For the last few years meal delivery services seem to have become more and more popular. I know I have seen the ads for a long time. I’ve never used them myself but I did get my daughter a promotional membership to one of the services a while back when she was moving. I figured it would relieve some pressure and work for her. But I didn’t ordered any for dinners for myself.
So, the other day, an agent for one of meal delivery companies, Hello Fresh, knocked on my door, offering a pretty good special. (FYI, this is not a sponsored post.) I could get their Classic Plan of 3 meals for 2 people for only $39.99 per week. For me, that is less than $6.75 per meal. That’s much cheaper than eating out, even at McDonald’s or Wendy’s. I thought that was pretty good, so I signed up. The special pricing was for two weeks, so I decided to go for it. I don’t know if I’ll keep it up once the special pricing is over because the price increases to $59.99 a week. We’ll have to see.
Anyway, for my first week’s meals, I received:
- Sesame Beef Tacos with Quick Pickled Veggies and Spicy Crema
- Chicken Lo Mein with Carrots and Green Beans
- Breakfast Bacon Quesadilla Stacks with Poblano Hash Browns, Avocado, and Bacon
I first box was delivered. It’s nice that I work from home but I didn’t hear it delivered and Cian did not put a din either. I was a little concerned about the food because I do live in Tucson, Arizona and it was a fairly hot day. But I didn’t need to be. The packaging is beyond compare. Too bad I forgot to take a picture, but I’ll get one with the next box. When I opened the box, everything was wrapped in a thick packing material. Under that were three boxes just a little bit larger than a Velveeta box, one for each meal. Below those boxes was a separate compartment where I found the meat and udon noodles. I put everything in the fridge and saved the really fantastic reusable long-lasting freezer gel sheet. The meat was so cold and the gel sheet was still partially frozen.
Chicken Lo Mein
The first meal I made was the Chicken Lo Mein. I pulled out the wonderful menu card with all of its’ step-by-step instructions with pictures.
I got everything out of the refrigerator to make sure everything was in the box (I probably should have checked that right off). They really do provide everything expect the very basics. You can see the green beans, carrots, green onions, mushrooms, udon noodles, garlic, and ginger. The little fish contains soy sauce and the little jar is hoisin sauce. I forgot to include the chicken, it was still in the fridge, but it included a package of chicken tenders (enough for two).
I cleaned and chopped the vegetables I needed to. The directions said to chop the garlic and ginger but I decided to grate them instead.
The chicken tenders were supposed to be left in large pieces. I’ve never been a fan of really large pieces of meat in my Chinese food, so I cut them into much smaller, bite size pieces and threw them in the skillet to brown.
Then I removed the chicken from the skillet and sautéed the vegetables and made the sauce (probably should have done that right after prepping the veggies).
I added the chicken back in, then the noodles and finally the sauce.
I have to say, I was impressed by Hello Fresh. The directions were simple and easy to follow, and having everything for one meal all together made it so easy. And most of all, I didn’t have to think about what I was going to make for dinner. I decided that when I made the choices for my box. I hate having to think about what I’m going to have for dinner after working all day…and cooking for one is just so much trouble and bother. It does look like I should have used my larger skillet, things are started to fall out as I stirred.
The meal was absolutely delicious! And since I get the meals for two (the smallest quantity available), I had more than enough left over for lunch or dinner the next day. (Wonders of wonders, I think it actually looks a little like the picture on the recipe card.)
I was going to add he preparations of the other two to this post too but it is getting waaayyyyy to long. FYI, the Breakfast Bacon Quesadilla Stacks with Poblano Hash Browns, Avocado, and Bacon was absolutely delicious!