Every time you turn around, it seems like there's a new food trend, the meal kit is one of those.

With pre-packaged ingredients, simple recipe cards, and home delivery, it's a practical and easy option, and with the promise of a tasty meal every time, why wouldn't you try them? It is cheaper than a take-away and other delivery services, and you have more control over what you eat.

We decided to test a new contender, EveryPlate, and compare it to a traditional supermarket shopping experience.

In advance, we can say: it was incredible! We can't stop raving about the meals we cooked - how quickly we prepared them and how tasty they are.

EveryPlate

As the best-valued meal kit, Everyplate has not disappointed. It was a simple sign-up, everything was fresh and the delivery on time, and boy, was it tasty! There are 8 family-favourite recipes to choose from. I ordered 4 meals for the week for my family of 4, but you can increase the number of meals to 7! My favourite part was that cooking each meal only took 4 easy steps.

My kids' favourite recipes was the Honey Soy Chicken with fries and salad. It was super tasty and easy to cook.

Buying these ingredients in the supermarket would cost more than the whole weekly box!

Cheaper than a trip to the shops?

Of course, the supermarket is unbeatable when it comes to the selection of ingredients, and the variety of brands. But if you were to buy the ingredients for the same EveryPlate recipe, you'll soon notice that it's not necessarily cheaper. In fact, you're paying more, and ending up with a lot of leftover ingredients and packaging.

Better than the supermarket?

Maybe not better, but at least as good - and tasty. The contents of the boxes are indeed exactly matched to the recipes. You get only what you need, so there's nothing left over. No ingredients come in bulk packs and instead are tailored exactly to each meal and the certain number of people. Simply the right amount of packaged food, just as you need it for cooking and for a delicious dinner.

Conclusion:

I'm really excited about the concept and happy to have found a meal kit that fits the needs of my family. Easy recipes and value for money are essential for me.

Being able to choose from familiar cuisines and ingredients meant we cooked meals that are so, so much better than a takeaway - or even something we would buy and prep ourselves.

Update: The team at EveryPlate are extending a special offer to our readers! Follow this link to get up to 40% off your first box and 20% off a 2nd and 3rd!

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Milkpunch Releases “Sinking With You”

Dreamy pop perfect for being stuck at home.

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Sydney, Australia-based Milkpunch, aka Raf Lima, releases "Sinking With You," a song about yearning for adulthood.

Named after the milk-based brandy cocktail, on "Sinking With You," Milkpunch proves himself to be a Weezer-like king of bedroom pop. "My whole life / I've been inside a room / With homogenous prudes / I know, I know / Sinking with you / Milking situations / With no purpose / Nor an outcome."


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CULTURE

Steve Irwin's Family Has Helped 90,000 Animals

Many of the Australia Zoo's most recent patients came from the severe bushfire.

According to CBS, nearly half a billion animals have died in the bushfires that are currently terrorizing Australia.

Australia is home to expansive, unique wildlife, as well as plenty of residents who are fighting to keep the beauty of their country intact. One famed family, the Irwins—of the late Steve Irwin—is taking major steps to help.

Terri, Steve's widow, took over the Australia Zoo after his death in 2006. Since then, she and the two Irwin children, Bindi and Robert, have continued their shared passion for wildlife conservation and environmentalism, which has only been amplified in the wake of the fires.

"With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much," Bindi wrote on Instagram, ensuring fans that the Zoo and the Irwin's home would be safe. "Our Wildlife Hospital is busier than ever though, having officially treated over 90,000 patients."

Below, check out some of the recent patients at the Australia Zoo that the Irwins have helped.







If you want to provide aid from the fires that have damaged over 12 million acres in Australia, donate to Australian Red Cross Disaster Recovery and Relief, Salvation Army Disaster Appeal, or the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

CULTURE

How Celebrities Are Donating to Australia (and Where They Fall Short)

Climate change is turning small fires into cataclysmic events like the one that the world is witnessing in Australia.

Celebrities are rallying around Australia, which is currently engulfed in wildfires that have killed nearly a billion animals and have destroyed over two thousand homes.

Many have expressed their support for Australia and shared their wealth and calls to action. For instance, you may have seen these posts:











Other stars who have offered assistance include Lizzo, who volunteered at a warehouse in Australia during time off from her tour. Kylie Jenner donated $1 million, and Phoebe Waller-Bridges also auctioned off her Golden Globes suit in support of the cause. Actress Yael Stone said that she's giving up her green card and moving back to Australia to reduce the environmental impact of constantly flying overseas.

It's incredibly important that celebrities are raising money and donating to Australia, and it's even more vital that some are connecting what's going on to climate change. But it's also tragic that it took a calamity like this one, in a first-world country, for large-scale and widely publicized action to occur.

Though small actions in response to the Australia fires are important, everyone—celebrities, ordinary people, and particularly governments around the world—need to be taking preventative measures to reduce the likelihood of this happening again.


Australian Bushfires: A Climate Change Issue

After all, though bushfires are natural events in Australia, human-caused climate change has significantly worsened the intensity of these fires—and the science is there to prove it. "Climate change is increasing bushfire risk in Australia by lengthening the fire season, decreasing precipitation and increasing temperature," said the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Essentially, climate change is turning small fires into cataclysmic events like the one that the world is witnessing in Australia. This is, of course, far from an isolated incident. Climate change is contributing to the emergence and destructiveness of natural disasters across the world. Flooding, droughts, storms, and fires are already decimating the livelihoods of millions, leaving impoverished and vulnerable communities at extreme disadvantage and costing billions of dollars in repairs. Natural disasters have occurred in the 21st century at five times the frequency they occurred in the 20th century, and things will only worsen as the climate rises if we do not take extreme preventative actions.

