Freshly Subscription Box Review + $60 Off Coupon – March 2019


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Freshly is a gourmet 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-made, fresh, never frozen, 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.

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This review is for the 6-meal plan, which cost $59.99 per week, including shipping.

Freshly updates their menu weekly with dozens of 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 around 3 minutes. Meals are delivered to your door in a recyclable refrigerated box with ice packs.

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About Freshly Meal Subscription Box

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.

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Use this link or coupon code LAUNCH15 to save $60 off your first four weeks of meals from Freshly! This will save $15 off each box!

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

Ships To: Continental US

Freshly March 2019 Review

Exciting news – Freshly is now shipping countrywide! They’ve also introduced a bunch of really appetizing new menu items. My goal is always to cook more and eat out less but my work schedule is completely hectic right now. This week’s shipment is right on time! With Freshly, I save time and hassle but still get delicious, fresh and healthy meals.

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For this week’s Freshly delivery, I’m excited to try a variety of Freshly’s lower carb (<35g carbs) menu items. I’ve been very successful on the keto diet. By limiting my carbs, I’m down 61 pounds! Freshly has meal options that are high in protein, paleo-friendly, vegan, gluten-free and low-carb. So not only are Freshly meals fresh, delicious and healthy, they also offer options that workaround a number of dietary restrictions. The menu lists the entrée name and number of the 6 meals I choose this week.

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Steak Peppercorn with Sautéed Carrots & French Green Beans

This popular dish features tender grilled flat-iron steak with mashed skin-on red potatoes topped with a creamy peppercorn sauce. The sauce is made with yogurt and mushrooms. On the side is sautéed French green beans and shaved carrots tossed with garlic, lemon, and herbs.

Calories: 480 | Fat: 27g | Carbs: 32g | Protein: 29g

This delicious dish is less than 500 calories, low carb, high protein and gluten and soy free. To heat this dish, microwave the entrée in the tray for 3 minutes and 30 seconds. I found the heating instructions for this dish and all the others to be accurate.

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This is one of Freshly’s most popular meals and now I understand why! The flat-iron steak is so juicy and tender. It’s perfectly cooked. I find it easy to undercook or overcook French green beans but these were just the right texture. The green beans were fresh and lightly seasoned. I didn’t need to add any additional salt to this dish. I really enjoy it!

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Rustic Chicken with Mashed Potatoes & Veggies

This classic chicken and potatoes dish features oven fried chicken in a savory white wine sauce and rustic carrots, pearl onions in mushrooms sprinkled with a bit of bacon. The chicken is paired with buttery skin-on red mashed potatoes.

Calories: 470 | Fat: 24g | Carbs: 31g | Protein: 33g

This cozy dish is less than 500 calories, low carb, high protein and gluten and soy free. To heat this dish, microwave the entrée in the tray for 3 minutes.

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The Rustic Chicken was my least favorite dish this week. I found it a little bland and boring even with the added bacon. Bacon makes everything better! The meal was well cooked. I just think this was a poor choice for me as my favorite Freshly dishes have been the one ones with bold and sometimes spicy flavors.

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Slow-Cooked Beef Chili

This hearty dish features slow-cooked beef chili with a paleo twist. Ground beef and sweet potatoes (instead of beans) are slowly simmered in a three-chili sauce for a perfect blend of smoky and sweet flavors.

Calories: 300 | Fat: 10g | Carbs: 27g | Protein: 25g

This slightly spicy dish is less than 500 calories, paleo-friendly, low carb, high protein and gluten, dairy and soy free. To heat this dish, microwave the entrée in the tray for 2 minutes and 15 seconds.

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This beef chili smelled so good heating in the microwave. I knew I was in for a treat! I think swapping out the beans for sweet potatoes was a risky move but it completely paid off. This chili is really spectacular with a hint of spice and a little bit of sweet. It’s my favorite dish this week!

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Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

This classic British comfort food features turkey stewed with carrots, onions, celery, and peas seasoned with fragrant herbs, rosemary, and thyme. The stew is covered with buttery skin-on red potatoes.

Calories: 460 | Fat: 28g | Carbs: 32g | Protein: 29g

This hearty dish is less than 500 calories, low carb, gluten and soy free. To heat this dish, microwave the entrée in the tray for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

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This Shepherd’s Pie was better than I expected! My wires got crossed because I was totally expecting Pot Pie and what I hoped would be a delicious and flaky crust. So, when I went to heat this dish, I was disappointed from the start. But, it was delicious and had that same warm, home-cooked feel that comfort foods bring. It was like Thanksgiving in March!

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Buffalo Chicken with Loaded Cauliflower

This game-day alternative features oven fried chicken tossed in buffalo sauce. On the side is loaded mashed cauliflower mixed with Greek yogurt and topped with bacon, chives, and cheddar cheese.

Calories: 480 | Fat: 30g | Carbs: 16g | Protein: 34g

This spicy keto-friendly dish is less than 500 calories, low carb, high protein, gluten and soy free. To heat this dish, microwave the entrée in the tray for 3 minutes.

