The summer is always a great time in our family. I usually take a few days off work to spend with the kids, we go to the beach or take a trip to the countryside. We stay up much later than normal, watch a million movies, and eat a massive amount of popcorn.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. Summer is a time for my kids to relax and play all they want. But now the kids have to get back to school. Before we jump back into the school, homework, and sleep routine, there are a few things I must check off my list.

✅Get our dinner times back on track

During the summer, dinner time was always varied - if we cooked, it could happen as late as 8 or 9pm! During the days we went hiking, we mostly never ate dinner, the crisps were enough. But now that they're getting back to school, it's time for a proper schedule.

Cooking every night is an extreme challenge, so I looked up "the most popular meal kits" and up popped HelloFresh! So I decided to give it a go. I went with the Family Plan for four people and four meals a week at only £3.25 per serving. Once I selected my plan, I picked our meals, which change weekly. Everything was delivered right to my doorstep with all the pre-measured ingredients I'd need for the meals. The recipe cards are super easy to follow and now my kids eat different yummy dinners every night.

We started with something everyone loved: the Sausage Meatball Spag with Tomato Sauce which was incredibly delicious - the kids loved it. Throughout the week, we kept experimenting with our dinners - getting more adventurous. The Cheesy Chipotle Bean Quesadillas with Avocado, Tomato and Rocket Salad took only 20 minutes to make and was something the kids wanted every week. We went all out on Friday and made the Thai-Style Beef with Peppers, Mangetout and Fluffy Rice. Though it took a little longer, it was by far the best dish.

Signing up for HelloFresh is the smartest thing I could have done. Now the kids know exactly when dinner will be on the table. It's easy, convenient and delicious - what more could I want? Plus, they are a sustainable company and are devoted to minimizing their carbon footprint. Although we can also skip, cancel or pause our HelloFresh subscription whenever I want, I doubt we'll be doing that.

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✅Clean out the kid's wardrobes

My kids grew so much over the summer that their jeans are far above their ankles. Usually, we go shopping for new uniforms, jeans, and jackets. But this year I wanted to do something different.

Before heading out shopping we went through their wardrobes and piled all the old clothes that no longer fit, that they no longer liked - and the mismatched socks! - on the bed. Then we packed five bulging bags and dropped them at the Goodwell. The next day we headed out and shopped our heads off. How wonderful to come home and put away their new clothes neatly in their wardrobes. Now the kids know exactly where everything is and they'll find precisely what they want and their clothes will actually fit.

✅Catch some me-time

After a long day's work, cooking dinner, helping the kids with their homework, the minute my head hits the pillow, I realize I have not had one minute to myself all day. This school year I'm determined to grab some me-time, even if it's only 30 minutes a night. I simply want to take a long bath, read a good book, or meditate and get my head right before I tuck in for the night.

A few weeks ago, I started in on this new routine and noticed that the HelloFresh meals really freed up my evenings. I managed to fit in some yoga and meditation! The first week I couldn't believe how much calmer it made me feel. I'm going to stick to it and up my me-time throughout the day.

Although the summer was fun, the last few weeks have been super productive. Thanks to the convenience of HelloFresh, I checked those three things off my list. It saves me so much time - I don't have to go to the grocery store or plan meals for the week. Just a few selective clicks and the HelloFresh box arrives on our doorstep every week. Goodbye to hour-long meal preps and hello to less food waste, and fewer dishes to wash up.

HelloFresh provides my family with a routine and now my kids have healthy, balanced dinners which are incredibly delicious. There are additional desserts and sides, which can be perfect for snack time. It's made my life so much easier. You should definitely give HelloFresh a try.

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You heard that right. HelloFresh - a 5-star meal kit and the leader in delivering delicious ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes to households worldwide - has teamed up with New York Times Bestselling Author and food expert Antoni Porowski. Antoni's Snappy Skillet Shortcuts will make home cooking an even easier and rewarding experience.

