As you all know, food is a huge part of my life. But through a busy work schedule, travelling, and having to feed myself, I tend to get pretty lazy. All my Angelenos know that it can also be a pain in the ass getting groceries in such a traffic-y city which also really deters me from cooking. Not only that, but I LOVE eating out.

However, my coworker sent me a week’s worth of meals from HelloFresh. I chose a week where I wasn’t travelling and would actually have free time to cook. For busy professionals like myself who have to cook for just for one person, I decided it was worth trying it out. I got my first box on Monday and here’ my take on it:

  • It was really easy logging on to the website with either an email or facebook. The interface is super simple and easy to use and navigate so no fuss there.
  • I chose out meals for 2 people each day (they don’t have single portions), but I figured that would just be my lunch the next day. I chose out 3 meals out of 6-9 (some you had to pay more for premium) and clicked to order. You choose this meals 1 week in advance.
  • Yay! My first box finally arrived by the time I came home from work and weighed a total of 14 pounds. They put the meat, the ice packs over it, and then the fresh produce on top. Everything was pretty fresh. The ice was what weighed the most.
  • My favorite part was they literally separate and portion everything out for me. The only thing is I have to use my own olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • It came with a really easy to read instruction card that had step by step instructions which bolded the ingredients on the list.
  • The first one I tried was the Dukkah-Crusted Cod with cranberry couscous and roasted veggies. It was super simple because while the veggies were in the oven, I prepped the rest on the stove and everything came out practically at the same time!
  • It came out pretty damn good! I was surprised at how there wasn’t even that many ingredients, but it made a really legit meal. It was only 600 calories for one portion and I was stuffed. I saved the 2nd portion for lunch.

All in all, I actually did prep a meal in about 45 minutes (projected 35 minutes). The one thing I don’t like (and this has nothing to do with HelloFresh) is the all the prep work because I’m such a slow chopper and I don’t have enough dishes so I have to wash the cutting board about 4x to chop different things which takes time. That’s usually what I don’t like about cooking.

Is it worth the price? I’d say yes for the convenience of not having to buy groceries or portioning it out (and potentially even wasting food). However, if I lived in the suburbs and had easy access to a grocery store, I would simply get their recipes online and buy the ingredients myself. These meals aren’t necessarily worth $10 a meal, but I do think they are quite tasty and easy to make!

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