Monday, May 19, 2014

Recipe, Review & Giveaway: Garlic-Balsamic Chops with Meals by the Week Meal Planning

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I'm always trying to find ways to speed up meal planning and weeknight cooking. I don't get home until 6pm and then have to cook dinner - I just don't have time for fancy meals that take forever - on top of that - try and plan HEALTHY meals - oye! It's not easy! 

Recently I found out about Meals by the Week - an online meal planning service - and was provided a short-term subscription. I chose the 400 calorie meal plan (they have a variety of menus including store-focused ones based on sales each week).  

It's pretty handy because you can choose if you're wanting to cook for 2/4/6/8 people - this is really great because if there's a recipe you know you'll like - you can bump it up so you have leftovers.  

Here's the first recipe I chose to make - Garlic Balsamic Chops with Herb Roasted Potatoes and Sauteed Green Beans. I'm a big fan of Balsamic Vinegar and am always up for a meal where the whole thing is 400 calories! 

The vegetables & potatoes were really simple to prepare - once they're all in bite size pieces - you toss them with olive oil & seasonings and throw them on a pan - boom - ready for the oven!

The recipe called for sauteeing the green beans separately but I decided to just put them all together. I also had some heirloom grape tomatoes that needed to be used up.

For the pork chops - combine garlic, oregano, balsami vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper and rub the pork chops with it. Then marinate for up to 12 hours. 

I think the 400 calorie meal wasn't figuring in thick chops - but that's what I found at the store in a two-pack - so I was fine with that. It was definitely mouth-watering putting this recipe together.

I grilled these chops inside on the grill pan (it was raining). They were really delicious as were the vegetables. I would definitely make this recipe again! 

All in all, I think Meals by the Week is a good value but you have to be disciplined enough to use it. I can't say that I use it religiously every week - but typically on Sundays - I bring it up and check the new menu and see if there's a couple of recipes that catch my eye as I'm writing up my grocery list. 

Meals by the Week provided me a 26-week subscription to give away to you! That's 6 months of meals pre-planned for you! You can choose your plan and everything. 

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