We understand. These are uncertain times for everyone. Our editors have been on the hunt for anything that will save money and make people's staying-at-home lives a little easier, especially when it comes to our favorite activity: eating!
If you're anything like us, you've been spending way too much time and money at the grocery store, stocking up on whatever you can get your hands on. Too many frozen unhealthy meals and snacks!
And, when we do find actual fresh produce, figuring out what to cook with it can be challenging. The last thing we want to do is spend money on produce that will go to waste.
Trying a meal kit service that delivers ingredients and recipes to your doorstep sounded like the perfect solution, and with so many out there, we decided to find the best. After trying the main contenders, our verdict was HelloFresh. They send pre-portioned ingredients so you can easily cook delicious meals at home.
To our surprise, it's much more affordable than we thought.
Here are a few reasons why we're loving HelloFresh:
Skip the grocery store and save money
Not only is HelloFresh super convenient because it's delivered right to your doorstep, but it's a lot more affordable than the grocery store - 75% to be exact. They do this through their direct relationships with suppliers, cutting out the middlemen, so the price of ingredients isn't marked up. HelloFresh's direct relationships with these farmers also helps guarantee freshness.
Meals start at just $7.49 per serving. That's so much cheaper than ordering take out (which we're guilty of doing wayyy too much recently).
No Food Waste
A lot of people not used to bulk grocery shopping might be overbuying these days, which can lead to a lot of food waste. HelloFresh sends the exact amount of every ingredient you need, so you won't be left with large amounts of leftover. This will save you money and lessen the environmental impact.
Try a variety of cuisines without having to buy expensive ingredients
HelloFresh is a great way to sharpen your cooking skills at home and try new cuisines you might have been previously too intimidated to attempt. Every week there are over 20 recipes to choose from, from a variety of different cuisines including Thai, Italian, Mexican, and even American Craft Burgers.
HelloFresh sends you the precise amount of sauces and seasoning, so you won't be left with a jar of fig jam or teriyaki sauce you'll never use again.
With new recipes to choose from every week, you'll never get bored. Their top-rated recipes get inducted into their "Hall Of Fame," which means they're on a regular rotation. So if you fall in love with a recipe, you'll certainly be able to order it again!
Save time on cooking
The great thing about HelloFresh's recipes is that most of them take only 30 minutes or less to prepare. After a long day working from home or at an essential workplace, the last thing we want to do is spend hours on dinner, so we're loving this. All of the ingredients are pre-portioned, so there's minimal prep and chopping required.
Their detailed recipe cards show you step-by-step how to make all of the meals. If you want something quick, try a 20-minute recipe like Pulled Pork Fiesta Bowls. There are calorie smart options if you want something lighter, as well as Gourmet options like Maple Mustard Chicken Legs with Spiced Sweet Potato Mash & Nutty Green Beans--so good!
HelloFresh has not only reduced our trips to the grocery store but saved us money, too. We love how flexible their plans are too, so you're not stuck in a subscription that you can't get out of. You can tweak, pause, or cancel at any time.
If we must stay at home, cooking from home with HelloFresh has become the part of our day we look forward to the most.