Freshly Review: I Tried This Meal Delivery Service For Two Weeks
Today, I am going to do a Freshly review.
I am a girl that loves to eat. Recently on the blog, I shared my review of the service Dinnerly with you, and I love it as a meal kit. It’s so inexpensive, and you get a lot of food in each box.
For this post, I wanted to return to a box I had tried in the past but decided to stop using halfway through a week. This post is not sponsored by Freshly in any way. I have had my qualms with the box in the past. I didn’t even want to reach out to see if the company would send over a few boxes. After working with the company and trying the food several times, I have included affiliate links throughout this review.
In 2016, I tried Freshly, and I couldn’t get over one meal in particular. You can probably guess that I won’t feature that meal in today’s post. It was their Roasted Turkey with Quinoa Stuffing meal. I HATED IT. I was so excited to try it because I remember getting the box a few weeks before Thanksgiving break in graduate school. Who doesn’t want to get a head start on eating Thanksgiving foods? It was a severe disappointment for me.
Well, after hearing about Freshly a lot over the past few years, I decided to let it redeem itself.
I decided to try the meals again to see if I would like or love them.
So, without further ado, let’s get to chatting about Freshly.
What Is Freshly?
Before we dive into this Freshly review any further, let’s cover what this service is all about.
Freshly is a meal delivery service that sends you healthy microwaveable meals every week. They have various plans to keep your fridge stocked with tasty, no-fuss meals based on your dietary preferences. The Freshly team is continually expanding with vegetarian options, healthy meal options, and dishes that will make you dump your takeout foods.
Freshly stands out above the competition by sending subscribers prepared meals. Instead of whipping out a million kitchen tools to prepare your food, you simply have to pop dishes into the microwave for a couple of minutes. You get single-serve meals based on the number of meals you sign up for. Freshly is perfect for anyone living alone or quick lunches at work.
The team at Freshly has done a great job simplifying its pricing model. Pricing starts at $11.79 per meal for 4-5 meals in a box. As you purchase more meals in your weekly boxes, your savings increase. You can get anywhere from 4-12 meals in your Freshly box.
Here’s a nifty chart that shows you pricing pre-tax and shipping:
|Number Of Meals Per Box
|Pricing Per Week
Freshly Packaging Review
One thing I must congratulate Freshly on is the packing of their meals. They did an excellent job making sure everything got to me quickly while being cool. My meals shipped from Texas, and everything was cool when it got to me around 3 PM on both the first and second weeks of trying the service.
Each package is shipped in a box with a makeshift cooler inside. Inside the coolers are your meals separated by about three ice packs. Your food will not get hot here. Even though I picked mine up from outside right away, I am sure it wouldn’t have been so bad if they waited outside a bit. I hate Arkansas summers, though, so I wasn’t taking any chances!
What Makes Freshly Different From Other Meal Kits
Okay, there are a ton of meal kits out there, but why should you consider getting Freshly?
Freshly meals are individually packaged just for you. Plus, you can just pop them in the microwave for 3 minutes (on average, always check the packaging for exact times), and they will be done. How much of a time-saver is that when you have a lot to do?
I think these meals will be great for anyone who works from home, like me. But to be honest, they would also be great for anyone who works throughout the day and gets tired of cooking or having the same old thing. You could easily pop these in the microwave at your job and have a delicious dish in no time.
There are no loose ingredients to store or things to cook. It’s just a healthy microwave meal.
You can choose a day of the week you want each meal delivered when you pick your meal plan. I wouldn’t encourage you to pick Friday if you want them throughout the week unless you want to put a lot of meals in the freezer. The dates you need to consume them by make it almost impossible to keep them in the fridge and eat them throughout the week. You can always freeze them–this adds to cooking time, though!
Freshly Review: The Meals
But you didn’t come here to hear me babble on about all that. Instead, let’s chat about the Freshly meals I picked up to try for this post.
On week one, I threw in a few meals I had before on my previous foray with Freshly. Some of the meals were surprising, but I had two of them previously: the chicken parm and the chili. Here are my reviews of all the things I ate during week one.
Shrimp & Andouille Paella
This was the first Freshly meal I tried this time, and I loved this one. I was pleasantly surprised just how big the shrimp were and how many of them there were. Of course, there was way more andouille sausage in the package (but that was to be expected.) Some of the vegetables were a bit crisp for my liking (but then again, I like things to be so soft they basically melt away.) Overall, there was lots of spice and flavor. It was a great dish to start off this two-week trial of Freshly!
Sicilian-Style Chicken Parm With Broccoli
This is one of the meals I had tried before and liked well enough. The broccoli in this dish was rather bland. It was just broccoli. I don’t think they advertise it as having seasoning on it, but it would have been nice if they’d put more thought to it than just slapping some broccoli in the dish to make it more filling.
I liked this dish well enough. There was plenty of meat, and the penne was well cooked. It was a very filling dish as well, which was nice. It was one of the largest dishes calorie-wise that I had tried in this batch. The penne bolognese wasn’t my favorite dish, but it was good nonetheless.
Turkey Meatballs with Spicy Arrabbiata & Veggie Noodles
I wouldn’t give this dish a perfect score, but it was pretty close. I loved the turkey meatballs! They were delish and they were nice-sized meatballs too. I am a little iffy on the veggie noodles though because they were definitely not a replacement for regular pasta noodles (I can never take veggie noodles as a replacement though, no matter how much people say they can be.)
