A Busy Mom Tried HelloFresh, Here's What Happened
Anything that will make my life easier, I'm there, especially when it comes to dinner time. With two kids who have decided green food is the enemy and a husband who can only make average poutine, I needed help.
My savior - HelloFresh! If you've tried a meal kit before, let me tell you HelloFresh is the best of the best. It makes our dinner time enjoyable and stress-free. Signing up is so simple.
Choose which preference you want (we went with the family preference) along with how many meals and which meals you want each week and boom – a box of fresh veggies, meats, and wholesome ingredients arrive at your door all ready to cook.
I'm loving it so much I've been recommending it to all my friends and family. Here's why;
No Grocery Store
That's right, fewer trips to the grocery store. Have you ever heard of anything better? When I took all of the ingredients needed to make four dinners out of my grocery shopping, I needed so much less from the store. That meant fewer trips and less time spent inside the store trying to decide whether to get chicken or beef for Wednesday night.
Not only does it save me time not having to go to the grocery store but I also don't have to waste time thinking about what dinners to cook, looking up recipes that will satisfy everyone. All I have to do is choose my meals each week from the HelloFresh menu. One week I forgot, so HelloFresh chose for me and it's like they knew exactly what we liked.
All the ingredients are delivered right to my door prepped and pre-portioned to exactly what is needed for each recipe. No time wasted weighting and measuring, just straight into cooking, which takes about 30 minutes in total, but some only take 20 minutes or less, too.
My mouth waters reading the menu every week but I was a little worried my kids wouldn't eat Glazed Teriyaki Chicken with Bok Choy and Coconut Rice and Zesty Hoisin-Chili Beef with Stir-Fry Broccoli and Ginger Rice type dinners. But once they agreed to give it one taste they loved it as much we did.
The family preference comes with so many kid-friendly menus, my two always want whatever type of burger is on the menu each week. The Caramelized Onion Burger and the Pork and Apple Burger are big winners for them.
And what I love the most is how excited they get when the HelloFresh box is delivered. Seeing their interest in food and new flavours grow is amazing. They even want to help with the cooking and the super easy to follow set-by-step recipe cards are perfect for this, the cards even help me be a better cook.
I also thought meal kits were overpriced and that buying my ingredients in the store was always going to be cheaper. HelloFresh meals start at only $9.69 per serving, I've done the math and it's really good value.
Plus, I know exactly how much HelloFresh costs every week, regardless of what recipes I choose, whereas when I go to the grocery store, what comes up on the cashier is always a surprise. The bad kind!
Less Food Waste
Waste not, want not is how I was raised so one of the first things I noticed about HelloFresh is how we have so much less food waste. Every single ingredient is used cause all you get is exactly what you need and everyone clears their plates cause it's so delicious.
I even keep the ice packs that come in the box, great for picnics. They use as little packaging as needed and what they have to use is 100% recyclable.
Unlike the stores with multiple wholesalers and distributors, HelloFresh deals directly with local Canadian farmers to source fresh produce, minimizing the carbon footprint on the meals we cook. HelloFresh is the first global carbon-neutral meal kit company, so I feel good knowing my family is doing their part.
I know I'm getting high-quality fresh ingredients every week with HelloFresh, along with supporting local farmers and doing a little bit more for our planet.
HelloFresh has made dinner time our favourite time of the day, for so many reasons. I never knew getting a box full of fresh veggies, meat, and ingredients delivered to my door would have such an impact, but it really has.
Update: The folks at HelloFresh are extending a special offer to our readers! Follow this link to get 6 meals free with free shipping!