Hello Fresh

by simplylife on March 6, 2013

One of the things that shocked me the most about entering adulthood was how difficult it can be to figure out work-life balance.  It sounds so simple, right? There’s work. And there’s life.

But, as we all know, it’s not as simple as it seems.  There work, and there’s familyfriendscommunityhobbiesbillscookingexercisingsleepingcleaningbreathing life.

Some days I feel balanced and so proud of myself. I’m able to get 8 hours of sleep, work a full day, exercise, cook, connect with people I love, and and still sneak in a few minutes of free time.

Then, there are other days.  I feel like I’m dragging within 2 hours of waking-up, my to-do list seems never-ending, and I just can’t ever seem to feel “caught-up.”

Life constantly seems to demand a game of give and take.  We feel we’re on-top of the world one day, and the next, something unexpected happens and all our plans are out the window.  There are things we have to give-up in order to ensure we’re meeting our priorities.

Sitting down to home-cooked, healthy meals together is a priority my husband and I try to make sure happens consistently.  While we know this isn’t possible to do every night, it’s important to both of us that we make it a regular routine.  Eating dinner together isn’t always easy though, and we all know it can be incredibly time-consuming to plan meals, buy the ingredients and actually cook the meal.

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So when I was given the opportunity to try Hello Fresh, I was really excited.  It’s an understatement to say I was giddy as I opened the container and pulled out one fresh ingredient after another!…

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Hello Fresh is a company that creates recipes and literally delivers everything you need to cook them to your door.  Each week, you are given a choice of 5 recipes to choose from (or 3 veggie meals); you decide if you want the ingredients for 2, 4 or 6 people.   Once you make your decision the ingredients will be delivered to your home, and most recipes take under 30 minutes to cook.  All you need to have at home are salt, pepper, sugar, olive oil and butter; they will provide you with the rest!

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I had no idea what ingredients are recipes I would be given to try.  I was ecstatic to pull-out a recipe card for fish tacos! This is one of my favorite meals to eat, and to be completely honest, after one bad incident trying to cook fish (and an odor we couldn’t get rid of for days!), I have been avoiding it for way too long and just order it in restaurants.  So I loved that this recipe instantly made me go out of my comfort zone, while providing clear instructions so I felt comfortable giving it a try!

Here is the recipe card and most of the ingredients for the Fish Tacos with Crunchy Slaw.  All of the ingredients were incredibly fresh and in great condition.  I can be very picky when it comes to produce and this surpassed my expectations!

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After following the directions, here was our finished product!  I am thrilled this got me over my fear of cooking fish and loved the idea of adding a cabbage slaw to our tacos, something I probably wouldn’t think of on my own!  We definitely enjoyed this meal and had lots of leftovers.

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The next meal we tried was the Spicy Chicken with Udon Noodles.  I really liked trying a new type of noodle and especially appreciated how everything was already measured out for us!

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I could definitely see how Hello Fresh could be ideal for the family who loves to cook and eat fresh meals, but could use help with planning meals and/or doing the grocery shopping.  There is no minimum length required for subscriptions and you can pause or stop your subscription at any time.  To find out more information, click here.

Diclaimer: I was sent these products for free.  No compensation was provided for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

~How do you maintain work-life-everything-else balance?

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  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    Wow, I love this! What a fun opportunity for you, to try these! We just made fish tacos this past weekend – they are such a fun meal! Hello Fresh sounds great :)

  • Mom

    Wowzur…what a concept! Fresh meals you prepare without shopping! I’m sure more people who could afford this type of service and would say this is the answer to eating healthy, fresh, homemade meals!! So glad to hear someone stepped out of the grocery box!!! WOW

  • http://twitter.com/nutritiouseats Melanie Flinn

    Oh my goodness! I would love to try that service. I have never heard anything like it- usually just frozen delivery. The dishes look fantastic!

  • decocinasytacones

    WOW! this was something!. What an interesting post! and what a great way to buy a good product when you are not able to go to the market the way I do every morning. If this is the way to buy fresh, you go for it. Did you mention if it´s expensive or not??? I don´t think so because I read through it.
    Love from Spain
    Marialuisa

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Great question! It’s $59 per week for the vegetarian option and the regular “gourmet subscription” is $69 per week.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I am pretty good at maintaining work-life balance … I work my hours, and refuse to bring any work home. I make sure to have a very active social life, and try not to add too many responsibilities to my plate. 5 years ago though … different story!

  • http://www.bitesizedthoughts.com/ Kari

    What an amazing concept! I am sure lots of people would find it really helpful :)

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    Sounds like a great product! I definitely have days where I just end up eating eggs for dinner because my balance has gone completely awry…but what can you do! That’s just life, I suppose.

  • http://twitter.com/Daisy_III Kristen

    this whole concept is awesome and your meals look incredible! the work life balance is to hard to get right, its one day at a time…

  • http://missmagnoliamunches.blogspot.com Rebecca

    What an awesome concept! I love that you don’t have to put effort into planning OR shopping.

  • yummychunklet

    What a nifty idea!

  • itzyskitchen

    What a fun concept! I used to be REALLY good at the whole work/life thing. Then Kaylin came into my life and I feel like I’m constantly trying to re-adjust!

  • http://www.wearenotmartha.com wearenotmartha

    Ahh I’m obsessed with this! How cool! I just tweeted about how I wish Fresh Direct was available in Boston, but this is even cooler. And must make cooking dinner after a long day of work much easier.

    And also, the entire first portion of this post had me nodding my head and saying “YUP.” Today is one of those days where I feel SO behind and flustered. Which is clearly why I’m sitting on the couch reading blogs!!

    Sues

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Haha, reading blogs always makes me feel relaxed after a busy day! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/urvashi.agarwal.9465 Urvashi Agarwal

    What a brilliant concept my friend :D

    Cheers
    CCU
    http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/

  • http://rpsmiles.com/category/latest-news Del Mar Dentist

    Well hello there Hello Fresh! This is the perfect solution to my long time problem. Are there different choices every week? Is it within the budget? Can I request for a recipe by giving them a certain budget per meal?

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      There are different choices every week and the cost depends on which plan you choose!

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