A review of the meal kit company Hello Fresh and my thoughts on the 3 meals we cooked and enjoyed for dinner. This post is sponsored by Hello Fresh
Food to table is getting so creative! There are so many cool ways to enjoy healthy real food these days. Hello Fresh is one of them. The company offers recipe kits that you order through the mail and three meal’s worth of ingredients come fresh to your doorstep. In addition the ingredients, you’ll find detailed recipe cards and nutrition information.
Hello Fresh Review
You can choose between Omnivore or Vegetarian, a subscription (cheaper) or a one-off box (a little more), and 2 or 4 servings. There are also e-giftcards so you can let a receiver do the ordering! The Omnivore box subscriptions are $10.75 a serving, including shipping, and the Vegetarian option is of course a little less at $9.08 a serving. You get to choose 3 out of 5 recipes for the week, so you have choices in flavor.
The ingredients come labeled, washed and partially prepped. While you still have to chop the veggies, the herbs come by the sprig so there is zero waste (except for the plastic bags, sadly). While the chicken was from a family farm in Pennsylvania, the beef’s package didn’t indicate its origin. Hello Fresh says it places importance on quality, so I hope for the best.
The instructions were artfully designed with photos of the ingredients, step-by-step instructions and finished dish photos. Plus nutrition information and recipe notes.
The recipes were both quick and relatively easy – a win win.
Our three meals were as follows:
Seared Steak with Pepperonata & Cannellini Bean Mash
This was my favorite dish of the week. The flavors were SO good – I loved the mustardy peppers. We used fennel instead of the onion that came in the box.
And we added a few of our garden salad greens on the side
The herby white bean mash was amazing! I wish I had thought of that. It was like mashed potatoes without all that boiling nonsense. And the steak was delish!
Braised Chicken & Chorizo with Rosemary Potatoes & Carrots
A chip and a chop and we were ready to roll!
I loved the potatoes, although they didn’t exactly crisp up like the recipe promised. The chorizo chicken was excellent! And there is something so simply delicious about steamed carrot sticks. Mazen liked those!
Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad
This one I made all by myself. Well, with the company of wine! The boys were at the park playing.
Matt and I used to sear tuna all the time! It’s been far too long.
Assembly was fun
I loved the hummus-like dressing made of mashed chickpeas, lemon, Dijon and S+P.
My Hello Fresh Review
While I am sure there are some people who subscribe to Hello Fresh on a weekly basis, I think it is ideal as a gift or treat to yourself. Imagine the friend who has a new baby but lives too far away to deliver a homemade casserole. Or the recent college grad learning to cook in her tiny apartment kitchen. Or perhaps someone who just needs a little cheering up. Hello Fresh is perfect for them.
This was such a fun experience, and I’d love to do it again sometime when we have the need for some recipes but don’t have time for a big grocery store trip. I guess a downside is you still have to go to the store for milk and fruit and things for your other meals, but again, this would make a perfect gift!