Tuesday, December 13, 2016

HelloFresh: Protein Packed Rice Bowl Disaster

This was one of the worst dishes we have made. This is especially bad since it was handpicked by hellofresh. Let's start with the fact that the veggies were SAD. The carrots, which normally have a pretty long shelf life were super squishy and soft. The green beans were close to the end of their life span and the ginger was pretty much rotten. We had to use our own for that. Not something you should have to do in a fancy delivered box meal. The scallions were also very wilted and barely usable.
The whole bowl was non-harmonious, and kind of tasted like Hello Fresh's "kitchen sink" dish where they just wanted to ship the remainders of all random odds and ends of recipes and get rid of them in one dish.
We actually ended up not eating this, after taking a few bites we decided to go out and get some burgers. That is how bad it was.

Here is the original recipe: https://www.hellofresh.com/recipe/detail/581c9d63c726284d2c2f7ff2/protein-packed-rice-bowl-with-cashews-sesame-and-green-beans/

Finished bowl

Chopped veggies and our own ginger

black spots/ bad ginger

what came in our box

Ingredients:

0.75 cup Brown Rice
1 Carrot
1/2 can Corn
2  Scallions
1 thumb Ginger
2 cloves Garlic
6 ounces Green Beans
1 ounce Cashew Pieces (Tree Nuts)
1 tablespoon Sesame Seeds
4 Tablespoons Soy Sauce (Soy)
Salt
Pepper
1 tablespoon Olive Oil

Directions:

1. Wash and dry all produce. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add rice and cook until tender, 20-25 minutes. Drain.
2. Place cashews on a baking sheet, and toast in oven until fragrant, about 5 minutes. (TIP: Keep an eye on these so they don’t burn!) Remove from sheet and set aside.
3. Peel and finely dice carrot. Trim and cut green beans into 1-inch pieces. Thinly slice scallions, keeping greens and whites separate. Mince garlic. Peel and finely mince or grate ginger. Drain half of corn.
4. Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add carrots and toss until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add green beans and corn, and toss until green beans are crisp-tender, 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from pan and set aside.
5. Heat a large drizzle of oil in same pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger. Cook 1 minute, until fragrant. Add cooked rice and toss until slightly crispy, 2-3 minutes. Add cooked veggies, soy sauce, and scallion whites. Toss another 1-2 minutes.
6. Divide rice between bowls. Sprinkle with cashews, sesame seeds, and scallion greens.

What we liked:

It smelled good.... but that's about it. 

What we didn't like:

EVERYTHING. This was a terrible recipe. 

What Kaspian and Astrid thought about it:

Astrid liked the left over corn in the can, Kaspian did not want to eat this either. 

Next time:

Do not make this.