If you've seen him onscreen you already know that Antoni is utterly marvelous. And now he's bringing his magic to the kitchen. Life shouldn't be boring, and neither should our food. And it shouldn't be difficult to cook and eat gorgeous dishes that will impress your friends, your family, and, frankly, your very own fabulous self.

"I'm excited to partner with HelloFresh because we have a similar kitchen philosophy: cooking doesn't need to be complicated," Porowski said. "I also love their recipes because they help you whip up a delicious, home-cooked meal in 30 minutes - or less! - while also teaching you something new."

Joined in the kitchen by his four-legged sous chef, Neon, Antoni shares his exclusive tips, tricks, and easy-to-follow cooking hacks known as skillet shortcuts. Fresh, quality ingredients can make or break a dish. Roll a lemon before slicing to make it supah-juicey. Soak your shallots first so they'll play nice with the other HelloFresh ingredients.

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These and other bits of advice lend an extra bit of ease and pizazz to all your cooking. And besides, things can always get better.

By delivering delicious ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes right to your doorstep, HelloFresh gives home cooks everything they need for a confident, rewarding and satisfying cooking experience. Antoni's tutelage makes it all the more thrilling a process.

HelloFresh offers a variety of flexible meal options, including calorie-smart, oven-ready, family-friendly, veggie, gourmet, 20-minute meals, whatever fits your lifestyle.

Besides Antoni's scrumptious meals, I also adore HelloFresh's vast abundance of simple recipes and unique cultural dishes. How about some Thai Coconut Pork Meatballs, or a Juicy Lucy Burger? There are 25+ featured recipes each week, so you'll never get bored. Promise.

HelloFresh takes all the stress out of cooking - no recipe hunting, grocery lists and grocery runs, over-buying ingredients you toss in the trash. No more hour-long cook times, or excessive clean-up. HelloFresh is delicious, nutritious, convenient, and affordable.

A HelloFresh meal starts at $7.49 a serving and that's before the new customer discount. Honestly, I was terrified about getting locked into a subscription, but HelloFresh is completely flexible. I can pause or adjust my preferences to accommodate any circumstances. I can even opt-out with no hassle.

I don't foresee doing that, though. With so many culinary choices and Antoni's Skillet Shortcuts, HelloFresh is here to stay!

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Everyone wishes their food could be four things: delicious, nutritious, convenient, and affordable. But what eating habit allows you to have all four?

Cooking at home is typically the most nutritious and affordable option. You know every ingredient that's going into your meal, and you aren't paying cooks, waiters, or delivery people to get food on the table.

However, the process of cooking (from grocery store to dishwasher) can take a lot of time, and if you're not an expert in the kitchen, the end result might not be the tastiest.

On the other hand, while fast food and restaurants are delicious and convenient, it's not a sustainable option for our health or wallets. Ordering food is usually either greasy and cheap or healthy and expensive. Plus you aren't learning how to create these flavors yourself at home.

So where does that leave us? Ideally, there could be a balance between the two options--the convenience and deliciousness of delivery with the affordability and wholesomeness of cooking at home.

We did some research on how to level up our eating habits, and that's when we found the perfect hybrid--meal kits from HelloFresh.

HelloFresh is a meal kit service that delivers fresh ingredients, amazing recipes, and a whole lot of convenience to your doorstep. Their meal kits legitimately take all the hard parts out of cooking--no recipe hunting, grocery lists and grocery runs, over-buying ingredients that go to waste, hour-long cook times, or excessive clean-up. With no guesswork and some extra time on your hands, you actually get to enjoy cooking for what it's worth and learn some skills along the way.

Intrigued? But don't know where to start? We have the answers to your biggest questions.

What exactly is a meal kit delivery company?

Meal kit delivery companies like HelloFresh send fresh, pre-portioned ingredients along with easy-to-follow recipe cards so you can make home-cooked meals without trekking to the grocery store or measuring out ingredients. They aim to simplify the process and prevent you from living off takeout or cooking the same meals every week for years on end.

