Sunday 29 January 2012

Hello Fresh

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If you regularly visit this blog you will have read that I am currently on a bit of a drive to bring down the amount I spend on food every month. That doesn't mean I eat less well or boring food, if anything I think it has had the opposite affect and I have been inspired to look for more new recipes to try and cook.

One of the key things I have found to help me with this, is sitting down and making a weekly meal plan and shopping list. It stops me from doing loads of little trips to the shops that end up costing more, from ordering take aways because I can't be bothered coming up with something made from the random ingredients left in my fridge and pantry and from spending loads of money every week on over-cooked and over-priced food in the canteen at work because I have not thought of lunches. The other great thing of course is that it also stops food waste and means I'm also doing just a little bit more for the environment.

I usually sit down for an hour or so on Sundays to browse the web and flick through my collection of cookbooks to come up with a plan for the week. I then spend some time checking what I have already in and what I need to add to my shopping list for Monday's big shop. Now you might say that you don't have the time to do this and also find it difficult to decide what to cook because you might either be very indecisive and find that there is far too much choice or you feel you lack the confidence and experience in the kitchen. This is where Hello Fresh come in and help!


They are a great new company here in the UK who will take over the meal planning AND the shopping for you. This is how it works:

1. You select the number of meals you'd like delivered and the amount of people in your household.

2. Your recipes and groceries will be delivered on Monday evenings between 5pm and 9pm.

3. You can get stuck in and discover the joy of easy to cook, quick and well-balanced meals at home. You won't need any fancy kitchen equipment, masterchef skills or loads of time. The recipes have been put together by chefs and nutritionists and should not take you more than 30 minutes to make.

Isn't that brilliant?! It also is really good value, costing as little as £49 per week for five meals for two people, or even less if you order for four or six. All that plus locally sourced products and optimised delivery routes also means a reduced carbon footprint. What's not to like?



Anonymous said...

What a great concept! I'm always trying to plan the weekly meals and always find myself changing my mind or messing up somehow! This sounds like it would keep me on track - interesting.
mary x

Penny Close said...

Agreed - and their variety is pretty awesome. I just moved to London last month and a friend referred me to this... their meals are really easy to make and yum too. I hate heat-up food, even if the food in London's more healthy in general than in the States - this fits right in to fill the void when I don't have time to cook!