A trusted friend & advisor and I had a long chat a few weeks ago about many important things: what’s the personal vision for 2018? How do we cull goals out of that vision? Finally, how can we make life easier? As we discussed efficiency in the new year, he mentioned meal delivery services. I’d never tried one of these for several reasons. First, I LOVE to cook and enjoy the creativity behind preparing food. Second, it honestly never occured to me that this type of thing could be delegated from the to-do list. The more I thought about it, though, the more I couldn’t help but wonder if it might be a lifesaver.
Les & I tried Hello Fresh last week and here’s what we thought:
1. The meals were tasty & everything is included. We ordered One-Pan-Shrimp Lo Mein, Pesto Chicken, and Balsalmic Meatloaf and all three were yummy. Every meal was very well curated with variations & flavors that complimented each other, and I liked how the box included the perfect amount of each layer of ingredient (like garlic or ginger). Do note that you have to provide your own EVOO.
2. Serving sizes were on point. This one kind of threw us. We ordered three meals for two, and each meal came with exactly 1 serving per person. This got us thinking: are we eating too much? Probably. If you’re looking to lose weight or practice portion control, this is perfect.
3. The meals are accompanied by step-by-step instructions. Les & I have different cooking skill levels, and I’d say overall I’m more advanced that he is. These meals are perfect for someone who wants to learn how to cook or those who want to try new skills. The instructions were accompanied by photos, and each step was crystal clear.
1. Your card is charged before you pick your meals. This one irritated me quite a bit. Before you can even look at their menu, you have to sign up and enter payment information. As soon as you choose your plan and register, your card is charged. Then you’re able to change your menu or make plan changes. I prefer the method of creating a cart, reviewing it, and then paying. (You can also cancel at any time which is a nice feature.)
2. There’s quite a bit of waste. While the food portions are perfect, everything comes in its own packaging. Meaning, the two tablespoons of ketchup for your meatloaf comes in a small glass jar. The pesto comes in a plastic tube. And so on. While I’m used to carrot peels and waste that can be composted, there was a lot of packaging that made me question how environmentally friendly the service is.
3. If you enjoy being creative with food, these meals might lack ingenuity. I’m still on the fence about this one as I tend to enjoy figuring out how to create a meal with what’s in the kitchen. I also felt like I could have made each meal better with a few tweaks, or mixed and matched the kits for completely new meals.
So, will we purchase this again? YES. First, our portions are clearly out of wack. As we make health goals for the new year, we agreed that we need to recalibrate how much food we’re eating. We also agreed that this is a great way for Les to learn to cook more, especially on nights that I’m not home. Instead of running out to Chik-fil-a, he can easily whip up one of these meals in less than an hour. Finally, there’s something to be said for not having to think about what you’re going to make for dinner (which I find very intriguing). The meal planning AND shopping is done for you which can be a great comfort at the end of a long day.
Have you or would you try a meal delivery service?