If you have been checking out this blog lately or forever then you may have noticed I have been talking about food alot on here. In particular, I have been going through and reviewing a bunch of food subscription boxes which you can check out here, here and here. It has been a blast and here is one of the final ones – HELLOFRESH!
The difference with this box is that it is a dinner meal box designed to allow you to prepare nutritious and delicious meals without wasting food. I know that sounds ambiguous but basically they provide the recipes, the food and sides in just the right portions so that when you are done cooking and eating – there is no uneaten or unprepared food left over. VERY COOL because according to HelloFresh the average American home throws away about 40% of the food bought – EEEK!
Before I go any further let me share that I received a complimentary HelloFresh Box for 2 and all opinions, suggestions, recommendations and thoughts are my very own. You are getting the real deal here.
Here’s a quick video on how it works but basically you:
1. Go to their website http://hellofresh.com
2. You place an order and choose between a classic (with meat) or veggie box
3. Choose whether you want 3 meals for 2 or 4 people
4. Choose your day and delivery date
5. Confirm which 3 of the 5 meals offered that week you want
6. Wait for the magic to happen – HelloFresh delivered directly to your door
When my box arrived I was extremely excited because the pressure of coming up with a dinner menu for the family was off my shoulders at least that week. Here’s my unboxing of all of the goodies that came in my box.
My box contained three delicious meals which were very easy to prepare. It included:
1. Chicken Yakitori
2. Steak Tagliata
3. Tortellini Au Gratin
Everything had meat in it except the tortellini au gratin which was fine. I prepared a separate meat dish and placed the tortellini on the side. It was perfect.
First up was the Chicken Yakitori (took less than 30 minutes to prepare) with the crispy Chuka Soba Noodles. This dish was heavenly!! I ate its leftovers at least twice and took some for lunch. Since this dish was only for 2 I cooked something different for my kids which left more of this for my husband and me. My kids can be picky eaters and while I think they would have liked the noodles, if the taste isn’t something I normally prepare they freak out.
As previously mentioned, everything needed to prepare this meal came in its own pack. Very easy and convenient.
I followed the instructions to a tee, which were easy to follow, and voila…I’m a chicken yakitori chef! Well maybe not chef but now I feel comfortable replicating this dish. I kept the recipes.
Next up was the Steak Tagliata (took less than 30 minute to prepare). I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this since I have no clue what tagliata is but when I looked at everything ti came with to make nothing looked weird.
I love me a good steak so I was very interested to taste this dish. I also love savory sweet potatoes so the fact these are prepared with rosemary and garlic was just an extra bonus in my book.
What I found very delicious about this meal was the watercress salad that everything lays upon. It brought a nice fresh and crisp taste and contrast to this delicious. This dish was another winner by the hubster!!!
Last but definitely not least is the Tortellini Au Gratin (took less than 30 minutes to prepare). I was extremely curious about how this was going to work because I am used to potato au gratin but this dish did not disappoint.
This dish came out creamy and the asparagus really set it off if you ask me. I love asparagus so it was the perfect veggie for this side dish. It was filling on its own but I made some chicken as the main entree and served this on the side. HIT!
I also took leftovers of this dish to work and had all eyes on my plate in the office. 🙂
Rating: The HelloFresh box was a smash with the family who tend to be picky eaters so I give this box a 10 out of 10. Remember I said my children didn’t try the chicken yakitori right? Well they did eat the steak and my daughter tried the tortellini (my son has milk allergies) and she said it taste good so WINNER WINNER!
- Easy recipes
- Variety of dishes
- Waste conscious
- Quick meals
- Most importantly – delicious. I enjoyed everything that came in my box.
- The only thing I can think of is maybe the price. For the cost of 3 meals it costs $69/week to feed 2 and $129/week to feed 4
As I mentioned previously, my husband and I are seriously thinking about ordering this on a more regular basis (maybe not every week but perhaps once a month or so) to help with dinner meal planning and to help us eat out less yet prepare home-cooked meals quickly and easily.
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You can enjoy a box of HelloFresh too by simply clicking the graphic below to place your order.