As far as recipe boxes go, I just can’t commit - I don’t get the hype! Actually, I take that back, I get the convenience of it. But as someone who likes eating out and thinks there’s too much time wasted cooking, I’m not really interested.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve eaten the recipe box dinners my friends make and I think they’re all fine and dandy. They taste great and definitely beat what I’d make from scratch at home.
For some reason though, when it comes down to it and I get close to thinking about doing a recipe box, there’s just something that stops me.
In fact, there are five things that really stop me from hitting subscribe:
I hate subscriptions
As someone who has been down the subscription rabbit-hole and charged endlessly, I was shocked to find HelloFresh doesn’t do that.
I can change my meal plans whenever I want, and pause when I’m away or just not feeling it for the week. I can even do it right from their website, too! No annoying calls - or incessant emails - where I have to explain exactly why I don’t want to continue my subscription.
HelloFresh’s meals start from just $7.99.
I don’t want to eat the same meals
To my surprise, HelloFresh has a massive range of plans and menus each week. With over 30 weekly recipes, I don’t think I’d ever get bored.
There are global, flavorful recipes like Saltimbocca Chicken & Truffle-Parmesan Mash, Creamy Bacon & Tomato, Fresh Fettuccine with Pear Salad and Teriyaki-Glazed Pork & Sesame Fries - yummm.
This was enough to make me place my order, but every week the menu changes and there are always new, chef-designed meals to savor!
The produce in recipe boxes is never fresh
That may be true for some, but definitely not HelloFresh. They work directly with their suppliers, so there’s no middleman and the produce is always fresh. HelloFresh is in constant contact with their trusted, experienced, and sustainable partners. The produce is high-quality, seasonal, and farm-sourced.
Plus, if one of your ingredients isn’t up to your standards, HelloFresh will replace it immediately!
Recipe boxes are bad for the environment
Okay, I was actually pretty wrong about this one. HelloFresh is making huge strides in sustainability. They ensure all of their partners are sustainable, and almost every detail of their packaging is made with the environment in mind.
Each box is recyclable, and they even offset their carbon emissions by only partnering with eco-friendly companies. And beyond sustainability, HelloFresh also plays a major role in social responsibility with programs like Beyond The Box, Meals With Meaning, and donate all customer contributions to their food bank partners.
I don’t want to waste food
HelloFresh’s meals come with pre-portioned ingredients, so you’re never wasting any food. And, if you know you’re going to be going out for a few nights one week, you can easily adjust your subscription plan for that week.
So, I guess I stand corrected about my assumptions that prevented me from trying HelloFresh… Between their sustainability initiatives, extensive selection of fresh meals for a range of diets, and easy subscription plans, there’s nothing holding me back now other than deciding what my first meals are going to be.