Recently, this whole staying home thing has been really hard. Yeah, I miss meeting up with my friends and going to my favorite restaurants on the weekends. But strangely, what I miss the most is home-cooked meals - it really is the little things in life.
We've been avoiding the supermarket as much as possible, so when we go, we stock up on frozen meals that will last and try not to buy many items that go bad quickly - we hate wasting food. But we were getting so sick of frozen food, and I could definitely feel the effect that not eating fresh foods was having on my body.
I was looking into food delivery services when I came across HelloFresh. I would never have considered a meal kit before, but I missed produce so much, I decided to look into it. HelloFresh sends you a box with step-by-step recipes and pre-portioned ingredients every week so you can make home-cooked meals at home.
I looked at the recipes and saw they have such a wide range of cuisines - like Korean Beef Tacos and Turkish-Spiced Beef. They also have traditional recipes like Pork Schnitzel & Pan-Seared Steak with Warm Potato Salad.
I realized that using a meal kit service would allow us to make our usual home-cooked meals, and it would also allow us to try new things we never would have tried to cook before, which is exactly what we needed right now. So I decided to sign up. I went with the Pronto Plan, and meals worked out to just $10.31 each. This was much more affordable than I expected!
Our first box arrived a few days later, and I was super excited to try out a new recipe. For this week, I chose Korean Beef Bibimbap, Middle Eastern-Spiced Salmon Freekeh Bowl, and Honey Mustard Pork Chops!
I started with the Honey Mustard Pork Chops, and I must say, having all the ingredients pre-portioned was so convenient and saved so much time cooking. The meal came out delicious! We also loved the Middle-Eastern Spiced Salmon - I had never cooked with Freekeh before, but HelloFresh made it simple.
The Korean Beef Bibimbap was something completely different for us, we would never have thought to make it, but we ended up loving it! All the recipes were easy to follow, even if we weren't familiar with some of the ingredients.
Apart from the dinners being so yummy, I have to say, the best thing about HelloFresh is the sheer convenience of it. Getting all our ingredients delivered right to our doorstep along with clear recipe cards, has made dinner much easier and exciting for us. We're back to eating home-cooked meals three times a week, and only have to go grocery shopping once a week. Plus, we're expanding our palettes and culinary skills, which is just an added bonus.
We'll definitely be using Hellofresh for a long time - even after all of this is over.
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