Recently, I've been hearing about all these recipe-box kits that show up on your doorstep with step by step recipe cards and all the fresh, pre-portioned ingredients, neatly organized and ready to cook. I thought maybe they could save me some much needed time and energy to make my life easier. I used to like to cook, but recently, I've been too tired to decide what to make for dinner, and my husband and I revert to the same boring meals every day. I decided to try HelloFresh's new Rapid Box option, which came recommended by a friend (greatly appreciated), and it completely changed my lifestyle.

Traditional HelloFresh recipes take only 30 minutes, and the Rapid Box recipes are even quicker -- only 20 minutes from start to finish. My husband is a simple steak-and-potatoes guy and I like my salmon and veggies, so we wanted something simple, versatile, and time-saving. Most recipes have me doing a lot of prep work before the actual cooking and then spending more time cooking than I'd planned for, but the HelloFresh Rapid Box allows me to cook my dinner stress-free and with very little setup and cleanup.

Every HelloFresh meal comes in mini bags perfectly packed with everything I need for each recipe. They fit neatly in my fridge, and it's ready to go when I'm ready to cook. It helps me break the cycle of just grabbing a bag of crisps and plopping on the couch. The Rapid Box provides 3 nights of dinner for two people each week (they also have a family box and a vegetarian option). I am picky when it comes to veggies; I like them colourful and crispy, but off-season supermarket specials can make this challenging. The HelloFresh veggies were just the way I like them — beautiful orange carrots, green broccoli and red tomatoes.

My favourite recipe was the Seared Turkey Steak with Creamy Lentils and Sweet Potato. I followed the instructions and found the turkey steak to be surprisingly savory and delicious. The recipe was a showstopper: just like you'd get in a quaint French restaurant. The Creamy Lentils sealed the deal, and there were even green beans to add a healthy kick. Altogether it was a wonderful meal and even the cooking part was fun. Everything was ready in 20 minutes like promised!

I tried HelloFresh with hopes it would save me time, but it actually helped me get back into cooking too. I'll never be a gourmet chef and I don't have the energy to come up with creative meals, but I want to eat healthy, and live a more balanced lifestyle, something HelloFresh helped me to accomplish with ease. The quality of produce was just as fresh as the local farmer's market and they have really good meats. Plus, they allow you to turn on and off delivery each week or pause your account; and you can cancel at anytime.

Update: The folks at HelloFresh are extending a special offer on the Rapid Box for our readers! Follow this link to get your first 3 meals free!

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