I didn’t really learn how to cook until my late 30s. That’s probably due to the lingering embarrassment from some spectacular cooking failures as a kid. I’m not alone. Many middle-age adults are put off by the thought of cooking. That’s where a meal delivery service can help encourage creativity and awaken your inner Julia Child.
Improving Your Skills
My friend Sondra, who describes her cooking skills as basic, took advantage of a promotion to try Hello Fresh. A busy professional, community volunteer and mother, Sondra appreciates that the service “didn’t make me think too much.” The fresh ingredients, separately packaged for each chosen meal, arrived in a weekly box. She credits this meal delivery service with helping her make tasty meals and encouraging her to develop new culinary skills. However, Sondra believes the price was a bit too high and there weren’t enough choices as far as the shipping frequency of the boxes and meal size.
Sondra sent a promotion for this meal delivery service to me. I selected three meals to cook from a roster of six. Each meal offers two servings. Like Sondra, I found the prepackaged meals offer a tasty option and the ingredients seem very fresh. The instructions were, for the most part, easy to follow. My only qualm was that I overcooked the protein on two meals where I followed the instructions to the letter. For instance, a steak dish ended up with well-done meat; I would have liked the recipe more if the steak was medium rare.Therefore, I think it would be wise to lower cooking time by a minute or two. You can always cook food more, but you can’t go backwards if it’s overdone.
Because I already am an adventurous cook, I didn’t continue my Hello Fresh subscription. However, this meal delivery service is worth a try if you’re a novice in the kitchen.
Expanding Your Palate
Another friend, Tina, uses Blue Apron. The busy professional and community volunteer is pleased with the service and the meal choices. “We had been ordering three meals per week that have two servings,” she said. “That’s a total of six meals, which means cooking three times. A friend had a good suggestion to switch it to two meals per week for four people. That means making eight meals, but you only cook twice. Of course, you end up with leftovers but that’s fine by me.”
Some of the meals that Tina made include shrimp and grits, summer vegetables and browned cheese over crispy tostadas, and sweet corn pasta with tomatoes, jalapeno, ricotta cheese and basil. Tina posts pictures and a review on her Facebook page after making each dish. “Mainly, I’ve been making notes to myself as a heads-up for the next time we cook that recipe,” Tina said. “For example, we usually think they need more kick. Maybe because we are in the South, I think everything needs cayenne.”
Food for the Body – and for Thought
Interested? Both Blue Apron and Hello Fresh offer promotional deals to entice you to try them. Other companies also offer similar meal services that you might like to investigate.
The best part of these services is that they’ll help you hone your cooking skills and experience new flavors. The company does the meal planning and the shopping, which can be important if you’re making a meal — especially one with international flavors — for the first time. When you receive each box, you’ll open it to find that you have a wonderful chance to use your creativity and tickle your taste buds. What’s better than that?