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June 12, 2018

I Tried Freshly For Two Weeks: This Is My Honest Review

Note: This post contains referral links.

I am a girl that loves to eat. Recently on the blog, I shared my review of the service Dinnerly with you, and I absolutely 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 circle back 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, mainly because I have had my qualms with the box in the past and I didn’t even want to try to reach out to see if the company would send over a few boxes.

In 2016, I tried Freshly, and I couldn’t get over one meal in particular. You can probably guess that I won’t be featuring 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. I wanted 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. I needed a bit of a break from my normal lunch foods of ramen, burritos, sandwiches, or random concoctions I whipped together in the kitchen (I created a taco bowl once with roasted black beans, tortilla strips, chicken, and barbecue sauce that was fiyah!) I eat great for dinner, I swear, but my lunch leaves something to be desired y’all.

So, without further ado…let’s get to chatting about Freshly.

 I Tried Freshly For Two Weeks: This Is My Honest Review | There are so many food subscription services out there that claim to make your life easier. Today on The Happy Arkansan, I am doing a deep dive into the service Freshly for my readers to learn more about the meal subscription service with the three minute microwavable meals.

Keep Reading, Darling

In food, Lifestyle, Subscription Box on
April 27, 2018

Are You Looking For A Meal Kit Box? I Found The Best Box For Millennials At Only $5 Per Serving!

Disclaimer: Thanks so much to Dinnerly for sending me a box to review for y’all! This post contains some affiliate banners throughout.

Recently I was browsing the internet looking at some meal subscription boxes that I could potentially review here on the blog and I came across a service touting $5 per serving. I was pretty freaking shocked, $5? That’s a cheap meal from the dollar menu? Where do I learn more about this magical box?

As I delved deeper into this website, I realized that I had to review this on the blog so I contacted the website and quickly we created a collab, and y’all, I am so excited to show y’all this box. But first–let’s chat about why this box is so freaking awesome!

 Are You Looking For A Meal Kit Box? I Found The Best Box For Millennials At Only $5 Per Serving! | Meal kits are so convenient, but they can also be hella expensive. I recently came across #Dinnerly a great meal kit service that is perfect for millennials because of its awesome price point while still delivering quality food. Check out my review of the service by clicking through. #MealKit #MealKitReview

Why Is Dinnerly The Best Meal Delivery Service For Millennials?

I mean, I could go on an on about this, but let’s just break down a few of the reasons you need Dinnerly in your life:

It’s Amazingly Cheap

When you compare this box to other similar boxes, it’s very cheap. $5 per serving? Competitor boxes usually start at around $8-$10 per serving. Yes, their boxes start at Dinnerly prices, but they will inevitably go up and you will be stuck paying $60-$70 for two people and $100+ for four people. With Dinnerly you can get three meals for $38.99 for 2 people and $68.99 for 4 people!

Less Ingredients, More Fun

Dinnerly recipes only have about 6 ingredients per meal! That’s amazing because it cuts down on the amount of prep that you have to do. You will need some basic ingredients like salt, pepper, oil, and the occasional egg but you will never need anything more complicated than that.

Lots Of Fun Menu Options

Dinnerly includes a ton of fun menu options each week. You get to chose 3 of 6 options and there are some seriously fun meals like: Cheesy Black Beans with Crispy Rice and Tomatoes, BBQ Chicken Skillet Pizza with Peppers & Onions, and Beef and Broccoli Noodles with Teriyaki-Peanut Sauce–just to name a few!

Lots Of Advanced Notice

You get recipes for like a month out on the Dinnerly website. You always know what weeks have meals you want and which weeks have meals you would rather skip.



Some Dinnerly Frequently Asked Questions

You may be wondering a few things. I grabbed these FAQs from the Dinnerly website for convience.

Where Does Dinnerly deliver?

Dinnerly currently ships to most of California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Texas, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Georgia, Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, D.C., and Florida! Dinnerly is expanding rapidly, so always check their website to see if they are delivering to your city!

Why does Dinnerly cost less than all of the other recipe kits?

Dinnerly uses the same quality ingredients as the other kits but they take a simpler approach: digital recipe cards instead of paper, fewer ingredients per dish (which means less chopping and cleaning), simple packaging, and no fancy marketing campaigns.

Dinnerly is cool because they give you different recipe options, but you still aren’t paying an arm and a leg!

Can I Skip Weeks?

Absolutely. No one likes being locked into something, so Dinnerly designed their plans to let you choose exactly when you do—or don’t—want a box.

Where Does Dinnerly Source Their Ingredients From?

