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Getting The Most From Your Daily Harvest Subscription

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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.

Spinach and Shitaake grits, frozen

Spinach and Shitaake grits, frozen

Spinach and Shitaake grits, cooked, lookin pretty much the same. The “grits” bowls are a new thing, and I’m not sure I dig them. I added an egg to this one but I think it needed some milk or something creamy to go with

Spinach and Shitaake grits, cooked, lookin pretty much the same. The “grits” bowls are a new thing, and I’m not sure I dig them. I added an egg to this one but I think it needed some milk or something creamy to go with

Lentil and tomato bolognese, frozen

Lentil and tomato bolognese, frozen

Lentil and tomato bolognese, cooked. This one is delish but needs more seasoning, so I added some generic Italian seasoning. Mamma Mia!

Lentil and tomato bolognese, cooked. This one is delish but needs more seasoning, so I added some generic Italian seasoning. Mamma Mia!

Kale and lemongrass, frozen

Kale and lemongrass, frozen

Kale and lemongrass, all cooked up. I made it with too much water—my bad!

Kale and lemongrass, all cooked up. I made it with too much water—my bad!

Green chickpea and turmeric soup, frozen

Green chickpea and turmeric soup, frozen

Green chickpea and turmeric soup, with an egg added. Yum!

Green chickpea and turmeric soup, with an egg added. Yum!

But I’m...Still...Hungry

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
  • Shrimp
  • 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.

The Best Smoothie Isn’t A Smoothie

Sweet Potato and Miso Puréed Soup. Now, if you haven’t noticed, I don’t order smoothies on Daily Harvest. That’s because I only use DH for my dinners. But one night, I was tired.

Sweet Potato and Miso Puréed Soup. Now, if you haven’t noticed, I don’t order smoothies on Daily Harvest. That’s because I only use DH for my dinners. But one night, I was tired.

The instructions are to purée in a blender, then cook on the stove but I was like screw it, let’s see what it tastes like cold...and I’m telling you. It was good. Then I added a scoop of chocolate protein powder and boy. It's like a spicy chai. Yum!

The instructions are to purée in a blender, then cook on the stove but I was like screw it, let’s see what it tastes like cold...and I’m telling you. It was good. Then I added a scoop of chocolate protein powder and boy. It's like a spicy chai. Yum!

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© 2021 Jo Gavilan

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