This post is sponsored by HelloFresh.
I’m not much of a cook.
I hate meal planning.
There, I said it.
Look, I have a 3 year old and a 7 month old. I have been very vocal about the fact that I am not a super mom. And admittedly, my husband is the cook in our family. But, he travels for work. A lot. Which means I’m left to my own devices while he’s away. So take out, home made pizzas and mac and cheese are my usual go-tos. And that’s fine. Except for the fact that my bank account takes a major hit and the mom guilt over feeding my toddler microwave meals starts taking over.
I’ve tried my fair share of meal delivery services, and let me tell you, HelloFresh is the bees knees. I love that HelloFresh does my meal planning, grocery shopping, and most of the food prep for me. That just leaves me to do the minimal washing, slicing, and cooking. A far more attainable endeavor for this work from home mom.
My parents, as far back as I can remember, always made sure I was actively involved when it came to dinnertime. Normally, I was sous chef Shannon, and I love that with HelloFresh I can get H in on the action as well. J is still a little young to be showing off his culinary skills, so he stays in the ring sling, observing all the activity. But big brother H is all about helping me wash and prep, and he loves being my assistant in the kitchen. It tugs at my heart strings to see him sliding his stool over next to the stove with his wooden spoon, asking to help me “mixa mixa”. And I hope he treasures these moments like I do.
With HelloFresh, I can meal plan with three clicks of my mouse. There are three plans available: Classic, Vegetarian, and Family. Our most recent box we chose the family plan, and received 3 meals for 4 people: Hunan Cumin Beef Stir Fry, Crusted Dijon Cod and Winner Winner Chicken Dinner. And it’s hard to pick a favorite. HelloFresh lets me choose from their weekly menu assortment, so I can receive meals I know my family and I will eat and enjoy. Something really cool that HelloFresh does on their recipes section is they list out possible allergens. So, nuts, milk, wheat, shellfish, soy are all noted on each selection. How awesome is that?
After selecting your meals based on your plan, next is just waiting for your delicious weekly food delivery service to show up on your doorstep! I like having mine delivered on Tuesdays, but you are free to choose whatever day works for you.
Once your HelloFresh box shows up on your doorstep, it’s time to unpack and get ready to cook!
H freaks out, in the best way possible, when he sees our telltale green and brown box arrive on the front porch. He loves helping me bring it inside and open everything up to survey the goods. Once we have it all unpacked, I like to let him choose which fresh dinner selection he’d like us to cook first. This time, he saw the Hunan Cumin Beef Stir Fry and told me it looked “delicious”, so stir fry it was!
In total, I probably spent about half an hour washing, prepping, and cooking. Which seems a little daunting, but keep in mind I was running after a toddler, breastfeeding and babywearing, and cooking a fresh homemade meal from scratch. So I call that a win.
Each meal comes with a meal sheet with directions, so there’s no guess work involved. The ingredients are simple and ones you’d be able to find at any grocery store, and since you are given the recipe cards, you can always recreate them later too!
I am all for saving time wherever and whenever I can, and thanks to HelloFresh I have more time in the evenings to spend with my kiddos. Or if I’m being honest, a few more minutes during the day where I can hide in the bathroom for a few more minutes of peace. Customize your menu, choose your delivery day, and pause whenever you need to. It’s all online. And where else can you get seasonally fresh ingredients and a personalized meal plan all in one?
HelloFresh is cheaper and healthier than takeout, and gets the whole family involved!
Intrigued yet? Use my link and special HelloFresh coupon code to save $30 on your first delivery! Just click over and enter code SHYNNZ30 in the promotional code box on HelloFresh’s website and you’re good to go!