I’d been toying with the idea of a recipe box or fruit & veg delivery for a while now, ever since HelloFresh came on the scene with a bang a few years ago. My love of cooking from scratch fueled my interest but I could never make a decision. I would frequently weigh up the cost of my weekly shop against these recipe boxes and they never seemed good value on something I am more than capable of doing myself. Although I was tempted to bring a new repertoire of meals into our lives.
It was seeing a petition calling for supermarkets to stop using plastic cartons for fruit and vegetables, and seeing how much plastic came with our weekly shop that made me realise we need to cut back on our plastic usage. I’m not at a stage where I can live a plastic-free life (shampoo bottles, make-up etc) but I can certainly make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of plastic we’re using.
So I signed up for a weekly vegetable delivery at Abel & Cole. They had a great offer (get your fourth box free) and the delivery date in my area is Monday – perfect for our weekday meals. I opted for the Super Speedy Veg Box, eight types of seasonal vegetables that are quick to cook. At £15.25 (including delivery) it’s roughly the same as what I was spending on vegetables in our weekly shop.
I’m on my second delivery right now, and I’m loving it. I’m coming home every Monday with a beautifully wrapped present of fresh, seasonal vegetables that are far superior to any I’ve bought in our weekly shop. It’s also introduced some new vegetables that I wouldn’t normally cook with, which I can’t wait to tell you about in future blog posts.
Are you toying with the idea of a fruit and vegetable delivery or recipe box? Maybe you’ve already subscribed and loving it like me. Tell me about your experiences in the comments below.