Fresh n’ Lean vegan meal delivery service review

***Disclaimer: Fresh n’ Lean provided me with the foods in this article for the purposes of this review. All thoughts, opinions, etc. are honest and my own.***

I am not a vegan, but I certainly appreciate tasty vegan food… and I was thrilled that this big ol’ vegan box of goodies came to me on a weekend that I would be spending around family members who DO mostly eat vegan food.

These dishes were pretty tasty, and all I had to do was heat them up. Sharing them was a treat. We had a family style tasting, and here’s what we thought:

Fresh n’ Lean Box:

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Nicely packed. The Fresh n’ Lean folks assured me that my box could sit on my porch for awhile if I wasn’t there to pick it up. It came with lots of ice packs, and they called me to make sure I’d be around the day it was delivered. There was not excessive packaging, and I think most of it was recyclable.

The Food:

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We shared all the dishes and discussed our thoughts and opinions. I think the meals were very creative, and would work well for a busy person or professional who wants to eat healthy vegan food without having to cook. I did really appreciate that each meal seemed like it would be quite filling and nutritious. Here is what we thought of each item:

Walnut Passion Muffins

There was so much flavor packed into these little gluten free muffins. The texture wasn’t bad, moist and pretty crumbly. I am not sure what kind of GF flour was used, but this little guy was full of richness and sweetness. It was a little overwhelming, but tasty.

Mediterranean Artichoke Lentils

This was a very hearty and filling dish. Big yummy mushrooms, and a nice lemon flavor too. We didn’t really care for the olives, but we did like many aspects of this dish.

Curry Cauliflower Penne

Very mild, not very “curryish”. It was pretty sweet, and the noodles were a little soggy / made it an odd combination. I must say though, we are all curry loving people, so if you are new to curries and enjoy sweet meals, this would be a dish for you.

Dried Fruit Oatmeal

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One family member in particular really loved this dish. He said it was “wonderful breakfast food”. It was sweet, and quite fruity. Not for everyone, and I do prefer fresh made oatmeal, but I can see many people enjoying this dish.

Mint Almond Quinoa and Cauliflower

General consensus of this dish was “it’s okay, a little dry”. I liked it and thought it was fun to eat. The mint was a little weird / surprising, but one of us really liked that. I think someone put some of the lentils on top of this, and enjoyed that.

To sum it up…

Thanks Fresh n’ Lean for the fun experience of tasting these dishes! We had a great time together as a family doing a vegan tasting of these foods.

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Bedrest, burgers, and baby’s first ornament

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Healthy foods! My OB wanted me to start eating healthier, so I sauteed some chicken breast and put it in one of those southwest salad packs. It was actually delicious, and we will likely be having this again. Unfortunately my healthy eating kick sort of dwindled this week as other health problems popped up *spoiler alert: I’m very, probably, totally fine* and I am glad to have a chicken over salad dinner “recipe” that we all like in my arsenal.


Got very dizzy and short of breath in church, and had to stay seated most of the time since I was afraid I’d get worse and pass out. Made it up for communion and then dodged out of there before I got too bad to drive home. Made it home, and Bodie came down and got Miriam and I out of the car. Laid around trying to recover, but had several more dizzy / short of breath spells and so Bodie ordered some take out for dinner.

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WE FOUND A HOUSE!!! I practically can’t contain my excitement. It is beautiful, and 100% sent from God. I went back and forth about it for awhile, unsure about a few things, but I left Sunday mass KNOWING it was the house for us. Bodie loves it just as much as I do. We went back to the area to visit one more time, then called up the landlord and signed the lease that very day.

I am also really thankful that we are now done looking at rentals, and that I know where I’m going to live when this baby comes. Now all we have to do is move in, and we’ll do that in late Oct / early Nov.


Local farms in October

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What’s for supper? Oh, just carbs and cheese.

As always, thank you to Simcha Fisher for hosting What’s For Supper? on her blog. I’d love to hear what you had for supper this week, even if it involved ramen and hot dogs, like some of our previous weeks.

Last Friday:

In continuing efforts to use up the random items in my cabinets we had ground beef + onions sauteed, then simmered in gravy and served with mashed potatoes and frozen peas. It was delicious, if a little odd and cowboy-ish. Next time I’ll probably add mushrooms to up the veggie content.


Italian style pork chops, which may or may not actually be Italian. I take thin cut boneless pork chops, dip them in egg, cover them in bread crumbs, and saute them in a pan. I boil pasta, add marinara sauce, then put it in a baking dish and throw the pork chops and some more marinara on top. Add mozzerella cheese or parm if you like, I guess then it would sort of be like Pork Chop Parmesan. Which Bodie thought was weird, so I didn’t add cheese.

Like Kendra, I usually don’t make two dinners, but I make a few exceptions, and one of these is if I am pregnant and do not feel up for eating what everyone else is. So Bodie and Miri enjoyed Italian pork chops, and I had a sandwich. All of us ate the leftovers for lunch on Monday too, so none was wasted. Except for the pork chop that I dropped on the floor. We won’t talk about that one. Note to self: keep kitchen floors tidier.

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Italian Pork Chops from the night before I went into labor
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Breakfast Traditions – Petit Dejeuner

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Rumiano Cheese Company. All stories, thoughts, opinions, etc. are my own.

Growing up I often spent weekday breakfasts at my Grandparent’s house. My Grandmother watched me while my Mom went to medical school, and then later while she was at work, and their house was my second home. I have so many joy filled memories of my time there, and today I wanted to share one with you.

For breakfast, we often would have “petit dejeuner”, a tradition that I brought with me as I formed my own little family. Petit dejeuner is French for breakfast, and in France I’m sure it includes plenty of delicious croissant and pastries… but in my family it is toast with butter and cheese, occasionally fruit, or simple foods.

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In my Grandparent’s house, we often ate a variety of hard and soft cheeses, some quite stinky, others very mild. In my house, we have mostly been sticking to sharp cheddar since Bodie and I both love it, and it keeps our breakfast budget down.

For this petit dejeuner, we sampled Rumiano’s organic, grass fed sharp cheddar. It was creamy, fairly mild, and delicious. All three of us enjoyed it, and my two year old is usually a hard sell on the sharp cheddars.

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