Have you ever decided you were going to do something good for yourself and start cooking at home? What's not to love - you save money by not buying food out, and maybe even save a few calories by not adding so much oil and sugar into the meals. But that is not the end of the story. First, you have to plan what to eat, then you have to find time to get the ingredients and then you realize the recipe you found takes an hour to make, and who has time for that?

I tried HelloFresh for the first time last week and it beat my expectations! I received the box with 3 meals - an Onion Griddle Burger, Pineapple Salsa Barramundi and Chipotle Chicken Rice Bowl. See below for my attempt (and success!) at making the Chipotle Chicken Rice Bowl.

Step 1: Preparation is the name of the game

The recipe card provided for each meal is easy to follow because it offers both the written out instructions for those people who like things to be exact and pictures for us visual learners! I started by chopping, or dicing, who knows, all the produce. This was a great tip and set me up for success!

sweet potatoes, limes, onion, cilantro and tomatoes on a cutting board

Step 2: Set it and forget about it

Next, I roasted the sweet potatoes and onion for a total of 25 minutes in a combo of some olive oil and southwestern seasoning. I am not going to lie, these ended up being the highlight of the entire meal, but that may just be me and my obsession with veggies.

spiced sweet potatoes and onions on a tray

Step 3: Let's get cooking

This was when the real cooking began. All back-to-back I put the rice on to boil (that's boring so I didn't document it), made a super easy chipotle crema and pan seared the chicken. I know it sounds complicated, but everything was so easy. The chicken just needed some seasonings and the crema was as simple as mixing some sour cream with salt, pepper, chipotle seasoning, and lime juice. The whole part took 5 minutes.

chipotle crema in a cup with a fork

Step 4: Wait, we're already done?

I know, I couldn't believe it either. In 30 minutes (35 if you include making it pretty in the bowl) I had a meal that would've taken me 3 hours to plan, get ingredients for and cook had I been left alone to figure it out. And let me tell you - it was so good. I ended up eating both portions that the meal made, but I hadn't eaten lunch that day so it's okay, right?

chicken with crema and vegetables in a blue bowl

I cannot say enough good things about HelloFresh. If you find yourself having trouble successfully making dinner regularly for whatever reason, HelloFresh is your answer. You can choose what you want to eat for that week, everything is delivered right to your door and the recipes are so easy. I look forward to cooking at night now, and even my friends ask to come over for dinner all the time! I am looking forward to all the meals to come and I hope you are too.

chicken with crema and veggies in a blue bowl with a blue tablecloth

Update: The folks at HelloFresh are extending a special 4th of July Offer! Follow this link to get 8 meals free and free delivery!


Ever wonder how successful, on-the-go influencers are able to do it all and still find the time to make a wholesome, home cooked meal everyday? Something doesn't quite add up there, right? It's all about being prepared -- but who has the time? We're here to let you in on a little secret: meal kits. These little boxes of heaven are changing the way busy people everywhere eat dinner, and there's one that stands miles above the rest. There's a reason why everybody is talking about HelloFresh. It's a convenient meal kit subscription that offers a ton of delicious recipes that are easy to make and absolutely delicious. Got questions? We get it. Here's all of your burning questions about what it's really like to use HelloFresh, answered.

Why A Meal Kit?

Who wants the stress of having to go grocery shopping, do recipe research and then meal prep on top of that? No one! HelloFresh can give you all of that home cooked goodness -- without the stress and hours of prep. They send you perfectly portioned ingredients and detailed recipe cards that allow you to make a delicious home cooked meal from scratch, and most meals take around 30 minutes. If you're trying to channel your inner MasterChef and develop your cooking skills, you can opt for delicious gourmet options, like Sirloin Steak and Mustard Shallot Cream Sauce that take only 40 minutes. Or if you're in a hurry, they have quicker, 20 minute options like the Pulled Pork Fiesta Bowl -- fresh food, fast without the guilt of fast food.

Is It Better For Me And Cheaper Than Takeout?

