Recently, this whole staying home thing has been really hard. Yeah, I miss meeting up with my friends and going to my favourite restaurants on the weekends. But strangely, what I miss the most is cooking home-cooked meals from scratch. 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 a lack of fresh, healthy food was having on my body.
I was looking into food delivery services when I came across HelloFresh. I never would have considered a meal kit before, but I missed quality produce so much, I decided to look into it. HelloFresh sends you a box with recipes and fresh, seasonal ingredients every week so you can make wholesome meals at home.
I looked at the recipes and saw they have such a wide range of cuisines - like Korean Beef Tacos and Caribbean Chicken & Spinach-Garlic Rice. They also have classic household favourites like a Beef & Rosemary Cottage Pie.
I realised 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 Classic plan, and meals worked out at just $8.99 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 Pesto, Roast Pumpkin & Fetta Risoni, Teriyaki & Sesame Tofu, and Sichuan Beef Strips with Noodles & Asian Veggies.
I started with the Pesto, Roast Pumpkin & Fetta Risoni, and I must say, having the exact amount of all the ingredients was so convenient and saved so much time cooking. The meal turned out delicious! We also loved the Teriyaki & Sesame Tofu - I had never cooked with Tofu before, but HelloFresh made it simple.
The Sichuan Beef Strips with Noodles & Asian Veggies was something completely different for us, we never would have thought to make it, but we ended up loving it. All the recipes were easy to follow and introduced us to lots of delicious new ingredients we hadn't tried before!
Apart from the dinners being so yummy, I have to say, the best thing about HelloFresh is the simple convenience of it. Getting all our ingredients delivered right to our doorstep along with easy-to-follow 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.