Review: Hello Fresh


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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.

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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

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  • 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!)

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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.

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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. hellofresh

Have you ever tried a meal delivery service? What are your thoughts on this type of business? I’m obsessed!

 

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25 Replies to “Review: Hello Fresh”

  1. This is interesting. I tried Blue Apron once and to be honest it was too much in meal preparation, time and effort. Plus I couldn’t justify the cost. This does sound more like something I would enjoy. Maybe I’ll look up the groupon and try it.

    1. I think it is just as much effort as Blue Apron, but I like to cook and I find it easier than going through the whole process myself. Like it was faster for me to have them plan the meals and ship it to me, and then all I had to do was cook it. But again – I love to cook so for me, this was really fun!

  2. never heard of this one, but my roommate does BA sometimes and it looks fun. i’m just such a picky eater and don’t have time to cook most nights, but i like the idea of it! glad you’re loving it. the salmon and arugula looks YUM.

    1. It was good! I liked the salmon recipe that I received from BA better, but this was also fab. I think it is tough for picky eaters to get on board with these since you pretty much get what they send you. You can choose vegetarian vs. regular and swap out some of the recipes, but there are only so many options to pick from!

  3. I’ve kind of shied away from meal subscription boxes because of the cost and I am a super picky vegetarian. But Hello Fresh has a vegetarian box that with your coupon code would only be $19 for three meals. So maybe.

    1. If you check it out, let me know what you think! I think the cost without a coupon is way too much. I’ve been trying all of these at super discounted prices so far, but still don’t think I would pay full price. My friend’s husband is a picky vegetarian too, and he liked Hello Fresh! I hope you give it a shot. Three meals for two people…$19…that is pretty awesome! It’s super easy to cancel as long as you are on it. I canceled mine the second I got delivery confirmation to avoid charges.

  4. Very cool! That would definitely get me out of my “comfort zone” when it comes to ingredients. I am about as simple as you can get when it comes to cooking. I have not tried a service like that before, but my friend and I did a night of “freezer cooking” at a business where you prepare a bunch of meals to keep in the freezer for later. That was a fun night, and now I just make those types of meals on my own. It’s cheaper – but it takes a lot of time and prep.

    1. Check this one out with the coupon code! Heather just said it comes to $19 with the coupon at the end of my post. That’s 3 meals, 2 servings per meal for $19! Can’t beat it. I just love how fun it is to get this stuff in the mail!

  5. I am really tempted to use this service when things get busy for me in April. Coming up with a meal plan and going grocery shopping feels like such a PITA sometimes that we just don’t do it.

    1. It is so worth it. Plus, to cancel you literally just click “cancel subscription” and it’s done. I can’t afford to use it every week, but the discount made it SO fun to try and definitely something I would consider on weeks where I know I am just super busy (like the week I run Boston, totally ordering one from somewhere because I won’t be doing any grocery shopping out of exhaustion and laziness!). Check it out!!! It will be fun to cook in your new kitchen 🙂

  6. I really like the idea of not having to go to the grocery or decide what to make…above all, I hate deciding what to make! One of the reasons I like cooking is so I can have some leftovers and not make something every single night – did you have leftovers, or were these just two servings?

    I did Blue Apron once a few years ago, and I didn’t love all the packaging that came with it. It seems kind of wasteful, not that I’m hugging trees or anything. I can never decide if the price is worth the amount of food either.

    1. I did not have leftovers, which is a good thing and a bad thing in my eyes. Good, because I am starting to really understand portion control – ha! I think I have a skewed perception on what “one serving” is. That being said, I never feel hungry after. I do wish there were leftovers for nights that I don’t want to cook, at least for my husband. I can always get down with some scrambled eggs, but I feel badly doing that to him!

    1. I hope you decide to try it. Between me and a few of my work friends, we are having such a blast trying these meal delivery services out. It’s worth taking advantage of the promotion to try. I can’t justify doing it every week for full price, but its nice to try something new. Plus, if I have a super busy week I would buy a week of this service for the full price for sure!

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