Wednesday, March 8, 2017

My Hello Fresh Review

I mentioned a few weeks ago we were trying out Hello Fresh and since I was very curious about how it would all go, I wanted to share my honest opinions about the food and service! As I mentioned before, my Mom forwarded me her code to make my box $20 for three meals. This is discounted $40, the regular box is $60. So, right off the bat I felt like I was getting a great deal. By the way, everyone receives their personal code that they can pass along, and in turn you get rewards for each person that signs up. The good thing about Hello Fresh, and I am guessing other meal delivery services, is that you can stop them at any time. I would never sign up for one that didn't allow that! You also get to pick your meals out of a handful of options. So now that we know the basics lets go over the food, meal by meal!

Our first meal was made on Sunday night and I thought the most involved recipe was best for this night, the Tater Topped Pot Pie. I did get excited knowing I just had to pull out that one box that had everything right there in hunting, and back and forth to the fridge 40 times. In my honest opinion, a few of the potatoes were not the freshest and some of them were smaller than what I was expecting {i.e tiny potatoes!} which I think makes them harder to peel. Were they bad potatoes? No. But, I probably would have picked a few others in lieu of them at the grocery store. The mushrooms were really fresh. The finished meal was good, and I am not a huge pot pie fan! Potatoes and pot pie are right up Stephen's alley though and he loved this meal. Right away, Stephen commented that we should be doing this delivery service every week because he was impressed with the result and the price! By the way, we spend way too much money at the grocery store. It also made enough for leftovers, which was nice for Weeks the following day for lunch.

The next meal was Sassy Soy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice. I absolutely loved this meal in terms of flavor! The broccoli had a few yellow spots, so again, probably would have picked something a teeny bit fresher, but it did not affect the end result of the meal. I just trimmed that part off. They provided chicken thighs- one was pretty large and the other was significantly smaller. All this means is that one was done a little before the other, and Stephen had a lot more chicken than me! 😉  The peanut sauce that I made with it was really good too, similar to something I would have found in a restaurant and never thought to make at home! Overall, I was really impressed with how this meal turned out. It was delicious.

The last meal was the Sirloin, Parsnip Wedges and Creamed Spinach. Another really, really great meal. My parents happened to be in town and they had coincidentally chosen the same meals for the week. We opted to pool our meals together this night so we could eat together. I think this meal ended up taking the most time to prepare, but we were also catching up and entertaining kids at the same time. My Mom had some fresh green beans that she brought along that we added to the meal. Again, this meal really impressed me. I saved the recipe card and will definitely recreate it again, probably for a special occasion. By the way- I don't think I had ever eaten parsnips before?! Their take on the wedges made them seem like fries, but are much healthier. This was a fun discovery.

So, the big question is...will I do this again? Absolutely! I really enjoy cooking and planning our meals so I will not be doing this weekly, but Stephen and I decided we will do it about once a month or so, depending on the menus offered and our schedules for the week. I have to say, I wished on Sunday night I could have grabbed a box out of the fridge and started cooking. I also think you are getting really great meals at a fraction of what you would pay at the grocery store. The good definitely outweighed the bad, which was minimal. I think I learned a bit too! Our recipes also called for roasting vegetables several times, and they turned out fabulous. Roasting veggies is not in my usual routine and I will be incorporating that into future cooking!

If you guys are still reading, thank you! I know you probably didn't need to hear every detail about my dinners but I wanted to give an honest opinion! If you want to try it out, my link is here {code is KRHILLM}. Any questions? I am happy to answer! Have you tried a meal delivery service yet?


Ashley Carole (Sweet Carolina Belle) said...

I just love our hello fresh meals. The produce can be a little bruised at times but if you contact customer service they will happily give you a credit toward your next box!

Jennifer Miller said...

Thank you for your honest & through review! I appreciated all of the little details, because that is what I would notice too ;) The meals sound yummy to make again too.