All I can say is holy smokes. I had no idea that you could have a quick, gourmet meal delivered right to your front door for the price of a night out at an average restaurant. I was recently introduced to Hello Fresh. This is an amazing company that delivers all varieties of meals customized to your liking. These are not frozen dinners from a truck or carry-out meals from the local Chinese restaurant. These are down-home, healthy, flavorful meals that will blow you away! I have written a fair amount about having a little swag and at least acting like you know your way around a kitchen (I am talking you men). This company has your back in the department. I will give you some details in the next few blogs about the three recipes that graced my kitchen and hope you give them a little love. This is an introduction to the experience. The three recipes will soon follow, I promise.
Hello Fresh has an online presence that allows you to customize meals based on taste and needs. They have vegetarian options along with larger serving options. The site is very easy to navigate and walks you through the menu planning process. Fast forward a couple days as the package shows up at your house, complete with everything you need to make the recipe. The ingredients are fresh, super fresh. The recipe cards, special offers, and apron (nice touch) are separate from the produce and greet you as you open the box.
I had some doubts, after all, I like to cook and enjoy making my own meals. My expectations were obliterated. These first three recipes I tried were nothing I would have made on my own. Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken Saltimbocca, Curried Jamaican Beef and Collard Greens, and Charred Zucchini & Bean Quesadillas are the tastes that changed my look at food. I think I did not even realize my rut. Did I mention they were awesome?
Each recipe gives a picture based view of the cooking process which helps so much. There are little icons that remind you of the time, the difficulty level, the spice level, allergens, and the core ingredient. The card is very clear and concise. I have read a fair amount of recipes and rarely do I see calorie count, carbs, fat, protein, fiber, and even the tools needed listed as part of the recipe.
Is this more expensive than going to the store, sure. The question that has to be asked, are you buying this kind of food at the store? I mean really people, this is more like eating out at a great restaurant. That is your comparison. Don’t you dare compare this to some box of stuff and a some frozen beer. When you match this up against the real target, a meal out, you are actually saving money and looking like a super star at the same time. Picture this, date night, you cook this meal, pair it with a great wine and some mood music. You are miles ahead financially than if you went out, got a cab, ordered drinks and food, left a tip for average service and came home broke. Here is your only action item, planning. This requires a little planning but please, don’t kid me, I know better. You know when her birthday is, your anniversary comes up every year on the same day, and you should know when a holiday is coming up. YOU HAVE A CALENDAR AND KNOW THE WEEKEND IS FEW DAYS AWAY. These meals were under 12.00 per person. My son and I ate at a sub shop the other day. Two subs, chips and soda, 19.00. Guess what else, it was super average tasting and made completely of salt, sugar, starch, and fat. Game, set, match.
I don’t how to say this any other way. Try it! Don’t take my word for it, I am not a reliable source, your palate is. Click on this link and enter this code – YCKNZU – get $40.00 off your first order. I will put the Curried Jamaican Beef and Collard Greens up against your homemade version any day (no offense but odds are you made ham instead). People, step out of the routine, you will thank me.