Meal Kits – Good or Bad?

When I first started seeing ads for Meal Kits (Hello Fresh, Dinnerly, Home Chef, etc.) I thought “that’s ridiculous,” “that’s expensive,” “that’s wasteful.” As people I knew tried them, though, my criticism turned into curiosity.

I’ve gotten in a nasty rut with meals the past several months. Before Oscar, I usually just ate a big lunch during the work week and then nothing much (toast or a handful of cookies) at night. I tried to be a good example once Oscar arrived, putting (or having him put) a balanced meal on the table at dinner time. That went by the wayside once Oscar started working. He comes home even later than me so we ended up eating quick-fix dinners like frozen chicken patties with tater tots, spaghetti, boxed mac and cheese. Not healthy.

Something has to change. So, this week begins our experiment with Every Plate meal kit.

There was an ad to try it for three weeks at $2.99 per serving. With shipping, the 3-meal option for two people cost around $30.00; that’s not much more than we’d pay for the processed foods we’ve been getting from the grocery store so I figured, “what is there to lose?”

Each week there are 10 meals to choose from. If we don’t like what’s offered, we can skip a week. I was intrigued by dishes I wouldn’t normally make because they would cost too much once you purchase all the ingredients. Then you’d have left-overs that would go to waste – you know, things like specialty condiments or spices that you only need a teaspoon of but cost $5 a bottle, usually never to be used again. They tell you what ingredients are included, any allergens, additional ingredients you need to provide (oil, butter, salt and pepper seem to be as big as that list gets).

I scheduled delivery of our weekly boxes for Fridays. I figured that way, Oscar could participate in dinner prep over the weekend. Plus there was less likelihood that anything would got to waste because I was too tired to cook.

The first box arrived. It was about 12″ x 12″ x 12″ and was lined with an insulation bag.

Inside was a small box of the fresh ingredients, spices, and other items needed for the three meals. Under that were the meat portions, individually packaged and stored between ice packs.

Let the adventure begin!


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