Most of the time, cooking is therapeutic, because I like to do everything as fresh and from scratch as possible and have plenty of time. Me and Mr. Man get a great meal, but half my day goes to cooking and cleaning instead of writing.
One of my writing goals for this year is to produce several books instead of one. The first of these is due to the editor in six weeks. It’s only a third done which means my ass needs to get in gear. This means cooking has taken a back seat. After a week and a half of eating takeout, I decided to try one of those home meal delivery services. The commercials promised quick, home cooked meals in no time. Okay. Show me what ya got.
I looked at Blue Apron first, but the meals they had scheduled for the week were bleh. On the other hand, Hello Fresh had several recipes I wanted to try. They have an awesome deal where the first box is half off so we got 3 meals for 30 bucks.
Whoa nelly! I’d heard these meal delivery places had a lot of packaging, but was not prepared for exactly how much. First, there’s the big box the whole order comes in. Then there’s a foil blanket that keeps things insulated. The same material used in those hot/cold bags you get for your groceries. Herbs, veggies and other extras come a box. One for each meal. Then there is a extra large freeze pack. Under that are the proteins, each in their own packaging. The good thing is that all of this stuff is recyclable. I know that freezer pack is gonna come in handy for picnics and beach days.
First meal was lobster ravioli and shrimp in a creamy tomato sauce. Directions come on 8×11 cards and are super easy to read and follow. Even people who’ve never boiled water can do it. They said it would take 30 minutes and that was pretty accurate.
Since I’m comfortable in the kitchen, I added a ton of extra garlic, more butter and some red pepper flakes to customize it for me and Mr. Man.
My version didn’t come out as pretty as the picture above, but it still looked good. Unfortunately, we were too busy eating to take a photo.
This meal was awesome. Quick and easy to prepare. Two pots and very little cleanup. Good sized portions…enough for a small second helping. No leftovers and no waste. As an introduction to Hello Fresh I couldn’t be happier.