I got a few meals from Hello Fresh and I thought I would tell you what it was like.
It seems like the subscription meal services are all the rage now. I find this fascinating because I do my own meal planning for our family which includes lunches and breakfasts and dinners and sometimes I get bored with what I make. I thought maybe I could get a few ideas from this box. I got three meals for two people which easily stretched to my family of four because I added garden grown vegetables.
The box arrived on Monday in a cardboard box with two thick pads of insulation as well as some freezer packs to keep the meat cold. The meat was actually layered between the two freezer packs so I had concerns about spoilage.
The first one I made was Honey Roasted Salmon with Asparagus and Israeli Couscous. I added zucchini and tomatoes because I did.
This was my plate:
It was fine. The kids did not like it but that is not about the food, they did not like the big couscous because it was different.
What I did not like was the fact it required me to turn my oven on. It is still on average above 90 degrees here in the ATL and I hate making my house hot and then paying to cool it. Also when I cook a meal, I like to use as little cooking pots as possible. I would have liked this meal more if all the components were made in the oven but I had to stand over a stove top to make the couscous. Also who eats asparagus in late summer? Asparagus is a springtime vegetable.
But the salmon was fresh and I cooked it very well. Hello Fresh sent me a little jar of honey and a little jar of mustard which I did not use. I ended up using my own honey, which was fresh honey from a hive nearby and my own mustard.
I would rate this as a seven out of ten.
The second meal was Mole Spiced Steak Tacos.
This was what added
I should also add that the avocado was mine. There was cheese, tomatoes and tortillas.
The kids liked it but we have tacos once a week. The corn salsa was good. There was enough leftovers that Yohboh had enough for lunch the next day.
I would rate this nine out of ten.
The final meal was Crispy Parmesan Chicken Salad.
I added the tomatoes.
Also the recipe was annoying because it made me turn on the oven to cook the potatoes for 25 minutes and I did not want to do that. So I microwaved the potatoes to par cook them and then cut them into dice sized cubes and then threw them in the oven for the same duration as the chicken.
I cut the chicken into strips because they would take less time to cook. The recipe suggested I coat the chicken in sour cream and then in the Parmesan bread crumb mixture. I liked this approach to oven frying. I have dipped in butter to oven fry chicken but it came out greasy and disappointing. The sour cream kept the chicken moist. Next time, I will add some flavoring, like ranch dressing to the sour cream to give it more flavor.
This was the family's least favorite meal.
I would give it a six out of ten.
Overall, would I order Hello Fresh again? Not really, it is expensive and I can do better in my own in my current situation. I am a SAHM so I have lots of time to figure out meals and shop accordingly. But I can see a need for this product, especially if I was working. It would be a godsend to have a box of food, preportioned out for me and my family.
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