Jaco used to dread the late afternoon. He had three kids to wrangle, while preparing a dinner that catered to their fussy tastes. Sound familiar?
A firefighter and dad to three daughters all aged under five, Jaco used to struggle with the whole dinner time routine, from checking the pantry to make sure there was something to cook, to serving something up that the girls would actually eat!
Jaco felt a huge responsibility to not only ensure that he was preparing delicious food the girls would enjoy but that it was nutritious and within his budget and time constraints.
Jaco was also keen to ensure that his daughters were open to try new and exciting foods and his shopping list of needs for his family led, with the responsibility he felt to encourage his girls to be open to trying new food, lead him to become one of HelloFresh’s first New Zealand customers.
Getting the kids involved
Follow Jaco and his family with HelloFresh via his Instagram @HelloFreshGuy
Each week, Jaco has the choice to get his girls involved in some or all aspects of the HelloFresh process.
They love being given the option of selecting the following week’s recipes through the HelloFresh app, then when the box arrives it’s like Christmas as they discover both new ingredients and old favourites.
The easy to follow recipes mean the girls can get involved at the preparation stage and Jaco has noticed that the more they are involved, the more they are keen to try their creation.
The girls have also taken to the serious job of repurposing the delivery box!
Making dinnerime a family priority!
Jaco and his wife make is a priority to share family meal times together! They see it as an opportunity to spend time with their girls and show them the importance of having healthy and varied meals. The HelloFresh meals are all nutritionally balanced and they trust the girls will grow to understand what a well-balanced meal looks like.
The girls – even being fussy eaters – are now more confident in trying new flavours! It’s fair to say, Jaco is feeling pretty proud of his cooking!
Taking the hassle out of meals!
Aside from being able to choose the meals each week, Jaco has also had HelloFresh delivered to their holiday location. He has also switched between the Classic Plan and Family Plan. They haven’t yet tried the Veggie Plan but given that they are enjoying the vegetarian meals (including the ones with tofu!) they get in the other plans, this is definitely on the cards.
During busy times, Jaco also logs in and reduces the number of meals per week or skips a week altogether and if they’re heading away.