Fresh and Easy Diet Review

Sarah Pritzker

In a Nutshell

Fresh and Easy is the easy version of the popular meal kit delivery service Home Chef. Rather than meal kits, Fresh and Easy delivers grill and oven-ready meals that are pre-portioned, eliminating prep time and making cooking and cleanup a cinch. Fresh and Easy also focuses on more nutritious alternatives to help people lose weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle. With everything prepped for you, this is definitely the easiest way to eat well.

pros

  • Everything is prepared for you
  • Easy to customize your meals
  • No cleanup

cons

  • Shipping fees apply
  • Can’t see meal options before subscribing
  • No fitness or weight loss coaching, features, or tips

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Best for: Busy people who want to eat well anyway, teachers and healthcare providers

Weight loss: None 

Support: None 

Pricing: Appx. $6.99-$8.99

Special offer: Save $60 on first order, military, teacher, and healthcare professional discount

What’s Unique About Fresh and Easy?

Fresh and Easy has taken all of the hassle out of eating well. Let’s face it. Planning, shopping, prepping, and cooking healthy meals is a hassle. Which is why most of us default to mac and cheese most nights of the week. But Fresh and Easy has eliminated all of our familiar excuses. All meals come with entirely prepared ingredients that are even portioned out properly for your meals. You don’t have to take out a single knife, peeler, or pot. Just toss the ready-to-cook meal into an oven-safe dish, and your job is done. Yeah, we’re all out of excuses.

Additionally, Fresh and Easy accomplish this feat for a reasonable fee. While it’s not the cheapest meal delivery service out there, Fresh and Easy is actually more affordable than many of the other meal kit delivery services that don’t even bother prepping the food for you. Ironically, Fresh and Easy meals are cheaper than some of Home Chef’s options. So you get all the prep work taken care of for less than it costs to eat at a nice restaurant. 

But the best part of working with Fresh and Easy is how easy it is to customize your menu options. If there’s a meal you like the sound of but needs a little tweaking, Fresh and Easy is your answer. With each meal, you have the option to customize it to your likings. For example, the crispy buffalo shrimp salad allows you to switch the shrimp for organic boneless skinless chicken breasts or wild-caught mahi-mahi fillets. There’s even an option for vegan and vegetarian-friendly alternatives. 

Dieters Are Raving

“Been a loyal customer for almost two years and love the customer service and quality of the products! It has been a life saver for a busy working mom. So happy when I get home on Friday night and don't have to hit the traffic and stores to get dinner for the family. Thanks HC!” - AUDREY E.

“I am single and l get the meal plan for 6 meals with 2 servings and it’s amazing! I save the second serving for my lunch the next day and I am actually saving money! The quality is great and there are tons of options every week to choose from!” - CHRISTEN R.

“My husband and I wanted to start cooking healthier, but didn't really know where to start. We thought we'd use it for a few months and then just cancel, but it's been so convenient that we're still on it several years later!” - SARAH G.

“All the food has been amazing and easy to follow. Not only is the food delish, but it helps take the stress out of my family’s hectic schedule and broadens our palate to not eat the same meals over and over. Two thumbs up” -  BROOKLYN L.

How it Works 

Ordering from Fresh and Easy is straightforward but has one drawback. You can’t view the menu until after you pay. That’s not ideal. After all, I like to see my options before I put down money on them. 

Other than this obvious snafu, Fresh and Easy makes ordering very simple. Begin by filling out your dietary preferences. This includes things like:

  • Carb-conscious 
  • Calorie-conscious
  • Foods you want to avoid (red meat, dairy, pork, mushrooms, shellfish, nuts)

Next, you’ll build your meal boxes. Decide things like:

  • How many people you are cooking for
  • How many times a week do you plan on cooking

Finally, you’ll choose a delivery date, enter your address and payment info, and you’re ready to roll. Now is when you get to pick out your meals. And while it’s a little late in the process, Fresh and Easy definitely makes it worth the wait, offering fresh, flavorful, and tantalizing meal options for you to choose from.

What You’ll Eat

Fresh and Easy doesn’t have a specific diet plan that you need to follow. Instead, the meals are designed to be healthy in their own right. However, you can choose low-carb or low-calorie filters, and you can eliminate options that include ingredients that don’t aid your weight-loss efforts. For example, some people just can’t cut the fat while eating dairy. Fresh and Easy lets you filter out any dairy meal options while still offering a wide variety of meals that are suitable for your weight-loss goals. 

Fresh and Easy has 3 categories: oven-ready, grill bags, and salad plates. There are approximately 15-20 meal options, and meals are renewed weekly. So you have a lot of variety. Here are a few menu options that made our mouths water:

  • Mahi-mahi and Tuscan herb sauce with Italian roasted potatoes and broccolini 
  • Sweet chili pork lettuce wraps with crispy rice noodles
  • Pork tenderloin with roasted pears and green beans in a garlic-thyme sauce

Mobile App

Home Chef has a nice mobile app for both iOS and Android devices. It’s great for ordering meals, keeping track of meals you’ve ordered, reviewing meals, and managing your deliveries. The app also has cooking tips and fun plating tips for more enjoyable serving.

Pricing 

As mentioned, Fresh and Easy is a reasonably priced meal kit delivery service. Considering the fact that this is a totally prepared meal that is oven-ready, having affordable pricing is even more impressive. Here’s what you’re likely to pay for the pricier meals on Fresh and Easy (This is based on $8.99 meals, so bear in mind that you’ll pay less if you opt for $6.99 meals):

Meals per week→ People cooking for↓
2
3
4
5
6
2
$20.96
$38.94
$56.92
$74.90
$92.88
4
$56.92
$92.88
$128.84
$164.80
$200.76
6
$92.88
$146.82
$200.76
$254.70
$308.64

Delivery is also $6.99, regardless of how much you order. Fresh and Easy offers a $60 voucher for the first 4 boxes. But what’s really nice about this service is that it shows respect for the true, unsung heroes of the world. That’s right, Fresh and Easy offers a 10% discount on all subsequent orders to teachers, first responders, doctors, nurses, hospital employees, and military personnel. 

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Help & Support

Fresh and Easy has an extensive FAQ section (or more precisely, Home Chef does). You can search or browse through the well-categorized questions. Or you can reach out to support via phone or email. Home Chef is also very active on social media.

Phone: 872-225-2433

Monday-Friday: 9am-6pm CST

Saturday: 10am-2pm CST

Sunday: Closed

Here’s the Skinny

With pre-prepped, oven-ready meals, Fresh and Easy, Home Chef’s easier, smarter counterpart, is really living up to its name. From fresh salads to top-quality proteins, Fresh and Easy meals are as enjoyable to eat as they are to make (who doesn’t enjoy tossing a pan in the oven and having a delectable meal in less than an hour?). With a good variety of menu options, easy customization choices, and helpful dietary filters, Fresh and Easy also makes it a cinch to stick to your weight-loss goals.

Sarah Pritzker is a content writer with years of experience and a keen interest in the vast world of online consumer products. She enjoys helping readers make sense of the options on the market in a variety of fields.

The information on this site is based on research, but should not be treated as medical advice. Before beginning any new diet plan, we recommend consulting with a physician or other professional healthcare provider. Results may vary based on various health factors, individual weight loss plans and adherence to the meal plan.

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