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Freshly Subscription Box Review + 30% Off Coupon – September 2018

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Freshly is a gourmet prepared food subscription service that is designed to help people eat healthier without taking the time to prepare the meal themselves. They send out 4, 6, 9, or 12 chef-prepared meals each week. 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.

Check out all of our reviews of Meal Delivery Services to see every meal kit subscription box option!

This review is for the 6-meal plan, which cost $69.99 per week, including shipping.

Freshly updates their menu weekly with dozens of breakfast, lunch and dinner options for you to choose from. All meals are fresh, never frozen and peanut and gluten-free. Each single-serving meal is fully prepared and ready to eat in under 3 minutes. Meals are delivered to your door in a recyclable refrigerated box with ice packs.

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.)

Freshly September 2018 review

About Freshly

The Subscription Box: Freshly

The Cost: Freshly meal plans cost $49.99 (4 meals), $59.99 (6 meals), $89.99 (9 meals) or $107.99 (12 meals) per week and shipping is included.

You can also skip the week’s shipment if you do so by the weekly deadline.

The Products: Healthy single-serving meals that are fully prepared and ready to eat in minutes.

Ships to: the US only. Freshly ships to most states. They are opening a new kitchen soon to further expand their delivery area. Click here to see if Freshly delivers to you.

Freshly Meal Delivery September 2018 Review

For this week’s Freshly delivery, I choose from a wide selection of breakfast and entrée choices. I’m not a big breakfast eater so I choose mostly entrees. The menu lists the item number, name, SKU and quantity of the 6 meals I choose. I noticed that the breakfast items are in blue packaging and the entrée items are in the green packaging.

BLT Omelette with Parmesan Cheese

BLT Omelette with Parmesan Cheese

The BLT omelet contains eggs, spinach, tomatoes, bacon, and parmesan cheese. I enjoyed the taste and was surprised at the generous portion and how filling it was. With only 390 calories and 6g of carbs, this breakfast is diet and keto-friendly.

My omelet was well seasoned and I didn’t feel the need to sprinkle on any extra salt. It was good to me, right out the box with nothing extra added, but Freshly recommends adding a pinch of sea salt, black pepper or chili flakes if you want to spice it up a bit. It also would taste great with a side of salsa or a few slices of avocado.

The good read inside the sleeve for the BLT omelet is an article on how to make a healthier BLT. The article suggests choosing eggs over bread, spinach over lettuce, but keeping the bacon – the best part!

Chicken Risotto with Spring Peas

Chicken Risotto with Spring Peas

This yummy risotto contains rice, chicken breast, peas, onions, mushrooms, garlic, Chablis, butter, and cheese. It is a delicious entrée and probably my favorite dish of the bunch! It contains a reasonable 490 calories, 21g of fat, and 41g of carbs. I had the risotto for lunch, but it was filling enough to be dinner.

Like the previous dish, I found the risotto and chicken to be well seasoned. The chicken wasn’t dry at all and that’s impressive for a chicken breast – especially one that has been cooked and reheated. Freshly suggests that this dish can be spiced up with some chopped parsley, grated parmesan or fresh cracked pepper.

The good read inside the sleeve for the chicken risotto is an article about the power of stillness to control a restless mind. The article describes how stillness helps us be in control, that being still is not the same as being lazy and talks about the importance of having a day to just relax and be still.

Chicken Tikka Masala with Vegetable Biryani

Chicken Tikka Masala with Vegetable Biryani

Chicken tikka masala is one of my favorite Indian dishes. It’s usually a “cheat meal” for me but Freshly keeps it healthy and under 500 calories. This meal contains chicken and chickpeas marinated in tikka masala sauce with a side of basmati rice with carrots, green beans, and peas. This is the only meal where I didn’t feel completely satisfied and full after eating. This is likely because my Indian dining experiences usually end with unbuttoned jeans and a nap!

The chicken tikka masala was bursting with flavor and all the familiar Indian spices. I appreciated the addition of veggies in the basmati rice for a healthier and more balanced meal. Each meal comes with tips on ways to spice up or top off a dish. Freshly recommended a dollop of raita for the masala and I agree wholeheartedly. I would have loved to have a side off riata included with the meal! Unlike the other suggestions, this was the only topper I would not have had readily available in my fridge.

The good read inside the sleeve for the chicken tikka masala was an article about getting active outdoors and all the health benefits of vitamin D. It encourages readers to find easy ways to build time outdoors into our daily routines. This could be a quick after dinner walk, gardening or taking a hike with friends.

Homestyle Meatloaf with Cauliflower Mash

Homestyle Meatloaf with Cauliflower Mash

The Homestyle Meatloaf is another hit! Meatloaf, mash, peas, and onions are comfort food perfection. I want to eat this dinner while snuggled up on my couch with a super soft throw next to a real wood burning fireplace but it’s still 90 degrees in Georgia! Comfort foods tend not to be the healthiest, but this dish is only 490 calories due to some healthy substitutions that did not take away from the taste.

