Hello Fresh, A New Way To Do Meal Time

Hello Fresh, A New Way To Do Meal Time

Fresh food delivered right to your doorstep, what could be better?

As a person who has always had interest in cooking and baking, I am always looking for new things to try and make. When looking for my new project, I try to stick to the healthy side, with all natural ingredients and low fats and sugars. Pinterest has always been my go to for recipes. From sweets, to a variety of dishes, I am able to find something healthy and not too difficult to make. While Pinterest will always be my go to for new meal ideas, I have recently come across a slightly new trend in the food world––food delivered right to your doorstep with fresh ingredients and recipes all inside.

There are many services out there that are into this service that is at least to me, something new. I recently tried Hello Fresh, but there are others out there such as Blue Apron and Sun Basket. Many may be wary about this new type of food service, however I am here to inform you about my experience, in hopes to give you a better perspective.

I was introduced to Hello Fresh from my family as a birthday gift and found it as a very neat idea. As soon as I opened up the website I was impressed. You have options to choose a plan for two people dining, or four. I found this very accommodating, as you could provide food for you and someone else, or an entire family. Next was to choose what type of delivery I would be getting. Hello Fresh offers three types of options: Classic, which is for your average eater ranging from meat to fish, Veggie, for all my veggie heads like me, and Family, enough food to satisfy the whole family and all ages. Each meal for each category starts about the $9.00 range, which really isn't too bad in perspective.

After choosing what you want, you are able to choose a delivery day and how many meals you would like. I chose Monday, figuring it would be a good start to the week. My box came right on time and I was even able to track it. When opening the box, you can see that all food is a great quality and that it is safely delivered. I had wondered how such a thing would work, but they thought of it all! Ice packs and carefully stored, the food was all set to go.

You are given all the ingredients you need to make each meal with detailed instructions, step by step. I had the vegetarian box and three delicious meals laid out for the week. With such sophisticated meals and ingredients, I was nervous that the cooking would be hard. But no need to fret, everything is given and prepared, and the step by step made this cooking a breeze. After finishing my three meals provided throughout the week, I was ready for my next week's delivery!

There are definitely many perks to this type of food service. By using Hello Fresh, I was already given the ingredients I needed for my entire meal, saving me from making some trips to the grocery store. Recipes were already laid out for me, so now hard decision making on what I wanted to eat! Better yet, I already knew what would be for dinner and I didn't have to worry about getting any of it or having to slow down the dinner process––it was quick and easy. Something I find really cool about this is not only are you given the ingredients with the recipes, but now you can keep all these new recipes and buy more ingredients on your own to recreate them!

Another plus about Hello Fresh and services alike is that it allows you to try new things and expand your palette along with cooking skills. Overall, I would say that choosing Hello Fresh was a great decision. It may not be something that I would continue for a long period of time, but it does have many benefits. I would certainly recommend it to family's with busy lifestyles, or someone who lives alone or with just another person. My critique of Hello Fresh and this new idea of fresh food and meals sent to you: A+

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Sweet Potatoes Are The Most Underrated Vegetable Of All Time

Everything you need to know about the pieces of edible gold we call "sweet potatoes" and why they will always perish over any plain old potato.


The potato. The heart of the American food industry. A versatile vegetable crop soaked in grease that brings us some of our favorite appetizers and sides. From french fries, to curly fries, to tater tots, to baked potatoes, to hash browns, this hallowed vegetable has become the Johnny Depp of the vegetable family. Now, we are all aware that the configurations of potatoes are limitless, but we commonly disregard the potato's delicious and neglected brother: the sweet potato. I, a credible food connoisseur and highly experienced eater, am here to tell you why you are missing out on a world of flavor if you choose to dismiss the beloved sweet potato and its many entities.

Let me first start this tirade by proving to you my credibility...I, too, once believed that regular french fries were better than sweet potato fries. I scoffed at the idea of choosing those ridiculous orange sticks over my tried-and-true plain boys. I could not be convinced that any sweetness should impede on my savory snacks.

These were dark times.

It was not until a mere month ago that my mind was changed forever.

It was a sunny (scary) Sunday morning, and my pounding head led me on a mission to indulge myself in the finest breakfast foods. I entered my favorite breakfast diner, Angelo's, and waited anxiously for my waiter to stroll over. She filled our water cups and asked if we wanted to start with any appetizers. Before my stingy self could even decline the offer, my best friend ordered a round of sweet potato fries for the table and the waiter scurried away. I stared blankly at her for a solid minute. I could not wrap my head around the concept of munching on sweet potato fries at 8 in the morning. She just stared back and said, "Trust me." Suddenly, a tray of blood orange sticks and a mysterious tan sauce appeared in front of my face. As much as I wanted to ponder the morality of this decision, the hunger began to take over, and I shoved one of the fries into my mouth.

In an instant, it was as if time and space had lost all meaning. When my teeth hit the fry, the perfectly crusted outer shell crunched softly making a sound much like your foot crushing a dried leaf. The now exposed inside of the fry was the perfect blend of mush and warmth that felt like your mouth was receiving a hug. The flavor...unbelievable. It didn't take me long to realize that this wasn't a fry — this was a culinary experience. This fry single-handedly blew the roof off of any predisposed ideas I had about American cuisine.

I am well aware that my fry experience cannot be simulated again by any average food-goer, but I challenge you, the reader of this article, to get out there and enjoy a sweet potato in any form. Stray from your basic fries or tater tots and dabble in a sweet treat which will undoubtedly bring you flavorful satisfaction.

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