Okay, first, do you love every single word in the recipe name? OMG yes! Butternut is a good friend of mine and a long-time Thanksgiving meal staple growing up. If you don’t know agnolotti, it is a type of ravioli – ravioli and I also go way back thanks to Chef Boyardee and this great restaurant in Brooklyn that I believe was called Cinzino’s (or something like that…). Then add kale (yes, how cliché, an RD who loves kale, I know), and brown butter sauce – heaven!!! Yes, please, get in my belly! Um, so it is safe to say I was just a bit excited going into this recipe.
This is such a simple, classic meal – meat, starch, veg – and it reminds me of the meals I would have growing up so this plate brought big flavor and down-home comfort.
This is not only a gorgeous meal but also a very generous serving and – finally – I got enough vegetables to satisfy my veggie-lovin appetite!
Admit it – you just said, “Presto Pesto Panko Chicken” out loud, didn’t you? No? Well, say it because it’s kind of fun to say! And it is good to eat too! That presto panko crust goes on top of pesto which goes on top of chicken – this layering results in a wonderfully moist chicken with a crispy crust!
Mangia! And mangia you will as this is one big plate of food!
HelloFresh categorizes this meal as a breakfast according to the recipe card. I think this would make a divine breakfast but it is just a little too much work for me to do while on my first cup of coffee. Don’t get me wrong, I love a hot breakfast. In fact, I have a hot breakfast pretty much every day! I can cook a veggie omelet with one eye closed and one hand on that coffee mug; but this recipe was just a bit too involved for that level of attention (or rather that lack of attention…).
Read on to see what I would change and what I loved about this recipe!
I was so excited to make this meal! The pictures on the recipe card look amazing! This recipe was prepared on a work-night and did not take much time from start to finish. This recipe is definitely more cost effective from #HelloFresh than if you had purchased ingredients from the store! Final review: This meal is flavorful yet subtle and is made with familiar foods – I will be making this meal again!
The instructions were easy to follow and the pictures helped to keep me on track. One thing that really impressed me, since some of my clients are newbies in the kitchen, is that even a novice cook could make this meal beautifully. HelloFresh is a great way to gain experience in the kitchen and build confidence as there was nothing complex or confusing and the result is a beautiful and delicious – and fast – meal! Read more to see what I would change about this meal, what I loved, and what I learned. Hint: it involves a zester!
This meal delivery box could not have arrived at a better time. My hubs and I had just gotten back from an out-of-state trip with an 11-hour travel day the day before this box showed up on my doorstep. It took all the effort I had to shoot the video of opening the box as I just wanted to dig in and get to cooking a meal for dinner; but I wanted you to have the first-timer experience just like I was about to have. So, this. This is what it is like to open up your first meal delivery box!
As a practicing dietitian and health coach, I’ve talked to many people about how to use food to improve health. People want to eat healthy food – but they won’t give up flavor, enjoyment, convenience, or pay too much for that healthy food. I get it. Me too! But after my clients tell me they know they should cook at home; they follow up with how they don’t have the time… they don’t know what to make… or they don’t think they have the skills to cook if it involves more than heating something up.
Enter meal delivery services!