Combatting the Energy Crisis with Meal Plans (and Weak ‘Friends’ References)

WRITTEN BY Meg O' Doherty

November 21, 2022

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Combatting the Energy Crisis with Meal Plans (and Weak ‘Friends’ References)

by | Nov 21, 2022 | Energy, Health, Sustainability

Meg O' Doherty

21 Nov, 2022

Among the many crises cropping up in the news and our lives of late are the energy crisis and the cost-of-living crisis. In times of struggle or hardship, it can help to indulge in a form of escapism. A favourite of mine is rewatching sitcoms from the 90’s. For example, in season 4, episode 10 of the hit TV show Friends, Joey Tribbiani proclaims that it will be “a lean Christmas” in his household after being fired from a job. Joey’s relevance here is two-fold. Firstly, like many of us, he loves food. Secondly, given the current economic climate, for many it really will be a lean Christmas. Comedic relief aside, finding practical solutions to our everyday struggles that fit with our busy lifestyles is the best course of action.

You may be tired of hearing about energy prices and the ever-rising cost-of-living, and in all likelihood, you’re tired of feeling the pinch on your pockets that they’re responsible for too. These developments are causing many individuals to adopt energy curbing tactics in their daily lives and in their homes, reaping benefits not only for their bank accounts, but also for the planet. Conserving energy can help to reduce fossil fuel demand and in turn, reduce CO2 levels which contribute to climate change. In addition, reduced energy usage can help to mitigate against air pollution, water pollution, and a host of other environmental issues.    

So, you might find yourself switching your lengthy shower rituals for a quick wash, the heating for an extra jumper, or your favourite tv show for a book, but what changes can be made in the kitchen? HelloFresh may have the answer in the form of healthy, flavoursome, and convenient meals – no substitutes necessary. 

HelloFresh is the world’s leading meal kit company, operating in 18 countries including Ireland and the UK. The model is simple, you choose a flexible meal plan to suit your lifestyle, have fresh ingredients and step-by-step recipes delivered to your door, and then enjoy delicious home-made meals – stress free. The convenience factor is the biggest draw for me – people who ‘cook for fun’ are lumped into the same category as those who enjoy cleaning in my book, just look at Monica Gellar – and the company’s sustainability attributes. HelloFresh boasts that it is the first global carbon neutral recipe box company by offsetting 100% of their direct carbon emissions. Taking sustainability even further, HelloFresh prides itself on its B Corp certification, its short and responsible supply chains, climate conscience recipes and – the cherry on top – a new ‘Energy Saving’ recipe range. 

The Energy Saving range is designed to ensure bang for your buck by providing mouth-watering meals that can be made in under 30 minutes, without the need to turn your oven on. The new Energy Saving range features cuisines from around the globe for customers to delve into culinary creations that not only taste delicious, but also help to save precious pennies. The easy-to-prepare meals come with detailed recipe cards and pre-portioned ingredients to minimise food waste and ensure no money goes in the bin. While the recipe options might not include Joey’s favourite food – the famous meatball sub, we feel confident that he would approve. From spiced pork noodles to creamy pesto pasta, there’s something for everyone.

On the inspiration behind the range, Mimi Morley, Recipe Development Manager at HelloFresh said: 

“We are all feeling the pinch this winter, so we wanted to create a range of recipes that could help keep energy costs down in the kitchen. Our new Energy Saving recipes are all quick and easy to prepare and don’t require the use of an oven, helping to keep gas and electricity use down, without compromising on taste, enjoyment and quality.”

Of course, a meal plan is not going to solve all of our problems. But, for those looking to make small changes in their busy lives to keep energy costs down, look no further. The range is available now, with up to five new recipes available to choose from each week, starting at just £3.15pp. Better yet, why not give someone the gift of convenient cooking this holiday season and it might not be such a lean Christmas after all. As an added bonus, with the energy savings gained in the kitchen, you can spend your holidays binge watching Friends (or whatever your poison is) guilt free. After all, it’s all about balance.

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