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Freshly Subscription Box Review + Coupon – February 2020

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Mar 2, 2020 | 27 comments

3.4 overall rating
18 Ratings | 6 Reviews

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 high-quality protein, nutrient-dense veggies, and no refined sugars.

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

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.

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.)

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.

ACTIVE DEAL: Use code LAUNCH15 to get $60 off your first four meals

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

Ships to: The continental US

Freshly February 2020 Review


Homestyle Chicken with Butternut Mac & Cheese

Yum! This is one of my favorite Freshly meals. They really get the chicken just right, which is amazing for microwaved chicken. This piece is coated in a crunchy almond flour coating which gives it a snappy texture. The mac and cheese underneath is a perfect complement and it is also made from gluten-free brown rice. The green beans finish off the classic meal beautifully!

Calories: 580 | Fat: 26g | Carbs: 42g | Protein: 48g

This dish is soy-free and high-protein.


Turkey Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

I love the meatballs that come in this service. They are always super yummy! These are paired with spaghetti squash "noodles" and are covered with a delicious marinara sauce with just a hint of honey for a touch of sweetness. I would happily eat this again and again.

Calories: 470 | Fat: 27g | Carbs: 30g | Protein: 29g

This dish is soy-free and high-protein.


Sausage Baked Penne

I had tried the veggie version of this, and though I am not generally a sausage person, I figured I'd mix it things up and would try it! It was still really delicious, but the sausage made it feel extra hearty and filling. I loved the mixed in vegetables and the melty cheese on top.

Calories: 580 | Fat: 31g | Carbs: 56g | Protein: 22g

This dish is soy-free and gluten-free.


Turkey & Mushroom Meatloaf

This is the third time I have gotten this meal because I keep forgetting I already tried it and just adding it to my order. This is another one of my absolute favorites though, so I don't mind seeing it often. This is legit comfort food, and the texture of the meatloaf is perfection. It is the perfect partner to the mashed potatoes (with hidden cauliflower!) and the sauce mixes in with the yummy veggies for a really satisfying side.

Calories: 440 | Fat: 24g | Carbs: 33g | Protein: 31g

This dish is soy-free and high protein.


Super Pesto and Sausage Fusilli

This was another dish I tried in all veggie form, but again decided to try with sausage. Once more, it was still very tasty! The sausage certainly makes this a heavier meal, but I kind of crave that on especially cold days. I love the mix of veggies in here (yellow squash, grape tomatoes) and especially like the included cannellini beans because they add extra protein. And that pesto sauce? Divine!

Calories: 630 | Fat: 37g | Carbs: 49g | Protein: 25g

This dish is soy-free.


Chicken and Rice Pilaf with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Finally, our last dish is as creative as it is yummy. The chicken breast is covered in a tasty almond butter sauce and paired with rice pilaf and Brussels sprouts. That almond butter adds such a wonderful creaminess to this dish, and there was enough to mix in with the pilaf. The sprouts are coated in balsamic vinegar and coconut nectar for a rich flavor that I couldn't get enough of. This is another dish that is going on the favorites list!

Calories: 470 | Fat: 14g | Carbs: 49g | Protein: 41g

This dish is soy-free, dairy-free, and high-protein.

The Verdict: Freshly has been a lifesaver this last week. I just had a ton going on and probably would have ended up skipping meals or just living on Pop-Tarts without these easy to prepare meals. Between school and work, having a healthy and easy meal close at hand is close to priceless! I liked every single dish and would happily eat any of these again and again. I am excited to check out the menu for next time to see what other new plates I can try. 

To Wrap Up:

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

ACTIVE DEAL: Use code LAUNCH15 to get $60 off your first four meals

Value Breakdown: This box costs $59.99 including shipping which is $9.99 per meal.

Check out all of our Freshly reviews to learn more about this meal delivery subscription, along with the best meal and cooking kits of 2020!

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Megan K.
Megan K.
I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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The title says coupon – do you have one? Trying new meal boxes in these crazy days.

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We had the Freshly Chicken Tikka Masala tonight and it was great!

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Megan K.

I saw this on the new menu, but it has the dreaded spicy warning pepper underneath. How spicy was it? I LOVE tikka anything.

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I didn’t notice it being spicy, I think you would like it. It was my first meal with them and I was very impressed. Hopefully the other two are as good, I also got the steak peppercorn and turkey& mushroom meatloaf. My husband is a big fan of meatloaf.

Tina K

Megan, partly out of curiosity & partly because I truly am interested in this box…could you please list the sodium content of these said meals?

That would truly make or break a decision on whether or not I would sub. The Fat content on SOME are kinda high! But the Protein content seems to be really high on most of them.

Thanks Megan!!! 🙂

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Megan K.

