• Elizabeth Richardson

Freshly: Week 4

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My week 3 meals were the following:



Packaging

Thea meals are packed the same each week. The meals are packed in a cardboard box with recyclable cooling packs on top of and below the food in a bio-degradable denim "cooler." The cooling packs make the box kind of heavy, though, so just be warned.

Rating: 4.5/5




Cost

Without discounts and coupons, the following meal plans are available:







For the 4 meals, they are $12.99 each, the 6 and 9 meal plans are $9.99 each, and the 12 meals are the best value per meal at $8.99 each. I had $15 off my third week's order of 6 meals (plus free shipping), which makes the meals $7.66 each.


An average of $9.99 for a single serving microwave dinner is kind of expensive considering that you can get some pretty good ones these days, like Amy's or Fit Kitchen, for about half the price. So for the regular pricing, this will be kind of a low rating.


Rating: 1/5




Meal Variety

There is a pretty good mix of meals available for selection with pork, chicken, or beef options I haven't seen very many vegetarian meals available, though. There are about 30 to 35 meals available each week as options. However, a lot of the meals seem to repeat each week, which seems to limit overall options. They will periodically introduce new meals, though.










I am going to keep the rating at a 2 for this week since I duplicated a lot of my meals this week. There weren't many new meals (that I would eat) available for selection this week.


Rating: 2/5





Taste

Meal 1: Honey Mustard Chicken Bowl

The honey mustard chicken bowl was pretty good. The vegetables were crunchy and fresh tasting. The chicken was good and tender and good cuts of chicken. The sauce on the meal had a slight honey mustard flavor that wasn't overpowering but mixed well with the vegetables, chicken, and rice.




Meal 2: Homestyle Chicken with Butternut Mac & Cheese

I had this meal in week 1 and in week 3, and it was pretty much the same this week. The chicken was really tender and juicy. The breading was quite good with some nice seasoning. The butternut squash macaroni and cheese was pretty good paired with the chicken. I would just want more cheese, of course. The green beans were plain but still had some crunch to them. And again, this meal is also gluten free if that is a dietary restriction for you.




Meal 3: Chicken Tikka Masala with Vegetable Biryani

The take on this Indian dish is pretty good. The flavor is pretty close to chicken tikka masala that I've had at Indian restaurants. The rice with the green beans, peas, and carrots is pretty good, but doesn't have a lot of flavor; mixing it in with the chicken is what I do. The chicken also has some chickpeas mixed in with it, which adds an interesting flavor and texture difference. The meal is pretty filling and pretty good. This meal, like the others, is gluten free.




Meal 4: Rustic Chicken with Pearl Onions and Mushrooms

I had this meal in week 3, too, so the review of it will be the same. The rustic chicken was pretty good. The pearl onions, carrots, and mushrooms with the gravy was a little mushy, but still tasted good with the chicken. The chicken was tender and juicy in this meal, too: they seem to use good quality ingredients in all of their meals. The potatoes were good and not too soft: they had a little bit of seasoning on them that wasn't overpowering.




Meal 5: Cauliflower-Shell Bolognese

I had this meal in week 1 and week 3 since it was pretty tasty. They don't skimp on the ground beef bolognese and it is a filling meal. It had a rich tomato flavor and Italian seasoning, so it was very flavorful. It even had a decent amount of cheese, which is saying a lot coming from me. You also can't even tell that the shells are made from cauliflower.




Meal 6: Chicken Teriyaki

Even though I thought this meal was just alright last week, I ordered it again this week. The chicken teriyaki was alright. I wouldn't have minded a little bit more chicken, but it tasted ok even with brown rice. The teriyaki sauce was just ok, but it could have used a little more of it; I ended up adding a little but of soy sauce to my meal.




Overall, this week was pretty good. Many of the meals I had previously, so I liked them enough to have them again.


Rating: 3/5





Ease of Prep

All of the meals are done in the microwave in just a few minutes and then need to sit for 2 minutes. Super quick and easy.


Meal 1: Honey Mustard Chicken Bowl


Meal 2: Homestyle Chicken with Butternut Mac & Cheese


Meal 3: Chicken Tikka Masala with Vegetable Biryani


Meal 4: Rustic Chicken with Pearl Onions and Mushrooms


Meal 5: Cauliflower-Shell Bolognese


Meal 6: Chicken Teriyaki


Rating: 5/5




Overall Rating

This week is very similar to last week's meals. Only a couple of new meals this week to try. The meals are pretty filling overall and good quality ingredients. As with the previous weeks, I'm not sure on cost of ingredients if you were to make the meals yourself, but it is hard to cook single serving meals. You'd probably get more out any ingredients you purchased, though.


Week 2 Overall Rating: 3.5/5




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