  • Red Chili Chicken Enchiladas with Old El Paso Mild Red Enchilada Sauce, Pico de Gallo, and Sour Cream
  • Tuscan Garlic Butter Chicken with Creamy Kale & Paprika Roasted Carrots

  • Pork Chops with Creamy Lemon Pan Sauce over Roasted Broccoli Farro
  • Thai Ginger Curry with Creamy Coconut Veggies, Peanuts & Lime Rice
  • Rajas Quesadillas with Salsa Fresca, Southwest Crema & Guacamole
  • Shrimp & Chorizo Paella with Peas, Bell Pepper & Garlic Aioli
  • BBQ Baby Back Ribs with Chili Lime Corn Salad & Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuit Bombs
  • Trattoria Tortelloni Bake with a Crispy Parmesan Panko Topping

  • Salmon Limone with Couscous, Italian Herbs & Zucchini Ribbon Salad
  • Southwest Chicken Sausage & Rice Skillet with Salsa Fresca & Lime Crema
  • Chicken Parm over Spaghetti with Garlic Marinara & Melty Mozz
  • Cherry Balsamic Sirloin with Herby Fingerling Potatoes & Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • Oven-Ready Mike’s Hot Honey® Chicken with Broccoli & BBQ Butter Biscuits
  • Paprika Chicken in a Lemony Sauce with Pistachio Rice & Roasted Carrots
  • Bruschetta Zucchini Boats with Couscous & Melty Mozz
  • Gorgeous Greens Farro Bowl with Roasted Zucchini & Asparagus
  • Blue Corn Tortilla Skillet with Eggs, Black Beans, Lime Crema, Pickled Onion & Pepper Jack
  • Nacho Pork Burgers with Roasted Jalapeño Cheese Sauce, Crispy Fried Onions & Sweet Potato Wedges
  • Sweet Chili Turkey & Green Beans Bowls with Crispy Fried Onions & Cilantro
  • Beef & Poblano Tacos with Kiwi Salsa & Lime Crema
  • Pork Sausage & Shingled Potatoes with Broccoli & Dijonnaise

I’m loving the sound of Nacho Pork Burgers! What’s your top pick?

Check out our HelloFresh reviews to learn more! Have you tried HelloFresh? Leave a review for the community!

3. Sprinly

About this Meal Kit: Sprinly sends organic, plant-based meals that are ready to eat in three minutes or less. They advertise honestly healthy, nutritionist-approved meals that are prepared fresh and delivered to your door each week. Just choose your favorite dishes from their weekly menu and follow simple directions to heat and serve your meal within minutes. Meals come in eco-friendly packaging that is safe for the microwave, oven, and freezer and is 100% recyclable. Their flexible plan allows you to pause or skip weeks as often as you’d like. Looking to eat healthier but don’t have a lot of time to cook? Sprinly could be the subscription for you.

The Cost: Choose six meals per week for $109.00, 12 meals per week for $199.00, or 18 meals per week for $289.00. All plans include free delivery. Sign up here!

Ships to: The U.S. East Coast, Midwest, and South. Check here to see if Sprinly delivers to you.

Order Cutoff: Menu selections and changes need to be made by Tuesday at 11:59 pm EST.

Here’s what’s on Sprinly‘s menu next week:

  • Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai with Baked Tofu
  • Pasta Primavera with Gluten-Free Pasta and Cashew “Parm”
  • Citrus Detox Salad with Beets and Fresh Oranges
  • Almond Ginger Quinoa Bowl with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Sliced Apples
  • Chili Con Quest with Fajita Crumble and Rice
  • Blackened Eggplant with Jasmine Rice and Tzatziki

What you do think about the menu this week? Did any of these Sprinly recipes catch your eye?

Check out our Sprinly reviews to learn more! Have you tried Sprinly? Leave a review for the community!

4. Factor

About this Meal Kit: This meal-delivery service sends dishes that are already cooked, so rather than unpacking ingredients for a meal you make yourself, all you have to do is pop ’em in the microwave for 5 minutes or less. Factor ingredients include grass-fed meats with no antibiotics or hormones, and organic and non-GMO produce. Meals options include keto, plant-based, low-carb, and/or low-calorie.

The Cost: Starting at $15.00/meal for 4 meals/week. Save with longer subscriptions. Subscribe here!

COUPON: Use code MSA90OFF to save $90 off your first three weeks of FACTOR!

Ships to: The U.S. Shipping costs vary per location.

Order cutoff: All changes must be made by 11:59 pm CT on Wednesdays for delivery the following week.

