As I’ve mentioned before, this summer I’ve done very little cooking. My method: one pan, one oven temperature, one flavor addition (spice/sauce) and done. Talented, right? More like lazy and not in the mood to cook elaborate dinners in my closet-sized kitchen. Add that to being a little tired of eating out for every meal and I’ve got a recipe for hanger.
Luckily I found a happy medium: Hungryroot.
“Hungryroot is a brand of farm fresh 7 minute meals that remain fresh for 10 days. We pair 100% organic, fresh-cut vegetable noodles with all-natural chef-designed sauces, toppings and optional pre-roasted proteins to create craveable meals that are gluten-free, non-GMO and under 500 calories.” (source)
They had me at “7 minute meals,” but after a little research I found out that Hungryroot was started by the same chefs who run The Little Beet, one my FAVORITE spots in the city. Officially sold. I ordered the turnip noddles with toasted walnut pesto.
Full disclosure and funny story: I received 20% off my order BUT there was an issue with delivery so I ended up having to pay for shipping twice, which was double the price of the actual meal. My luck.
After the delivery issue I got my package, took the very necessary photos for the blog, and started cooking. Or should I say, started opening the package and placing the portioned ingredients into the sauté pan. First the noodles, then 1/4 cup of water, then the remainder of the ingredients. The whole process was Emily-proof and Emily-approved. Simple ingredients, easy directions and, most importantly, delicious (and we all know I’m a picky eater).
Another disclosure, because I like honesty and all, it wasn’t enough to fill me up. After the photos I added half an avocado, roasted sweet potatoes and had grapes on the side. I’m probably not a good example when it comes to this though because I tend to eat big portions and like going back for seconds. Had the chicken portion been larger it might have been enough. Better full than hungry, in my opinion.
-Meals stay fresh for up to 10 days from when they ship
-Vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free options (all are GF!)
-All ingredients are locally sourced
-They currently ship to the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and most of the Midwest and Southern states, but will be nationwide by September
Other meal options:
Sweet potato noodles with creamy cashew alfredo
Rutabaga noodles with roasted mushroom pistou
Beet noodles with spicy thai sesame
Carrot noodles with tangy siracha peanut
Celery noodles with sweet basil gremolata
For the taste, nutrition and convenience I’ll give it an A. With the messed up delivery I started off a little annoyed but it ended up working out fine. It came to the rescue on a Friday night when I didn’t want to cook. That alone is a win in my book.