Friday evenings are hectic at my house. After I leave work, it’s a made dash to the train station and then home to get my daughter to gymnastics. Ideally I would never had signed up for a class at 6:30 pm on Friday but with my busy schedule, that’s the only time that work. By the time we get home from gymnastics, we’re tired and hungry yet eating out isn’t always an option. I’m trying to stay true to a budget which doesn’t allow for eating out every week. There are also times that I want a meal that uses fresh ingredients – not something from a box or picked up through the drive-thru. That’s where HelloFresh helps me out.
My daughter looks forward to two activities every week: gymnastics and helping me cook in the kitchen. Because I want her to understand where her food comes from and how to prepare it, I encourage her to cook with me whenever I can. Our HelloFresh shipment had three meals in one little box. As we laid all out all the ingredients for our meal, I had the opportunity to teach my daughter the names of all the fresh ingredients.
The vegetables were nice and crisp. I was really impressed with the quality of the ingredients considering they were shipped to me. I’m not sure how many days in transit it took for my meals to get to me but the quality was no different than if I had picked everything up at the grocery store that day.
After I chopped the onion, basil, green onions and garlic, it was time to roll the meatballs. The directions didn’t specify how much chopped onion was needed so I ultimately cut up too much. No fear, my daughter decided to make a “salad” with the extra onions, basil and green onions that I didn’t use. Amazingly, her salad was pretty good! The sweetness of the sauteed onions mixed with the greens worked well. She was so proud of herself that she offered to make us a salad every night.
On hindsight, I would have made my meatballs a bit smaller so they would have cooked a bit faster. I also would have diced my onions instead of chopping them and only used about a 1/4 cup but after I sauteed them, you didn’t even notice the big chunks of onion in them.
After cooking the meatballs, adding the sauce and remaining ingredients, it was time to eat! It took me about an hour to prepare dinner but considering I had a 3-year old helping me in the kitchen, I probably could have cut that time down by at least 20 minutes. Either way, this meal wasn’t about speed, it was about being in the kitchen with my daughter and teaching her that green food can taste good.
How It Works
So how exactly does this work? It’s actually pretty simple. HelloFresh creates amazing recipes that you can replicate in your home. They send you the recipes to choose from and then they do the grocery shopping for you! No more buying a whole head of garlic when you only need one clove. HelloFresh then ships everything to you (for free). All you have to do is unpack your box and cook amazing meals. How simple is that?
Save On Your First Order
HelloFresh ships to select states in the Eastern part of the US. To see if they ship to your area, check out their delivery areas. You can save 30% off your first order of a HelloFresh subscription by using the discount code EAST9THSTREET30. This code doesn’t expire so make sure you bookmark this page.
HelloFresh provides the convenience of serviced cooking at home. In less than 30 minutes, you can have meals designed by a nutritionist and discover new ingredients and dishes from around the globe.
Each week you can choose 3 out of 5 options, leaving out what you do not like. There is also a great variety in vegetarian meals every week, going well beyond just regular tofu. If you’re looking to eliminate the hassle of grocery shopping from your already packed schedule and experience quality time cooking together with your loved ones, then HelloFresh is for you.
Think of HelloFresh as your private sous chef! Visit http://www.hellofresh.com/ to join the 200M people in 20 eastern states in the U.S. (and beyond) receiving these meals.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HelloFresh.