Food! My second favorite subject after running!
Except, real talk- I can’t cook. And I am lazy, I eat out way more than I should because by the time I get home from work I just don’t want to do anything else. As for lunches? I usually only get 45 minutes and sometimes that doesn’t happen uninterrupted. I like my lunch to be something that is easily prepped, easily cleaned and I can eat quickly. Anything that fits my issues doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy. I’m the first to admit I need help.
When I read about the new Flipped Bowls– where 1/3 of the protein comes from plants- that Luvo was rolling out, I was intrigued. Pasta, chicken meatballs and good mix of veggies? I could get behind that. Plus, the convenience factor was so up my alley.
So I went online on a Monday, placed my order and by Friday, a big white box showed up at work. Everything was nice and frozen, in fact the dry ice was so cold I almost burned my hands. 😛 Which would not be the first time I’ve burned myself with ice so maybe it’s just me.
So what did I get?
- Chicken Meatballs in Creamy Pesto Sauce
- Chicken Meatballs in Stroganoff Sauce
- Chicken Meatballs in Garlic Wine Sauce
- Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce
Beef Stroganoff (my mother’s recipe) is actually my favorite meal ever so I really high hopes for that meal but it also had really standards to measure up to.😛
I loaded them all into the work freezer and planned for some healthy lunches the following weeks. So what did I think?
Like I said, the Chicken Meatballs in Stroganoff Sauce was my prime choice- in fact I ordered more of that one with high hopes and just paid extra. I followed the directions on the back and less than 5 minutes later, I had a steaming bowl of pasta and veggies in front of me. I liked the taste of the sauce, the chicken meatballs had a good kick to them and I was eating kale! The only downsides were that I realized I needed to add about 15 seconds to the cook time for the noodles and Luvo adds legit mushrooms to their Stroganoff. *My mother does not- I hate mushrooms! So I was eating around those. 😛
Next up was the Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce. Holy, yumminess. And my 5 year old palate didn’t have to avoid any ingredients. I adjusted the microwave time and the whole wheat penne pasta noodles were perfect. Plus I was still eating veggies!
The Chicken Meatballs in Garlic Wine Sauce is pretty good too but like I had to avoid the mushrooms in the Stroganoff, I have to avoid the white beans. I did mention I have the taste buds of a 5 year old right? As for the Chicken Meatballs in Creamy Pesto Sauce?? Well, those juvenile taste buds are too scared to try it. I’ve eaten everything else-only have 1 left of the Tomato Basil, which makes me sad- but I can’t bring myself to push that far out of my comfort zone yet. Why am I writing this review before eating it? Well… I am hoping for some good old online encouragement to make me branch out. So…help?!
Overall, I am definitely ordering more. The Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce ended up being my favorite which made me glad that I had ordered more of those as well. I loved that I could pop one in the microwave, go the restroom and get a few things done while my lunch was preparing itself. Plus, I was getting protein and more veggies than usual.
Now, there were a few downsides– Mushrooms. Sorry, I hate mushrooms so to me that’s a downside, but I’ll keep eating around them. Lastly, I never received an email notification that my order had shipped so I had no idea when it was coming. As I was having these meals shipped to work, that could have been problematic as there is no one there to receive packages on Saturdays or Sundays. I was surprised when they showed up on that Friday- glad but surprised. Right now the Flipped Bowls are only available to order online but I am hoping that they will soon be in stores too. That said, shipping is very reasonable.
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