Three-Bean Ancho Turkey Chili With Cheese
This was my favorite dish of these week one meals. I tried this meal before, and I loved it more this time. If you ever try Freshly, this dish is a must get in my opinion. It’s filling and extra yummy. It would have been even more perfect on a cold day.
Cauliflower Sausage & Peppers
I love anything with cauliflower (cauliflower and broccoli are my favorite vegetables), so I was excited to try this dish. The cauliflower rice in this dish was pretty great (cauliflower rice is something I can get behind, it’s not exactly rice, but it’s still pretty tasty) and the sausage and peppers were great as well. This dish is only 370 calories, but it is still pretty filling without weighing you down throughout the day.
Freshly Review: Week Two Meals
Week 2 was a bit different for me because I hadn’t eaten any of these dishes before. I tested the waters with a few dishes I had in the past on week one so I know that at least some of the dishes would be tasty.
BBQ Pulled Pork with Squash Cakes & Carrots
This meal was legitimately impressive. I ate this meal first, thinking it would be a throwaway meal, and it was not at all.
The carrots were a bit tougher than I would like because I warmed it up, filmed it, and decided to throw it back in the microwave for another 20 seconds, but they were still yummy, especially when I ate them with the BBQ pulled pork. The pulled pork was also fantastic. I was a little wary that they’d mess it up, but this stuff was excellent.
But, the showstopper, in my opinion, was the squash cakes. Who says that about squash cakes, right? I do. These were amazing, and I am pretty sure they also had some bacon pieces in them. I can’t get over this meal y’all!
Lastly, this meal was hella filling. It’s only 360 calories, so I wasn’t expecting to be so full after the dinner, but seriously, I was full when I got done eating everything. I could eat this meal at least 3 more times.
Cod Cakes with Spicy Chipotle Sauce & Succotash
I was actually very surprised by how good this dish was too. The “cakes” were coming in hot during this week of food. I ate this after a very busy day making sure my niece and nephew didn’t tornado through the house. I even had a bit of wine with this dinner because I was settling in after a v. stressful day.
Everything about this was yummy, and there was so much food in this dish. I was in love with the succotash, and the roasted potatoes that came with this dish were perfect.
Bruschetta Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Veggies
This meal was nothing to write home about, but it was still quite yummy. I don’t remember a ton about this dish, but it included potatoes, so that’s always a plus in my book!
Chicken Fajita with Mexican Street Corn
This was another chicken dish that was just good. I didn’t love the Mexican street corn because it was chewy in a strange way due to how they prepared it. However, the fajita chicken was good. Although it probably would have been better if I had some tortillas at the house to pair it with.
Baked Penne Marinara with Italian Sausage
The baked penne marinara was cool. It was interesting because it was one of the only pasta dishes cooked in a weird inside compartment. Overall, it was a good dish with plenty of Italian sausage inside.
Chicken Tikka Masala with Vegetable Biryani
I was a little skeptical of how I would like this dish because I had never had chicken tikka masala before, but I ended up really loving this dish. The vegetables weren’t really up my alley but as soon as I combined them with the chicken tikka masala, all was right in the world and they were yummy again.
Freshly Review Frequently Asked Questions
Before we close out today’s article, I wanted to go over some quick FAQs you might have about Freshly:
Where Is Freshly Food Cooked?
Freshly owns three large kitchens across the United States in Arizona, New Jersey, and Maryland. All food is cooked in these locations.
Where Does Freshly Ship To?
At the moment, Freshly only delivers to the continental United States. So that means they don’t deliver to Alaska or Hawaii. There is a chance that they don’t deliver to your address if it’s hard to reach, but they are always trying to expand where they can get to.
What Does The Freshly Menu Rotation For Freshly Look Like?
Eating the same meal over and over can get boring. Freshly tries to liven things up by swapping out meals from time to time. While some meals seem to be staples for Freshly, many will go in and out of rotation. Experiment with a new dish, and you might find something delicious.
How Long Do Freshly Meals Last?
When you get Freshly dishes, you’ll add them to the fridge for the most part. Freshly is a weekly service, and the food is supposed to be eaten during the week. Most Freshly dishes are best eaten within 3-5 days. If you can’t eat your dishes within that time frame, pop them in the freezer to extend their shelf life. Freshly encourages you to heat frozen dishes straight from the freezer instead of letting them unthaw. When heating your dishes from the freezer, add a few extra minutes to the specified cooking time.
Can I Skip The Week If I’m Not Feeling Freshly?
Like most meal delivery services, you control when you get meals. If you don’t feel like getting Freshly, you don’t have the funds, you’ll be out of town, etc., you can cancel your order for the week without being charged. Each week has an opt-in date, so make sure you cancel before your card is charged. When you go to the Freshly site, multiple weeks are open so that you can cancel numerous weeks at once.
Freshly Review: Conclusion
So there you have it, my full review of Freshly! I’m so excited that you stuck with me during this process. I hope that you got something out of this as you decide on whether you want to try Freshly for a few weeks or not. I think that it’s worth a couple of weeks of investigation into the dishes, at least.
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My top three favorite dishes from this experience were:
- Three-Bean Ancho Turkey Chili With Cheese (you can get it without cheese btw.)
- BBQ Pulled Pork With Squash Cakes & Carrots
- Cod Cakes With Spicy Chipotle Sauce & Succotash
I am so glad you took this journey with me, and I hope you decide to check out Freshly.
P.S.: Do you want to learn more about Freshly? Check out my article: How To Eat Healthy Year-Round With Freshly.