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Freshly consistently makes excellent chicken. The chicken is always juicy, never dry, or overcooked. But, this was really just a chicken breast covered in buffalo sauce – nothing fancy. The mashed cauliflower was another story. The chives, bacon, and cheddar mixed in with perfectly cooked and mashed cauliflower was amazing! I wished for a double portion.

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Sicilian-Style Chicken Parm with Broccoli

This classic Sicilian-American dish features oven-fried chicken breast topped with simple sugar-free marinara and creamy mozzarella cheese. Carb-heavy noodles are swapped for a side of garlicky broccoli sprinkled with parmesan cheese.

Calories: 440 | Fat: 24g | Carbs: 17g | Protein: 43g

This keto-friendly comfort dish is less than 500 calories, low carb, high protein, gluten and soy free. To heat this dish, microwave the entrée in the tray for 3 minutes and 15 seconds.

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I usually have my Freshly meals for dinner but I carried this meal with me to work for lunch. My schedule is so busy right now that I often miss lunch without trying. I love the convenience of my Freshly meals. This chicken parm was really good but I do wish there was a little more mozzarella cheese on the chicken. The marinara sauce was fantastic. The broccoli could have been slightly more seasoned but the nutty parmesan cheese gave it a nice kick. I ate the entire meal in no time at all!

The Verdict: I’m a big fan of Freshly meals. They are consistently fresh, well-portioned, flavorful and healthy without sacrificing taste. My favorite dishes this week were the beef chili and steak peppercorn although you can’t really go wrong with the vast majority of Freshly chicken dishes. I’m super surprised at Freshly’s ability to keep these dishes keto-friendly and still offer potatoes and comfort food! I can’t wait to try other Freshly meals on the new menu. If you want the convenience of having fresh, already prepared meals that are delicious and ready in minutes, you should definitely give Freshly a try!

To Wrap Up:

Can I get this box if I sign up today? The Freshly menu changes weekly, so you’ll have an awesome variety of meals to choose from.

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Use this link or coupon code LAUNCH15 to save $60 off your first four weeks of meals from Freshly! This will save $15 off each box!

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

Check out all of my Freshly reviews to learn more about this meal delivery subscription, along with the best meal and cooking kits of 2019!

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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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16 Comments

  1. I got Freshly for a good while there for my evening meals. I ordered them 12 at a time, every two weeks, to save money (you can freeze them and just cook them twice as long). Everything was good until the holidays, and then it started wearing thin. There was about a month where no new dishes were added. When they do add a new option, it’s usually at best one a week. I haven’t ordered in a month and checked out the menu and there’s nothing really new still (although they did bring back the cod cakes, which were my favorite).

    On top of that, they swapped out a meal I ordered on the day of shipping (I’m guessing they ran out), and threw in some chili instead, which was frustrating (not a chili fan). The last straw was when my order suddenly went up another $8 without warning. I had to contact c.s. about it and was told I was now being charged tax for it. There was no warning or information about it at all. I cancelled.

    After cancelling, I revisited my grocery store’s frozen section and realized I could get the “fanciest” frozen meals for several dollars cheaper than what I’d been paying for those. I haven’t really missed it.

    I will say that their c.s. was responsive when I talked to them about different issues. But it was just too many problems in the end.

    • my went up as well by $6. they said it was tax. canceled.

    • Hey Victoria – excellent feedback! Thank you for sharing.

  2. They may taste good but they look so unappealing I don’t know I could taste it.

  3. Everything looks like food I’d eat, but it seems like an awful lot of money for microwave meals.

    • The price per meal decreases with the number of meals ordered but yes, some will find this a little pricey. I tend to spend way more money ordering out for less healthy and over portioned meals. So, for me, it would be worth the cost.

  4. I’ve been getting 4-6 meals every other week for the last year and I am obsessed with Freshly! We used to do Gobble but it would always hit the trash and my husband and I did not want to cook after getting home from work. Freshly is a game changer for us because my husband and I don’t have to eat the same things, and we don’t have to even eat them on the same day!

    • Hey Kim! I’m glad you’re enjoying the meals. They are really good.

  5. I used to get these for a little bit. Tasted like just frozen TV dinner. I canceled

    • Oh no, that’s unfortunate Nat. The meals never tasted frozen to me.

  6. While I can see the convenience of this, the food looks so plain and unappetizing. It seems like it is just an expensive TV dinner. With a lot of major restaurants making frozen food including now the Pioneer Woman, there are many cheaper options to this.

    • Hey Michelle, they are super convenient and never frozen. I’m really enjoying them! A large majority of the dishes have tried have been really delicious.

  7. I have been loving my Freshly meals. I’ve gotten 3 boxes so far and plan on continuing. If something seems bland to you, just add a little salt. I think they don’t do that for you on purpose, you know, the whole healthy aspect of the box and all!

    • MissJ, I’m enjoying them too! What has been your favorite dishes so far?

      • So far my favorites have been the cod cakes and the turkey shepherds pie! I have not gotten anything I didn’t like and a couple things I added some salt to, so overall I’m happy. Healthy meals that I don’t have to cook, yay!

        • The cod cakes are delicious. I love all the risotto dishes! Next month, I’m trying some of the new spring/ summer dishes.

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