Only the best! Dinnerly works with folks they trust so you’re always cooking with the freshest fruits and veggies, plus proteins like grass-fed ground beef, antibiotic-free chicken, American-caught shrimp, etc.

How Long Will The Ingredients Stay Fresh After Delivery?

Everything will be chilling in a cold box when it arrives at your door. Meat, fish, and dairy products can hang in your fridge for up to 4 days.

The Dinnerly Box

Dinnerly sent over a family plan so that I could cook dinner for my parents and I. Your box would include the products for a two people if you get the $38.99 box and four people if you get the $68.99 box.

The above is a look inside the box. As you can tell, it wasn’t separated. It didn’t take long for me to separate the ingredients on my own though. If keeping it like that cuts down on waste, I am all for it.

Underneath all the vegetables, milk, and dry ingredients, there was a bit of separation and then the meat for the two dishes that included meat was packed there.

Overall, it was packed well, and I had all the ingredients they promised so I could make the meals.



Recipe #1: Sesame Crusted Chicken & Salad With Lemon-Butter Pan Sauce

Difficulty: Easy

This recipe was quite easy to make! There was a bit of chopping involved (mostly with the radishes and a lemon that I had to cut in half.) Everything else was so easy.

The arugula for the salad was already torn up, I just washed it a bit and put it directly in the bowl. The radishes were easy to chop up and put in the salad as well. The lemon gave me a bit of difficulty because I had to split it between the chicken and the salad. Overall, I was able to make a pretty decent light dressing for the salad with lemon, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

For the chicken, I was a little concerned at first about making it. It was lightly fried in some olive oil, and I don’t fry things at all. It was rather easy to adhere the toasted sesame seeds to the chicken, top it with flour and cook it in the stove top.

Taste: Yummy

My family and I really loved this dish from Dinnerly. It was yummy and I definitely would recreate this again since it required so few ingredients. The salad had a lovely lemony taste, and the chicken did too thanks to the lemon-butter sauce I made for it. So good!

Recipe #2: Tandoori Lentils With Yogurt And Garlicky Pita

Difficulty: Medium

This dish was probably the most time consuming to make. I also feel like this dish looked the most different from the picture once I was finished with it. I’d never made lentils before so I was a little out of my elements with this dish.

I did like the yogurt sauce I made and creating the pitas.

There was just too much chopping and cooking in this dish to love love love it.

Taste: Meh

I wasn’t a huge fan of this dish, mainly because I am not a huge fan of eating dishes that include no meat. It was filling, but it just wasn’t my favorite meal of the bunch.

Recipe #3: Grass-fed beef Stew With Black Pepper Dumplings

Difficulty: Medium

Prepping and cooking for this dish was a bit difficult. The chopping wasn’t as bad as the Tandoori Lentils dish, but it was not awesome.

I think the hardest part of this recipe, though, was all the elements. It was technically all put in one pot, but there was a lot of moving parts. Creating the base, prepping the dumplings, and putting it all together so it could be put in the oven.

Overall, once the dough and veggies were complete–the entire meal came together and in the oven pretty quickly.

Taste: Good

This was my second favorite dish behind the sesame crusted chicken with salad. This recipe had a super home-y taste to it, and since I made this earlier in the year, it was the perfect time for some comfort food.



My Final Review Of Dinnerly

I really liked my Dinnerly box. I liked getting out of my comfort zone, experimenting with new foods, and getting to share that experience with my family.

Overall, if Dinnerly delivers to your state, I encourage you to at least try one box. It’s not that expensive, and you get some seriously quality ingredients with your purchase.

I feel like Dinnerly will save you a lot of time and even some money, especially if you live alone or with one other roommate. The box is just $5 per serving which makes it one of the most affordable dinner boxes to try, so you might as well take the leap!

In food on
January 4, 2018

Naturebox Review & My Personal Favorite Snacks From The Website

Have you ever tried Naturebox before? I have been trying the site off and on for a few years now, so I wanted to take some time today to review the snacks that I received in my latest box and share some of my favorite snacks from the website with y’all. So, buckle up and get ready for a Naturebox review!

Naturebox Review: What You Need To Know About The Site

First, let’s chat about the Naturebox site and what you need to know.

Naturebox is a website that offers TONS of different snacking options. All of the snack options are moderately healthy (with some being very healthy.) They don’t contain things like artificial ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated oils.

To access the Naturebox catalog, you pay a small fee of $5 per month. That is put on your site as a credit to shop at the store. I usually purchase a bunch of items every few months once I have enough credits to get a significant box.

If you want to purchase some goodies from Naturebox, check out my referral code. When you sign up with my link you get a free $20 worth of Naturebox snacks and so do I.

