Freshly, a national service that does for meal delivery what meal kits did (ship directly to your house).
Except, instead of a meal kit with elaborate instructions and cooking, these meals were ready to eat. Just heat and serve.
It surprisingly and economical: more expensive than cooking of course, but far less per meal than takeout or delivery.
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How Freshly Works
Freshly sells individual-serving-sized meals (kind of like a frozen TV dinner, but freshly made). These meals are available in bundles; you can choose a plan that includes four, six, nine, or 12 meals.
Freshly ships to the entire continental United States, for a small shipping fee. When you choose your meals, you also choose a delivery date (usually at least five days out). When they arrive, you put them in the fridge immediately. To eat, you just warm them in the microwave for about three minutes.
How Much Does Freshly Cost?
Depending on the quantity of meals you buy, each individual meal is anywhere from about $8 to $11.50 apiece. Shipping for me has been about $12 total. So, for a week of six dinners for two adults, you would pay about $108.
What Kind of Meals Does Freshly Offer?
On any given day, there are about 30 meals to choose from. One of the really appealing things about Freshly is that the meals are very transparent in their nutritional info. We have found that the meals tend to lean towards low-carb-friendly options and almost always involve meat. We haven't seen many meals that are truly vegetarian.
Are the Meals Delicious?
Why yes! They have also improved over time. The very first time we ordered Freshly we liked the flavors but felt they could be a little bit more vibrant. The last time we ordered, though (about two weeks ago), we ordered the Livorno Chicken (a Tuscan-esque chicken breast with white beans, smoky kale, and turkey bacon) and Chicken Laredo (a Southwest-inspired chicken with black beans and grits). Both were delicious - satisfying, punchy, and very smartly put together. They reheated beautifully and tasted zesty, with tender meat and a ton of flavor.
Is Freshly Worth the Money?
If you are looking to skip cooking for a week, yes, absolutely. If you're watching portion sizes or want an easy button for following a dietary preference, yes, it makes it so easy and no-brainer. Also, Freshly is an amazing gift for a friend or family with a new baby, new house, new job, or any other stress. To gift Freshly you just buy a gift card through their site and it mails it instantly.
While we cook so much now, there have been times when the tradeoff of cooking vs. spending time with my family was different. And even now there are times when a few nights off cooking is a huge help in staying refreshed and on top of life. Freshly is my back-pocket solution for those times, and we grateful for it.