This post is produced in partnership with Hello Fresh Canada.
Are you needing a little help with dinner these days? Do you feel like you’ve run out of ideas and/ or you don’t want to tackle the grocery shopping (we’re still supposed to be staying home and sometimes grocery shopping which is one of the “allowed activities” feels a bit like a full-on expedition)? Have you thought about a meal kit delivery – where all the ingredients are delivered to you so you don’t have to shop?
Maybe you have tried a meal kit in the past – like me – and for various reasons, chose to not continue deliveries. I know for me, when I tried Hello Fresh in 2016, while I loved the meals, I took issue with the amount of packaging used. Apart from the fact that each meal (you receive 3 at a time) came in a giant box, every single ingredient was individually packaged and I felt like it was a lot of waste. It didn’t feel right. And that was a shame because the meals themselves were really good.
Last year, Hello Fresh Canada contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in working together and my first question was actually about the packaging. I was interested (SO interested, gimme all the meal ideas!) but not if the packaging hadn’t changed significantly. In fact, the boxes are now 100% recyclable (and all three meals come in one box only), and their kit bags are now 100% compostable. Hello Fresh Canada has also decreased their packaging by 45% since their first box. Check out more about their sustainability and recycling guidelines here.
And the food? Well, we’re in our third round of meals right now – I have deliberately chosen vegetarian meals because we’re making a conscious effort to eat a little less meat these days – and I can’t say enough about them. We’ve enjoyed the variety of meals on offer (over 20 meals to choose from each week, including many veggie options that are not *just* “pasta with veg” as sometimes vegetarians find themselves with) and I’m certainly enjoying the quick prep time (none of the meals has taken longer than 45 minutes to prepare from start to finish so far) and the fact that you get *just* the right amount of ingredients – so much less waste and aren’t great at meal planning.
In fact, my biggest issue (if you could call it that) with the meals is that I already have a handful of favourites that I want to make again! I’ve been getting some great ideas for dishes and little tips and tricks for making meal time easier (in the recipe below, cooking the rice with tomato sauce or salsa is a game changer – so much flavour for so little work!).
The good news? Hello Fresh also has some of their most loved recipes available on their website so you can enjoy your faves over again!
Prep your vegetables:
Prepare the rice
Cook the Beyond Meat®
Prepare the slaw and crema
Assemble the bowls
This recipe will be going on our regular rotation of meals, for sure – with and without Beyond Meat® (sometimes it’s hard to find) – it would work with so many other ingredients. I generally have most of those ingredients on hand too which makes for a tasty meal at short notice. It’s nice to change things up every now and then.
And the meal kit delivery? Yes, we’re continuing with this once or twice a month. I’ve been impressed with the variety, quality and freshness of ingredients. The (much less) packaging that is compostable and recyclable is a bonus. Not having to think about shopping/ cooking/ planning for a few days a month? Priceless!
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