Not all of us are meant to be in the kitchen, but all of us are meant to eat.
For as long as I can remember, my childhood consisted of having a delicious, homemade meal on the dinner-table. Whether it was my mom or my dad in the kitchen, I was blessed to be fed every night. Not to mention, the kitchen table was one of my favorite places to get in trouble for singing at. Now, the tables have turned and I can sing as I please, but that brings me to the topic of discussion…where’s the food?
I will start by saying that this is not a sponsored post, but simply me wanting to share a personal experience. First of all, I am by no means a chef. I’d rather say I can (some-what) bake, but I hardly tap into those skills. Other than the cliche eggs or spaghetti, I’ll always be honest to admit that I’m not the most knowledgeable gal in the kitchen. And to take it up a notch, living with my significant other has made the ultimate question hurdle “what’s for dinner?” much higher to jump. So with all of that being said, I decided to give a meal service a try, say hi to HelloFresh.
When it comes to trying new things, my motto is “you’ve got nothing to lose.” So for starters, anyone new trying it should find yourself a coupon. Actually, if you click on the HelloFresh link in the previous paragraph, you’ll receive $40 off your first order, code: SAMCHRO. One of the enticing reasons I started this was I only had to pay $20.00 for my first order and that fed my boyfriend and myself for 3 dinners, which we continue to do. Factor the amount if you were to go out to eat, you would spent ~$100, give or take. I really like that not only do you get to choose the meals you’d like to try for the week, but also they provide all of the nutritional information for each meal as well as different types – fit, meat free, quick, etc. An added bonus is that you get to choose your preferred delivery day, which I have found very convenient in planning the week out. When you receive your order, everything is organized and sectioned off per meal. They also have the poultry (if you choose meals that include that sort of thing) on dry ice during shipping, so there are no concerns of it spoiling.
Some may ask, why did you choose HelloFresh rather than all the other options? Well, being the “let me check out all the possibilities” type of woman, I actually paused one week (yes, you are allowed to skip a week or more, another +1) and used a coupon (like I mentioned before, newbies get your coupons!) and tried Blue Apron. Similar concept in the sense that you get to pick your meals and a delivery day. However, they limit both decisions by narrowing down the meals you can choose, which I didn’t like and then they only have a few days to choose for delivery. When I received my meals, they weren’t as organized as HelloFresh and a couple of the produce items were on the fritz. Maybe it was just a bad first impression, but it wasn’t for me.
I have thoroughly enjoyed using HelloFresh for a few more reasons. One, it has gotten me active in the kitchen. I actually look forward to my Monday delivery and to cook. Each meal has an instructional card that lists the ingredients and also the steps to create the meal gracefully. Two, it’s making me knowledgeable on how to cook certain items and might I add, my chopping skills are getting slick. Their app is easy to navigate to choose your weekly meals, update your personal information, and a couple other perks. And lastly, it helps me avoid having to go to Publix (our grocery store) as often as I had been. That alone makes it worth it!
And finally, one of the most important parts about this type of experience…customer service. We’ve been using HelloFresh for almost 3 months and have only encountered one mishap on one of the meals – we received shrimp instead of pork. Luckily an easy fix for us to run to the store to obtain some pork, but I gave HelloFresh a call and was credited for that whole meal on my next delivery. I may be easily satisfied, but I was happy to receive that credit and to speak to a helpful, nice representative. So if you are in the same boat as me when it comes to the kitchen, please don’t hesitate to go this route. It cuts time on having to plan your plans, getting to the grocery store, and then figuring everything else out. Give yourself a break and start having nice, home cooked meals.
Now I don’t mean to make you hungry, but below are a few of my guided masterpieces.