My wife and I just tried a week of Hello Fresh.
I was quite skeptical of this - it was my wife’s idea. We are a bit unique in that she primarily eats vegetarian and I am not, so we usually cook different stuff and thus grocery shopping is a chore. After 18 months of the pandemic, I’ve also been tiring of making the same stuff again and again without the variety of restaurant meals thrown in once or twice a week, and wanted something a bit different. I’m about done with turkey sandwiches every day for lunch. We also both like to cook after work.
I’ve been thoroughly impressed. Our first week had very tasty meals and very fresh produce, and given that they include two servings per meal, it gives us something to eat for lunch the following day. It allows us to easily eat two different things. The recipes are easy to follow and typically only require basic knife and saute skills. If you don’t like an ingredient (for me, it’s sour cream), it is very easy to omit it or substitute it with something else in your pantry.
It is definitely more expensive than going to the store - about $25 or so per week between the two of us. However, in return, we don’t have to go to the store, we get good variety, and I don’t have to think about how I can stretch a pound of ground turkey through various meals throughout a week. The clear portion sizes are also a nice side benefit - we don’t end up eating surplus food for the sake of avoiding waste.
I don’t know how long we’ll continue to use this, but as someone who thought these meal kits were a rip off, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed some of the benefits.