HelloFresh Flavour Generator

So today, I finished work an hour later than what I was initially planning to. Exhausted and hungry, it would’ve been so easy to just walk to our favourite take away and order our usual chicken pad thai and crispy pork belly (not that there’s anything wrong with them – I love them!). But we were determined to eat a freshly cooked meal at home. The only dilemma was: what to cook?

In comes HelloFresh’s Flavour Generator.

Say goodbye to playing the “I don’t know what I want but no I don’t want this this or this” game (and yes I’ve been known to play this game ALL.THE.TIME).

With the Flavour Generator, you pick the flavour and cuisine you fancy, including if you’re after something sweet, spicy, tangy, herby, or feeling a little bit more adventurous with a random taste. And voila! It gives one, two, or three recommended dishes, and even a chance to spin again just in case it wasn’t what you were after. Another great thing about the Flavour Generator is you don’t have to be a HelloFresh customer – if you’re out of ideas for what to cook, just hop on the Flavour Generator and it’ll literally do all the “thinking” for you.

Tonight, I wanted a lot of flavour because hey, it’s Thursday aka almost the weekend (yay!). So I picked Mexican Flavour, and something Tangy. The Flavour Generator gave a few recommendations which I wasn’t feeling, so I kept spinning until I found the one I was after. Chicken. Rice. Flavour. Big tick.

A quick look at the meal box HelloFresh sent through this week along with the recipe book, and we decided to have Cajun Chicken with Roast Veggie Rice Bowl. The ingredients and preparation were so simple and easy, using the freshest ingredients, with the least amount of work, and maximum taste.

I’m so stoked to find super fresh ingredients in my meal box. Everything I needed were there, which made preparing dinner even easier.

I quickly pre-heated the oven, chucked the basmati rice in the rice cooker, and started chopping the vegetables. Meanwhile, Mr J pan fried the chicken which he pre-seasoned with the cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. 15 minutes of prep work, 20 minutes of cooking time, a couple of minutes of plating (and taking photos… ahh the life of a foodblogger), and done.


A delicious, freshly cooked meal that used the freshest ingredients, with a right balance of rice, chicken, and vegetables, and loads of flavour (and look at that colour!), was ready in less than 45 minutes.

This post was a collaboration between HelloFresh and Sugarlace. Thanks to HelloFresh for the fabulous meal box and for introducing me to the Flavour Generator. Thinking about what to eat will never be the same again!   

Continue Reading

Mr J’s Sunday Steak & Veggies

I am blessed to have a husband that loves cooking and eating and shares my passion for everything in the kitchen. We time-share the custody of our kitchen space, and take turns planning for our weekly meals. On weekends though, we try and make Sunday lunch or dinner extra special. One of my most favourite dish to request is Mr J’s steak. He makes a mean tender, medium steak with a side of roast vegetables similar to ratatouille. I usually pair it up with a side salad, but on this occasion I whipped up a quick couscous with Moroccan spices.

Easy, tasty, healthy Sunday lunch… hubby style.

Mr J’s Tender Steak

Makes 2 servings

500g scotch fillet

Marinade:Lemon
Olive oil
Worcestershire sauce
Salt & pepper

1. Mix all the marinade mix in a shallow dish. Marinade the fillet in the mixture for about 1 hour.
2. In a hot grill pan, grill the steak according to preference. For medium, cook the steak for approximately 4 minutes on each side.
3. Remove from the pan and set aside to rest.
4. Once rested, slice and set aside.

Mixed Roast Veggies

Makes approximately 2 servings

1 zucchini, chopped in large chunks
1 carrot, chopped in large chunks
1 onion, chopped in large chunks
1 green capsicum, chopped in large chunks
1 tomato, chopped in large chunks
1 tinned tomatoes1 tbsp Mixed herbs

1. Preheat oven to 200 deg C.
2. In a large baking dish, place all ingredients and cover with aluminum foil. Put in the oven and roast for approximately 20 minutes.
3. Toss the vegetables, and place back in the over for another 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
4. Remove from the oven.

Couscous with Moroccan spices

Makes 4 servings
This recipe is similar to my Pearl Couscous recipe here.

1 cup couscous
1/2 cup sultanas
2 tbsp Morrocan seasoning
1 tomato, diced
Small bunch of parsley, chopped roughly
Salt & crushed pepper
Juice of 1 lemon

1. Prepare couscous according to packet directions (ie 1 cup couscous to 1 1/4 cups boiling water or stock).
2. Add all ingredients together. Leave to cool for a bit, serve warm with vegetables and steak.

Continue Reading