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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Family homeschooling, thrush, and successful homemade pizza

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1. homeschooling successes

Miriam can find Waldo. All credit to her, and to Grandma who introduced Miri to the Where’s Waldo book. Last night she also had much success with the Highlights version of this game, and seems to finally be old enough for some of the stories and activities in the magazine. Bodie’s teaching addition and subtraction, and we’re also learning about color patterns using these big blocky lego things.

2. thrush

We’ve got it, or at least James does. I hear it’s really hard to get rid of? How bad is this going to get folks? So far, we’re all fine, James is taking medicine and I’ll eat some extra yogurt or something.

3. family time outside

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and some good ol’ fashioned patriotism
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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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Adventures in moving… a couple weeks ago!

We did it. Moving was… a challenge. To say the least. but it was also full of a surprising amount of family time and hidden joys. And we all love the new house that we are renting, so at this point I’m going to say “It was worth it”.

We caved and let the movers help us pack for a couple hours, we had to have Bodie’s car towed to the new house, we ended up skipping celebrating Halloween, All Souls, and All Saints. We aren’t totally unpacked yet, and probably won’t be for a little while… but that’s all okay. Because we did it.

And there were some incredibly sweet moments, like Miriam napping on the floor of our old apartment while I cleaned:

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And sitting on a giant mountain of boxes after the movers came and packed our things…

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and the sweet time we spent together as a family doing things like watch Bodie try to jump his car without getting electrocuted, rejoicing in our decision NOT to stay in a hotel room that was just one step too skeezy feeling, and eating WaWa dinner in the parked car WHILE movers loaded all our things into the truck.

Speaking of food, there were some very delicious times too. Since our hotel didn’t have a kitchen (but it did have a fridge!) we ate at various local restaurants. I had a particularly amazing salad at Winberies. It had sautéed apples, blue cheese, and candied walnuts… delicious foods of fall.

I also have to give a shout out to Kingston Deli, a local place I used to stop at with my mom that has amaaazing deli sandwiches. Bodie and I each had some version of a reuben, eaten in our second (okay technically third) hotel room of the move.

But now we are here and here is feeling more like home every day. We are getting through the hard work of unpacking, we have started to have a couple friends (who won’t mind our boxes and bags) over.

So that’s where I’ve been, and I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted but I’m just going to be okay with that. I love blogging, and don’t want to quit, but between moving, holidays, and being in my third trimester things are just going to be a little slower around here.

Speaking of slowly, I’m not going to do any new house pictures or baby bump pictures in this post sadly, because that would just delay publishing and it has been sitting here partially written for like… two weeks. So, I love you all, we are good here (if a bit busy), and I’ll write again soon.


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Annunciations about enunciation, 7 quick takes


Moving. Moving, moving, moving. Everything is quiet around the blog because I’m in a pregnant flurry of many loads of laundry and packing. We’re moving Nov. 1, to a house that is so many kinds of perfect.

I am a little sad to leave our apartment; it’s been our home for a few wonderful years, and though it only has one bathroom and requires that I walk down an outdoor flight of stairs with toddler everytime I want to go somewhere, it has been a great home.


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