All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Hello Fresh provided me with samples of their products in order to facilitate this review.
The actual concept of eating healthy food is easy however, it’s cooking healthy meals that can often be challenging, especially since most of us lead very busy lives. You start the week off with every intention to eat prepare healthy homemade meals, then real life kicks in and you find yourself pressed for time and lacking energy and motivation. The ultimate goal in meal planning is to help simplify what should be an enjoyable part of the day—sharing a meal together. Some simple meal planning strategies can help you get (and stay) organized for the week and make grocery shopping and meal prep a breeze. Here are 5 easy tips for meal planning to get you started.
1. Assess your weekly routine
To avoid setting meal planning up for failure, be sure to sit down with your calendar and analyze your week or month ahead. For example, pick one day a week to go grocery shopping, assess which evenings call for a fast and easy dinner, and which nights you’re free to prepare a more adventurous meal. The important thing is to figure out what works best for your family’s schedule, so that you can make an effective plan that you’ll actually stick to.
2. Choose one day a week to write a grocery list
Schedule one day a week to do meal planning and make your grocery list, which should be based on your favourite meals as well as essential pantry items. Keep your list on the fridge so that you can add easily add last-minute ingredients. Having your fridge and pantry stocked with healthy foods is key to successful meal planning.
3. Create a recipe list
Having a list of go-to meals is one of the easiest ways to have success with meal planning process. Having said that, getting stuck in a recipe rut is inevitable from time to time and many of us resort to those same standby meals in our weekly rotation. Liven up your recipe repertoire by trying new and interesting recipes. Make note of which meals your family loves and add them to your recipe rotation.
4. Plan for leftovers
Meal planning can get overwhelming however, as a general rule of thumb you should try not to plan too many meals at once, and this will depend on your personal schedule. Try starting with 4-5 meals a week, and be sure to double or triple batches for leftovers, giving yourself a few stress-free nights a week. Plan a specific leftover night toward the end of the week, set out all the leftovers and let everyone choose their meal for the night.
5. Invest in a meal kit service
A reliable back-up plan, such as a meal kit service can help ease the stress on extra busy weeknights or impromptu dinnertime sabotagers. Today, I’ve teamed up with Hello Fresh, a reliable meal kit delivery service that delivers healthy, wholesome meals to your doorstep.
What is Hello Fresh?
Hello Fresh is an international meal kit service that allows you to prepare delicious recipes at home, without the stress of meal planning and preparation. They only use farm-fresh, top-quality products for their chef-inspired recipes, and all of the ingredients are pre-measured and ready to use. Their subscription boxes boast a variety of international-inspired recipes, all of which you can choose from their weekly menu of nutritious vegetarian and non-vegetarian recipes.
What’s in a recipe box?
All of their subscription boxes are layered with an isolating wool and ice packs to keep ingredients fresh and cool. Each meal comes with all the necessary ingredients (minus salt, pepper, and cooking oil), as well as a detailed recipe card that includes beautiful colour photos and easy-to-follow step-by-step cooking instructions.
What are my thoughts?
Everything about Hello Fresh surpassed my expectations, from the functional packaging and the prepped ingredients, to the simple recipe instructions and the flavourful meals. I tried three meals from the Family Box:
Sweet n’ Sour Meatballs, and Pulled Chicken Sliders (not pictured)
Every meal we tried was really delicious, and more filling than I had expected. The recipes yielded ample portions, and even some leftovers for my family of four. Having said that, my children are young and eat small portions, but these meals would definitely feed a family of four adults, who are mindful of portion control. I was very pleased with the quantity and quality of all three meals, and preparing them all was a breeze. In my opinion, anyone who is adventurous in the kitchen and enjoys cooking, or is even just learning to cook will appreciate the convenience and overall benefits of this service.
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