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.
Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie says
Oooo this looks so good and perfect for nights I am too lazy to cook something!! I think this would be a great way to try out new foods, without having to buy full bottles/ containers of new-to-me foods that I may or may not end up liking. Definitely looking into this!
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That’s exactly what I thought too! Great way to sample foods (vegetables, sauces, etc) without having to buy and prepare them yourself.
I have been wondering about HungryRoot – I’ve been wanting to try it. Your photos make it look so delicious! And I know what you mean about feeling too lazy to cook. That’s when the perks of living back home come in lmao
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You have no idea how much I’m looking forward to those perks in a few weeks.
Wait. This looks awesome! I really want to try this!! I’m pretty skeptical about meal delivery services since I think they’re pretty expensive and with my restrictive diet I hate paying for something that I may not be able to eat or have to modify further. But I’m definitely going to check out Hungryroot! My simple recipe isn’t exactly a recipe… it’s scrambled eggs and veggies in a wrap. I do not have high standards when I don’t feel like cooking :)
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I completely agree. What was great about this was that all of the ingredients were very separate so I could have chosen to omit something if I didn’t like it.
This looks really awesome! I have been very leery to try any of these delivery meal prep-ish services but this might be the one I pick…
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This is the first one I’ve tried and for the price and quality it was excellent!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Never never for me. Cooking is what I love and I want to take full advantage of that every day I can!
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Maybe when you’re back in DC!
Christine@ Apple of My Eye says
Definitely something I’d like to try in the future! It sounds like a great fix when you’re in a rush or just feeling lazy but still want something delicious.
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It took less than 7 minutes to make but tasted like it took much longer!
She Rocks Fitness says
High-Fives to bigger portion meals! We have to keep fueling these active bodies, so I appreciate your honesty with this product. My go to easy meals are usually friend eggs, vegetables, and a roasted sweet potato. So easy and so darn good!
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Dinner is “supposed” to be the smallest meal of the day, but that’s never the case with me. Adding a fried egg to the top of it would have been very, actually!
This looks great for times I don’t feel like cooking and cleaning the kitchen. I’ve never had turnip noodles, now I’m dying to know how they taste.
Yes, there was very minimal cleaning after! I don’t know how to describe the taste but it wasn’t bad at all (not pasta, but not as obvious as a plain vegetable).
kenzie negron says
this looks awesome! your photos make me want to try it so bad! xx, kenz
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Let me know if you do try it!
that looks good but i was thinking…that would never be enough food for me !!!! glad you were honest about that. I’ve never tried a food delivery service but years ago before GF there was a craze here about ordering sort of pre-packed meals with directions that you went and put together yourself or they did for you. like for example, you would get a piece of beef and some cut up potatoes and spice mix all ready for your crockpot…or burger patties already done with a side and buns. it was pretty good though salty and obvi not GF. but convenient and well priced. slowly those places started to close so i guess it was a bit ahead of its time where i live. and no delivery service. At least they are GF and its funny that they are associated with Little Beet cuz when i went there i was really impressed by Little Beet’s portion size.
Yum! I tried Hungry Root a couple weeks ago and I agree, they were delicious and easy and I felt full… at first then I needed a little extra fat and protein to keep me full.
I’m excited that veggie noodles are become easier to come by for when #lifehappens
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That hashtag describes my life perfectly. I think avocado is a great addition to any of the Hungryroot meals. Well, it’s a great addition to ANY meal.
Liv @ Healthy Liv says
Looks yummy! I’m with you on the bigger portions, though, especially for lighter dishes like veggie noodles. I definitely would’ve ended up snacking more on the side, too.
My easy meals are super simple: omelettes, whole grain pasta with defrosted homemade spaghetti sauce that I froze, english muffin pizzas, cheese toast, etc. :)
I need to start making stuff and freezing it for later! That seems like it would solve most of my hanger issues :)