I'm a certified veggie-hater who ended up loving veggies thanks to DH.
How Does Daily Harvest Arrive? How Does It Cook Up?
Daily Harvest arrives in a giant cooler box. All four of my shipments have arrived with zero problems, and the food inside was still frozen.
It's crazy that a freaking cooler can be recyclable, but it really is. Everything is cardboard, paper, or recyclable plastic. It's crazy.
One claim they make is that you can cook the harvest bowls and soups in the microwave, in the already—packaged bowls. This is true. The bowls hold up, the microwave instructions are accurate, etc. However, the harvest bowls and soups are way, way better on the stovetop. It’s like night and day. Really, you should use a 1 or 2 quart saucepan and do these babies justice.
You also can't do the flatbreads in the microwave. Those absolutely have to be heated in the oven. Oh and you have to put cheese on them. It's like, mandatory. Okay, not really, but please, do yourself a favor and throw some cheese on that.
How I Got Started On Daily Harvest
I needed some more veggies in my life. Really. That's how it all started. I made a new years resolution to eat more vegetables, but the problem is, I kinda hate vegetables? So my new years resolution wasn't working out.
Then, my buddy decided that instead of being a Vegan like Arnold Schwartzenegger, he was gonna go keto like...I don't know, a crazy person. DH is healthy but it has too many carbs for the keto diet. As someone who hates vegetables, but also hates wasting food, here I was, with a freezer full of vegetables...
And it turns out that by making vegetables super, duper convenient, like so easy a caveman could do it, I have learned to like, even love veggies. It's nice to be able to pop open the freezer and have an easy, healthy meal to just grab and go, no brain cells required, no cooking skills required. At the time, I didn't even have cookware except for a single saucepan. It didn't matter.
Now, I'm hooked. I can't imagine my life without it. It's almost like crack. But like, healthy crack I guess.
Actual Daily Harvests I have uh, harvested.
Daily Harvest meals are small. I haven’t seen one more than 500 calories, and some of them are less than 200!
I can’t afford to eat two of them a day, so I bulk them out. How?
- Shredded chicken. You can get some chicken breasts, put them in the crock pot on high for 4 hours, and shred them up. You don’t even need to season them beyond salt and pepper, just add them to your harvest bowls and stews
- An egg. Six minutes on the stovetop = the perfect amount of time to poach an egg or two along with your meal. Just crack an egg in there and boom, protein.
- Non-melty cheese, like feta.
- Instead of adding water, add chicken stock or bone broth
- The grits bowls can benefit from some added nuts
Daily Harvest is still doing 90% of the work, I’m just adding more protein because my lifestyle requires it.
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