When autumn rolls around, I just wanna buy school supplies. Even though I graduated five years ago, my inner clock still tells me I should be going back to school. Although I've joined the working world, September inspires me to reconsider my dreams and ambitions, and take on fresh projects. I cleared out the closets, ordered flannel sheets, and went crazy shopping for kitchen essentials. This year, I'm gonna learn to cook.

But when I researched local culinary classes, they were way too expensive and happened on, like, Saturday mornings. Uhm? I'll be sleeping! I complained to my neighbor about it, and she suggested I try a meal kit delivery service. Whaaaaat? I'd kinda heard of meal kits, but never thought they could teach me to cook. Turns out, she's been getting HelloFresh for a year and a half and her family thinks it's fantastic.

Warning: Do not traffic HelloFresh's site when hungry! So hard to chose- I want to try everything!

I clicked through 20 mouthwatering recipes included on that week's menu. They looked so delectable I wanted to eat them all. The kits are pre-measured and ready-to-cook - practically every task completed for me. Plus, the meals are portion-controlled so I won't waste food and I can monitor my caloric intake. I immediately signed up for a 2 person plan - so twice a week I'll make dinner for two. So what if I'm-single? I'll eat leftovers for lunch - yummy!

The HelloFresh box arrived on my doorstep promptly, as promised. My meal kit contained a recipe card and pre-portioned, high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. I asked my Amazon Alexa to play Lizzo's Truth Hurts and got to cookin' my Carne Asada Steak Bowl - only 710 Calories a serving. Bling-bling, solved.

I must admit I was nervous about the actual cooking part, but the instructions on the recipe card were so clear. I sliced-n-diced the tomato, scallions, jalapeño - singing along with Lizzo.

When HelloFresh claims I'll have a hassle-free, chef-designed, ready-to-eat meal in 30 minutes, they mean it. After a mere half-hour, I bit into my carne. Did I cook this?? The steak was so tender. And so dee-lish.

Skipping weeks, or canceling, is no trouble. For example, after my first month, I changed my plan from 2 to 3 meals per week. There's such a wide variety of cuisines I wanna sample: Korean, Mexican, Cuban, Thai . . .

With meals starting at $7.49 per serving, what a bargain. I used to spend close to $200 a week eating in restaurants almost every night. These days, I stay home and save money while honing my newfound cooking skills.

Now that I've got the basics down, I'm mastering HelloFresh's more advanced recipes - mixing it up with interesting ingredients and techniques. With HelloFresh's vast array of options, I'm invincible in the kitchen - much more excited to cook at home than to dine in a fine restaurant.

Update: Follow this link to get $30 off including FREE shipping on the first box!

Brothers Mark Wahlberg, Paul Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg.


Donnie Wahlberg

Chef Paul Wahlberg always knows when his brother, Donnie Wahlberg, is in town. How? A mass of fans will turn up to their Wahlburgers restaurant chain, signaling that the New Kids on the Block singer is on his way!

"I know Donnie's coming because the Blockheads come beforehand," Paul tells us. "The message gets out there, everyone comes and that unity is amazing."

Donnie and Paul teamed up with actor brother Mark Wahlberg to launch their first Wahlburgers in Massachusetts in 2011, and the business, now global, was also the focus of reality TV series, Wahlburgers.

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