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Posted: 18 September 2023 at 1:37pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Since my diabetes has chosen to ramp itself up a few notches, I decided to take some of the thinking out of things and signed up for this food delivery service. So far, excellent meals.

But I didn’t realize there would be actual COOKING involved!!

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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 18 September 2023 at 1:49pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

We signed up for HelloFresh at the start of COVID, back when supermarket shopping was extremely problematic.

Yep, excellent meals, but once you're given the ingredients and recipes, what purpose do they serve outside of saving the trip to the supermarket?

We dropped them a few months later, but still cook some of the dishes that they offered ourselves, in particular their apricot-balsamic chicken recipe.
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Michael Penn
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Posted: 18 September 2023 at 2:13pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Don't you want, as its website says, "A fun cooking experience that makes you feel unstoppable"...!?
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Posted: 18 September 2023 at 2:34pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Never been much for cooking, unless popcorn counts. Perhaps, like Vinny, I will eventually add SHOPPING to the equation. (There are things to buy besides bread and milk??)
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 18 September 2023 at 4:55pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

We subscribed to a service a number of years back that offered fully
prepared meals. All you had to do was reheat them. Delicious. The only
reason we stopped is because they moved.

They also offer their recipes free of charge. We still use a couple of them
and are actually going to use one sometime this week.
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Ryan Maxwell
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Posted: 18 September 2023 at 5:09pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

We’ve been using Hello Fresh for a few years now. There are a lot of repeated recipes, which is great if you find favorites, but the selection has really expanded. Their Thanksgiving and Christmas meals have been really damn good. I’ve learned quite a few techniques in the kitchen that I had never tried before. Taking the guesswork out of planning and shopping for dinners has been awesome. I save recipe cards for meals we loved and remake them later. So, a big thumbs up from me. 
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John Byrne
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Posted: 18 September 2023 at 5:12pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I’d subscribed to two services, at different times, that provided cooked meals. I stopped because both went out of business.

HelloFresh is a sometime sponsor of Joe Scott’s YouTube channel, ANSWERS WITH JOE.

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Richard Stevens
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Posted: 18 September 2023 at 8:53pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Cook Unity is a good option. You just have to heat them up.
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Peter Hicks
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Posted: 18 September 2023 at 10:35pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

We tried them once as a free trial referral from a friend.  The food was ok, but we were shocked by the packaging waste in each meal.  I guess they are trying to make the customer feel they are “cooking” by adding each ingredient separately.   But I think most people would be fine if they combined as many ingredients as possible.
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Matthew Chartrand
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Posted: 19 September 2023 at 2:39pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply


  My family gets heat and eat meals from the local Aldi's. The Thai coconut chicken is one of my favorites.
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Jonathan Kaye
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Posted: 19 September 2023 at 4:01pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I've heard HelloFresh described as "it's LEGO for food" -- cooking is simply part of how one assembles the kit!

(But in all seriousness, JB, I know that not everyone enjoys cooking, and more importantly that diabetes sucks.  Didn't realize you had it.)


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Rebecca Jansen
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Posted: 19 September 2023 at 4:49pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I've wondered how those services work out, my parents might need something like it at some point, but a friend in a small town (he loves to cook and would no doubt add to anything from his huge stock of spices) found it wasn't available to him, so mostly just for cities or suburbs of same?
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