Life in the Dallas Food Industry
5 Reasons I Gave Up Trying to Cook During the Week and Ordered Freshly Instead
With the little amount of time I have available outside of working and sleeping, it’s sometimes hard to fit in healthy meals that aren’t overly time-consuming. For me, home delivery meal kits save time and extra food waste.
1. Freshly meals are ideal for lone-diners.
All of the meals from Freshly come in single portions and that feed the average adult. The average meal weighs around 13oz, which is about 10% more food than their similar competitors are offering. Most of the meals can be heated in the microwave within 3 minutes, allowing me more time to unwind from my busy day.
2. Reaching my fitness goals is easier.
Restricting my caloric intake helps me feel less guilty when skimping out on my exercise routine. Studies have proven that weight loss tends to be around 75% diet and 25% exercise. Freshly has:
- over 20 meal options with under 500 calories
- meals with fewer than 35 grams of carbs
- at least eight dairy-free meals consistently available
- an entire menu that is peanut and gluten-free
3. I take fewer trips to the grocery store.
Dallas is a large city. Many times, living in a large city means dealing with a large amount of traffic and a large number of people waiting in a long grocery store line. Spending my bit of free time at a food market or on the road isn’t a priority of mine. Freshly has daily delivery options to all states in the continental U.S. I can also feel good about my carbon footprint since Freshly ships the meals in recyclable packaging. I can even keep the ice packs for future use!
4. A variety of fresh meals is available.
There are many cooking shows I love, but most of the portions of the meals are too much for a single working professional. Who wants to eat a week’s worth of lasagna? Freshly has over 30 different meals weekly made with no chemicals or artificial preservatives, lasting around 4-5 days in the fridge. There’s a “use by” date printed on each meal, so I don’t fear of wasting any food and won’t get tired of eating repetitive meals. For me, it’s better than ordering-in because I (sort of) cooked it myself!
5. Subscriptions are flexible.
Different meal plans are available every week. The price of the meals range from $7.99 to $11.50 per meal. 4 meal plan options are available:
- 4 weekly meals – $11.50 per meal
- 6 weekly meals – $8.99 per meal
- 9 weekly meals – $8.99 per meal
- 12 weekly meals – $7.99 per meal
After selecting my meal plan, I pick my delivery day to receive Freshly’s chef-prepared meals at my doorstep. It’s easy to make changes to my order or delivery or skip/cancel a week, as long as I do it before the deadline. There’s a Freshly app available for convenience as well if I have to make my changes on the go. I’m so happy for this time saver!
I Tried Terra’s Kitchen and LOVED It! Here’s Why
To-your-door meal companies are popping up like a smattering of dandelions. It can be difficult to weed through the mess and find one that promises not only quality ingredients, but also provides well-balanced, nutritious menus. Enter Terra’s Kitchen, the hero of this story.
What makes Terra’s Kitchen different?
Upon your initial investigation, Terra’s may seem like any other meal delivery service. However, this little diamond in the rough has a business ethos rooted in a few singularly unique philosophies. First and foremost, their ingredients follow a paradigm of sustainability. From farm to the front door, each ingredient, whether produce of meat, is sourced from humane partners that aim to curate the highest quality products possible. Ingredients are organic and GMO-free when possible, but are always antibiotic- and hormone-free to allow each part of the meal to be genuinely valuable and nutritious.
Each recipe is deeply saturated in Mediterranean influence and seeks to speak to the lifestyle of people from that region. Within the menu options, there are also specialized meals. These include things that are Paleo-friendly, low calorie, gluten-free, or completely vegetarian. No matter what type of meal you choose, clean eating is the foundation on which the menus were built.
The quirks of Terra’s Kitchen don’t stop at the mindful menu and superior ingredients. The company also seeks to be as environmentally conscious as possible. Each round of deliveries arrives in a self-contained refrigeration unit. This guarantees the integrity of the ingredients. The climate-controlled packaging is returned to the company and then reused for 100+ times. When each shipment arrives, you can rest easy knowing you aren’t contributing to excessive waste.
What else is there to love?
Prep work in cooking is the bane of most home chefs. The beauty of Terra’s is that every ingredient comes prepped and ready to throw together. Every meal promises a ready to consume time-frame of 15-30 minutes. Every ingredient container is also labeled, so consumers are never left guessing what ingredient goes to what recipe.
The menu options don’t stop at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Terra’s offers a comprehensive offering of snacks, smoothies, and salads to allow their customers access to nutritious, worry-free food throughout the day.
Last, but not least, let’s talk taste. Chief among the benefits of Terra’s Kitchen is the fact that the meals are delicious. The appetizing attributes cannot be denied. Dense in plant-based ingredients, nuts, whole grains, etc. every dish is packed with serious flavor and is wholly satisfying.
How does pricing work?
The pricing for Terra’s Kitchen may seem a little confusing, but in reality, is one of the fairest and sensible blueprints out there. Customers are charged based on what type of meal they select, the serving size, and the number of meals they select. For example, you can choose to order five, two-serving meals. Three of the options cost $9.99 while the other two cost $17.99. For that specific selection, you would pay a total of $65.95. This layout allows the meal selection and payment amount to be completely customized.
Overall, there isn’t another company quite like Terra’s Kitchen out there. There’s not much not to like other than the fact that you may wish you’d found them sooner.
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