Schwartz Chat Bot Review

As you probably know by now, I hate food waste, I will work tirelessly to ensure that their is no food wasted when I cook and buy ingredients.  So when I was asked to give the Schwartz Chat Bot a go, a app designed to use up all leftover products in your fridge I couldn’t wait!
Weekly spend on food: £25, amount saved thanks to the bot: £7.50
First thoughts: A unique and interesting idea, a great way to use up leftover ingredients in the fridge and cupboards and reduce food wastage. Plus a money saver as hopefully won’t need to go to the shops mid-week and pick up more food.

Monday update:

Ingredients typed into the ChatBot
Red pepper, tomatoes, onion, couscous, chickpeas and pumpkin seeds.
Spices: paprika, basil and garlic
Recipe chosen for you
Couscous with Tomato Salsa
Overall thoughts on the food? 
I did have to alter the recipe a bit to fit what ingredients I had, swapping the tinned tomatoes from fresh ones and not adding white wine vinegar and only using 1 tbsp of olive oil. However, it was fun to create and was ready in about 10 minutes with the addition of couscous. The recipe stated it should have been left overnight to marinade but I was super hungry so ate it as is and tasted great.

Want to try the salsa for yourself? Recipe is here

Wednesday update:
Ingredients typed into the ChatBot
Chicken, spinach and blue cheese
Spices: basil, oregano and chilli flakes
Recipe chosen for you
Portuguese chicken with ratatouille
Overall thoughts
After quickly realising my chicken wasn’t suitable for cooking I swapped it out for sausages but kept the ratatouille recipe. I’d never thought of making ratatouille before but it was incredibly simple and a super cheap. I did swap out the piri piri seasoning for paprika but kept most other ingredients the same. I was slightly disappointed that given I only typed in 3 ingredients the recipes I was given only used 1 of these ingredients.
 Want to give the ratatouille a go? Recipe is here
Friday update
Ingredients typed into the ChatBot
Chicken, chorizo and rice
Spices: chilli
Recipe chosen for you
Cajun Chicken with Jambalaya
Overall thoughts
This dish was an absolute winner, made in one dish which saved on the washing up and perfect to chuck loads of different foods in given it was near the end of the week and the fridge was running low. I did add extra vegetables to this dish to bulk it out and up the healthy aspect, but other than that it was perfect. It did take about 30 minutes to cook but that was mostly due to the rice. Prep was simple and the end result was worth the wait.

Craving jambalaya? Give my homemade version a go. Recipe is here
Overall rating
3/5. I think it’s a great idea, initially I was excited at the thought of being able to use up all my different foods which are normally left in the cupboard on Friday night. However, it wasn’t great and finding recipes with all ingredients I typed in. Therefore, creativity was needed, which doesn’t bother me as I like being creative, but if you’re looking for something easier then it may not be ideal. It needs a bit of work, but is great for encouraging people to try new dishes for dinner.

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