Next week, Factor is offering the following meal options:

  • Tomato and Roasted Vegetable Risotto
  • Charred Corn Elote Bowl
  • Chicken Sausage Frittata Cups
  • Green Chile Chicken with Queso Blanco
  • Keto Ranch Chicken with Roasted Mushrooms
  • Chorizo Tostada Bake
  • Turkey Reuben
  • Thai Almond Chicken with Sweet Potato Noodles
  • Shrimp Asparagus Risotto
  • Caprese Chicken with Quinoa
  • Jalapeno Popper Burger
  • Keto Chorizo Chili

  • Herbed Quinoa Pesto Bowl with Roasted Mushrooms
  • Herb Grilled Pork Chop with Apple Mustard
  • Spicy Turkey Poblano Bowl
  • Honey Mustard Chicken
  • Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken
  • Coconut Pancakes with Pineapple Butter
  • Stuffed Pepper Casserole
  • Grilled Chicken Philly
  • Blackened Salmon
  • Pork Tenderloin with Green Pepper Sauce
  • Shredded Beef with Horseradish Sauce

What looks good to you?

Wanna learn more? Check out our Factor reviews for more info! Have you tried Factor? Leave a review for the community!

5. Green Chef

About this Meal Kit: Green Chef designs flavorful, healthy recipes that are built around fresh, sustainable, organic ingredients. Recipes are designed with amateur cooks in mind, and Green Chef offers several different meal plans to suit a variety of lifestyles: Keto + Paleo, Balanced Living, and Plant-Powered. (Note that the Keto + Paleo meal plan is certified gluten-free through the Gluten Intolerance Group’s Gluten-Free Food Service program. Visit Green Chef‘s FAQ section to learn more about this certification.) Regardless of which meals you pick, you can rest assured that, whenever possible, everything you receive will be GMO-free, USDA certified organic, and sustainably-sourced !

The Cost: $11.49-$12.99 per meal, depending on your preferences. Sign up here!

COUPON: Save $90 off your first four boxes! No coupon needed - just use this link.

Ships to: Most of the contiguous U.S.

Order cutoff: Menu selections and order changes must be made by 11:59 pm EST, 7 days before your delivery day.

Here’s what’s on the low-carb, high-protein Green Chef Keto + Paleo Menu next week:

  • Pan-Roasted Cotija Chicken with Smoky Pan Sauce, Sautéed Cabbage, Cumin Seeds
  • Italian Beef Stuffed Peppers with Sautéed Green Beans with Almonds
  • Pork Chops with Tzatziki with Garlicky Roasted Tomatoes, Chard Salad with Artichokes & Feta
  • Bistro Mushroom Chicken with Sautéed Kale, Swiss Cheese, Creamy Pan Sauce, Toasted Almonds
  • Mongolian Bavette Steaks with Sautéed Bell Pepper & Green Beans, Ginger-Lime Vinaigrette
  • Egg Roll Soup with Ground Pork, Bell Pepper, Carrots, Cabbage & Shiitakes
  • Chicken with Cranberry Sauce with Roasted Vegetables, Almonds
  • Peruvian Beef Bowls with Sweet Potatoes, Bell Pepper, Cabbage, Tomato & Aji Verde
  • Blackened Tilapia with Chipotle Aioli with Lime, Roasted Veggies & Pepitas, Guacamole

Here’s what’s being offered on the Green Chef Balanced Living Meal Plan:

  • Blackened Tilapia with Chipotle Aioli with Lime, Roasted Veggies & Pepitas, Guacamole
  • Coconut-Lime Chicken with Zesty Rice, Sautéed Green Beans
  • Greek Feta burgers with Tomato, Red Peppers & Lemon Caper Aioli, Roasted Potatoes
  • Italian Pork Sausage Puttanesca with Spaghetti, Olives, Capers & Parmesan Cheese, Roasted Broccoli
  • Cajun Shrimp & Pickled Corn Relish with Cheddar Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Collards
  • Chili & Ginger Pork Meatballs with Stir-Fried Broccoli, Cabbage, Bell Pepper & Shiitakes, Rice
  • Peanut Udon Noodle Bowls with Bell Pepper, Edamame, Carrot & Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce
  • Southwest Zucchini Fritters with Kale Salad, Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Black Beans, Tomato
  • Cauliflower & Kale Salad with Artichokes, Tomatoes, Feta, Pistachios, Pitas with Garlic Oil

Here’s next week’s Green Chef Plant-Powered Menu:

  • Peanut Udon Noodle Bowls with Bell Pepper, Edamame, Carrot & Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce
  • Baharat-Spiced Couscous Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Carrots, Radishes, Dates & Mint
  • Green Pea Falafel Pitas with Sweet Potato Fries, Salad with Tomatoes & Almonds, Tarator Sauce
  • Apple & Farro Bowls with Kale, Red Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Dried Cherries & Walnuts
  • Plant-Based Protein Flautas
  • Southwest Zucchini Fritters with Kale Salad, Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Black Beans, Tomato
  • Cauliflower & Kale Salad with Artichokes, Tomatoes, Feta, Pistachios, Pitas with Garlic Oil
  • Maple-Miso Glazed Mushrooms with Fried Eggs, Spicy Green Beans, Rice
  • Truffled Mushroom Flatbreads with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Parmesan & Honey Drizzle

What are your thoughts about this week’s menu?

