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Fresh and Easy Review
August 15, 2019 / Larry Williamson
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Intro
Fresh and Easy is a simple meal plan from Home Chef, one of the most popular brands in the meal kit delivery business. Fresh and Easy makes meal planning easier than ever. It offers prepared, portioned, and ready-to-cook meals – with no clean-up required whatsoever. If not having to life a finger in the kitchen is your priority, then Home Chef’s Fresh and East meal plan is the right one for you.
How Does Fresh and Easy Work?
As the name suggests, this meal plan is about fresh and easy meals. Whatever you like to eat, Fresh and Easy does virtually all the work for you. The only thing you and your family members need to do is turn on the oven or grill, eat the delicious meal, and then throw the packaging away. It literally couldn’t be any easier.
Fresh and Easy offers broadly three types of meals. Oven-ready meals come with pre-portioned ingredients packed into an oven-safe tray that you just pop in the oven and heat. Grill-ready meals come in a grill-safe bag that you can just throw on the grill with no extra effort. And entrée salads come with fresh veggies and proteins, all pre-cooked, pre-portioned, and ready to mix and eat. Best of all, Fresh and Easy’s cardboard boxes, bottles, and jars are fully recyclable.
This meal kit delivery service offers flexible options ranging from 2-6 meals per week and 2-6 servings per meal. Customers can mix and match servings, skip deliveries, and cancel anytime. Registration is free. To begin, create a new account, or use an account from one of 21 participating nationwide supermarket chains.
Every Monday, you’ll receive an email from Home Chef with 15 Fresh and Easy meal options. Make your choice by Friday non that week or accept Fresh and Easy’s recommended meals. If you’d like to swap recipes, you can do so online.
What Does Fresh and Easy Offer
Fresh and Easy offers a set menu and gives customers the option of narrowing down the menu by food preferences. At registration, Fresh and Easy users are asked their preference (meat, seafood, vegetables), dietary requirements (low-calorie or low-carb), and foods to avoid (pork, soy, red meat, wheat, milk, mushrooms, shellfish, nuts).
All the Fresh and Easy meal kits are from parent company Home Fresh’s extensive menu, but are ready to heat and eat. Home Chef’s Fresh and Easy menu changes every week, with 18 new meals on offer at the start of each new week.
For meat lovers, there are meals containing all types of meat. For example, the BBQ Ranch Pork Chops with Sweet Corn and Cheesy Potatoes comes in an oven-ready pan and takes 25-35 minutes to heat. The Honey Mustard Chicken BLT Salad takes 5-10 minute to mix, and doesn’t require any cooking.
BBQ Ranch Pork Chops with Sweet Corn and Cheesy Potatoes
For fish and seafood lovers, there are also a range of options. A popular recent one is the Creamy Tuscan Tomato Shrimp Penne, which comes in a pan that you just pop in the oven for 20-30 minutes.
Creamy Tuscan Tomato Shrimp Penne
The one weakness with this service is the weak range of vegetarian options. All Fresh and Easy meals contain fresh vegetables, but there are only a few veg-only meals. Most of the meals, including the entrée salads, contain a main of meat or fish with a vegetable components.
Honey Mustard Chicken BLT Salad
What’s It Gonna Cost me?
Home Chef’s Fresh and Easy is priced at $9.95 per serving, with the total weekly price dependent on number of meals and servings. For example, if you choose to have 3 weekly meals for 4 people, that works out to 12 meals in total - $119.40.
Shipping
Shipping is free within the United States, provided you order at least 2 meals per week. Meals are delivered right to your door in recyclable boxes and jars, all of them pre-portioned and ready to heat and consume.
Getting Your Box
Each meal is delivered in a biodegradable, insulated box with gel packs to keep your food cold. Home Chef delivers its Fresh and Easy is capable of delivering meals to almost every home in the United States. On its website, there’s a handy tool where you enter your zip code to see if it delivers in your area.
Help & Support
All customer support for Fresh and Easy goes through parent company Home Chef. The Home Chef website has a searchable FAQ section with answers to frequently asked questions. There’s also a toll-free help line open Mondays to Saturdays during daytime hours.
So, What’s for Dinner?
If you lead a busy life and don’t have time to prepare meals, Fresh and Easy is for you. Many meal kit delivery companies offer a broad range of diets and meal types but leave it to the customer to do of the work of actually preparing the food. Fresh and Easy is different: the meal options are more limited – Fresh and Easy does the choosing – but the meals are as ready as they could possibly be. All meals come in the actual cooking equipment, so you don’t even need to fiddle around with kitchenware. Just pop your pre-portioned meal in the oven or on the grill (or if it’s a salad, just mix it), then serve, eat, and recycle the packaging. The food is fresh and it really is easy!
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