Friday, June 9, 2017

The Top 5 Father’s Day Snacks

By: Finance Foodie, in collaboration with Big Wig Jerky

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate fatherhood and to treat the best man in your life like a king, as he so deserves it. This is celebrated in many parts of the world and has created a market of its own. While, there are a lot of products you can buy to make your father, husband or partner smile on this very special day, if not cry tears of joy that is, there are also other simple ways to make them happy. After all, these gentlemen don’t ask much other than remembrance and some really great time with their family.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Modern Mediterranean Diet with Pangea Nutrition Meal Delivery

By: Finance Foodie

The Mister and I have always had a goal of cooking more and eating out less (super hard in Manhattan - the land of never ending delicious restaurants just waiting to be sampled). However, as we have gotten older and more aware of our health, we've decided to make a conscious effort on this goal.  When we found out of about Pangea Nutrition, a meal kit delivery service that has a modern take on the classic Mediterranean diet, we just had to give it a test run.

Pangea Nutrition delivers weekly via Amazon Fresh and includes three lunches, three dinners, plus snacks for two people each week. It requires just three nights of cooking and most meals take less then 30 minutes to prepare. Best of all, each meal is only $12.50, which makes it more affordable than dining out or even the local greasy takeout option.
Our menu for the week
Before our trial week, we received an email stating the menu for the week and when to look out for the delivery (since there are perishable and fresh items in the kit, it is advised that someone can refrigerate the items as soon as they arrive). We received a Greek themed kit - complete with recipe cards for each day and a fact card explaining the benefits of a Mediterranean diet.
Ingredients needed for Meal #1
The Good? All the meals were super easy to prepare - there were step by step instructions along with photos on each of the cards so even a cooking novice like myself was able to follow along easily. I also liked that we got full sized brand name containers of the condiments used for preparation (as opposed to some other meal kits that only give you single size generic packets of these items), so there was more than enough for these meals plus leftovers to add to the kitchen cabinet.
Vibrant Veggies
What could be Improved? The ingredients for all the meals come mixed together in paper grocery bags, so it was up to us to figure out item what goes with what recipe. Also, each week is pre-set, so there is no option to substitute meals (I ended up leaving out items I didn't care for in some recipes).
Finished Product! 
Overall, I thought the meal kit was an excellent, affordable and efficient way for us to eat healthier while helping us get more acquainted with cooking our own meals. Furthermore, since the recipes are simple, there is little room for error so everything tasted great. Although I still plan to take advantage of all the NYC dining scene has to offer, I will definitely be using Pangea Nutrition when I feel like a home cooked meal!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Brilliantly Good Pub Grub at The Spotted Dog

By: Finance Foodie

The Lenox Hill section of Manhattan is probably more known for its namesake hospital than the selection of restaurant options. However, the Mister and I happened to be in the area last weekend checking out the new Second Avenue Subway line when the hunger bells struck, so we decided to have dinner in the area. We walked around perusing some of the neighborhood joints down 1st Avenue and finally decided on The Spotted Dog, a newly opened Irish/British/American gastro pub.

Monday, April 24, 2017

3 Easy Ways to Make Dinner for your Family During the Workweek

By: Finance Foodie, in collaboration with Slow Cookers Success

Cooking dinner during the week is just the worst, right? You’ve spent all day working and just want to come home, pop something in the microwave and go to sleep. Especially if you’re cooking for more than just yourself!

But this doesn’t have to be the case. Here’s three easy ways to make your next midweek family dinner a great one. These three quick and easy ways of feeding your family will be sure to put the pleasure back into the ominous after work chore that dinnertime too often becomes.

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