The cauliflower mash was my favorite in this dish. I’ve tried, without success, to make good cauliflower mash at home and it all falls short. If the talented Freshly chefs would like to grace me with this recipe, I would be forever grateful. It’s so good!

The good read inside the sleeve for the homestyle meatloaf highlights foods you didn’t know could be gluten-free. Some examples are meatloaf with no breadcrumbs, spaghetti, and lasagna using squash and zucchini in place of the pasta, natural oats and oatmeal, and chili and beans.

Pork Al Pastor with Cotija Cheese & Mexican Street Corn

Pork Al Pastor with Cotija Cheese & Mexican Street Corn

The roasted Mexican street corn with cotija cheese was the stand out of this dish! But, the juicy pork marinated in citrus juices and tangy onions was good too! It was one of the higher calorie dishes I tried but not by much. It was a generous and filling portion for only 540 calories.

The corn was smoky and sweet with a pinch of salt from the cotija cheese. The pork was cooked perfectly and delicious. I really enjoyed this dish! Freshly recommends adding chopped cilantro or a few slices of avocado to bring out the complex flavors. I’ll definitely try this the next time.

The good read inside the sleeve for the pork al pastor was the same article as the chicken tikka masala. After reading the article about getting active outdoors, I was encouraged to take an early morning walk around my neighborhood. It cleared my mind and was a nice start to my day.

Shrimp and Andouille Paella 

Shrimp and Andouille Paella 

This dish has a spicy kick! I love shrimp paella but rarely have it due to the long wait at restaurants. “If you want the paella, order it now and it’ll be ready in an hour.” With Freshly, I got this yummy dish is less than 3 minutes and under 500 calories.

I loved that this dish is choke-full of andouille and shrimp. You can top it off with a drizzle of olive oil or paprika, but I found the spice level to be perfect. It would be nice to see an all seafood paella or one that includes chicken. Honestly, any protein would go well with the perfectly seasoned white rice and spices.

The good read inside the sleeve was an article all about protein. It described how protein works to give you energy and keep you feeling full and strong.

The Verdict: I was impressed! I enjoyed all the Freshly meals. They were consistently fresh, well-portioned, flavorful and healthy without sacrificing taste. My favorite dishes were the chicken risotto with sweet peas and the meatloaf with cauliflower mash. I can’t wait to try other Freshly meals on the menu. If you want the convenience of having fresh, already prepared meals that are delicious, gluten-free and ready in minutes, you should give Freshly a try!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. The Freshly menus change weekly and you need to lock in orders before shipments go out.

Coupon – Use code RAD40 to get $40 off ($20 off each of your first two shipments of 6+ meals)!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $59.99 including free shipping which is $9.99 per meal. I think this is an excellent value considering the high quality of the meals with healthy and fresh ingredients and the convenience of at-home delivery with no prep work or cooking.

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Written by Shatae Hutchinson

Shatae Hutchinson

Hi, I’m Shatae; pronounced shhh-tay! I work in IT Healthcare, I’m married to my high school sweetheart and we have 2 cool kids. I am obsessed with black culture, lifestyle, travel and art made by and featuring women of color. I also love trendy plus-size fashion and accessories, eclectic and bohemian home décor and all things self-care, mental health and fitness. My favorite box is Izzy & Liv’s Brown Sugar Box; a monthly box offering tees, accessories and lifestyle products designed for black women. I also subscribe to TheSelfCareBox, FabFitFun, CauseBox and Merkaela. Being a wife and full-time working mom, subscription boxes are one of the few things that are just for me! They are fun, convenient, reasonably priced and full of surprises.

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Comments (6)

  1. We got this for several months last year. My family loved almost everything we tried. I was surprised how great the meals taste reheated, especially the chicken breast. They are tender, juicy and full of flavor. The only reason we stopped getting Freshly is because they don’t change meals often enough. We got tired of eating the same meals every week. It’s more of a problem for us because we don’t eat beef so that limits our options. After trying a couple meal services where you have to do the cooking, I’m ready to try Freshly again.

    • TK, I was surprised by the chicken breast too! It was very good. What are your thoughts about the current menu? Do you think it’s more options than before or about the same?

  2. Great review! I recently signed up to try them out as I hate to cook and now that my son is off at college, it is even harder to get motivated to cook. I am a picky eater, but I’m forcing myself to try some of the dishes that have things like the zucchini noodles. I figure I might not make it well enough but maybe Freshly does. Depending on how much I like them, they may become a new routine at my house.

    • I’m trying the dish with the zucchini noodles next too! I’m confident it will taste good. The Freshly chefs did something amazing with the cauliflower mash in the meatloaf dish. I have never, ever, been able to make cauliflower mash like that at home. I hope you enjoy it!

    • (Not sure what happened to my other comment!)

      Thank you! I’m also going to try the zucchini noodles. And, I bet they will taste delicious. The Freshly chefs did something amazing with the cauliflower mash from the meatloaf dish so I’m confident in their ability to make healthy dishes taste delicious! I hope you enjoy!

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