Weeknight dinners are sometimes a thorn in my side. Oh, I enjoy cooking sometimes, don’t get me wrong. The problem is that although I love to cook, my schedule generally makes cooking more a hassle than a culinary experience. And I am the first to admit that I don’t always naturally know what goes together in terms of spices and flavours. In fact I do better with a recipe in front of me. Kind of like my youngest daughter. We both love to cook or bake together but we fail at meal planning often and we really are not super creative chefs.
Schedules here are crazy. Martial arts, therapy riding and theatre takes up four to five nights a week. My husband works long hours, my blog demands a lot of my time and my consulting business – well let’s just says it’s fourth quarter!! That means every day and night until Christmas is spoken for. This time of year, cooking dinner becomes a race to the finish line. Thankfully, I’ve got a solution. I’ve started using HelloFRESH, and I love it. It makes dinner preparation so much easier, and it’s finally fun again!
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Weeknight Dinners Made Easy Peasy (Peas Optional)
So you love to cook like me? So you have a schedule that has turned the joy of cooking into a chore on the level with vacuuming? Say hello to HelloFRESH like I did. I know what you’re thinking because I thought it, too. You’re thinking it’s too expensive. You’re thinking it’s too good to be true. You’re thinking there must be some catch. There isn’t! Which is why I’m so happy to be talking about it. When I say I love it, I mean it. I LOVE it. HelloFRESH has made weeknight dinners easy and fun again. Here’s how.
Custom Weekly Menus
One of the things I love about this service is that I can customize our weekly menus. I wouldn’t say that my kids are super picky, but there are some foods they wouldn’t eat if they were starving. For instance oldest daughter detests mushrooms and cringes when any dish contains them. Younger daughter doesn’t enjoy anything with heavy citrus or strong spices. With HelloFRESH, I can customize our weekly menus, selecting from a variety of chef-curated recipes that I know my entire family will love.
This is a must for me. My family travels as often as possible, so I love that HelloFRESH allows me to skip a week – or sometimes two – whenever I need to. There are no minimum shipping requirements, and I can cancel at any time.
Seasonal, Fresh Ingredients
This was one of the kickers for me. There is no way I’m going to pay a company to ship me frozen meal ingredients or product I can easily find in my own freezer. Not doing it. With HelloFRESH, I get fresh, seasonal ingredients that are always the highest quality. That’s important to me, because cooking with great ingredients makes the whole experience that much more enjoyable. Fresh ingredients are the difference between a good meal and a great meal.
So listen, is it the least expensive way to make a meal? No, it’s not. But here’s how I see it. Time is money here. Especially right now. I make decisions all day long based on where my time is best spent. If I need to race to the grocery store three times a week that costs me a minimum of 3 hours a week. Those are billable hours for me as a consultant and self employed business person. HelloFRESH is about $9.99 per serving. The family plan, which I use, is even more affordable at $8.74 per serving. The meals are much tastier than frozen dinners or take out. Just look at that shrimp farfalle!! And I enjoy the results. Great food, and new recipes that force us out of the borning old routine 10 recipes that are memorized and reused weekly here.
A few more things:
Meals are fresh. I already mentioned that. Most can be made in 30 minutes. The shrimp we made last night after a busy riding lesson and working all day took my daughter and I 35 minutes maybe. My youngest loved it so much she had double helpings. Plus she was in the kitchen the entire time roasting red peppers, toasting bread crumbs, seasoning and plating the food too.
And when it was all done and eaten we had leftovers for lunch today. So, the portions are a very generous size in my opinion. The meals are simple enough that we can make them together. Instructions are easy to follow. And finally at the end of it all because she was invested in the process from start to finish Ainsley, 13, even was content helping to wash the pots and pans that do not fit in dishwasher.
So, to recap fresh meal, creative food, plus time with my daughter equals more than worth it. And, on top of that these food delivery services save me time so I can focus on my business. I love them and am being 100 % truthful when I tell you I was ecstatic to get this delivery here this week. Checked my door step and email for a couple of days excitedly.
Two weeks of this and I am completely hooked. In the second week’s shipment the meat was outstanding. Argentine spiced steak with couscous salad. SO good. The perfect cut of beef to make the pan seared steak amazing.
I have been walking around saying Oh My Gosh that was so good for half an hour now. Argentine-spiced steak. With green onion chimichurri and spinach couscous salad. I’m dead. Nothing will ever be that good again. Also my favourite part of this Hello Fresh Canada is that @sharkainsleyschuck ❤️ loves it so much. My souschef every day. ❤️ #food #ad #family #newdishes #yum #dinner #couscous #couscoussalad #freshfood #instafood #instayum #ldnont
Weeknight Dinners are Easy, Delicious, and FUN Again
I am so happy I found HelloFRESH. I am so glad that weeknight dinners are fun again instead of being a high-stress race to the finish line. And because I save the time of shopping and figuring out which ingredients I need, HelloFRESH is saving me time OUTSIDE of the kitchen, as well. If you’ve been on the fence about HelloFRESH, I highly encourage you to give it a try. You can cancel at any time.
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I received product from HelloFRESH to complete this post. My opinion is all my own and it is also truthful.