Amazon Fresh Review

Read the full review below. Here’s my quick pro/con synopsis:


  • Easy shopping online
  • Even easier shopping with the Amazon Dash tool
  • Groceries are delivered to your home
  • Easy to compare prices (prices of things I’ve ordered so far are comparable)
  • Free shipping
  • Very convenient
  • Keeps you organized


  • Excess packaging that you need to store (until the next delivery when they will be picked up)
  • You have to spend $50 to place an order
  • Groceries come the next day, so this is not good if you need something sooner
  • You spend a little extra on a tip for the driver
  • Does not always have everything on my list

Amazon Fresh DeliveryRecently I fell into the Amazon Prime Day media trap and signed up. (You can check out my Amazon Prime review here.) By signing up for Prime, I was also eligible for Amazon Fresh.

Amazon Fresh is a grocery delivery service. You log into the Amazon Fresh site, choose your groceries, choose your delivery date and time and checkout. Your groceries are delivered right on your doorstep.

I’ve kind of avoided grocery delivery services until now. I worried about the produce and whether the person picking it would do a good job. Ok, I’m lying. I worried about feeling like the absolute laziest person by having my groceries delivered to me. I mean, what kind of person can’t get to the grocery store?

Well, my mind has been changed. (Lazy people unite!) I see it in a different way now. Having groceries delivered to my house frees up time to do other more important things. Like cooking. Or exercising. Or binge-watching MasterChef.

Plus, I like how organized I feel when I use it. I can flip through a cookbook, search for the exact thing I need and add it right to my list. Of course, I can get a pen and paper and write down what I need too. But sometimes (a lot of times) when I’m at the store, I might miss an item or 2 on my list. Then I have to go back to the store… UGH. You get the point.

I also like that I can comparison shop different items. I like comparing Amazon Fresh with Amazon Prime with my regular grocery store, and see who has the best prices. (So far, Fresh wins out most of the time.)

Amazon Dash toolHere’s what else is great. Amazon sent me this handy dandy little tool to use called Amazon Dash. When I’m running out of something, I can either scan the barcode, or I can speak into it’s microphone and tell it what I need. It’ll automatically add the item to my list. That thing has saved me from forgetting some important things! Ok, just some trash bags and tin foil, but those things feel important to me.

There are a couple of downsides to Amazon Fresh. You get bags of your groceries put on your doorstep. You now have to do something with those bags. And sometimes those bags have coolers in them. And ice packs. Which can leak. It’s kind of a pain to store the excess stuff until your next delivery (when the delivery guy picks them up for you), but Amazon sends some helpful tips with your order email.

Another issue is that you need to have at least $50 worth of goods to place an order. I can completely understand why this minimum is necessary. I’m sure Amazon doesn’t want to send a truck out to deliver a bag of limes. I don’t think I would really want that either. Just thinking of our environment and all. And honestly, it’s not really hard at all to get to $50. I’ll just add things onto my order as needed and then have it sent when I reach the minimum.

Having a service like this doesn’t eliminate the need to shop at other stores. They don’t always have exactly what I need at Amazon Fresh. (Men’s deodorant for my husband, for example.) But Trader Joe’s doesn’t have everything either. Nor does Whole Foods. Wegman’s pretty much does. Except wine. But that’s not their fault. Dumb Pennsylvania laws… And they don’t deliver, so Amazon Fresh still wins by a little!

In any case, I really don’t want to be holed up in my house 24/7. Going out to another store now and again is a nice change of scenery. Overall though, I enjoy using Amazon Fresh. So I think I’ll keep it!

Do you use Amazon Fresh? What do you think of it? Do you think it’s cheaper than other stores or more expensive? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Amazon Prime Review

Please read below for the full-ish review. Here’s a quick list of the pros and cons if you don’t feel like reading too much:


  • Free 2-day shipping with qualifying products
  • Convenience of having big, bulky or heavy things sent right to your front door
  • Lots of movies and TV shows that you can stream
  • Streaming music
  • Kindle Owners Lending Library (I don’t own a Kindle, so I can’t say if the books are good or not)
  • Photo storage


  • $100 / year payment
  • Not all products qualify for Prime
  • Lots of extra packaging around the house

Ok, I admit it. Amazon got me. I joined Prime on Amazon Prime Day. All those commercials and emails they sent me worked. I felt like spending $100 was a necessity by the 700th message I received. You must admit, they have a good marketing team over there.

