Freshly Subscription Box Review + 50% Off Coupon – December 2015
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I ordered 4 breakfast items, 1 lunch item, and 1 dinner item. Last month, I chatted with a customer service agent because I couldn’t find many vegetarian options. The agent informed me that their diet was based on the Paleo way of eating and so most of their options include meat for high protein. This is fine – if it’s well publicized, but their site didn’t have a lot of information on that. This month, I did find a short article here. Several people commented last month and mentioned that a few of the ingredients in the meals I ordered weren’t Paleo. I am not an expert, so I will leave that to you to decide!
The shipping is fast and all of my meals came still frozen. Their packaging is eco-friendly, and they give instructions on how to dispose of all of the packaging ecologically on their website.
Sicilian Style Chicken Parmigiana
This dish has a massive chunk of mozzarella on top, which is always a good sign. It also has a side of pasta with sauce, but the chicken was definitely the star of this show. My husband really enjoyed this for dinner one evening.
Homestyle Steel Cut Oatmeal
I wound up with two of these this month by mistake (my mistake, not Freshly’s). I enjoyed this last month, so I decided to get a repeat. I tend to struggle the most with breakfast meals – that’s typically the meal I go out to eat for the most. So I enjoy getting these – I can just grab them and go to work! The oatmeal is good, but it does have walnuts in it. If you’re not a nut person, I have forewarned you! This also has raisins in it. While I’m not normally a fan of nuts, I do enjoy the texture that it gives the oatmeal! I added a sprinkle of cinnamon on top because I can never have enough, but it was very good as is.
Herb Crusted Cod
This was a massive piece of fish. There wasn’t a side dish with this one, as it seems there is with quite a few of the meals, but the fish is definitely filling enough.
I don’t think I’m a huge fan of reheated eggs, particularly after they’ve been frozen. The texture of this and the frittata was a little off to me, which I expected a little, but I wasn’t too fond of it. Both egg dishes I chose had quite a bit of water in the bottom after reheating, but maybe this is common with reheated eggs – I’m not sure! I couldn’t pick out any particularly strong flavors in the omelette, but it was a solid breakfast. The inside was stuffed full of broccoli and mushrooms – so it made me feel good about my breakfast choices today!
Homestyle Steel Cut Oatmeal
Roasted Red Pepper & Zucchini Frittata
This was excellent. I wasn’t a huge fan of the frittata and omelette that I got last month, so I was wary of giving this a try – but I LOVE roasted red peppers, so I had to do it. I’m glad I did! The roasted red pepper flavor came through a lot more than the zucchini did, which I am totally ok with. I even shared this one with two of my coworkers, and they enjoyed it as well. Which leads me to…
The portion size for these meals is…very large for me. Granted, I do tend to eat 6+ smaller things a day versus 3 large meals, but still, these portions are huge. There’s no way I could eat the entire oatmeal in one sitting. In fact, I could probably break it, the omelette, and the frittata up into 3 separate meals each!
Verdict: This month was better than last month for me! I knew what to expect going in (mostly meat options), but I was hoping against hope there would be a larger switch up in the menu this month. Quite a few of the choices remained the same from last month – the dishes I chose though were very good and massive in portion. I still think Freshly is a bit expensive for what you’re getting. This would be a great option for someone who doesn’t have time to cook healthfully for themselves, and had the money to spend on this service. I think it has a lot of potential and I’m eager to see how it evolves in the next few months.
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