Celebrities and ordinary people finding themselves panicking about what's happening in Australia would do well to follow in the footsteps of people like Jane Fonda, who have actively been putting their bodies on the line in order to persuade governments to take the threat of climate change very seriously.

If you're wondering how to help Australia, and if you feel your heart is breaking upon seeing the tragic photos of orange skies and dead kangaroos, then by all means, follow in the footsteps of Chris Hemsworth and Nicole Kidman and donate to wildfire relief funds. But consider also donating to movements that might prevent or reduce the likelihood of events like this one. Consider joining a climate change protest movement. Consider taking action. Consider supporting organizations that will not only stop the bleeding but that will prevent new wounds from opening.

CULTURE

One Model's Butth*le Is More Useful Than the Entire Australian Prime Minister

Kaylen Ward has done more to combat the Australian wildfires than Australia's own right-wing Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.

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In a stroke of absolute genius, online model and sex worker Kaylen Ward mobilized the forces of thirsty Internet men to combat the raging Australia wildfires.

Ward, who currently goes by "THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST" on Twitter, kicked her charity efforts off on Friday with a single Tweet: "I'm sending nudes to every person who donates at least $10 to any one of these fundraisers for the wildfires in Australia. Every $10 you donate = one nude picture from me to your DM. You must send me confirmation that you donated." She included a (covered) picture of her butt, and the donations rolled in.

By Monday, an estimated $700,000 had been donated towards the environmental crisis in pursuit of Ward's naked pics.

It's impossible to underplay the brilliance of Ward's efforts. If there's one universal truth on the Internet, it's that dudes are really f*cking horny. But nobody has monetized this horniness for justice...until now. In one selfless act, Ward opened the floodgates. All a person needs to do to get horny dudes to care about literally anything other than their d*cks is to offer them naked pictures. It really is that simple.

To celebrate her accomplishment, Instagram responded by banning Ward, even though she was running her campaign on Twitter. "This account was disabled for violating our policies. Offering nude images is not allowed on Instagram," Facebook told BuzzFeed News, practically falling over themselves to prove that they don't care about the greater good.

Amazingly, Ward––who is American and based out of Los Angeles––has done more to combat the Australian wildfires than Australia's own right-wing Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, who continues to support the coal industry and vacationed in Hawaii while at least 25 of his own citizens died in the fires.

Scott Morrison Scott Morrison's Entire Value < One Model's Butthole

In essence, a single nude model's butth*le––which isn't even located in Australia––is literally more valuable to Australians than their entire Prime Minister. Great job, Scott Morrison! Also, un-ironically great job to Kaylen Ward. Who knows, maybe Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison can take a page out of Ward's book and offer up some nudes of his own.

CULTURE

Climate Change Won't Be Solved by Celebrities Flying Coach

At the Golden Globes, Waller-Bridge and Aniston joined a litany of celebrities calling for action in the face of devastating wildfires.

Russell Crowe wanted the world to know that he wasn't at the Golden Globes because his country is on fire.

And what better way to let the world know about something than to get beloved actress Jennifer Aniston to read it out loud?

In the speech she gave in Crowe's honor, Aniston said that Crowe wasn't at the awards ceremony because he was "at home in Australia protecting his family from the devastating brush fires." She continued to deliver a pointed message: "Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change-based. We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy, and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is. That way, we all have a future."

Crowe had received the award for Best Actor in a Limited TV Series or Movie for his work in The Loudest Voice, but as we all know, all the awards in the world don't matter when your home is on fire. The bushfires in Australia have killed half a billion animals and 24 humans, have displaced six thousand people, and have eviscerated nearly 1.65 million hectares. According to scientists, these fires were driven by a lack of rain and low soil moisture, a direct consequence of climate change.

Crowe and Aniston aren't the only ones taking action for Australia. The mastermind behind Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is auctioning off the sequined suit she wore to the Golden Globes and will donate the money to disaster relief.

"We worked with Ralph & Russo, who are the Australian designers who created this couture suit ... which is the most extraordinary thing I've ever worn, and we're going to auction it," Waller-Bridge said of her decision to sell the suit.

Many other stars have also voiced their support for those affected in the disaster, which is certainly indicative of a much, much larger global problem that is already a reality for so many people. Lizzo pointed out that the fires are part of an interconnected web of decay that is damaging our entire planet.

"Being over here in Australia has really given me a real time view into what's happening with these devastating fires and for all of my followers who are mostly American, I just want to say that this is a global crisis," she wrote on Instagram. "These CO2 emissions will affect the entire earth. All of our atmosphere, all of our air."

Even Paris Hilton had something to say, along with Camila Cabello, Kylie Jenner, Maria Sharapova, and many others.




While it's inspiring to see so many people speaking out, it's also true that many of these celebrities are part of the overarching problems that created this issue in the first place—which is capitalism.


Though it's clearly a problem that celebrities hypocritically take private jets while tweeting about how sad they are about dead koalas, the problem is even deeper than that, and it won't be solved by a few famous people flying coach. The issue is our global reliance on fossil fuels—and our refusal to put laws into place that actually regulate the industry that profits off of them. We have tried and failed to rely on the altruism of the global elite. It's time for the systemic, democratically conceded implementation of processes like the Green New Deal to mandate the redistribution of wealth and a transfer to renewable resources.

In order to prevent more of what's going on in Australia, we shouldn't just sporadically funnel money into disaster relief or content ourselves with a few celebrity platitudes. We need to embark on a global effort to combat climate change on a massive scale before it torches us all.