I haven’t used Prime quite long enough to give it a full review. I’ll have much more information during the holidays. I’ll really test them out then!

I have purchased a few things already, and so far so good. 2 day shipping is alive and well!

Now, with the Prime purchase, I also got access to Amazon Fresh. (They also gave me this nifty little tool called Amazon Dash to use with Fresh.) Every once in a while my nerdy data side comes out, so I’ve been adding things to Amazon Fresh and then comparing Amazon Prime purchases.

Sometimes Prime is more and sometimes it’s less, so it is an extra step checking the prices of everything and trying to figure out which one would be less. (To add to my own confusion, I also downloaded the Wegman’s app and I check there too. I’m insane.) But I wouldn’t call that a con since that’s just my own curiosity. It probably would even out either way eventually.

I enjoy being able to order cat food and have it on my doorstep 2 days later. (Don’t worry. The kitties had enough food for three days.)

I don’t love the excess packaging. I already have Amazon boxes piled up in a heap. Can you imagine what Christmastime is going to look like? We’ll be swimming in boxes! I may just give the kids Amazon boxes as presents.

There are more advantages to having a Prime account than just 2-day free shipping. (And you’ve probably seen the commercial with the singing guy telling you this.) You also have access to Kindle books, streaming music, streaming movies and TV shows, and you can also store your photos with Amazon.

I haven’t really gotten a chance to really use these other features yet. I have streamed a few movies in the past and I didn’t have any issues with it. I don’t own a Kindle, so the books probably won’t be useful to me unless I add the Kindle app to my iPad. And I’m not completely sure I’m comfortable adding all of my photos onto Amazon’s site. I feel like I would be locked in forever if they had all of my precious memories.

So far I’m happy with Prime. Is it worth spending $100 on it? It’s hard to say right now. I do think it will come in handy when I need to ship out presents. And it’s going to be real great when we need a big package of kitty litter and I’m too lazy busy to go to the store and load it up in a cart.

In any case, I’m pretty sure Amazon is taking over the world, so I figure it’s best to stay on their good side. If that’s all that Prime is good for, then it’s well worth it in my book.

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Cleaning out the Fridge Coconut Curry

I call this one “Cleaning out the Fridge Coconut Curry.” The base of this recipe was taken from one of my favorite meals, Red Curry with Tofu. Here’s something I now know 100% for sure. Curry + coconut milk + anything else = delicious! So, all you need to do is get some coconut milk, some red or green curry paste (I like the red a little more) and get out a bunch of veggies, whatever you need to use up from your fridge, and put it all together.

I like to add tofu, but you could add some chicken or fish if you’d like. I also like to put a stew like this on top of rice if I have it.

Anyway, here’s how I put it together. I added ingredient amounts below, but please use these as guidelines, and taste and adjust as you go.

(Serves 2ish)

1/2 tablespoon canola oil
2 tablespoons onion, chopped or shallots, thinly sliced
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup chopped zucchini
1/2 cup cooked sweet potato, chopped
1/4 cup chopped tomato
7 ounces tofu
1-2 tablespoons red curry paste
1 can coconut milk (light is fine if you’d like)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce, tamari, liquid aminos or fish sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice

Heat the oil in a skillet and add the onion or shallot. Saute until the onions are translucent. Add the mushrooms, stir fry for about 5 minutes until most of the water is released. Add the zucchini, stir fry for 1 minute. Add the sweet potato, tomatoes and tofu (you can saute and brown the tofu ahead of time if you’d like for a bit of a chewier texture) and stir fry for another minute. Add the red curry paste and stir fry for one more minute.

Add the coconut milk, brown sugar, soy sauce and lime juice. Stir until well combined. Let simmer for about 10-15 minutes so all the flavors meld together. Add salt and pepper to taste.

