Freshly Subscription Box Review + 30% Off Coupon – August 2016
Freshly is a gourmet prepared food subscription service that is designed to help people eat healthier without taking the time to prepare. They send out 6, 9, 12, or 21 chef-prepared meals weekly.
Freshly delivers meals that are all natural and gluten free. Each meal is made with no refined sugars, high-quality protein, and nutrient-dense veggies.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Freshly
The Cost: Plans vary. They start at $69 (6 meals) and go up to $229.00 (21 meals) per week – shipping included.
You can also skip the week’s shipment 4 days in advance.
Ships To: Us Only. More specifically, Freshly currently ships to these states:
- New Mexico
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
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This was a joint review by myself and Emily! We tried 6 meals. They’re all prepared and ready to eat with just 2 minutes in the microwave.
The 6 meals arrived in one big box – all surrounded by ice packs. The plastic seals on each meal were tight and sealed the food very well. Everything arrived in great condition and intact.
The instructions for piercing the plastic seal was a bit vague so we stuck with the same strategy for each meal. I punctured each separate section of the container 4 times. We microwaved each meal for 2 minutes on high.
Every meal cooked through perfectly and even. Even the thickest part of the meat was heated as expected.
Our first meal was our only breakfast selection, also the only selection that was vegan, so Emily taste-tested this with me as well!
Here’s a look at the packaging for the porridge. Freshly’s food has never been the best looking in the package – but they have made some positive changes since we last tried them. They are now sectioning off meal portions so it doesn’t all run together – we’ll examples of this in the next 5 meals.
You can eat the meal from the microwavable container, or plate it and serve!
Emily and I really liked this porridge. I found it a bit bland at first, but when I had a bite with the included diced apple – it was delicious! I would suggest adding more apple like we did, to top the bowl, in these pictures!
It had the perfect amount of sweetness for us – which meant that it wasn’t overwhelming. The only downside for us was the calorie count – which came in at 860 calories.
The next meal was this sweet/spicy chicken dinner. This turned out to be my absolute favorite of the day!
This meal comes in at 390 calories.
Here’s a shot of the packaging. I love how they have this separated now – in the past, it was one container which allowed the food to mix together in shipping – this looks better and had a better end product, in my opinion.
The rice side dish is a cauliflower rice – and it was delicious! Both the rice and the chicken had just a little kick of spice, which I loved.
The mix of the spice and mango pieces was really a treat! It wasn’t too sweet, but it was just the right amount to cut the spice and make it super enjoyable. I highly recommend giving this meal a try for your next delivery!
The next meal was our 2nd of 3 chicken meals of the group. This was much less spicy – I would compare it to a chicken parmigiana meal.
This meal comes in at 390 calories.
This meal included a side of cauliflower and one piece of chicken with sauce.
This meal was perfect for me since I was raised in an Italian family!
The cauliflower has a bit of sweetness that was a welcome surprise to me – it also kept a bit of its crunchiness even after 2 minutes in the microwave. The chicken really reminds me of an unbreaded chicken parmigiana meal. My surprise favorite inclusion in the sauce were the mushrooms – they were extra delicious!
This was the one meal that I was skeptical that I’d like. I’m just not a big pork fan – and especially not cuts of pork – so I went into expecting not to like it.
This meal comes in at 420 calories.
Easily the most colorful meal of the day!
The side for this meal was red cabbage. There were no real surprises here – if it was seasoned, it was mild. While I’m not the biggest cabbage fan in general, this was still pretty good – especially mixed with honey dijon.
I liked the pork much more than I thought I would. I do love honey dijon sauce so that absolutely helped with my acceptance of the pork. The pork was a bit harder to cut through, as expected – but the taste, when mixed with the honey dijon, was fantastic. There were a couple little currants in the sauce as well – I couldn’t really tell if they added anything to the taste, though – the honey dijon was the overriding taste of this dish!
Our second to last meal was our only fish dish. This was another meal that had me skeptical. I like cod, but usually only when breaded.
This meal came in at 430 calories.
The cod was on a bed of cauliflower and served with another sauce that reminded me of a parmigiana sauce.
The green bean side was really good – nothing too special, but the beans didn’t become too soggy when microwaving, so I thought that was a win.
This plate had a similar taste to the Chicken Rustica. The cod was better than expected. Good taste, but not overwhelming.
Our last meal was also a chicken meal. This sweet and spicy chicken lived up to its name!
This meal came in at 400 calories.
The last meal was also the first meal with broccoli – which I love, so I came into this meal with some excitement.
The broccoli and rice was pretty basic – no added flavor or anything – which is alright with me, I enjoyed it!
The chicken was incredible! The sauce was a perfect mix of sweet and spicy for me – and extra good when you could get a cashew in your bite of chicken. I think I’d add extra cashews to this meal in the future.
Verdict: Emily and I were very impressed with Freshly. In only 2 minutes, I had a delicious and healthy meal – it’s a great way to have a quick and delicious meal without taking the time to prepare it. It’s not the best looking meal in the packaging, but they were all above my expectations in taste – and that’s all that really matters for me! Each meal was easily plated and served for a more formal look, as well!
What do you think of Freshly? Do you have a favorite meal?