I received three meals from Dinnerly so I could share my experience with you. All opinions are my own.
I’ve always wanted to try dinner delivery services, but they are so freaking expensive that I have never taken the chance (plus, I love grocery shopping). Enter Dinnerly: an affordable, family-friendly meal delivery service with quick and easy recipes. I opted for the family package that feeds 4 people (2 adults and 2 kids recommended, but the portions were surprisingly hefty!) and – get this – each serving is only $5! Yes, only $5 per serving! Hello, happy customer!
Who doesn’t love getting packages, especially when they’re filled with FOOD?! And the box made me laugh. I’m a sucker for creative packaging. One of the perks of Dinnerly (besides the price…yikes!) is that it’s eco-friendly. The recipes are emailed directly to you, so you can pull it up on your phone or tablet and just prop it up on the counter and get after it! And all the insulation is recyclable. My box arrived hours before I got home and the ingredients were still fresh and cold. I’m a sucker for that, too 🙂
These recipes are described as family-friendly and fuss-free. Still, I was a little skeptical. But then again, I’m a Capricorn and we are naturally skeptical people, I’m told…
Night one, I made Mexican Bean Stew, which was surprisingly healthy and delicious. I sometimes have problems following recipes (and rules, in general) and this was no exception. I decided to give this a little health hack, and instead of frying the tortillas, I sprayed them with olive oil and popped them in the toaster oven until they were crispy. Just a way to save some fat and calories with the deep-fried stuff. Oh, and I topped it with part-skim mozzarella, so I guess that balances everything out. I shared this stew with friends- there was soo much!- and got thumbs up all around. They were impressed, and so was I.
I was excited for the next Dinnerly adventure and I went for it a couple days later, making a Spicy Sausage Pasta. You had me at Sausage. This was also quick and easy, and I stepped it up a notch with a fresh salad and some toasted French bread. This was my favorite of the 3 meals (I ate the leftovers for dinner the following night…).
On Friday, I was exhausted from a long week so I was stoked to have my final meal ready to go: Honey Mustard Drumsticks w/ Green Beans & Carrots. This was also healthier than I had expected. It required a little more time than the other 2 meals, but it was worth it! Simple, flavorful, and overall satisfying. My friend had dropped off a bag of baby heirloom tomatoes from her garden, so I added them to the veggies for a little more pizazz. Food can always use a little extra pizazz 🙂
My entire experience with Dinnerly was completely satisfying. It was affordable and the meals were large and tasty. The food itself was great quality, and I enjoyed adding some of my own flair to make the meals slightly more nutritious and true to my style. This was a total “no frills” meal delivery service, and is perfect for anyone who, like myself, isn’t quite sure about the process and doesn’t want to spend a ton of money on something that you could put together yourself. I also would have loved something like this when I was starting out in the kitchen – cooking can be scary when you first begin! Overall, I had fun in the kitchen and enjoyed the ease of the process, mostly not having to brainstorm what to make each night and run to the store when I realize that I forgot a key ingredient (which happens more than I’d like to admit).
Check out dinnerly.com for more details and this week’s list of recipes.
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