Hey friends! Today I am sharing the first post of a new series on Living in Full Bloom, called Adulting Hack. In this series, I will be trying different products, trends, and advice to “hack” adulting. As a recent college graduate (still sounds weird), I want to start talking about post grad life here on the blog. Today, as the first post of this series, I am going to talk about my experience with the meal subscription box Dinnerly. At the bottom of the post, I share why a meal subscription box like this is an adulting hack!
*Disclosure: Dinnerly sent me a complimentary meal box in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!*
I had never ordered a meal subscription box before, so I was pleased when I saw that Dinnerly has a very easy interface, and you can check out the weekly menu before ordering. Each box, which you can get for either 2 or 4 people, provides you with the ingredients for 3 meals. Out of the 6 weekly options, you just choose the three that sound best to you. My boyfriend is a picky eater, but we were able to find three options that we were both excited about.
This meal subscription service is nearly HALF the price of the other two boxes I looked at. It’s only $5 per adult serving. If you really want to try a meal subscription service but the price has been deterring you, then Dinnerly is definitely a great option!
For my meals, Aaron and I chose BBQ Chicken Skillet Pizza, Beef and Broccoli Noodles, and Mediterranean Meatball Pitas. The box arrived on time, and had all the ingredients promised. Meanwhile, I had the recipes in digital versions on my laptop (this helps save money and packaging!).
I unpacked all the ingredients, and then checked out the recipe cards. Each card lists what additional items and utensils you might need, so I made sure I had everything. For my 3 meals, all I needed was oil, salt and pepper, sugar, and one egg. I also had to buy a grater because my kitchen is not fully stocked (perks of living in Germany for four months).
BBQ Chicken Skillet Pizza
First up, I made the BBQ Chicken Skillet Pizza. Honestly, I would say that even a beginner chef could make this one. I didn’t actually have a skillet so I used a pizza pan, and it worked just fine! I did set off the fire alarm, but I blame my ancient oven and not the recipe.
My taste rating: 9.5
Boyfriend’s taste rating: 9
We absolutely loved this meal. It was the easiest of the three, and the best tasting. I don’t even like BBQ, but I loved this pizza dipped in ranch. Aaron dipped his in more BBQ. I could eat this at a restaurant and be pleased with the taste. TBH I will probably be imitating this recipe in the future!
Beef and Broccoli Noodles
My second meal was the beef and broccoli noodles. This one had a little more prep, but I still think a beginner chef could handle this recipe. It used spaghetti noodles and ground beef to make an asian inspired dish.
My taste rating: 6
Boyfriend’s taste rating: 5
Unfortunately, we didn’t love this meal. It was good in theory, but I think some small changes would have made it delicious. In the future, I would not hesitate to add my own flairs and changes to a meal subscription service! I think using steak instead of ground beef and some more teriyaki sauce would have made all the difference with this one.
Mediterranean Meatball Pitas
For the final meal, I saved the most difficult. Even then, with some googling and time, anyone could make this! It dirtied a lot of dishes in my kitchen, but I thought it was worth it in the end. P.S did I mention that my kitchen isn’t fully stocked? We don’t even have plates (cue tears).
My taste rating: 8
Boyfriend’s taste rating: 6.5
Aaron thought the Mediterranean flavors in this one were a bit too much for him (he is crazy). I absolutely loved it though! I added tomatoes to my pita, and I think that really helped elevate the flavor to another level.
In the end, I was really impressed with Dinnerly’s price, quality, and ease of ordering. I loved two of the meals, and I think in the future with minor changes I could really make all the recipes work. At first I was nervous that the meals wouldn’t be enough food, but all three of the meals were very filling! The fact that my picky boyfriend found food that he liked means that parents will have no problem using Dinnerly with kids! Some of my recipes even mentioned ways that kids could get involved with the cooking, which I loved.
Let me tell you, it was amazing not to have to figure out what I was cooking this week and then go buy all the ingredients for it! Everything I needed showed up at my door – I can’t imagine anything easier. None of these recipes took longer than 30 minutes, making them perfect for weeknight cooking.
For only $5 per serving, it is cheaper than eating out or even ordering in, and the recipes are so easy to navigate there are no excuses! If you have been looking to try a meal subscription service, I highly recommend Dinnerly.
Adult Hack: Meal Subscription Box
Why is a meal subscription box an adult hack? Imagine that you are meeting your S.O’s parents for the first time. You have nothing in your cabinets but ramen and cereal. You have no idea what to cook. With a service like dinnerly, you now have all the ingredients you need, a recipe, and step by step instructions. Plus, a meal like BBQ Chicken Skillet Pizza sounds better than any of my go-to dishes!
I also think that for beginner chefs who want to start trying new and more complicated dishes, a subscription like Dinnerly works super well. The provided ingredients are measured out for you, and with such simple instructions it is really hard to mess things up. I have been cooking for a long time, and even I learned a few new tricks from my Dinnerly box.
Finally, even an experienced chef can use Dinnerly as a basis for your meals! Unlike when you order food from a restaurant, you can change an ingredient or add more sauces/spices to the recipe. If you are comfortable in the kitchen, there is nothing stopping you from adding your own flair to the dishes.
I hope y’all enjoyed this first post in the adulting hack series. If you have tried a meal subscription box in the past, let me know what you think in the comments!
Have a great week!