What’s the worst part about cooking? You know, besides the actual cooking? For me, there’s two things I hate: shopping and measuring everything out. After cooking, well, I cannot stand cleaning up. However, that’s a different post entirely. Mr. Sunflower hates when I go into a food store. As much as a save shopping online for everything for our home, and kids, I spend at the food store. Why? I hate coupons. If they don’t link to my shopping card, I won’t remember to use them. He makes me provide him with a list, and he brings it all home to me.
Sometimes he forgets things, and sometimes he picks up the wrong things. When do I realize it? When I’m in the middle of prepping everything to cook it. UGH. He doesn’t mean to screw it up, but life happens. Even when everything is right, I find it super aggravating to have to buy a giant bunch of herbs when I just need a teaspoon of them. Such a waste. My solution to all of my issues: shopping, forgetting items, wrong items, too much of an item, and measuring everything out is to have a box sent to me with fresh ingredients, plus a recipe, and all the ingredients measured out!
Allow me to introduce you to a food box filled with awesome: HelloFresh.
A food box filled with awesome: HelloFresh Review
Mr. Sunflower gets the food shopping done at random times of the day, and on random days. There’s really no rhyme, or reason, to his shopping trips. It’s based on sales flyers, coupons and discounts. Unfortunately, that means my fresh ingredients are a bit “unfresh.” Especially not super fresh when I finally get to cutting, dicing, and measuring it all out for a recipe.
Personally, I prefer fresh ingredients, and when they’re sent to my front door, it kind of gives me a tail wagging happy feeling. No going to the grocery store. The ingredients are portioned out, but also grouped together based on each recipe in the box (if you get more than one meal, that is,) and it’s packed so if it sits out there for the whole day, it’ll be totally fine when you open it and place it in your fridge!
Time saved. Less waste. Great prices! Seriously, the prices are really amazing for the meals. Where I live, ordering 3 meals for the week for two people (because we all know by now, it’s Little Miss and me eating together, while the boys eat bland stuff after The Boy takes a couple of bites,) costs around $69.00. It’s a beautiful thing to not have food going to waste in the fridge, because there’s just too much of one ingredient. It’s throwing away money. No thanks! Plus, these recipes may be simple, but the flavors – DIVINE.
If you’re wondering how someone like me can master some of these dishes, it’s simple: the recipes are easy to follow, and I have the kids helping when they can! Even though The Boy doesn’t always love everything, when he helps cook, he always TRIES the meal we all cooked together. It’s all I can ask at this point in our food journey with him. Little Miss usually loves everything we make, HOORAY!!!
My VIP box included three amazing meals that we made together, and tried together. The Boy loved the chicken wrapped in what he thought was bacon, but was really prosciutto! My Little Miss loved how spicy the Quesadillas were, and really enjoyed the spinach with tomato we made with the chicken recipe. Just another super food she’s loving right now: spinach.
My personal favorite? ALL OF THEM. Each one was more delicious than the next, and I’m looking forward to ordering my next boxes over the summer when I’ve got my two Sous Chefs home from school!