When my partner and I moved in together, it was perfect.
We both have little things we do around the house for each other. They're really great about folding laundry and making coffee in the morning for both of us, and I've been good about keeping things tidy and staying on top of bills. But there is one thing we were both terrible at — cooking.
We had a few go-to recipes, but we weren't used to cooking for two people. We always made way too much or too little. Our solution was ordering take out all the time (not the best choice, but the easiest).
One day we both realized how much we had spent on pizza and Chinese food--we were shocked. Not to mention how unhealthy it was! We knew we needed to get serious and cook more.
But where would we even start?
Looking up dinner recipes online in the past ended up being a disaster. There's a whole lot of planning before going to the grocery, a lot of unused ingredients that go bad, and we struggled to get into a routine with it due to our busy schedules. We just didn't have time to come up with new dinner ideas and go to the grocery store every few days.
Convenience and price — two things we couldn't seem to figure out when it came to our meals.
Our friend recommended HelloFresh. She said it had been a life-saver for her when she was facing the same problems as us.
HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service that sends pre-portioned ingredients so you can make home-cooked meals without trekking to the grocery store or measuring out ingredients. I had heard about meal kits before, but I was worried the recipes would be complicated and would take forever to make.
My friend assured me that the recipes are super easy and only take about 30 minutes to cook. She said she was a beginner when it came to cooking before signing up for HelloFresh and that their recipe cards are super easy to follow.
I looked into it and saw that HelloFresh had so many great reviews online. That's when I realized this could be the solution to all our problems. I ran it by my partner, and they agreed that it sounded great.
I went onto the HelloFresh site and signed up for their Meat & Veggie plan and chose 4 recipes per week. When I saw that it was only $5.24 per serving, I knew it would save us so much money - we were paying almost twice that amount for take out most nights.
They also have gourmet recipe options, as well as calorie smart options, so we can switch it up depending on what we're in the mood for every week. Plus add ons like garlic bread! - which I would definitely be adding on for us.
When our first box arrived, I was super excited to try it. The first recipe I tried was Crispy Chickpea Tabbouleh Bowls. I was surprised at how easy it was and delicious! My partner couldn't believe it only took 30 minutes.
We've been using HelloFresh for a while now, and the best thing about it is the convenience. Plus, you get to explore over 22 different recipes a week. My favorite so far is the Black Bean and Poblano Flautas.
I'm proud to say that we're really getting the hang of this cooking thing thanks to HelloFresh. Plus, we've already noticed that we're saving money.
The meals are so wholesome too, each recipe has three to four different fruits and vegetables, and HelloFresh uses between 40 and 60 different types of produce each month!
I'd recommend HelloFresh to anyone who is busy and wants to cook more. It's convenient, affordable, super easy to follow, and the food is nutritious. Overall, signing up for HelloFresh has been such a good decision for us; it made cooking something I actually stick to!
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