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Zero Effort Meal Prep

Updated: Jan 1, 2020

My ultimate food dream would be a live-in chef that prepares every meal for me. The runner-up dream is all my meals delivered to me each morning. Unfortunately, money doesn't grow on trees around here.

I have made a few attempts at getting food delivered to me on a weekly basis without having to put much thought into it. Honestly, my motivation is usually an attempt to eat more vegetables. If i am left to myself I would eat eggs, cheese, flat pretzels and hot dogs for every meal. Sometimes I throw spinach in with the eggs and cheese and pretend that I eat enough vegetables on a daily basis.

My first adventure into food subscription boxes was a weekly delivery of fruit and veggies in NYC. I would get a weekly box of good-for-me stuff that I would aspire to use and often end up throwing away. At one point I had such a stockpile of carrots that I actually bought a juicer and drank carrot juice daily for several weeks. At the end of the day, though, I had to admit to myself that I wasn’t going to use all the fruits and veggies and that tossing them was a huge waste of money.

My husband and I were also early adopters of Plated, which was maybe the first meal subscription box. Of course, there are now a dozen subscription meal boxes vying for the market (Blue Apron, Home Chef, etc). The novelty was fun for awhile, but I always felt like the boxes were more work than they needed to be and my husband didn’t think a two-person serving was actually enough food for two people.

So, fast-forward a few years, and I think I have finally found the horse I am willing to hitch my wagon to. I have been trying Daily Harvest for a couple weeks now, and I am in love. I get a box of six containers with freeze-dried ingredients each week, amounting to smoothies, bowls, soups, overnight oats and deserts. The cost per meal comes out to $7.99 which is competitive with stopping at Panera or Chipotle.

My favorite meals so far have been the Cacao + Avocado smoothie, the Chocolate Protein + Almond Chia Parfait and the Butternut Squash + Chimichurri Harvest Bowl. The Chia Parfait and the overnight oats I have filled with almond milk and left in the fridge overnight. The harvest bowls and soups I just just heat up on the stove. The smoothie you just add liquid and throw into a blender. They have been so easy to make and the most vegetables I have eaten probably ever.

Use my referral link and get half off your first box on six cups.

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