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My Peach Dish Experience

Hi friends.  Happy Tuesday.  Hope you all survived Monday.  I did.  Barely.  Thankfully, some Monday hot yoga and a long, unintentional nap after dinner seemed to be a good cure.  My stomach has been a little twisty with my marathon being Saturday so I’m trying to keep my head clear.  I’ve never been super in to yoga or meditation so I’m all ears for advice on how to fight this anxiety!

This month, I decided to give Peach Dish a try!  Before I go any further with this post, I want to make clear that this is not sponsored and Peach Dish does not know I’m writing this.  These opinions here are 100% my own with regards to this service.  Phew.  Glad we got that out of the way.  For those who are unfamiliar, Peach Dish is a meal service much like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh where you receive a weekly box of ingredients with recipe cards and detailed instructions on how to prepare each dish.  What stood out to me about Peach Dish was that they have an a la carte option, meaning I didn’t have to subscribe and be forced to deal with that auto renew nonsense the other services seem to have. I was able to try out one box, with two meals, no committing required.  Perfect.


I started out by going online and picking two of the available recipes from their weekly menu to be included in my box.  I went for the snow pea, walnut and chicken salad, and for my second dish, I picked the kale, chicken and grits dish.  With Peach Dish being known for their healthier, fresher take on southern cuisine, I knew trying the grits was essentially mandatory.

So last Thursday was my birthday, and I came home to a pretty stellar gift on my doorstep.


Upon opening it, I discovered everything I needed was nicely packaged in the box.  And it was still cold.  Something I was worried about knowing I get home on the later side most nights.

 Fun surprise in the box, in addition to the ingredients and recipes, Peach Dish provides you with two clementines and 2 squares of dark chocolate.  Yes please!!


Preparing the recipes could not have been easier.  They didn’t take longer than 40 minutes to make, which is key when it comes to week night meals.

  
 I found the portions to be appropriately sized, which was refreshing, but at the same time I was hoping for leftovers.  I had some leftovers of the snow pea salad, but none of the chicken and grits.  However, both recipes were delicious.  The instructions were clear and easy to follow and for the most part, the ingredients stayed incredibly fresh.  Especially the ingredients for the chicken and grits dish which I didn’t get around to cooking until Tuesday.

Now you’re probably wondering, will you subscribe?  The answer there is no.  While I enjoyed my meals, I found that the menu selection with Peach Dish lacked variety.  I also was not a fan at the price tag on Peach Dish.  Their meals average $12.50 per plate when Blue Apron averages $10 per plate.  While I liked the no risk, a la carte option, this service would not be affordable long term for me.  Regardless, I loved the food and the recipes I prepared, and am so happy that Peach Dish has inspired a new sense of creativity for me in the kitchen.  I would definitely recommend a recipe service to anyone on a tight schedule looking for inspiration in their weeknight dinners.

Have you tried any of these meal services?  Which is your favorite?  Have you found new inspiration in the kitchen as a result?

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Easy Single Serve Microwave Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake

Does the title of this post intrigue you?  Well, good!  It should.  This recipe is the best combination of a dense, cinnamony (is that a word?) cinnamon roll, combined with the effortless nature of a mug cake.  And the best part?  I made it with pancake mix!

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So as I share this recipe with you all, I want to apologize in advanced for the poor photo quality.  Photography has always been a skill I want to improve on, but for now, you’re stuck with this.  Hope it still makes you hungry.   Continue reading

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Simple Slow Cooker Pulled Pork + Food and Fitness Highlights

Hi Guys.  Almost missed this week’s weekly post.  Don’t worry, I didn’t forget.  I wanted to share some food and fitness highlights from the week because I’ve been eating a lot of good food, but for the sake of balance, I made this healthy slow cooker pulled pork (similar to last week’s recipe) and wanted to share it with you all!  I’ve been enjoying it with BBQ sauce on sandwiches and even in tacos with salsa and guacamole.  Before we dig in to the recipe, let me tell you what I’ve been up to!

Monday- I had the luxury of lunch time being free on Monday, so I decided to hit up Body Alive for their 12pm “Open Level Yoga Class.”  I’m still not super into yoga (yet), but I do appreciate how great the stretch feels, and it is nice to sweat out all my stress in the heated studio.  After class, I drove across the street to the gym for a quick couple of treadmill miles.

Tuesday- Tuesday night is when my marathon training group meets.  This week we ran from The Gruff in Covington, KY.  This week’s run was a brutal mix of running up and down hilly blocks downtown for a total of 5.5 miles.  It made the post-run pizza taste even more delicious!  Loved discovering this restaurant tonight; they give our running group a 10% discount after workouts.  They also offer free yoga on Saturday mornings before brunch with the same 10% offer.  So cool!
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Wednesday- Nothing too crazy on the workout front Wednesday.  I got a lot of steps in at work, so I just hit up the gym for a quick session on the elliptical so I could make it to my dad’s birthday dinner downtown at the new burger restaurant, ZBGB.  The menu was incredibly adventurous and the service was great.  Unfortunately the prices won’t have me coming back any time soon.  If you want to learn more about my dining experience, check out my review on Yelp!
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Thursday- In the morning, I decided to try out the Winter Shape Up Workout #1.  I did 2 rounds and it took about 19 minutes.  Perfect.  My running group, the Queen City Running Club, does a social run every Thursday evening from Braxton Brewing Co.  I invited a friend to join me for the run, and we did the 5 mile option at a steady, easy feeling pace.  It was good to catch up over the miles, and even more fun to enjoy some local beer with other runners after the workout.

Today- The plan is to do a circuit with the weights I have here at home.  I don’t want to do anything crazy before my long run tomorrow.  Speaking of that long run, the weather is actually supposed to be wonderful for January.  Can’t wait!

Now for the recipe!  Keep reading below for the step by step instructions to make my Simple Slow Cooker Pulled Pork.

Simple Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

3 lbs pork tenderloin
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
Salt and pepper
1 onion, sliced
1 can hard cider (I like this semi-dry local cider)

Step 1:  Cut the pork into 4-6 pieces.  Smaller pieces will cook quicker.  Pat the pork dry and season with taco seasoning, salt and pepper.
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Step 2:  Slice the onion and layer on the bottom of your slow cooker.  Place the seasoned pork on top of the onions.
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Step 3:  Pour the can of hard cider around the pork.  Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.  When pork is done, it will be fork tender.
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Step 4:  When pork is done, pull meat out of the slow cooker and shred using a fork on a baking sheet.

Step 5:  Enjoy all week long!  I’ve dressed the meat with BBQ sauce and stuffed into sweet potatoes, made tacos, and even salads with coleslaw.  The opportunities are endless with this recipe.
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