Today we are talking cooking on the blog! I’m really proud of how far along my cooking has come over the last year, because I definitely didn’t cook much at all before then! Let me explain. Back when I was pregnant with Molly I remember having talks with my mother-in-law about cooking. She absolutely loves to cook and has so many great recipes. So I remember confiding in her one day about how I was worried that I wouldn’t be the type of mom that cooked because at that point I didn’t cook at all! (Kevin felt the same way FYI. He wanted to be able to be a good dad and cook for Molly too!) We were worried that Molly would be raised on takeout because that’s all Kevin and I ever had for dinner. But Kevin’s mom assured me that she didn’t cook when she was younger either. She said that she and Kevin’s dad were the exact same way before babies and mostly ordered in. She said that with time and after she had her children, she gradually learned to cook and began to love it! I never ever thought I would get to that point. However, I’m pretty proud to say that not only have I become such a better cook over the last year, but it’s something that I’m really enjoying too!
Now let me talk to you guys about what got me hooked on cooking. If you follow me on Instagram and watch my Instagram stories then you know that I’ve been a fan of HelloFresh for a really long time. And yes, I am an ambassador for HelloFresh. So I’m going to say that right up front. But the reason I’m an ambassador is because I’ve been such a big fan for such a long time! We started getting HelloFresh around the time that Molly started eating solids. I was just finding myself so strapped for time (and so was Kevin) and the thought of getting groceries shipped right to our house without us having to step foot inside a grocery store just seemed like a no-brainer.
But getting the groceries delivered wasn’t really enough because neither of us had any idea how to cook! That’s why HelloFresh was, and is, so perfect for us. Not only do they deliver fresh ingredients right to our doorstep every week but the food comes with super easy to follow instructions. And I’m not just saying this, the food is so freakin’ good! I gave my dad and his wife a meal kit a few weeks ago because I kept raving about it to them so they wanted to give it a try. The night they made it they called me asking how they could sign up because they loved it so much! And I’m not making this up. My family is legitimately huge fans.
Another reason I love it so much is because I know exactly what’s going into the food I’m giving my family. With takeout, you really never know what you’re eating. But with HelloFresh, the recipes rarely ever use butter and mostly require mere drizzles of olive oil. We use avocado oil sometimes too!
I love all the recipes I’ve tried so far, but when there’s one that I’m completely obsessed with I save the recipe card and then make it over and over again! So not only am I learning to make new meals every week with the meal kits they send us, but I’m also just building up a recipe arsenal to use for the rest of my life! Sometimes when Kevin and I are cooking them we like to pretend we’re on Chopped. The food is super quick to make but so yummy that we feel like professional chefs! Ha!
Oh and the last thing, I also really feel like it’s a great way to reduce waste. When I would go shopping for recipes in the past, I would have to buy way more than I actually needed to make the recipe (which also means I spent more money than I needed to). So say I would buy a bushel of parsley, but only use half of it, the second half would undoubtedly go bad because I wouldn’t use it for anything else. I felt so icky about throwing so much food away. So what I love about HelloFresh is they only send you what you need to make the recipe. Once in a while there will be a little bit left over – but rarely.
So anyway, I really just wanted to tell you guys about it because it’s truly something that has changed my life and made me a better mom (and Kevin a better dad!). If you guys are up for trying it, I actually have a promo code you can use! Use promo code ALILUVS to get $30 off your first week! If you already use HelloFresh or if you end up using it because you read this blog post, please tell me about your experience in the comments below! I have no doubt that you guys luv it (or will luv it!) as much as I do