It’s time for the next recap of Goodfood!
I seriously can’t reiterate how much I’ve been loving these boxes. In fact, you’ll see that we are absolutely surprised at how some of the more experimental choices have truly shocked us in how much we’ve enjoyed them. Without further ado, let’s see what we got this past week!
Olive Crusted Haddock with Barley Risotto and Roasted Fennel
First up is always the fish dish because fish needs to be made within 3 days of receiving it. Usually I like to do it within the next day. We don’t eat haddock frequently but this tastes really nice. The olive brings a interesting twist to it. My husband loves olives so it was right up his alley. Props to the barley risotto which is always nice because whenever I go out, the traditional risotto will always have milk or cheese in it and this dish is lactose-free. We’ve made fennel in a few ways now and it is one of those vegetables that takes some getting used to, however, I do say that till now, the roasted version might just be more preferred way.
Smoked Paprika Chicken with Kale Lollipops and Crispy Chickpeas
The overall favorite of this week’s selections goes to this one. There are some nice elements here. I like that we had to roast the chickpeas and season them. The chicken was spiced with smoke paprika and was fried on the pan and then put into the oven. The kale lollipops which was pretty much baby kale actually works the best in the oven. Because of everything have to get into the oven at different times but the times for flipping and such actually worked to our advantage to double duty the oven and cut down some cooking time. Its a fairly simple dish that yielded some delicious results.
Cuban Spiced Steak with Mango & Cucumber Salsa
Next up is the easiest dish to make in the whole box. We don’t eat steak a lot nowadays. Not only is it expensive but red meats are getting harder to digest in general. This one did have some nice flavors. I had to take it easy on the salsa and ate mostly the mangos since I don’t eat raw vegetables. However, I’m not sure if it was the meal or not but I believe whatever cuban spices are, something didn’t sit too well for myself. It could be the spices or the red meat itself so I’m not going to blame the dish because it is good and I have a very sensitive digestive system. However, my husband did seem to be fine and he really liked it as well.
Pork Banh Mi with Pickled Vegetables and Spicy Mayo
Last one was the one I was looking forward to making the most. I’ve been eating banh mi’s since I was a kid. The fact that I couldn’t eat raw foods stopped me from buying them for the last 10 years. This one included pickling vegetables which sounded fun. While still raw, I’m actually pretty okay with pickled vegetables and to be fair, I exceeded their at least 10 minutes requirement quite a bit and I think that did the trick. The longest part for this recipe was the preparation because there was the grating of the daikon and the carrots. Then the thinly sliced cucumbers. I also didn’t make the meat patties as flat as it should have been so we ended up slicing them in half to fit the entire ciabatta bread. However, let me tell you: it was all worth it because it was so incredibly delicious. I’d make this again in a heartbeat. Its not exactly like how the ones I used to eat but it was still very tasty.
Overall…this week’s selections were pretty decent. A lot of new favorites and we liked pretty much all the meals and loved at least two of them. A few inspirational dishes that we’d like to try again if we gather up all the ingredients. Some nice ideas here and well-balanced flavors!