I’m on week 3 of HelloFresh deliveries. I opted to get two meals each week to serve two people, which actually means four dinners for this girl. Overall I’m really enjoying it so far and have regained my passion for cooking again!
The variety of meals is more than I had imagined there would be. I find myself scrolling through the recipes even when I’m trying to find something to cook not just when I’m picking my meals for the week. Each week there are a few vegetarian options and plenty of meat/poultry/fish options. I try to choose one vegetarian option each week to be more environmentally friendly. My favorite so far has been the beef bulgogi and I can’t wait to try the bimibap next week.
The recipes can be adapted slightly if need be. One downfall for me is that a lot of recipes include sour cream and/or mayonnaise, which I tend to leave out. It’s never been a real issue and all the meals still taste wonderful without it. Usually I would replace this ingredient with plain Greek yogurt, but now I just make due without. This past week I even added a little peanut butter to the chicken bulgogi since the recipe said it would taste good with crushed peanuts on top. It was superb! Small changes can also be made such as ways you cut or prepare the vegetables. I prefer sliced cucumbers over the ribbons, personally.
I LOVE the positive impact that it’s had on my food waste. Cooking one meal a day for one person is so hard when it comes to variety and preventing food waste. Luckily with HelloFresh you only get the exact amount of ingredients needed for two servings. That way I have one meal and one leftover meal and that’s it. No extra ingredients lying around…except for the mayo or sour cream.
I used to eat the same dinner four nights a week because I was terrible at cutting recipes in half or shopping for fewer ingredients than the recipe called for. It resulted in frequently feeling unsatisfied after meals and consequently eating more after despite not being hungry. Something I’ve realized is that there is a real difference between being full from a meal and satisfied from a meal. Luckily with more variety during and across the weeks I am feeling satisfied more often at the end of meal and not reaching for more.
The one thing that I worry about with HelloFresh is the amount of packaging. Each box has 3 large ice packs and quite a bit of protective cushioning. Fortunately a lot of the material is recyclable and there was an article saying the amount of packaging is actually less than going to the store.
If you’re thinking about trying a meal delivery service, do it! There’s no harm in trying. And you may be surprised! Sure there’s quite a bit of packaging, but there also is when buying ingredients and forgetting your reusable bags. Sure a car delivers the package to me rather than me walking to the store, but I’m wasting less food. There are pros and cons to everything and we all just need to find what works best for ourselves and what is healthiest. I’m glad I tried HelloFresh and, no, this is not sponsored but merely my personal experience.