This year I am on a journey to live healthier, work smarter and find balance. One way I am learning to be healthier and find more balance is to cook my own meals instead of eating out or eating unhealthy fast foods. I am however, not the most experienced home chef.
I love to eat a good meal and even though I can cook, sometimes I just don’t have time to put together a nice meal for myself. I may decide to try a new recipe but not have the ingredients I need to make the meal or the time to prep and put everything together. Running two businesses, family & household responsibilities and volunteer work keeps me busy and on the go constantly. I also hate going to the grocery store. I usually
ask make my mom to go with me when I do finally break down and go.
I recently found out about HelloFresh which offers you the convenience of ordering ready to cook meals and having them delivered to your home each week. The meals are designed by a nutritionist and include fresh and mostly organic, natural ingredients. (They are working to be 100% organic and also just began offering vegetarian meal options!) The meals come with the ingredients packaged together and labeled so you know which items are for each meal. You also get a recipe card for each meal that is very easy to follow. The only items you need to have on hand are olive oil, salt & pepper or any other seasonings you may want to use. I can handle that!
One meal that I really enjoyed was a Beef & Broccoli Rabe Tostada with Arugula. This is probably not something I would have ever tried or thought to make on my own. It included ground beef, onions, broccoli rabe, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula. garlic and walnuts served on top of a crispy tortilla. This was a meal for 2 people but there was more than enough for four normal servings/portions. I also had enough arugula left over to make 2 salads. The beef was very high quality and the sun-dried tomatoes were good enough to eat by themselves with a little parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. The instructions were easy to follow and it only took me about thirty minutes to make the recipe.
My favorite gourmet meal from my first box was the Turkey Polpette with Basil Tomato Sauce. It was to die for! This one was one of the meals for 4, but there was easily enough for 8 healthy portions/servings. I ate leftovers from this meal for several days in a row. Each portion had only 435 calories and 11 grams of fat.
This was the first time I had ever made “meatballs” on the stove top. I slightly overcooked them because I was afraid the inside of the meatball would not get cooked, however they still tasted great. (Don’t judge me, I’m still a home chef in training remember.) I loved how creamy the sauce was and how the flavors all complimented each other.
I absolutely love how HelloFresh makes me feel like a gourmet chef at home! It saves me so much time and the food tastes great. I am able to choose which meals I want to receive in each shipment so I can make sure to choose the healthier, lower fat ones to help me stick with my weight loss plan. I think each of the meals has very generous portions so a box of 3 meals for 2 easily makes 10-12 meals for me. I also like that I can choose to get the meals each week or suspend my subscription for a week or two. This is great for the times I am out of town on business or family vacations.
It is so much fun trying out new recipes and realizing that cooking delicious, gourmet meals does not have to be difficult, time consuming or expensive. I have some really awesome stainless steel cookware from Tupperware that I am finally able to use for more than just heating soup or browning hamburger meat!
You can visit http://www.hellofresh.com/ to learn more and see if their home delivery meals are available in your area. Use the code CEOOFME30 to get 30% off your first order!
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. Use the code CEOOFME30 to get 30% off your first order!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HelloFresh. Regardless, all thoughts, opinions and pictures are 100% my own.