Until then, I have decided to try a meal delivery service. I chose Freshly, which provides refrigerated meals that only need to be heated in the microwave. It's working very well for me.
How Freshly works:
- Meals are healthy – no artificial stuff, no gluten, no added sugar.
- Depending on quantity ordered, meals are about $10 each.
- You choose your meals from a menu of about 25 choices.
- Meals are delivered once a week.
- Meals are not frozen, so they taste fresh.
- Meals are fully cooked; you just heat them in the microwave.
- I can specifically choose my meals. This is critical for me because I am a picky eater.
- No meal prep is required. This is critical for me because I hate to cook.
- Each meal is a hearty portion of food within a reasonable calorie count.
- I get more variety in my diet. I order six meals per week, which provides dinner almost every night with a nice variety of meals. I would never get that variety (fish, chicken, pasta, rice, different veggies…) cooking for myself because (1) I can barely boil water, much less make chicken parmesan and (2) buying all the ingredients would cost too much. It's expensive to buy small portions at the grocery store (and a hassle; I can't buy just one fish fillet without having the seafood department package it up special for me) and even if I buy small portions, foods go bad before I can eat them unless I eat the same thing five days in a row.
- Most of the meals are very tasty. I’ve tried about a dozen, and only disliked a couple of them… which is pretty remarkable considering how picky I am.
When I thought about trying a meal delivery service, one concern I had was packaging. I didn’t want to be dumping a box of Styrofoam peanuts into the trash every week. Freshly’s packaging is environmentally friendly. What’s really nifty is they use insulation made of recycled denim. I take the plastic wrapper off the insulation and recycle it along with any other plastic bags. I could then throw the insulation away relatively guilt-free; it’s just shredded denim and biodegradable. But I’ve been saving the insulation because it can easily be reused.
Opening the box reveals the top layer of insulation.
Under the top layer of insulation is an ice pack.
Under the ice pack is the food. And under the food is another ice pack.
There are two pieces of insulation, one that folds around top to bottom, and one that folds around side to side.
I cut the wrappers open and just slide the denim insulation out. The wrappers go with other plastic bags to be recycled.
The food is packed in a tray inside a cardboard sleeve which shows the ingredients, calories, etc. on the back. I just slide off the cardboard and microwave the food in the tray.
The portions are plentiful.
This is not a sponsored post. I am simply sharing information about my experience with Freshly.