Alright, so last week I shared my review for Home Chef and today I’m delving back into the world of meal subscription boxes with a review of the popular Hello Fresh. Let’s get right down to it, shall we?
Hello Fresh Basics
- Hello Fresh has 3 basic plans available- the Veggie Plan, Classic Plan, and Family Plan. Both the Veggie and Classic plans have meals available for $9.99 per serving. So the average cost of a box like the one I’m sampling here is $60.00.
- Just like Home Chef, there’s no contract with Hello Fresh so you’re free to skip a week of meals whenever you like.
- Hello Fresh delivers a meal straight to your door any day of the week you like. You can also choose your specific delivery date.
- Fifteen new recipes are available each week although some plans have fewer choices and meals are chosen according to your dietary preferences. You are able to choose your own meals from the weekly menu as well.
- Hello Fresh has an app for both iOs and Android that makes keeping track of your weekly menu and deliveries a breeze.
- Each meal comes in a recyclable paper bag and each ingredient inside is labeled for ease. Meats are packaged separately and are shipped next to dry ice for freshness.
- Hello Fresh also includes a recipe card for each meal with easy to follow directions and a nutrition card.
The Taste Test
Balsamic Onion Burgers with Crispy Cauliflower Oven Fries
One of the things I really like about Hello Fresh is how quick their meals are to prepare. These burgers had almost no prep time at all and tasted really delicious. Roasted cauliflower isn’t something I’d necessarily pair with burgers but it was very tasty with the addition of the panko crust the recipe recommends.
The balsamic onions had just the right vinegary kick and the garlic aioli used to top the burgers was a great dip for the roasted cauliflower.
Overall, this meal was pretty tasty and extremely easy to prepare. I did think the burger was a little bland even with the addition of the balsamic onions but I tend to like things spicy and herby.
Adobo Loco Steak with a Poblano, Corn, and Crispy Potato Hash
Again, an easy and delicious meal. I did have to tweak the ingredients a bit because a few of my ingredients came damaged but it was still very tasty. The Adobo Loco sauce was definitely my favorite part of this dish. It gave just the right hint of spice–they include plenty of it so you can add to taste.
The potato and corn hash was something I wouldn’t have necessarily tried with steak (we’re a steak and mashed potato type of family) but it turned out great. I’m definitely going to try this dish again when Zach comes home. It’s filling without being too heavy like mashed potatoes tend to be.
Carolina Barbecue Chicken with Quick Stovetop Mac n’ Cheese and Green Beans
I don’t have a photo of this dish because I ended up not preparing it like the recipe. I’m not a huge fan of chicken without breading so I ended up cutting the chicken and doing just that. And I realize it’s strange but I’m not mac and cheese’s biggest fan either so I made a bit for Baby E and called it a day. The parts of the recipe that were the same tasted delicious though. The barbecue sauce is a Hello Fresh exclusive and was very tasty and the prep was maybe 5 minutes.
Overall Impression of Hello Fresh
I received a total of 3 weeks of Hello Fresh meals and I did have a few problems with each of my menus. As I said earlier, I had to tweak the recipe for the adobo loco sauce because the packet of sour cream had leaked all over the bag (and most of the ingredients). In my previous boxes, the head of lettuce I received was wilted and didn’t last past the day I received the box and the green pepper I was sent was already rotted.
Despite this, I do believe that Hello Fresh is worth giving a try especially if you’re looking for easy weekday meals. I know a few other people have received Hello Fresh and loved it so I think I might just have bad luck when it comes to the freshest ingredients. The meals themselves are pretty well-proportioned and taste great. I tend to add more seasoning than what the recipes call for but I think that’s a matter of taste.
Overall, Hello Fresh isn’t my favorite meal subscription box out of the ones I’ve tried but it’s a good option if you’re looking for affordable and easy meals to prepare for your family.
If you’d like to give Hello Fresh a try, sign up with this link and get $40 off your first box!