Yes and yes. Every week, HelloFresh lets you choose from 17 wordly recipes that include a wide variety of fresh produce. All of the nutritional information is listed on their website, so you'll always be able to keep track of exactly what you're eating if you're counting calories. The recipes are all curated by chefs and you can see how highly they are rated by the customers who have tried them before. Their robust menu features both vegetarian and calorie smart options, like Mediterranean Baked Veggies that has just 500 calories per serving -- a third of your go-to Chinese take out. Plus, meals start from just $6.99 a person!

What Are People Saying?

Customers leave a ton of positive reviews, because they really have something for everyone. They even offer Veggie and Family plans, so it's no wonder HelloFresh has become a staple in so many influencers' daily lives.

Subscription? I'm scared.

Don't be!! HelloFresh is designed to make your life easier. You'll never have to worry about having ingredients to make dinner, plus the pre portioned ingredients means less food waste. You control everything from what recipes you get, to when your box will be delivered. Plus, you can switch up or pause your plan at any time, so a subscription is nothing to fear!

There you have it: HelloFresh is the secret to eating home cooked meals when you're stuck for time. There's always new and exciting recipes to try, and they have options for the whole family. Sometimes, things are popular for a reason. When it comes to HelloFresh, you've heard so much about it because it works! It's America's #1 meal kit because people can depend on it to provide fresh, quality meals every week.

Update: The folks at HelloFresh are extending a special offer to our readers! Follow this link to get 8 meals free and free delivery!

If at the end of the rainbow, you're hoping the pot is filled with a delicious dinner ready in 30 minutes or less, you need HelloFresh in your life. HelloFresh is a meal kit subscription that delivers fresh, ready-to-cook meals right to your door. They cut out the prep work by sending you pre-portioned ingredients and detailed recipe cards so making pan-seared steak and veggies or delicious pasta with shrimp has never been easier. Plus, with plans starting at under $8 a meal, your wallet will thank you. With dinners so good they'll shamrock your family's world, it's become America's number one meal kit for a reason. Now, St. Patrick's Day is coming up and to celebrate HelloFresh is offering their best deal yet: you'll be feelin' a whole lot luckier with your first 8 meals completely free!

If saving big at dinner-time isn't enough of a celebration for you, here are the three biggest March 17th celebrations in America commemorating Irish heritage.

Chicago dyes their river green.

Nearly all month long, Chicago celebrates with pop-up Irish pubs, parades, 5ks, and clover hunts, but by far their biggest show of pride is when they dye the Chicago River green. Aiming for the title of "greenest city in the world," they light up city landmarks in green along with the Chicago River. For 40 years, they've been dyeing the river to honor the "Emerald Isle." It's completely safe, and they use 25 pounds of dye to make it last a full day. With HelloFresh's new promotion, you can save some serious green to put towards a visit to the big green river.

New York's Fifth Avenue Parade is the place to be.

Bagpipes, floats, marching bands, and green hats, sunglasses, and goofy sweaters can be found in the parade line-up in NYC and the crowds. The free annual St. Patrick's Day Parade features performers of all kinds, and when it's over, there's still pub crawls, face-painting, dances, and beer tastings all over the city. You know what else is free? 8 free dinners with HelloFresh's St Paddy's deal!

You can see the Dropkick Murphys or traditional Irish dance in Boston.

Boston is home to the complete spectrum of Irish festivities this St. Patrick's Day. The Dropkick Murphys are playing at the House of Blues, you can find Irish step-dancing and corned beef all over the city, and the Boston Celtics are playing all weekend, so there are plenty of opportunities to dress in head-to-toe green. You're bound to have worked up an appetite after all that dancing, come home to a homemade meal from HelloFresh, like a classic favorite and Boston signature, Fish and Chips with Tilapia, Dill Pickle Tartar Sauce, and Zucchini.

The Feast of St. Patrick is approaching and no matter how you're planning to have fun, don't forget to sign up for HelloFresh's sweeter-than-shortbread deal. Starting at $7.87 a meal, it's cheaper than takeout and with easy-to-follow instructions, you won't need the luck of the Irish to cook dinner for the whole family perfectly.

Update: The folks at HelloFresh are extending a special offer to our readers! Follow this link to get 8 HelloFresh meals free!