February 22, 2012

Move Over Takeout, I’ve got Freschef!




Do you eat out? Maybe just on the weekends? Possibly a quick zip thru the drive thru or a stop at the local grocery store to pick up a pre-made meal?

We try not to eat out too often. And with very few options for takeout, I can’t tell you the last time I’ve ordered takeout. Besides the fact that it can get expensive and may pack a lot of hidden calories, eating out takes up time that we don’t always have. I don’t want to inhale my food, but on a busy weeknight when it’s 6pm and bedtime for BabyGirl is 8:30pm, going out to dinner actually adds to the stress.

Recently, I was introduced to a product by a new local company called Freschef. Started by a busy mom who understood the evening time crunch, Freschef is an Arizona-based company providing fresh meal that can be cooked at home in under 20 minutes. From refrigerator to table in less time than it takes me to actually get to a restaurant.

I’ve tried several of their meals and have liked each of them. Some are similar to restaurant meals I’d order. Others are comfort food I’d spend Freschef Chicken Piccatahours preparing. All, though, have ingredients I know and can pronounce. And for a family of 3 it’s less expensive, both in terms of time and money, than going out.

Available at Fry’s Stores in Arizona and Kroger in Kentucky, they’re an excellent value. Ranging from about $10-$20 for a 2-serving package, if you’re in either of these areas you’ll appreciate the freshness and convenience.

There are times when I think I could make things cheaper, but this really isn’t the case. The meat is trimmed so there is no waste, the veggies seasoned just right, and the seasoning packed – some with 10 or more spices – perfectly proportioned. And, because everything is self-contained, I save time by not having to wash 82,653 things.

It’s hard to choose which has been my favorite because I’ve enjoyed all of them. The Lemon Chicken Piccata was flavorful, Steak au Poivre quick and elegant. My friend K, not a fan of lemony foods, thought the chicken picccata was well done.

As I head to BlissDom, these will be in my fridge. A quick, healthy and flavorful meal at home will surely make things easier for CycleGuy. The last thing he needs to think about while I’m gone is what’s for dinner. And because BabyGirl usually has leftovers for lunch I know she’ll have something we’ll all be happy with.

You can keep updated with demos, new products and new markets by following Freschef on Facebook or tweeting with Freschef on Twitter.

Disclosure: I attended a Freschef demonstration as a guest of Fry’s Food Stores and was provided a complimentary meal to try at home. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Image credit: Freschef


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