These days the hottest trend in cooking isn't about what you cook. It's meal prepping, or when and how you make your meals.
I'm not exactly a master chef, but I have wasted plenty of hours roaming the grocery store aisles for ingredients to recipes I found online.
Between my busy schedule, minding my diet, and coming up with meal ideas my family will actually eat; cooking is like a part-time job in my house.
But I've learned to enjoy cooking again since I signed up for Hello Fresh.
The meal delivery service takes all the annoying parts out of cooking and grocery shopping, plus saves you money at the same time.
Skip The Grocery Store
Hello Fresh is a meal service that ships a box full of fresh ingredients to your door every week.
The company works with their suppliers to get farm-fresh ingredients, packages them in just the right size for each delicious recipe, and ships your box for free.
All you have to do is cook. It sounds simple, because it is. Each box even includes clear, step-by-step instructions for each recipe, along with nutritional information.
Another great thing about Hello Fresh meals is how fast they are. Most take less than 30 minutes, and there's no cleanup time because ingredients are pre-measured.
You can relax at home, put off that weekly trip to the grocery store, but still enjoy fresh, new flavours at dinner.
More Time, More Savings, Less Hassle
The average meal price from Hello Fresh is a little more costly than grocery store ingredients would be, but much cheaper than restaurant prices.
The cost of your plan varies depending on the size and type of food you pick (vegetarian plans are cheaper). But it's easy to spend as low as $6.67 on each meal.
But Hello Fresh also packs added value into every box:
You can pick and choose which meals you get each week, but still get the recipes for meals you don't select.
Insulated liners in the Hello Fresh box keep your ingredients fresh on your doorstep all day. In the fridge, they can last for a week.
And yes, I know what you want to ask. That box will fit in your fridge. (It fits into mine, and it's tiny.)
Make The Most Of Your Subscription
If that busy schedule of yours takes you away from home for a week, Hello Fresh will work with you.
You can schedule the delivery time for your box of ingredients to suit your needs, or skip a week entirely if you'll be out of town.
Bear in mind, you need to make any changes to your order before 11:59 p.m Wednesday night. Your order is charged on Thursday and shipped between Sunday and Thursday, depending on where you live and your schedule.
Now, Hello Fresh does not offer special plans for allergies or diets other than vegetarian. It's up to you to replace or omit any ingredients you can't or won't use.
The plan also expects you to have salt, pepper, sugar, milk, cooking oil and butter in your kitchen. Those ingredients are not included in your box.
Finally, if you live in Nunavut, the Yukon or the Northwest Territories, you're out of luck. Hello Fresh does not deliver there.
Turn Up The Heat In Your Kitchen
I'm just an average cook (and that's being generous) but I was able to make delicious meals with my Hello Fresh ingredients.
One of the best things about the meal plan is discovering new flavour combinations I would have never tried on my own.
While the recipes were original and exotic, I never felt lost because the step-by-step instructions were so clear.
Not only has Hello Fresh added variety to my weekly meal plans, but I'm also eating healthier because I always have fresh, natural ingredients in the fridge.
No matter what skill level you have in the kitchen, or what your eating habits are, you will learn to love seeing the Hello Fresh box on your doorstep each week.