Why do people use it?

Plenty of people are traditional shoppers who look up recipes online, go to the store, and cook, but the world has changed and we must change with it.

HelloFresh takes the hassle out of meal planning and prep, by eliminating most of the shopping and chopping. Simply stay safe at home while the boxes come to you each week. Then throw the ingredients together to make effortless, delicious dinners.

Is it good for me?

Not only are the meals wholesome, but HelloFresh provides the nutritional information and ingredients online when choosing your recipes. Each meal includes vegetables and HelloFresh uses between 40 and 60 different types of produce each month! You'll get a huge variety of nutrients.

Plus, HelloFresh has tons of menu options including Meat & Veggies, Family Friendly, Calorie Smart, Quick & Easy, Pescatarian, and Veggie to fit your lifestyle.

What's the menu like?

You'll get 22+ recipes to choose from each week that range from burgers and flatbreads to unique cultural dishes. With lots of easy recipes, you can actually enjoy cooking Crispy Chickpea Tabbouleh Bowls, Thai Coconut Pork Meatballs, and Cheesy Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken to name a few fan favorites.

How long do the meals take to cook?

Most HelloFresh recipes take about 25-30 minutes, but they range from 15 to 45. They always come with step-by-step recipe cards that walk you through the entire process without a single burnt pan.

How much does it cost?

HelloFresh's price per serving starts at $7.49 with their family plan, and that's before applying a new customer discount. For us, it's a fantastic value as we spend a fortune on takeout and this way we can eat things like steak or salmon on a Tuesday night. It eliminates the waste associated with buying large quantities of fresh foods and leaving half of them to go bad, which in turn saves you money.

Is it sustainable?

HelloFresh drastically reduces food waste by cutting out middlemen in the traditional food supply chain, and having pre-measured ingredients ensures customers aren't letting anything go to waste. Their sustainability team is constantly optimizing and lowering the packing in their boxes, and for the packaging that is absolutely needed to keep ingredients fresh, they leave recycling instructions on the box and on their website. They also offset all their carbon emissions through partnerships with eco-friendly companies. And keeping social sustainability in mind, they donated over 4.4 million meals last year to communities in need.

Subscription...am I locked in?

No way! A box will show up on your doorstep each week if you want it to, but as long as you adjust your preferences 5 days before the next delivery, you've got total freedom. If you know you don't want to cook next week, you can pause next week's delivery with no charge. And if you want to give up cooking forever, you can cancel your subscription entirely with no charge too. On top of choosing the specific meals they want, customers also have the flexibility to change the amount of servings and recipes they receive each week (if you have family or friends in town), change the shipping address (if you're out of town but still want to cook), and change the day they receive their box.

After a couple of weeks with HelloFresh, you won't ever want to go back. You'll be surprised at how much easier cooking is and how much better you are at it.

Give HelloFresh a shot - you can thank us later!

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Am Ende jedes Jahres reflektiere ich gerne, um zu überlegen, welche neuen Gewohnheiten ich im neuen Jahr starten und etablieren möchte. Dieses Jahr war absolut verrückt und ich muss leider sagen, dass ich in ein ziemliches Loch gefallen bin die letzten Monate. Das neue Jahr will ich deshalb frisch starten und plane dafür bereits, welche positiven Gewohnheiten ich 2021 in mein Leben integrieren möchte, damit das neue Jahr auch wirklich besser wird.

Hier sind meine Top 3 Gewohnheiten fürs neue Jahr und mein Plan, wie ich diese umsetzen will:

Neue Gewohnheit #1: Abwechslungsreichere Gerichte kochen

Eine meiner liebsten Beschäftigungen ist es, neue Gerichte und Rezepte auszuprobieren. Da ich natürlich dieses Jahr nicht oft essen gehen konnte, landete ich leider deutlich zu oft bei Tiefkühlware und Take-Away-Essen. Wie man sich vorstellen kann, wurde das irgendwann ziemlich langweilig und gesund war diese Ernährung auch nicht gerade.

