Well, hello there! Yes, it’s been a while but it’s because I’ve been busy cooking and eating… just not busy blogging 🙂 Anyway, let’s just get right into it, shall we?
About a month ago, my boss dropped off a Hello Fresh gift card on my desk. I’d heard about the meal/recipe delivery service but had not heard much feedback on how the food actually tasted. So, I decided to give it a try for a couple of weeks.
Is it too early to tell you at this point in my blog post that Hello Fresh is pretty fantastic? (5 knives out of 5, guys!)
As I’m part of a two-person household, I went with the Pronto Plan which contains three meals for two people. (Additional plans include the Family Plan and the Veggie Plan.) Since we’re not picky, nor do we have allergies, I chose Chef’s Selection for our Meal Preference. (Other choices are No Pork, No Shellfish, No Fish, No Seafood and No Beef.)
You can simply leave the recipe selection up to Hello Fresh if you like surprises, or you can login to your account online or via the app and select 3 out of 5 different recipes. You can change your mind as much as you like (or even skip a week of delivery) as long as you submit your changes by the deadline time.
I had my first box shipped to work and it arrived in an insulated box which I just kept on my desk for the bulk of my day. The recipes are sealed in separate paper bags, while the meat/protein is at the bottom of the box underneath ice packs.
Each meal I made was quick (no more than 30 minutes), overall quite healthy and really delicious. Hello Fresh kitchen testers really do some unique things for sauces and toppings. Apart from one avocado that could have been a bit more ripe, the produce I received was excellent. (Also, I’m just starting to forgive them for providing dried Parmesan cheese for spaghetti. Inconceivable!)
Each recipe comes with an instruction card outlining what to do, step by step. I’m very comfortable in the kitchen, so I took their guidance with a grain of salt and basically did my own thing. While the instructions were easy to follow (with the odd spelling error!), I did find that most of the suggested stove settings were way too high. If you’re a newbie cook, I would recommend that you start with a medium setting for almost everything, unless you’re searing meat.
My favourite things about Hello Fresh? Just knowing what we were going to have for dinner over the course of the week was a game changer. I commute by foot and the bulk of my walks home would be spent trying to figure out what we’d have for dinner, or wandering around the Safeway across from our place.
The greatest thing though was not wasting food. They give you the exact amount of ingredients you need. One spring of green onion versus buying a bunch of green onions which would just wilt the next day anyway. Most of the meals made enough for one meal, while a couple of others allowed for leftovers for lunch for one person the following day.
I would definitely recommend Hello Fresh to anyone and everyone! While I won’t be subscribing weekly, I will definitely be using their service again.
Alas, treat yourself! Save $40 on your first box with my code CINLES at https://www.hellofresh.ca/?c=CINLES&utm_source=raf-share&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=twitter_share_wp !
*This blog post is no way sponsored by Hello Fresh.