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Now We’re Cooking

I may have mentioned this before.  I don’t really cook.  It’s not that I can’t per se, but I don’t really enjoy it.  I’m what you might call a domestic failure.  But ya know, sometimes you have to adult.  So here is my foray into that adult world.

We recently tried a meal delivery service.  I had received a coupon in some piece of mail and decided to give it a try.

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We tried Hello Fresh.  We picked three meals from a weekly selection of five.  Our choices were Fusilloni Al Forno, Honey-Glazed Pork Tenderloin, and Mozzarella-Crusted Chicken.  The meals arrived on a Wednesday in a large box.  The ingredients (minus the meat) come in a smaller box and for the most part everything is pre-measured which is handy.  The meat arrives in the bottom of the container which has freezer packs.  All in all the shipping is quite impressive and everything was fresh.  Obviously, you’ll either need to cook or freeze the ingredients somewhat quickly.

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Our first attempt was the Fusilloni Al Forno.  A recipe book is included and pretty easy to follow.  There is still some prep with each recipe; chopping, peeling, etc.  This recipe took the most time, but overall it was pretty good.

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Meal No. 2 was Honey-Glazed Pork Tenderloin with roasted green beans and sweet potatoes.  My glaze didn’t come out quite so glaze-y; I think I added too much water.  This meal was not bad, probably our least favorite.  It didn’t help that we had a big lunch that day and didn’t feel like cooking or eating.  But you know what?  Atticus liked it.  Check it out.

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Actually, Atticus liked all of the meals.  Cyan liked the first two, didn’t really eat much of the third, which was Mozzarella-Crusted Chicken with potatoes wedges and roasted tomatoes.  This meal was the easiest to make.  Allan and I couldn’t decide between the first and last as far as a favorite.

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The Pros

Meal service saves you a trip to the grocery store and the time it takes to plan what are we going to eat and what do we need.  You don’t really need to have a lot on hand other than salt, pepper, butter, and olive oil.  Even we have those.  I consider the cost to be reasonable and comparable to a fast food meal.  The meals are healthier than what we might normally eat and in some cases we had leftovers.  There also isn’t too much that is wasted so that is good.

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The Cons

My family doesn’t eat a lot.  With two small kids (who barely graze), we were able to get by ordering two meals.  A larger family or older kids might need to order more portions, which would increase the cost and maybe not be as cost effective.  I probably should have paid attention to the fact that this was a subscription service.  So before we had a chance to finish cooking everything, the next week’s order was already placed.  This is my fault and the company did a good job of warning me, I just didn’t quite pay attention.  For us to go from literally not cooking to three meals in a week is a big zero to sixty.  The good news is you can turn off/pause/cancel or even space out your order.  And of course, you still have to wash dishes.  Minus the paper plates.

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Overall, I would recommend giving the service (or a smiliar one) a try if you are curious.  I don’t know if it’s something I’ll keep up with, but I’m glad we tried it.  Thank you for venturing into the grown up world with us.  I’ll let you know when I decide to come back.

Mand:)