Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide - Freshly

I hate cooking. It's no exaggeration. I literally hate it. The days that I have to make dinner for my kids are not fun. I hate to admit how often I order a pizza or stop at McDonalds. When the kids aren't home for a meal, I will eat whatever I have that takes no prep. That can include lots of raw veggies and fruit, so it's not only junk food, but sometimes I do crave a real meal that I know I'm too lazy to make. Freshly was a dream come true for me. This amazing subscription service sends you delicious pre-cooked meals right to your door. Just put them in the microwave for two minutes and you have a complete, hot meal with all the food groups you need for a balanced diet.

Just to be clear, this is REAL food. These aren't like the frozen dinners that you'll find in the grocery aisle which are probably pumped out by a machine and filled with perspectives. These are gourmet meals prepared by a real chef . (Hmmm, I wonder if he's single...) Pretty much the minute they are pulled from the oven, they are frozen and packed up to ship. They arrive in a big box filled with dry ice to keep it fresh when along the way. If you are familiar with the idea of meal prep (preparing meals in advance and freezing them), this is along those lines. Only thing is, you have nothing to prep. You just heat it and eat it.

I was able to try out six of Freshly's delicious meals and each one was better than the next.   They have an extensive menu with many different dishes that you can serve up for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast. They have a rotating menu, so things never get old. Some of the meals I tried include a BLT Omelet, Chicken Parm, Grilled Herb Chicken, Meatloaf, Chicken Rustica, and Grilled Flat Iron Steak. You'll see the pictures spread throughout this post, and they all tasted even better than they look. They also usually come with delicious side dishes. Every one is a good size serving that leaves me feeling full and satisfied.

While I can't order these all the time since it would be too pricey for my whole family, they are perfect for the days when it's just me. My oldest daughter who is sixteen also took a few to work with her. She was working the night shift, and she was excited to have a real dinner instead of a hoagie or a frozen dinner that tasted like cardboard. As I said, she's in culinary school, so she appreciates a good meal more than the average teen, and she thought these were fantastic.

When it comes to the prices, they are actually really reasonable. You can choose as little as six meals a week for $69. Or you can opt for larger plans. The bigger the plan, the lower the cost of each individual meal. When you think about how much you would pay for all the ingredients if you tried to cook these fancy dinners yourself, you're coming out way ahead. I'm telling you, once all my kids move out, I may just order these every week and never go to the grocery store again.

Oh, and one last HUGE advantage to Freshly...NO clean up! No greasy pots to scrub. No dishes to scrap. No leftovers to pack up and most likely toss in the trash two weeks later when you're no longer sure what it is. Just delicious meals with no effort on your part whatsoever. Except for the three seconds it takes to sign up.

So what are you waiting more. Join Freshly now and get REAL food that will leave both your belly and your wallet feeling satisfied. Plus, free up a little time to spend with family and friends! It's a win-win no matter how you look at it. This would also make a great gift for the holiday season or a nice great for someone who doesn't get out of the house often. To see all Freshly has to offer, be sure to visit their website or follow them on social media.

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