Disclaimer: I purchased this product on my own and have no affiliation with Hello Fresh. This review is based on my personal opinion of my recent experience with this company.
A few weeks ago, I tried and reviewed Blue Apron. I loved it so much that when Groupon had an offer for Hello Fresh, I was all over it.
Hello Fresh is a meal delivery service. You choose from an assortment of recipes and can get three to four meals per week delivered to your door, based on a plan for a two person household. They have options for families where members can get more or less delivered each week. Subscribers receive all of the recipe and all of the ingredients for each meal. Even with having to chop the ingredients, the whole process of prepping and cooking each meal was under 45 minutes.
The Groupon I came across offered two weeks worth of meals. I had a coupon for any Groupon, so I was able to purchase this package for $55, which means $27/week! $27/week for three meals per week (each feeds two people) is pretty good, considering the types of meals I would be receiving (salmon, chicken, pork, beef, etc).
My first delivery was set for Saturday, February 6th followed by a second delivery on Saturday, February 13. Deliveries could be scheduled from Monday-Saturday. The food comes packed neatly in a medium sized box. Inside the box is a silver insulated bag made of bubble wrap, and the bag contains all of the food plus enormous ice packs. If I wasn’t home to receive this, I would feel comfortable leaving it packaged this way for a whole day and not worrying about it spoiling.
The recipes I received for each week were:
Week of February 6th
- Prosciutto Wrapped Garlic Sage Chicken with Spinach and Tomatoes
- Peppercorn Steak with Creamed Kale and Roasted Potatoes
- Pan Seared Pork Chops with Rosemary Grape Salsa and Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Broccolini
- Caramelized Onion Burgers with Garlic Aioli and Crispy Cauliflower
- Spiced Salmon with Blood Orange Arugula and Couscous
- Chicken Paprikish with Creamy Polenta and Dill (I forgot to take a picture of that one!)
The recipes come in a little book with clear, concise directions. The protein comes in vacuum sealed bags, and every item is clearly labeled. Each recipe comes with a special box that contains all of the little extras you may need, like random spices and seasonings. You do need to keep the basics at home, like olive oil, salt and pepper but they give you everything else.
My favorites were the pork, burgers, and the chicken. My husband really loved the peppercorn steak. I’d eat any of these meals again, and I will absolutely be recreating these in the future!
In my opinion, the difference between Blue Apron and Hello Fresh is minimal. I found that the recipes and flavors in Blue Apron were a bit more suited to my tastes because they used some very different ingredient combinations. Blue Apron seems to be a bit more creative. Serious foodies looking to try a meal delivery service should choose Blue Apron. However, I would not turn my nose up at Hello Fresh – the meals were fabulous, the ingredients were incredibly fresh and the recipes were easy to follow. It was a joy to come home and know I had a brand new meal to prepare, and it wasn’t going to take me all night to do it. Oh yeah, and I didn’t have to meal plan or food shop for any of it – it’s all shipped right to your door!
Besides spicing up my dinner hour, I can reiterate what I said about Blue Apron: I love the convenience of these services. I deactivated my account after my final delivery because they will automatically charge you and ship you more food. However, since deactivating I already received a coupon, so I re-activated it and have a week of meals coming to me on my birthday! It was very simple to cancel the service (and to restart it).
I really liked that it forced me to cook with ingredients that I usually pass up. It gave me some great ideas for side dishes during the week, which is what I usually struggle with. For example, the Grape-Rosemary Salsa on the pork chops was top notch and SO simple. I will absolutely make that again!
Again, I am in no way affiliated with this company but a few friends of mine have saved a few bucks from a discount code they sent me in my e-mail! Use the code below and you get $40 off a week of meals!!! That comes to $29. How can you pass that up? And when the delivery comes, it’s like food Christmas.
Have you ever tried a meal delivery service? What are your thoughts on this type of business? I’m obsessed!