Hey guys! This blog post will be discussing a review of Freshly meal service. To be honest, I was hesitant when they first contacted me because this is in no way a food blog and I’ve never really discussed making food on my blog or Instagram except to say how terrible I am at it. The folks at Freshly must have paid attention because they let me try 6 of their items to review for you guys! Keep reading below to read about what I thought of their service and their food (scroll to the end to read my final impression).
If you’re interested, you can use the code med639 for $20 off your first 6 meals, making it $40 ($6.67/meal).
Disclaimer: These meals were gifted to me for review and all opinions are my own. I make no profit off the code, just wanted to help my fellow students save a few bucks and enjoy some yummy meals!
I’ll always state if I make a commission or not, and my opinions will always be 100% my own without influence.
Freshly’s goals for their food are: convenient, healthy, delicious, and sustainable. That’s a big promise to make but I definitely think they delivered.
The meals came shipped in a large box that was well insulated, so the meals wouldn’t spoil. The ice packs were a nice addition to my (very empty) freezer and they also contained instructions for how to recycle the rest. It’s always a bonus when a company promotes environmental awareness!
I tried six of their items and it was actually somewhat difficult to choose since everything looked so delicious. I tried to have some variety in my selection and opted for the ones below: Southwest Chicken Bowl, Three Bean Turkey Chili, Veggie Baked Penne, Pork Tenderloin, Red Pepper Chicken, and Chicken Parmigiana (unfortunately not on the site anymore). Each item’s page contains information about the ingredients as well as the nutritional facts, so you know what to expect before your order comes in.
The meals come in package that’s similar to store-bought microwavable meals, complete with the clear plastic film on top. Freshly’s instructions recommend plating the items, and include specific instructions for each component of the dish, but you can also just microwave each meal in the container it came in.
First up, I decided to try the Red Pepper Chicken with brussel sprouts. I had no idea microwaved food could taste this good, or this fresh. The chicken breast was tender and not dry at all, and the brussel sprouts had great flavor!
Left: Pork Tenderloin. Probably my least favorite of the bunch? The pork was a little dry and the potato cakes were too salty for me. The side vegetables were your standard steamed zucchini and carrots with seasoning.
Right: Three Bean Turkey Chili. Again, not a food blogger so I apologize for this photo! (My boyfriend also stole a bite before I could take the photo). The chili was so yummy and definitely something I would order again! I really dislike when chilis are too salty and this was perfect!
Left: Chicken Parmigiana. Unfortunately this is not available anymore, which is a shame because it was so good! The broccoli was a little overdone but the chicken was perfect. I also like that they gave enough cheese for the chicken so you get some with each bite!
Right: Southwest Chicken Bowl. Another one I would order again. I ended up mixing everything together – quinoa, rice, lentils, corn, sweet potato, black beans – and it all paired so nicely. The chicken breast was also done really well without being dry.
Finally, I decided to try a vegetarian option and opted for the Veggie Baked Penne with sautéed spinach and zucchini. The pasta was slightly overdone but the spinach and zucchini tasted great! This was my last item to try and I heated it in the packaging that it came in. So convenient and so yummy!
Final verdict? A little pricy for me as a student to use all the time but I could see myself ordering this as a resident. It definitely would have come in handy during exam weeks in my first 2 years of school and I honestly wish I knew about them then instead of constantly grabbing fast food. I’ve tried other services where you prepare the food yourself but those were costly and time-consuming, and somehow I still ended up messing up the final dish. Freshly offers convenience without sacrificing taste or health. I especially love that their ingredients are so wholesome. As a bonus, they’re also gluten free!
Their plans: 4 meals for $50 ($12.50/meal) | 6 meals for $60 | 9 meals for $90 | 12 meals for $108 ($9/meal)
Don’t forget to use med639 for $20 off 6 meals!
Thanks Freshly for letting me try these out!