Check out our Green Chef reviews to learn more! Have you tried Green Chef? Leave a review for the community!

6. Purple Carrot

About this Meal Kit: Calling all vegans! Purple Carrot features meals that are 100% plant-based, so it’s a great option for diners who avoid meat and are dairy-free (and for those looking to incorporate more meatless meals into their diet). Each week’s menu features a creative selection of unique recipes inspired by everything from comfort food classics to global staples. In addition to the standard meal kits, subscribers can also add breakfast, lunch, and snacks to their weekly order.

The Cost: $12.00 per serving. Sign up here!

COUPON: Use code CARROT30 to get $30 off your first order!

Ships to: The U.S.

Order cutoff: The deadline to finalize your menu selection is 11:59 PM EST the Tuesday before your next expected shipment.

Here’s what’s on the Purple Carrot menu next week:

  • Parmesan Gnocchi with Melted Summer Squash & Basil
  • Spicy Almond Butter Noodles with Bok Choy & Red Pepper
  • Beet & Coconut Bacon Flatbreads with Herbed Cashew Cheese
  • Black Pepper Tofu with Chinese Broccoli & Brown Rice
  • Walnut Crusted Artichokes with Dijon Lentils & Green Beans
  • Carrot Socca Cakes with Green Beans Almondine & Olive Relish
  • Sweet Chile Jackfruit with Lime Pickled Collards & Roasted Potatoes
  • Mediterranean Fried Rice with Sumac Cauliflower & Za’atar Aioli

What’s your favorite meal on the menu?

Check out our Purple Carrot reviews to learn more! Have you tried Purple Carrot? Leave a review for the community!

7. Gobble

About this Meal Kit: Gobble specializes in streamlined meal kits that will help you get dinner on the table in 15 minutes. When you sign up, you’ll choose between the standard “Dinner” plan and the “Lean & Clean” plan. Both offer the same convenience and flexibility, but “Lean & Clean” recipes feature lean proteins, healthy fats, and are under 600 calories per serving.

The Cost: Meals cost $11.99 per serving + $6.99 shipping. Sign up here!

COUPON: Get 6 meals for $36. No coupon needed - just use this link.

Ships to: Most states in the contiguous United States. They do not deliver to Montana, Hawaii, or Alaska, and there is currently limited service in Nebraska and New Mexico. Enter your zip code on the sign-up page to see if they deliver to your area.

Order Cutoff: The deadline to skip or modify upcoming orders is Wednesday at 11:59 pm for the following week’s delivery.

Here’s what’s on the Gobble menu next week:

  • Chicken Piccata with Broccolini
  • Peruvian-Inspired Steak with Patatas Bravas, Vegetables & Red Chili Pepper Sauce
  • Teriyaki Pineapple Salmon and Vegetable Fried Rice
  • Caprese Three Cheese Ravioli with Pesto & Cherry Tomatoes
  • Greek Pita Wrap with Roasted Vegetables & Hummus
  • Sheet Pan Tandoori Cauliflower & Yams with Lentil Dal and Naan

  • Japanese Ginger Chicken Bento Bowl with Bok Choy & Poached Eggs
  • Miso Glazed Pulled Pork Sandwich with Gochujang Aioli
  • Baja Shrimp Bowl with Black Beans & Quinoa
  • Seared Steak with Sautéed Squash & Eggplant with Green Harissa Sauce
  • Thai Basil Salmon with Green Beans and Bell Peppers
  • New England Lobster Roll with Brioche Bun and Marinated Cucumber Salad
  • Grilled Lamb Burger with Roasted Red Pepper Feta Spread and Greek Salad
  • Spare Ribs with Baked Beans & Fiesta Grilled Corn for Four
  • Pesto Caprese Tomato Salad with Fresh Mozzarella & Balsamic Vinaigrette

Do any of this week’s menu items look good to you?

Check out our Gobble reviews to learn more! Have you tried Gobble? Leave a review for the community!