Naturebox Review: The Snacks I Got In My Latest Box

Let’s chat quickly about the snacks that I got in my latest box with Naturebox.

1. Naturebox Peanut Butter, $4.49 per jar

The first thing I pulled out of my box was a beautiful jar of peanut butter from Naturebox. I have always wanted to try their pantry staple items. They have both peanut butter and almond butter on their website. These jars are not cheap! I got this jar of peanut butter for $4.49 (and it can sell for up to $7.79!) which is far more than what a peanut butter jar would be at Walmart, but this is peanut butter in it’s purest form. The ingredient list says peanuts and sea salt. That’s it.

Now, I wasn’t a huge fan of this stuff. I got it mostly for my dad because he loves peanut butter. We both tasted it; my dad commented that it was a bit wet on the top for some reason, and we both noticed that it left a bit of a peanut-y aftertaste. It’s not awful peanut butter, but it’s just peanut butter. Peanut butter. It’s very natural, and probably pretty good for you, but sometimes I like the more processed stuff.

2. Naturebox White Cheddar Caramel Popcorn, $5.99 for 2 bags

I am currently snacking away at a bag of these while I am writing this blog post because they taste just as magical as I thought they would. Whenever I get those big popcorn tins around Christmas time with butter, white cheddar, and caramel popcorn, I usually end up mixing all the flavors together before I get to the bottom of the tin. I love that mixture of all the popcorn flavors! When I saw that Naturebox had a White Cheddar Caramel Popcorn snack on the website I knew I had to purchase it.

This snack DID NOT let me down. It’s probably going to be one of my all-time favorite Naturebox snacks from here on out.

3. Naturebox Whole Wheat Strawberry Figgy Bars, $6.99 for 2 bags

Naturebox has a couple of figgy bars on their website. I had previously tried the Raspberry figgy bars, so this time around I wanted to see how I would like the strawberry ones. I love these because they are all cute and individually packaged. These are very similar to the Newtons cookies from Nabisco, only a million times better for you and made with more love.

I do love these way more than I loved it the first time around with the raspberry flavor. It’s a perfect little better-for-you treat.

4. Naturebox Lemon Tea Biscuits, $6.49 for 2 bags

These are weird. They give me all sorts of feelings. At first, when I bit into them they were chalky, then I was hit with a lemon flavor, then a butter cookie flavor? It’s not my favorite thing in this box, that’s for sure. Ultimately I will probably eat them, or give them to a family member for them to eat.

5. Naturebox Big Island Pineapple, $7.99 for 2 bags

THESE ARE MY ALL TIME FAVORITE NATUREBOX SNACK. I cannot get a single Naturebox without putting a few of these lovelies in the cart, too. Seriously, all my orders have at least one bag of big island pineapple. This snack is my JAM.

I don’t even know how to describe this. It’s just dried pineapple; I am not sure why I am so in love with it. If you get any Naturebox, always grab some Big Island Pinneaple.

Naturebox Review: My All-Time Favorite Snacks

I have been getting Naturebox snacks for a while now, and I have tried a TON of snacks from there. I wanted to take some time to list my all-time favorite snacks from the website, so you have some things to add to your cart when you check out Naturebox using my referral link right after this.

  • Naturebox Big Island Pineapple: As you know from just a bit ago, Big Island Pineapple is my jam.
  • Naturebox White Cheddar Caramel Popcorn: This was my first time getting this, but I want more bags of this, please!
  • Naturebox Small Batch Pineapple Ancho Chile Pork Rinds: These pork rinds were terrific. I am not usually a fan of pork rinds, but these were delish. They are a good mix of sweet and heat, though, so if you don’t like hot stuff, this isn’t for you.
  • Naturebox Almond Pecan Granola: I love all their granola, but this was the last granola I got from them, and I literally couldn’t stop eating the granola whatsoever even though I had oatmeal to put it in.
  • Naturebox Strawberry Lemonade Fruit Stars: These are just too sweet and yummy to not put on the list.
  • Naturebox Apple & Cinnamon Oatmeal: Naturebox oatmeal is just such a great breakfast food. It’s easy to add water to heat it up, and it’s good for you!

Naturebox Review: My Final Thoughts

Before I left this blog post, I wanted to share my final thoughts about Naturebox. I have been using Naturebox for a long time now, and it’s one of my favorite places to get snacks online. It is kind of expensive, and not all snacks are a total hit, but they are all made with quality and yummy ingredients.

I would suggest that you try it out once or twice. After you make your first order, you will be added to the Naturebox membership, and you will be charged $5 a month (which turns into a credit on your account) until you cancel your account with them.

Check out Naturebox with my referral code.

Thank you so much for checking out my Naturebox review!