Fresh and Easy Review

flag No pots & pans, no clean-up!
  • Ingredients arrive in oven-safe tray

  • Grill and entree salad options

  • Can choose low-calorie & low-carb

  • Change amounts & skip delivery any time

Pros & Cons

  • A simplified meal plan by Home Chef, a meal delivery company with years of experience.
  • No need to use pots or pans – just pop the oven-safe dish in the oven or put the ingredients on the grill for a meal that is ready to enjoy.
  • You can change servings or skip deliveries anytime.
  • Offers three simple preparation options: baking, grilling, or entrée salad ingredients.
  • $100 off with sign up.
  • Only allows for 2, 4, or 6 serving plans

Plans & Pricing

You can choose between two, four, or six servings per meal for a delivery frequency minimum of two times a week and up to six times a week. Pricing per serving starts at $6.99, but most meals are priced at $9.99. The price per meal may increase depending on customization options, like switching out the protein or selecting organic or free-range options.

Average meal pricing (based on the price of $9.95 per serving) ranges between $49.80 per week (for two people, twice a week) and $333.20 per week (for six people, six times a week). Shipping is free on orders over $49, or $10 on orders under $49, but with standard pricing, that makes even the lowest plan shipped for free.

As a plus, you can change servings, skip deliveries, or cancel your subscription anytime.

Compared to other meal delivery services, Fresh and Easy by Home Chef is a great value. In fact, if you shopped for the ingredients yourself for the same meals, you would likely spend double what Home Chef costs per serving.

The prices are competitive, and keep in mind that, because the meal comes prepared for you just to place in the oven or on the grill, you save valuable time as well.

2 meals/week
$49.80/week
3 meals/week
$59.70/week
4 meals/week
$79.60/week
5 meals/week
$99.50/week
6 meals/week
$119.40/week

Overview

Fresh and Easy is a new meal plan offering by Home Chef. Home Chef, known for sending you the ingredients to prepare dozens of recipes at home, has launched a new meal delivery service that offers meals that are already prepped, portioned, and ready to cook – especially for those with a tight schedule.x

Rating

  • "Price"
    8 /10
  • "Features"
    9 /10
  • "Ease of USe"
    10 /10
  • "Help and Support"
    8 /10

Special Features

Dietary Preferences

Fresh and Easy allows you to choose low-calorie or low-carb options if you would like. You can also select a range of ingredients you would like to avoid, including pork, soy, milk, wheat, nuts, and shellfish, among others. You can change your dietary preferences at any time.

Simple and Straight-Forward

The most significant selling point for Fresh and Easy is that there is no meal prep involved. All you need to do is take the food out of the box, fridge or freezer and cook them, or if you’ve ordered salads, toss the ingredients together.

This skips the need for tutorials or tips videos and saves you a lot of time.

Meal Packaging

Your meals are delivered once weekly. In that box, you will find the portions and number of meals you have ordered for the week. Oven-ready meals are pre-portioned and come in an oven-safe tray, and grill-ready meals come ready to place in a grill-safe bag and cook over the grill. Entrée salad ingredients are pre-portioned and ready to toss together and serve.

Environmentally-Friendly Packaging

Many of the packaging materials can be recycled, are made from partially recycled carboard, or can be reused.

Ease of Use

The registration process is very straight-forward. Once you get into the site, click on the “get started” button and you will be redirected to the sign-up form. You will answer a few questions about your meal delivery needs (portions and frequency) and optional dietary preferences, and once you put in your billing and shipping information, you will be redirected to the page where you select your meals.

You can change the details of your preferences at any time. Additionally, you can change servings, skip deliveries, and pause or cancel your subscription anytime.

Suppliers

Since Fresh and Easy is a division of Home Chef, Fresh and Easy has the same high-quality suppliers as its parent company. While specific suppliers are not disclosed, Fresh and Easy ensures that they are using top-quality suppliers to provide meals that best meet your needs.

Variety of Food

Fresh and Easy offers food options that are low-calorie and low-carb, and you can also set your profile to skip meal options with certain ingredients, including pork, soy, red meat, wheat, milk, mushrooms, shellfish, and nuts. If you are vegetarian, for example, you would respond to the introductory survey to exclude pork, red meat, fish, and shellfish from your food options. The vegetarian meals sometimes qualify as vegan, but Fresh and Easy doesn’t guarantee options for weekly vegan subscriptions.

Some meal options allow you to switch out proteins or to request organic options for an additional fee.

Food Allergies

Fresh and easy offers menu options that are free of pork, soy, red meat, wheat, milk, mushrooms, shellfish, and nuts.

However, Home Chef, Fresh and Easy’s parent company, specifies that the ingredients and foods are produced in facilities that also process eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, tree nut, peanuts, wheat, and soy. Even though the ingredients are individually packaged, the facilities where they are packaged are not certified allergy-free.

If you have a food allergen, talk to your doctor about the risks of getting a reaction from food processed in this way.

Customer Support

Fresh and Easy uses Home Chef’s help and support system, which is responsive and allows you to get in contact with them in multiple ways.They offer phone and email support. There is also an FAQ section on their website.

  • Phone Support
    Yes. You can call Home Chef during their business hours for phone support.
  • Email
    Yes. However, the first contact with Fresh and Easy support is completed by filling out a request form on their website and they will get back to you by email or by phone considering your question or comment.
  • FAQ
    Yes. The FAQ section is potentially the most helpful section of the support section; it answers questions about everything from purchasing Home Chef as a gift to explaining how meal selections work.

Final Word

Fresh and Easy has the advantage that it is built upon the experience, quality, and service of Home Chef, a well-established meal delivery service. The difference between Fresh and Easy and Home Chef is that Fresh and Easy simplifies your meals to offer only ready-to-cook options, without the need for spending time preparing the meal and getting your pots and pans dirty. Pricing options are also simple and remain the same regardless of meal frequency and the number of portions.

Even though Fresh and Easy simplifies the prepping process, it still offers a range of options that meet your dietary needs, including low-calorie and low-carb options, and options that exclude certain ingredients.

We made every effort to ensure that this review was accurate and fair, but we’re only human. If you think we’ve got something wrong, or that the review does not reflect your own experiences with the product, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below, send us an email, or write your own review in the Customer Reviews section.

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Sasha Aparicio
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Sasha is a Nutritional Anthropologist with a Masters of Science in Food and Nutrition. She has written about health, food, nutrition, and fitness for over 6 years.

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