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Freshly Review

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 Meals in Fridge

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.


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What Kind of Meals Does Freshly Offer?

Freshly Meals

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?

Freshly Low Country Boil

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.

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Freshly Box Review

Freshly says its rotating menu of nearly 30 different meals is "crafted by a team of chefs, culinary scientists and nutritionists" to be both healthy and delicious, and we were immediately intrigued by the variety we saw on the site. From chicken tikka masala and Mexican-style shredded beef to homestyle chicken and mac and cheese, we were excited to see whether the food actually tasted as good as it looked in the promotional photos. There are even a few (albeit limited) options for vegetarian, paleo, dairy-free and gluten-free diets as well.

Freshly White Bean Turkey Chili with Cilantro Lime Rice

Our first box showed up on my front door about a week after signing up, and we eagerly unpacked our meals. We hadn't been sure what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. Our favorite two meals out of the first batch were a steak and potatoes dish and the chicken with butternut squash mac and cheese.

Freshly Homestyle Chicken with Butternut Mac & Cheese

The nontoxic ice packs used to keep the food cold and fresh. The delivery came with instructions to cut open the packs, pour the liquid into the trash and recycle the bags - a messy clean-up process for each delivery, to say the least.

Putting a pin the recycling issue, we did enjoy the flavors of the meals in our first kit. Over the next few weeks we cycled through nearly all of Freshly's meal offerings.

Freshly Meal Kit

The service made meal time effortless, which is what we needed. Knowing that we always had a tasty, healthy meal waiting for us in the fridge at home stopped us from ordering in as often, and it saved to us from wasting money at the grocery store buying produce that would end up going bad in our fridge.

Is Freshly Worth It?

We would still recommend Freshly as a good option for busy professionals who need to get a handle on their diet and curb their spending on takeout. The meals did eventually get a little repetitive, but knowing that you always eat something healthy to eat after work can help you of some pressure during a very stressful period in your life.