I Work 60 Hours a Week and Still Have Time to Cook: Here’s How

For most, a 40-hour work week is more than enough. But for those who work over 60 hours a week, the work-life balance can be thrown out of whack. And at the end of a long day, having to cook a homemade dinner doesn't exactly sound like a reward. We're noticing a new trend emerging among the super-busy marathon workers—the ones who eat their lunch standing or substitute lunch for cup after cup of coffee all day. With little time left at the end of the day to decompress, these overachievers often resort to leftovers or takeout at 9pm. A meal kit service sounds ideal, but how do you know which one works best with your lifestyle?

Subscription boxes have become ubiquitous, but we've recently heard that one of these meal kits is emerging as the leader for the super-busy, and making their lives a little easier. For those who want a dinner that tastes good, but also doesn't take forever to chop the vegetables and prepare garnishes, HelloFresh is proving to be the perfect compliment for those craving a simple home-cooked meals.

Time is the main obstacle, so HelloFresh's meals come delivered with all the ingredients ready to go, which minimizes the time required to plan, shop, prep, and cook. All anyone has to do is choose a plan, depending on their preferences, and wait for their delivery to show up to their door in a refrigerated box. Their meals can be cooked in just 30 minutes, and for those truly on a time crunch, their "Rapid Meals" can be cooked in just 20 minutes. That doesn't mean there's a sacrifice of flavor; they might have you make baked potatoes in the microwave rather than in the oven. It's not fast food, but food that's prepped, pre-portioned, and ready to whip up into something good

The interesting thing is that everyone wants a warm cooked meal at the end of a long day, but the reality is that's just too difficult to execute. HelloFresh is making this happen; they are the ones making the grocery list, planning the menu, going to the store, portioning the ingredients, and setting their customers up to easily make a home-cooked meal.

Making a meal is nothing like performing open heart surgery; it's made to be quite simple. Unlike other dinner-kit services, HelloFresh tries really hard to make sure their dinners can be made in 30 minutes or less.

Another perk is that they send you farmer's market-quality produce. Busy people don't get an excuse to not eat healthy, but it's nice to have fresh veggies planned into your dinners. For those afraid of commitments, their flexible scheduling allows customers to pause deliveries anytime, which is great if they'll be away or have too much going on. Coming home to a box of delicious ingredients all ready to go is a huge relief to those who don't have the time or energy to think about what's for dinner. Plus, it's a great way to start building a healthy eating routine, effortlessly. For the person who has no time, HelloFresh can help give some of it back.

Update: The folks at HelloFresh are extending a special offer to our readers. Follow this link to get your first 3 meals free!

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