8. EveryPlate

About this Meal Kit: EveryPlate is a simple and wallet-friendly meal kit subscription that sends classic and tasty meals aimed at budget-conscious diners. While this subscription does not cater to those with dietary restrictions, it does offer meals at a fraction of the price of the competition.

The Cost: Meal plans start at only $4.99 per serving and you can choose between a two-person or a family plan. Boxes ship for $8.99. Sign up here!

Ships to: Most of the contiguous U.S. for $8.99. Check here to see if they deliver to your area!

Order cutoff: All changes must be made by 11:59 pm ET 5 days prior to delivery.

Here’s what’s on the EveryPlate menu next week:

  • Sweet Chili Chicken with Scallion Rice & Zesty Carrots
  • Super Smashed Burgers with Caramelized Onion, Chipotle Aioli & Carrot Fries
  • Cherry-Glazed Pork Meatballs with mashed Potatoes & Roasted Zucchini
  • Lemon Panko Pork Chops with Oven Fries & Garlic Butter Peas
  • Chicken in Creamy Dijon Sauce with Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Bacon-Studded Brussels Sprouts
  • Crispy Bruschetta Chicken with Chive Mashed Potato
  • Cajun Chicken Sausage Linguine with Monterey Jack
  • Black Bean & Pepper Jack Tostadas with Southwest Lime Crema & Spicy Pico de Gallo
  • Smoky Ancho Meatloaves with zucchini & Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • Linguine Carbonara with Peas & Bacon
  • Tuscan Turkey Meatballs with Creamy Orzotto, Roasted Tomato & Lemony Panko
  • Roasted Bell Pepper Flatbreads with Creamy Tomato Sauce & Mozzarella
  • Sweet Heat Ponzu Salmon with Garlic Buttery Green Beans
  • Chili Crunch Noodles with Homemade Chili Crunch, Snow Peas & Carrots

What do you think of the menu?

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That wraps up next week’s menu offerings from the 8 top meal kit delivery services! See anything that strikes your fancy? Let us know which recipes you’ll be cooking next week!

Weekly Roundup

I’m smitten with these beautifully painted ceramics from Polly Fern. I’m trying to figure out where I could display them - I’m a sucker for the candle sconces!

We’ve been watching the show Better Things from our newly relocated TV and loving it. Have you tuned in? I recommend!

I’ve completely ruined all of my pajama pants. Just the other day I sat directly on a wet paint can lid in my PJs. So, I got these pajamas which pass as joggers, so I can even wear them out on a neighborhood walk or to the grocery store without feeling like I’m in PJs.

This 25-minute long video of a guy playing what looks to be an impossible game of Sudoku sounds like it would be wildly boring. But it was actually really charming.

50 ways to be more sustainable that have nothing to do with packaging - and most are free!

My bud Natasha influenced me into ordering a box of wine. 1. Because I do anything Natasha tells me to. 2. I enjoy a nice red. 3. It was $100 off. If you want to get in on it, click this link for $100 off a box of wines which brings the price to around $7/bottle. Somehow my order came with extra bottles so they ended up being $5 per bottle. I’m certainly not complaining! (Be sure to cancel within 30 days if you don’t want to join the program).

More videos of Black people being murdered, harassed, and threatened made the rounds in the news this week. And this is just a handful of clips - racism stretches so much deeper than we see. Please read this very brief and illustrated Guide to White Privilege, the many examples of white supremacy, and 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice. And then re-read them. If you want to learn how to combat your own racist biases, I can’t recommend this book enough. Read, then re-read those, then follow, then donate (see the civil rights category here and this Minnesota-based organization), then stand up and actively fight against racism. Full stop.

Speaking of taking action. If you live here in San Diego and have young kids, you’ve probably gone to The New Children’s Museum, a nonprofit I used to work at. I quit because I was sick of the way they treated their employees, so I was thrilled for the workers recently unionized for fair wages. But just last week, the management laid off the unionized staff in illegal union-busting. If you've gone to the Museum with your family, support the staff by writing to the management about it.

In less frustrating news… I’ve been ordering coffee from one of my local coffee shops and they included a free temporary tattoo. At first, I thought it was weird, but then I stuck it on Ross’ arm and he suddenly felt super cool. (Neither of us have tattoos - in part because we’re afraid of commitment). After it faded, I bought him a couple of temporary cat tattoos as a joke and I got this $4 floral one for myself. Neither of us are dressing up during quarantine, so this is a fun way to do something different - even though it’s cheesy/childish/silly.

Well, I spent the day doing yard work and my feet really hurt. So now I’m sitting on the edge of the tub soakin’ my dogs which is now my bum sore. So, I’m off watch some good shows and make donations to organizations fighting police brutality in Minneapolis. Byeeee!


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