Our final meal is the one I picked out just for me. I absolutely love gnocchi so the Brown Butter Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Chard were my first choice for our box.
This was probably the fastest dish to make and once again, I was in charge. I’m using that as my excuse for not taking more pictures…please forgive me. I put water on to boil for the gnocchi, then chopped chard and garlic, sliced the shallot and quartered mushrooms. As luck would have it, the farmers market had fresh shitakes that week so I added some of those to the mushrooms included in the kit.
The mushrooms are sauted, first alone and. then with the thyme springs. Then you add the butter and brown it, remove the thyme and saute the rest of the veggies, adding the chard leaves at the end.
The gnocchi cooks quickly and I put hubby in charge of skimming them out when they floated to the top, and putting them in a colander. Then you stir them into the pan with the veggies and add some pasta water, stirring and adding more of the pasta water until it coated the gnocchi in sauce. I ultimately added more pasta water than they called for as I wanted to be sure the dish wasn’t too dry.
Plating was simple – put on a dish and garnish with Parmesan cheese. I had some Parmesan in the fridge so I put that out so it could be added if desired. Did I mention how much we love cheese?
The serving size they sent for two people was a quarter pound of fresh gnocchi. I honestly could not get through this meal. Gnocchi are very solid bits of pasta and I find I can’t eat much of them. But it was a good preparation, super fast and reminded me to put more chard in our pasta dishes next year when I’m staring at the bumper crop from our garden.
This was the end of our meal kit box so we discussed what we liked and didn’t like. We don’t mind grocery shopping and meal planning, in fact we enjoy it, so having that done for us was not really a big deal. However, I could certainly see how busy people or those who don’t really like to cook might enjoy it. There was the opportunity to try some new things like the farro or the fennel spice so that was good. Cost wise, this was about $20 per meal or $10 per person each night. That’s not too bad and in fact is reasonable enough that we might be sending a trial to some busy folks for the holidays. If you don’t have a full collection of spices like we do, it makes it even more affordable since you don’t have to buy a full jar of something just to use a teaspoon of it. The meals seemed pretty healthy, the fat to calorie ratio was good, but I didn’t use salt every time they said to because we don’t eat much salt.
The real question is whether we would do it again? If it was available in Alaska, I think we might try it but maybe only every other week or something. But I have to say that it’s still worth considering when we are down in the lower 48 housesitting since we could vary our meals without having to invest in a bunch of spices – well that and since it will be winter and there will be no farmer’s markets to tempt us.