How HelloFresh Transformed My Cooking Routine

I can't be the only one who says that they can't even remember what it's like to have a somewhat healthy routine. The last few months have been so unpredictable and stressful, that I have just been taking every day as it comes. But that led to zero planning or organisation in my days.

I finally got fed up with lazy and unproductive days, and so did my mind and body. I needed to revamp my routine before this year was over. I started getting up earlier and at the same time every day, planning my work days and evenings with actual to-do lists. I got into the swing of going for a walk once a day, even if it was just for 20 mins. Once 9pm rolled around my phone and TV were off, and I truly unwound before bed, curling up with a good book.

There was just one last part I still needed to change: My diet. I was never amazing at cooking at home but ordering in and eating from the frozen aisle was now a daily occurrence for me. This needed to change if I was serious about my new wellness routine.

I started searching for easy dinner recipes online, but there was no way I was going to be able to make them, plus the ingredients list was so long. Just as I was about to give up I found a recipe from HelloFresh. It only took 20 mins and the recipe looked doable, even for me. I noticed HelloFresh is a recipe box, so they send you all the fresh, pre-portioned ingredients along with the recipes for the meals you choose, making it simple for you to cook them at home.

It looked great, but how would it taste? Would the meat and vegetables be fresh? And would it really only take 30-40 minutes to cook a meal from scratch? As always I jumped to the reviews and I was surprised to see families, couples, and housemates loving their HelloFresh delivery.

The recipes sounded like exactly what I wanted to eat and it would save me time going to the supermarket. If it was good,it would be a perfect solution to meal planning and ensuring I always had a home cooked meal in my new routine.

The meals start at only £3.25 per serving and I could pause or cancel my plan at any time, so I gave HelloFresh a shot. I opted for the Meat and Veggies plan for 2 people with 4 recipes. Every week, HelloFresh has up to 36 recipes for me to choose from, so I knew I'd never get bored.

A few days later my HelloFresh box was at my door. The box was insulated with ice packs, and all the ingredients for each recipe were packed into individual brown paper bags.

HelloFresh cuts out the middle distribution so their food has a lower carbon footprint and they source many of their ingredients from local farmers and producers where they can. This also means their food is fresher and gets to you quicker.

That evening after a crisp walk to clear my head after work, it was time to test the first HelloFresh recipe; Hoisin Chicken Stir-Fry with Pepper & Noodles. It sounded amazing and the picture on the recipe card did make my mouth water, but with my cooking skills and not knowing how good the ingredients were my expectations were low.

As I took out the meat and vegetables I started to smile, all the ingredients were all prepped and in the exact quantities I needed. No messing around, it was straight into the cooking, which was surprisingly simple. I followed the step by step instructions on the recipe card and along with the helpful images, there was nothing I couldn't do.

30 minutes later and I was sitting down eating a delicious home-cooked meal. I really couldn't believe I made it

The next three nights I found myself enjoying cooking my meals. HelloFresh makes cooking dinner so simple that it has become my new way to unwind and switch off in the evenings.

A month into my new routine with HelloFresh and I'm really feeling the benefits. My mind and body feel clearer and refreshed and I feel organised, extra productive, and prepared for everything. HelloFresh is convenient, better for the environment, and better for me.

Update: The folks at HelloFresh are extending a special offer to our readers! Follow this link to get a discount off your first 4 deliveries!

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