I really love this meal since it’s so versatile! You can use whatever veggies you like and that you have available. It’s nutritious and really delicious. You will get filled up with this one, trust me!

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My Favorite Dressing That I Put on Everything

I thought I would create a post for my favorite sauce, because I really do use it on everything. Fish, veggies, Little Vegetable Sandwiches, and my favorite…Bean Burritos. It’s so yummy!!

It’s a bit of a riff on a recipe that was in one of my Cooking Light magazines for a kind of tartar sauce for fish. The original uses diced up dill pickles. I don’t use them for anything other than fish. (Although, I suppose you could. Just not sure how good that would be on a burrito!)

My version is also vegan…not that it has to be. I just love Veganaise!

1/4 cup Veganaise (or regular mayo if you prefer)
The juice of 1/2 a lime
1 teaspoon dill (I think fresh would be amazing here, but I never remember to get it. Dried is fine.)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and put it on everything! YUM.

By the way, I never measure this stuff out, so this is all kind of a guess. You may have to adjust things to your liking.

Everyone in my house actually likes this dressing. It’s the miracle that has my kids eating raw veggies in these veggie sandwiches!

UPDATE: I still use this dressing all the time. But now, I like to add some chipotle peppers (with a bit of adobo sauce) to this dressing. it’s really great on salads and on shrimp or fish tacos.

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Little Vegetable Sandwiches

OK, I am so excited about this because I finally found something that the kids like that includes vegetables! And OMG – raw ones. Now, Lia is pretty open to trying things, but Frankie is another story. He is one tough cookie – especially when it comes to raw veggies.

So when he actually said he liked these sandwiches and then proceeded to scarf down 2 of them, it took all my strength not to do cartwheels down the driveway.

By the way, I LOVE these sandwiches. They are highly addicting to me. However they do include some (vegan) mayo, so it’s probably best not to be TOO addicted to them. Yikes. I’m in trouble. :)

These are very easy to make. Take some thicker whole grain bread (I like Ezekiel sprouted whole grain flourless bread, but you can use whatever you like.) and toast it up. Let them cool a bit before proceeding.

Cut up some crunchy veggies of your choice. I used cucumbers, carrots, green onions and snow peas. I cut the carrots and snow peas into thin strips.

Make the sauce for the sandwiches by using about 1/4 cup Veganaise (or regular mayo), the juice of about 1/2 lemon or lime and a sprinkle of dill. (Fresh is best, but I didn’t have any so I used dried. It was delicious.)

After the bread is cooled, cut them into 4 pieces. Spread the sauce on each side, pile with veggies and put two of the pieces of toast together.

Yum, these are great sandwiches for a hot summer day. They are light, crispy and refreshing!

And kids actually like them!!!! (At least two of them do anyway.) :)

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My Favorite Hot-Day Salad

It was pretty warm a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted a nice, cool salad that was healthy and delicious. So, I tried to think of things that would go together and would be refreshing, and this is what I came up with.

First I grab a huge plate. (You can have a big portion of this salad and not have to think to yourself, “Oh damn, why did I eat that??? Now I can’t eat anything tomorrow!! I have to run 20 miles on the treadmill tonight!!!” No, no, no. You will feel good after eating this one! Even if it’s a big portion. Eat as much as you want! It WILL fill you up though.)

Then I add some lettuce. Black beans. Corn if I have some. Shredded cukes if I have them (or just cut into pieces). Shredded carrots. You can add whatever the heck you want that’s cool and refreshing and delicious to you.

After I create the base of the salad, I make a fresh salsa. I cut up tomatoes, a jalapeno and a bit of green or red onion, lots of cilantro, then I add some lime juice and salt and pepper. Very simple.

The final step is to take the salsa and dump it on top of the salad.

Actually, the final step is to eat it. And it’s even better if you can eat it out in the sunshine. It will just make you feel good all over. YUM!

I love this salad. Sometimes I’ll eat it with tortilla chips. I like the different crunchy texture added to the salad. I just have to remember to take it easy on the chips. You know how that goes. :)

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