Freshly review May, 2016

Freshly is a meal delivery service that delivers meals made with fresh, all natural ingredients to your door every week.

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I’m not going to lie, I didn’t do much research on this. I just signed up and I assumed it was like HelloFresh or Blue Apron with ingredients and recipes. It is actually individual meals made with fresh ingredients (you store them in the fridge) that take 2 minutes in microwave to cook. So this is great for people with busy lifestyles or that have lunch at work and don’t like eating out every day.

I thought it was weird that with the 6 meal plan, I could choose any 6 meals I wanted and didn’t only get to choose 3 since its actually 3 meals for 2 people each… but now it makes sense haha. Either way, I ordered 2 of each meal because I was confused. So, here is my review of the three meals!

The Goods

  1. Garlic and Herb Shrimp.

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“Shrimp is sautéed in heaps of garlic and fresh parsley, laid on a bed of vegetable ratatouille, then finished with a pinch of red pepper flakes for an added kick.”

Me and my boyfriend both loved this meal! The shrimp tasted perfect, which surprised me for being microwaved. For every single meal, the instructions are to pierce film, microwave for 2 minutes, and enjoy. I microwaved all my meals for 2 mins 30 sec because I like food very hot, but my boyfriend did all 2 minutes and it was cooked through and tasty. This meal was incredibly flavorful and fresh, with just the right amount of spicy!

2. Chimichurri Salmon with Succotash.

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“We’ve coated a fresh cut of roasted Atlantic salmon with an herby Argentine chimichurri sauce of garlic, cilantro, and cumin, and heaped it on a savory succotash sauté, brimming with lima beans and corn. ”

Wow! Another fantastic meal! The salmon tasted like it just came out of the oven, and the vegetables were flavorful and fresh. The chimichurri added a welcome flavor to the dish. I made sure I got a little bit of everything in each bite (salmon, chimichurri, lima beans, corn), it all tasted so good together!

3. Southern-Style BBQ Pork Chop with Collard Greens.

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“Grilled pork chop topped with our smoky and spicy honey BBQ sauce. Served over southern- style collard greens with all natural bacon and white beans.”

I took a picture of this last night but it seems to have not been saved, so I am using the picture from the site. It looks just the same though! 😬 This is the only meal I did not love out of all the meals. My boyfriend had the same opinion as me, which is that the pork chop was tough and dry, and the collard greens were, well, collard greens.

Value

Freshly is $69.00/week. I think this is a bit much, with the boxes that have fresh ingredients and recipes costing between 59-69. Six microwave meals from the grocery store, granted they’re not fresh, would be about $18.00. Also, 6 fast food lunches would be about $36. So Freshly is very expensive comparatively. If it was cheaper than going out to lunch at work I’d absolutely prefer these fresh, fast meals. I really wish I could afford to use this! (This box was free with a referral code like the one below).

Get your first box (6 meals!) free! Just use this link!

You can make all 6 meals different, which is awesome. Just be sure to skip the following two deliveries when you sign up, and then once your first box comes you can pause (cancel) subscription and won’t get charged again.

Ease of Cancellation

Go to Meal Planner – My subscription – Subscription Settings – Pause Subscription. That’s it!

 

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