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How HelloFresh Helps Me Bond With My Bunny

Mary Zubritsky
ByMary ZubritskyFeb 13, 2023 | 2 comments


So, I'm not a normal mom—I'm a pet mom—and I never realized how unavailable I was to Mr. Hoppy Golightly until the pandemic struck. Now, laugh if you will, but compared to my exes, my fur baby is the perfect boyfriend. He's not a liar, doesn't cheat, not addicted to gambling, can't yell at me, doesn't gaslight me (ok, maybe for treats when he pretends he never received them), and he's not The Tinder Swindler. And while he can be a little narcissistic—pet me, feed me, pay attention to meeeee—and he'll pee on my bed or the couch if he's mad at me, all in all I'd say this relationship is quite healthy and it's going really well! Cheers to cute and cuddly bunnies!

Pre-pandemic I was traveling all the time—from DC to London, NYC to Munich, Richmond to Amsterdam, and the Italian Riviera—and I didn't know I was abandoning Mr. HGL until I was forced to stop traveling. That's when I noticed just how much of an absent parent I had been and made me wonder if he was happy (or hoppy).

These days, since the price of everything is so high, and I've become more of a homebody, ordering HelloFresh allows me to spend more time at home with my bunny... and sometimes we even share meals, too!

About HelloFresh

So, what's HelloFresh?  It's one of the most popular meal kit delivery services and subscriptions that helps you save time and money! Not sure what to cook during the winter and don't feel like venturing out into the cold? They've got you covered! Whether you're feeding a family of 2 or 6, you'll get high-quality, pre-portioned and fresh ingredients, along with easy-to-follow recipes that you can choose week by week. It’s no wonder HelloFresh is consistently one of our readers’ favorite meal kits, coming it at #1 on our annual list of Best Meal Kit Delivery Subscriptions.

HelloFresh sources high-quality and totally fresh ingredients like produce (fruits & veggies), organic items, and meat, seafood and poultry from sustainable suppliers and delivers them right to your door. They offer vegetarian, pescatarian, and reduced-calorie menu plans, and you can customize your order, so if you're oddly picky like me (I don't eat pork, beef or fish) simply use the HelloCustom option to swap out sides or proteins.

When you sign up, choose your plan preference—Meats & Veggies, Veggies, Family Friendly, Fit & Wholesome (around 700 calories per serving), Quick & Easy, and Pescatarian—the number of people you'll be serving (2-4), and the number of recipes you'd like to receive per week. Then, confirm your plan and scroll through the meal choices—each week you'll get to choose from over 30 different recipes.

Sometimes I Eat Like a Rabbit

I'll never forget the time I went to Harris Teeter and some woman—after viewing my cart—said, "wow, you eat like a rabbit!" I laughed and told her I actually have a rabbit and that's why my cart is full of greens and carrots.

Now that groceries are so expensive, I switched out his organic everything for just the basics, and he hasn't noticed at all. Meanwhile, I've also cut out unnecessary spending, and extra trips to the grocery store with a little help from meal delivery kits.

With HelloFresh, I'm not only saving myself time and money, but once our meals are delivered, I also get to eat like a rabbit with my rabbit. And despite the fact that he'll attack me if I have a bag of popcorn or Doritos on the couch, I'm always extra careful to only give him a small clean piece of the fresh produce that is in each box—and he loves it! Whether it's lettuce, carrots, dill or Brussels Sprouts, I always let him have a small piece before I cook and add all the yummy sauces and spices.

The Meals

So, what will I share with Mr. HGL this week? Let's take a look at what's coming up in my next box.

Since Mr. HGL loves romaine lettuce, and I love ethnic food, I ordered the Shawarma Chickpea Lettuce Wraps. The leaves are filled with a crunch salad, yogurt sauce and shawarma-spiced chickpeas mixed with bulgur.

If you haven't tried Mike's Hot Honey, I suggest you hit up Amazon right now and order a bottle because it's amazing! Well, Mr. HGL can't have hot honey (but he accidentally ate ghost pepper chips and absolutely loved them), rice or chicken, but I did give him a few pieces of baby carrots. To create the sauce, hot honey is swirled with peach jam, butter and lemon juice, and the carrots and zucchini are tossed with lemon zest and chili flakes.

Since I love my chicken and Brussels, I chose the Brown Sugar Bourbon Organic Chicken. The savory chicken is coated in brown sugar bourbon seasoning, and then cooked and topped with buttery apple pan sauce. It also comes with crispy roasted Brussels sprouts (which Mr. HGL loves), scallion mashed potatoes and little apple chunks.

Remember, if you follow strict diets like Paleo or Keto, you're vegan, gluten-free or allergen-free, HelloFresh does offer some options, but if you're all or nothing with these diets, you may have better luck with a meal delivery service that caters to these dietary needs.


I offered Mr. HGL some lettuce from my box, and he pushed the plate off the couch and onto the floor. And that's what's up, doc.


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Mary Zubritsky
Mary Zubritsky

If shopping were an Olympic sport, I’d be a gold medalist. And while my bank account often feels the crunch, I just can’t stop buying secondhand clothing and accessories, under-the-radar designer goods, stuffed animal unicorns (I have about 75), and toys for my pet bunny rabbit. After 20 years of city slicking in NYC and DC, I now have a car and love to tour the Virginia countryside looking for vintage shops, undiscovered wineries and breweries, historic sites, and Thai restaurants—I’m addicted to Thai food. I never leave home without a spare phone charger because I love horror movies and therefore have an irrational fear of being stranded somewhere with a dead battery. 

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Such a beautiful and cute bunny!!! We really enjoy Hello Fresh as easy and fun cooking lessons. Also great for date night with the hubby.

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Mary Zubritsky

Aww, thanks! Happy Valentine’s Day to you both!

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