I've started taking a new approach to life lately. I basically refuse to do crap that I'm not in the mood to do. If I don't feel like making food? So be it, I'm not cooking. Not up for washing clothes? That's cool, I'll scrounge up something to wear! Don't want to take a shower today? Myeh.

How to delegate dinner when you don't feel like cooking, and make sure your family is still fed a decent meal

You guys, seriously. It's all working out rather well for me. This is adult-ing at its finest.

First, I busted my butt to get far enough ahead in my to-do list that I don't feel forced to tackle any single thing in particular. Then, I simply started doing stuff as the urge arose. This works well for me because I'm pretty self-motivated. If I take the pressure off, at some point the thought of submitting tax receipts or paying bills or even cleaning the house seems…weirdly…empowering.

Novel concept, huh?

How I Decided I'm Not Cooking for a Month

I speak at a lot of conferences about life-work balance and delegating. Running two businesses and a small farm and the lives of four five people (including Nate, let's be honest) seems to make me semi-knowledgeable on these subjects. I openly admit that I fail miserably sometimes. But when we hit our stride and the machine is oiled up properly, man, things happen around here! Everything flows more smoothly when I have the mental clarity to plan ahead, schedule work time, and hire out things that are better tended to by someone other than myself.

This was all on my mind when a company called Freshly reached out asking if they could send me food. Not just any food, though. It's all gluten-free with no added sugar, and they have meal delivery packages that include enough food for me to decide I'm not cooking for myself for an entire month.

How to delegate dinner when you don't feel like cooking, and make sure your family is still fed a decent meal

Meal plan members choose from a broad array of options in their online account, picking meals they want and indicating preferences such as dairy-free. Plans come in a range of quantities: 6 meals per week, 9 meals per week, 12 meals per week or 21 meals per week – enough to feed one person every single breakfast, lunch and dinner. I opted for that one, initially just thinking of myself since I'm the only person who eats almost every meal at home. The rest of the family is easy enough to take care of between Nate's food at work, eating on-the-go, my occasional batch cooking and the toddler's chicken nuggets.

Freshly steak skillet meal

Soon, though, I realized that I sometimes skip meals or graze instead. I started having plenty to share with guests and to feed both Nate and myself on the nights he's home.

How to delegate dinner when you don't feel like cooking, and make sure your family is still fed a decent meal

This “single person” quantity turned into a family meal plan providing everything we eat at home, supplemented with an occasional snack or restaurant meal.

How to delegate dinner when you don't feel like cooking, and make sure your family is still fed a decent meal

Freshly meals come in pre-packaged portions, delivered twice a week to my doorstep in a cooled container.

How to delegate dinner when you don't feel like cooking, and make sure your family is still fed a decent meal

The single-portion serving sizes set this company apart from other meal delivery services that I've tried in the past. Being able to whip up just enough for myself OR pop a couple in the microwave is a huge benefit. Our lifestyle is busy, so it's hard for me to plan meals not knowing who will be home. The individual serving sizes may potentially be a drawback for others who want to use Freshly as a family meal service, but for us the option to NOT heat up large quantities at once is ideal. Plus, Nate and I can eat two completely different meals if we're not in the mood for what the other is having.

How to delegate dinner when you don't feel like cooking, and make sure your family is still fed a decent meal

Another key that Freshly gets right is the seasoning. They don't overdo it with the spices, so everything is kid-friendly and there are lots of simple classics such as quinoa and pesto. If we want extra flavor, we know how to add it in.

How to delegate dinner when you don't feel like cooking, and make sure your family is still fed a decent meal

We have a flock of chickens on-hand so we don't really need breakfast. However, it is nice having omelets pre-made, knowing that they'll help us meet our daily veggie needs.

How to delegate dinner when you don't feel like cooking, and make sure your family is still fed a decent meal

At about $11-ish per meal, I've found that Freshly is pretty middle-of-the-pack as far as meal delivery costs. It's definitely more costly than making food from scratch, but it's way healthier than takeout.

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Right now, you can get three meals free (half off a six-pack) with code SOMEDAY3FREE.

Have you ever tried a meal delivery service? What else would you like to know about it?