Ein Freund hat mir dann HelloFresh empfohlen, eine Kochbox, die jede Woche Rezepte und vorportionierte Zutaten direkt zu einem nach Hause liefert. Tatsächlich kann man jede Woche selbst die Gerichte aus einer grossen Auswahl aussuchen, in der auch viel internationale Küche dabei ist. Es gibt indisch, thai, italienisch, spanisch, mexikanisch und noch viel mehr.

Das Chili con Carne mit Chorizo und Kichererbsen sah so fein aus und es wurde versichert, dass man jederzeit pausieren oder kündigen kann. Also probierte ich es aus und bin im Nachhinein wirklich froh, es getan zu haben. Ich habe gesünder gekocht und dabei noch jede Woche internationale Gerichte ausprobiert! Mein Favorit bisher ist der gebratener Halloumi im Fladenbrot. Einfach nur mega fein!

Neue Gewohnheit #2: Weniger Geld ausgeben

Obwohl ich dieses Jahr weder grossartig ausgegangen, noch gereist bin, habe ich trotzdem einiges an Geld ausgegeben, das meiste davon für Lieferdienste. Am Anfang erschien es mir noch praktisch, dass ich so seltener einkaufen muss, aber ich habe mich schnell daran gewöhnt und mein Konto hat ziemlich darunter gelitten.

Jetzt wo ich HelloFresh Boxen bekomme, spare ich einiges an Geld. Ich habe mich für den Fleisch & Gemüse Menüplan für 2 Personen mit 4 Mahlzeiten entschieden. Das kostet ab 8,99 CHF pro Portion (Die Hälfte von meinem Take-Away Essen) und ich kann die Reste für das Mittagessen am nächsten Tag verwenden! Die Gerichte haben immer die perfekte Grösse, ich muss so nie irgendwas wegschmeissen.

Neue Gewohnheit #3: In eine bessere wöchentliche Routine finden

Dieses Jahr war ich einfach nur faul. Nach ein paar Wochen Home Office stand ich immer später auf, habe viel weniger Sport gemacht und nur noch schlecht gegessen. Mittlerweile versuche ich wieder, rechtzeitig aufzustehen und vor der Arbeit eine Runde zu spazieren. So bekomme ich den Kopf frei und tue mir etwas Gutes.

Jetzt wo ich ausserdem wieder selbst koche, habe ich viel mehr Energie. Ich freue mich jeden Abend nach der Arbeit auf meine HelloFresh Rezepte. Dadurch, dass die Zutaten vorportioniert und die Rezeptkarten super einfach zu verfolgen sind, bin ich meistens in rund 30 Minuten fertig mit kochen.

HelloFresh hat meinen Alltag wirklich verändert. Ich spare Geld, esse ausgewogener und internationaler. Jede Woche Lebensmittel direkt an meine Haustür zu bekommen, ist einfach praktisch und spart mir einige nervige Trips zum Supermarkt.

Ich bin wirklich jedes Mal stolz, wenn ich vor meinen selbstgekochten HelloFresh Gerichten sitze. HelloFresh hat mir auf jeden Fall geholfen, bessere Gewohnheiten zu formen, ich kann es nur empfehlen.

Aktualisieren: HelloFresh bietet unseren Lesern ein exklusives Angebot! Klicke auf diesen Link und erhalte 85 CHF Rabatt auf Deine ersten drei Lieferungen!

Am Ende jedes Jahres reflektiere ich gerne, um zu überlegen, welche neuen Gewohnheiten ich im neuen Jahr starten und etablieren möchte. Dieses Jahr war absolut verrückt und ich muss leider sagen, dass ich in ein ziemliches Loch gefallen bin die letzten Monate. Das neue Jahr will ich deshalb frisch starten und plane dafür bereits, welche positiven Gewohnheiten ich 2021 in mein Leben integrieren möchte, damit das neue Jahr auch wirklich besser wird.

