Home Chef Meal #2

“Pork Shumai Meatballs” were on the menu tonight. My first thought, “What the hell is a shumai?” From what I read, shumai is a type of traditional Chinese dumpling, originated from Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. Tonight’s ingredients were ground pork, jasmine rice, sugar snap peas, garlic, green onions, chopped ginger, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, white rice flour, red pepper flakes, and ponzu sauce.

I didn’t know what ponzu sauce was either. After a quick internet search, I found out that ponzu sauce is a citrus-based sauce, commonly used in Japanese cuisine. It is tart, with a thin, watery consistency and dark brown color. To us, it tasted like soy sauce. And just like a 4-year-old, if you asked me before tonight, I wouldn’t have tried it and I would have said I didn’t like it. I’m not a big fan of either ginger (Picky Point #2) or red pepper flakes (Picky Point #3). I tried getting out of putting the red pepper flakes in, but was outvoted again by the husband. He reminded me that we are stepping out of our comfort zone.

The prep was fairly easy; we both helped with the meal preparation. The one thing we aren’t excelling in yet is having everything done at the same time, so everything is hot on the plate. The rice and peas were a little cold by the time the meatballs were ready.

I initially put the ponzu sauce on the side for dipping, but ended up pouring it on. The meal was pretty good. Not great. After trying it, I can honestly say I’m not a big fan of the ponzu sauce. On the other hand, I didn’t mind the ginger and red pepper flakes.

I consider that progress in pickiness.

My rating: 2/5       Hubby rating: 3.75/5

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Home Chef meal #1

Tonight’s meal was “Ditalini Chicken Caesar Salad with Parmesan Croutons.” The ingredients were chicken breasts, ditalini pasta, baguette, romaine lettuce, roma tomato, grated parmesan cheese, garlic, mayonnaise, and white wine vinegar.

On first glance, the poor tomato was so pale and tasteless. Tomatoes aren’t supposed to go into the refrigerator, because it makes them bland. So full disclosure, I used tomatoes I had on hand instead of the one in the package.

The preparation was easy. Neither my hubby nor I am a gourmet chef (or even good home cooks), but the instructions were easy peasy. The chicken breasts were pan-fried, which we never do at our house because the hubby prefers to grill everything. We opted to try the pan frying though and it was pretty good.

I don’t like mayonnaise (Picky Point #1). I was planning on skipping the mayo for my portion of the meal, but the hubby told me it was defeating the purpose of expanding our culinary palate. I made the meal as instructed (with the exception of using my own tomatoes), and loved it.

The portions were bigger than I expected. Dinner was done in about 30 minutes.

My rating: 4.5/5            Hubby rating: 4/5

Why meal kit delivery?

My husband and I have gotten into a culinary rut. We make the same few meals and don’t vary them much. When discussing food, my husband will tell people that I’m pickier than a 4-year-old. Hence, the name of the blog. In order to broaden our dinner choices, I opted to try the meal kit delivery services. To be honest, I was apprehensive to try them because I have a lot of “dietary restrictions.”

Food allergies? Vegetarian or vegan? Religious food restrictions, you ask?

Nope, just picky. Plain and simple. I’m 44-years-old and eat like a 4 year old. Cheeseburgers and fries, pizza, macaroni and cheese, and uh…… I’m having a hard time thinking of what I eat beyond that. Hey, at least the mac -n- cheese is homemade. My hubby, on the other hand, will try ANYTHING once. I would list the foods I don’t eat, but won’t because I respect your time. The list is just too long.

The meal kit delivery companies give you a discount on the first week of meals, so I plan on trying a different company every week. The order of the companies are arbitrary.

So for you fellow picky eaters or if you live with a picky eater, come along on the journey.