Hey Tina! Here you go:
Chicken + Mac – 650 mg
Spaghetti Squash + Meat Balls – 920 mg
Sausage Penne – 970 mg
Turkey Meatloaf – 700 mg
Sausage Pesto – 1050 mg
Chicken Rice Pilaf – 580 mg

They are on the higher side, but I am not concerned because I tend to have fruit or smoothies as my other meal of the day. I usually land around 2 meals a day (which isn’t ideal) but between working fulltime and night school, I find this works well for me right now!

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It’s in the pics. You can see it on the label. Scroll through the pics.

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Ragan Buckley

I would need to double the dose of my blood pressure medicine just looking at the sodium levels on these. Granted, restaurant food wouldn’t be any different in that regard, nor would packaged or frozen meals from the supermarket.

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These meals are delicious. Way better than any frozen meal!! I don’t think they’re really that expensive for what you’re getting…delicious, freshly made meals delivered to your doorstep.

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I like it. I probably won’t pay $10+ for a meal but there are many $15 discount coupons available, which bring it down to $7 per meal. The food at my office cafeteria is about $10 and the quality and taste are inferior to Freshly meals.

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Crazy expensive. Huge nope.

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$10 per serving is what almost all of the food boxes go for. Hello Fresh, Home Chef, Blue Avon, etc….

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I believe Every Plate and Dinnerly are only about $5 a serving, but they don’t come already made…

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I got these for awhile and they are better tasting than most supermarket frozen meals. What sets them apart is that the protein portions generally are the size of a *normal* portion versus supermarket frozen meals that tend to be skimpy. With some bagged salad on the side (I like veggies), it really is a very good meal.

In terms of value, I would think that depends. Realistically, eating out, takeout or delivery is significantly more per meal and is generally far less healthy. These can be frozen and so they are a good thing to have in the freezer.

Obviously one can eat much less inexpensively – cooking from scratch is cheaper but if for any reason, that isn’t feasible, these make are a good meal.

FWIW, I have tried a bunch of the food delivery services including the really expensive ones that deliver fresh every day and these meals are pretty good. My favorite meal delivery service is Silver Bistro which bills itself as for “seniors” but I liked it because they had a lot of really tasty salmon entrees and the portions were very realistic. Also a larger variety than Freshly.

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Megan K.

exactly. these are easier and cheaper than a daily takeout habit.

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So it’s $10 for a single serving?
If it was $10 dinner for two that would be reasonable, but I’m not going to spend $10 on one serving of dinner unless I’m at a restaurant, and even then there are usually leftovers for a second meal lol.

Looks like great food, but I’ll stick to cheaper options when it comes to frozen or premade food!

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Trying to reply to the other comment but it won’t let me for some reason – anyway, yes they are that good. These taste like someone has prepared you a delicious fresh meal. They don’t taste anything like frozen, they aren’t TV dinners. I didn’t believe it either until I had some. They ARE *that* good.

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Who is actively purchasing this subscription? Is the food really that much better than an Amy’s frozen meal that you can buy for $3.80 per serving at Target? $10 per serving for something that’s been frozen seems ridiculous. I could easily order a freshly made, healthy meal for pickup from a restaurant for that price.

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I’m considering this because there are some days when I just don’t feel like cooking. And days when either my husband or I don’t feel like eating (this would be handy for the other person). Or days when I feel like eating stuff my husband doesn’t like (like Anything with cooked onions).

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Megan K.

These aren’t frozen and they are the closest thing to something I would make on my own. I wish I had time to cook right now, but I just don’t, at least until June when school is over. I find myself literally out of the house for about 16 hours a day and those 8 hours left over are for binging Netflix and sleeping hahah! As someone who did buy this subscription before working at MSA, it was a lifesaver. It is really unusual to find a $10 lunch around here, unless you are at a fast food joint, which I avoid.

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Obviously the person writing the review..lol

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Much better than Amy’s and a much larger serving. You’re lucky if you can pickup up a freshly made dinner meal including tax and tip for $10. Here it’s at least $15, and Freshly is delicious. They do not come frozen either, like Amy’s is.

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A lot of people buy this. For some it’s the convenience of having it delivered- between commuting and work I am looking at 12-14 hour days. Going to Target isn’t a regular thing in my life unless I’m visiting someone in the burbs. $10 per meal really isn’t that bad when you consider it’s $16 for a Sweetgreen salad for lunch in my city. Not everyone is living your life- I’m glad you can pick up a meal for $10, I can’t.

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Yes, $10 per meal and it’s on your doorstep, and all you have to do is pop it in the microwave is a great deal! I don’t get what people don’t get……


These are never frozen. Where did you read that? They are fresh-made, when delivered.

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I’ve tried these for awhile and then stopped. To me it tastes bland and like any frozen dinner.

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Agreed. I found them to be very unappealing, and never cooked up the way they were supposed to.