Hier sind meine Top 3 Gewohnheiten fürs neue Jahr und mein Plan, wie ich diese umsetzen will:

Neue Gewohnheit #1: Abwechslungsreichere Gerichte kochen

Eine meiner liebsten Beschäftigungen ist es, neue Gerichte und Rezepte auszuprobieren. Da ich natürlich dieses Jahr nicht oft essen gehen konnte, landete ich leider deutlich zu oft bei Tiefkühlware und Take Away Essen. Wie man sich vorstellen kann, wurde das irgendwann ziemlich langweilig und gesund war diese Ernährung auch nicht gerade.

Ein Freund hat mir dann HelloFresh empfohlen, eine Kochbox, die jede Woche Rezepte und vorportionierte Zutaten direkt zu einem nach Hause liefert. Tatsächlich kann man jede Woche selbst die Gerichte aus einer großen Auswahl aussuchen, in der auch viel internationale Küche dabei ist. Es gibt indisch, thai, italienisch, spanisch, mexikanisch und noch viel mehr.

Das Chili con Carne mit Chorizo und Kichererbsen sah so lecker aus und es wurde versichert, dass man jederzeit pausieren oder kündigen kann. Also probierte ich es aus und bin im Nachhinein wirklich froh, es getan zu haben. Ich habe gesünder gekocht und dabei noch jede Woche internationale Gerichte ausprobiert! Mein Favorit bisher ist der gebratene Halloumi im Fladenbrot. Einfach nur mega lecker!

Neue Gewohnheit #2: Weniger Geld ausgeben

Obwohl ich dieses Jahr weder großartig ausgegangen noch gereist bin, habe ich trotzdem einiges an Geld ausgegeben, das meiste davon für Lieferdienste. Am Anfang erschien es mir noch praktisch, dass ich so seltener einkaufen muss, aber ich habe mich schnell daran gewöhnt und mein Konto hat ziemlich darunter gelitten.

Jetzt wo ich HelloFresh Boxen bekomme, spare ich einiges an Geld. Ich habe mich für den Fleisch & Gemüse Menüplan für 2 Personen mit 4 Mahlzeiten entschieden. Das kostet nur 6.25€ pro Portion (Die Hälfte von meinem Take Away Essen) und ich kann die Reste für das Mittagessen am nächsten Tag verwenden! Die Gerichte haben immer die perfekte Größe, ich muss so nie irgendwas wegschmeißen.

Neue Gewohnheit #3: In eine bessere wöchentliche Routine finden

Dieses Jahr war ich einfach nur faul. Nach ein paar Wochen Home Office stand ich immer später auf, habe viel weniger Sport gemacht und nur noch schlecht gegessen. Mittlerweile versuche ich wieder, rechtzeitig aufzustehen und vor der Arbeit eine Runde zu spazieren. So bekomme ich den Kopf frei und tue mir etwas Gutes.

Jetzt wo ich außerdem wieder selbst koche, habe ich viel mehr Energie. Ich freue mich jeden Abend nach der Arbeit auf meine HelloFresh Rezepte. Dadurch, dass die Zutaten vorportioniert und die Rezeptkarten super einfach zu verfolgen sind, bin ich meistens in rund 30 Minuten fertig mit kochen.

HelloFresh hat meinen Alltag wirklich verändert. Ich spare Geld, esse ausgewogener und internationaler. Jede Woche Lebensmittel direkt an meine Haustür zu bekommen, ist einfach praktisch und spart mir einige nervige Trips zum Supermarkt.

Ich bin wirklich jedes Mal stolz, wenn ich vor meinen selbstgekochten HelloFresh Gerichten sitze. HelloFresh hat mir auf jeden Fall geholfen, bessere Gewohnheiten zu formen, ich kann es nur empfehlen.

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