Say “Hello” to Hello Fresh!

imagesI love to cook…I’ve been cooking with my mother since I was a child in Puerto Rico, and truly enjoy the process of making beautiful meals for friends and family. It is my “relaxing time”, some “French Cafe” Pandora music and a glass of red wine and I’m in heaven. But let’s face it, we are all beyond busy as parents of this generation, and cooking time is certainly a fading commodity.

I had seen ads for different companies that deliver ingredients to your home to make it easier to have home cooked meals on the table. I decided to take advantage of the $40 off coupon and give “Hello Fresh” a try…and I LOVE it! According to the website, Hello Fresh is “Cooking Made Easy! We deliver delicious and healthy recipes with all the pre-measured ingredients to your door each week.” I decided to try the “classic (omnivore, meat included) box, 3 meals for 2 people.” It has not disappointed! After 3 weeks of cooking with this service, here are a few reasons why I love it!

  • New recipes- let’s face it, coming up with new recipes is not easy! You fall into your rut, making the same things over and over again. I love that these recipes are simple, interesting and well balanced. I’ve made recipes with chicken, beef and shrimp, many different vegetables and whole grains. You have the ability of choosing your 3 meals from 5 different options each week and I haven’t had trouble finding stuff we like! I have found the recipes to be well balanced and most between 400-600 calories per meal.
  • Convenient and Easy- while I love to cook, I hate to shop for food! It’s one thing when a new IMG_4844Whole Foods opens up and you go browse for a few hours while the kids are at school but an entirely different experience when you feel like you have to go to the store for breakfast foods, school lunches, after school snacks and weekly dinners…I love that the food comes pre-measured and that someone else did the shopping and shipped it to my house! The recipes are easy to follow, and can be made in about 30 minutes…not bad!
  • Fresh Ingredients- fresh fruits and vegetables, great quality meats and seafood, and even all the pantry staples are included in pre-measured amounts. All you need from home is salt, pepper, cooking oil and butter. Your box is delivered each week in a well protected cooler case with ice packs, ingredients that will stay fresh even if you’re not home right away.
  • Eliminate Waste- this is a big one for me…as I said, I love to cook, but I find that for many of IMG_4847my recipes I end up buying random ingredients I probably won’t use again before they go bad! And I hate throwing away food! Hello Fresh provides the necessary amount of each ingredient, no more, no less. I have my “garbage bowl” right next to me when I cook, so I just empty each little container in there and then it all goes to the trash! Easy clean up too!

All in all, I find that it has made me excited to cook again, and every Friday afternoon my little box comes and I can’t wait to open it! I have been using them mostly for nights when my husband and son are gone late for hockey practice, so now my daughter and I eat real, healthy home made food instead of soup or cereal! And for me, what I love the most about it is that I am still cooking! I get to chop and saute and bake, but someone else gets to shop and prep and deliver…now if I can only get someone to help clean up!

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