What’s for dinner? Hello Fresh

My cousin has been raving about getting her meals through Hello Fresh, so when she gave my mom a discount code to try four meals for $10, I saw an opportunity to do a review. The Classic Box contains the Classic Plan, which is four meals for two people.

Inside the Hello Fresh Box

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The meals included were Chicken Under a Zucchini Blanket with Mashed Potatoes and Green BeansLasagna-Baked Fusilli with Kale and MozzarellaDukkah-Crusted Cod with Cranberry Couscous and Roasted Veggies, and Meatballs on Top of Cavatappi with Broccoli and Pesto Cream Sauce. My mom let me choose a meal to make and review, and I decided to try the cod and couscous meal. Thanks mom!

Want all the ingredients you need for dinner delivered right to your door? Hello Fresh, a meal subscription service, does just that!

Want all the ingredients you need for dinner delivered right to your door? Hello Fresh, a meal subscription service, does just that!

Want all the ingredients you need for dinner delivered right to your door? Hello Fresh, a meal subscription service, does just that!

Want all the ingredients you need for dinner delivered right to your door? Hello Fresh, a meal subscription service, does just that!

Cooking directions and all the main ingredients (meat, vegetables, seasonings) were included in the box for each meal. Items like pans, utensils, butter, olive oil, salt, and pepper were not included.

Dukkah-Crusted Cod with Cranberry Couscous and Roasted Veggies

Want all the ingredients you need for dinner delivered right to your door? Hello Fresh, a meal subscription service, does just that!

Hello Fresh ingredients: Brussels sprouts, veggie stock concentrate, dried cranberries, dukkah, lemon, Roma tomato, French couscous, cod, parsley.

Prep: 5 min.

Total: 35 min.

Calories: 580

Want all the ingredients you need for dinner delivered right to your door? Hello Fresh, a meal subscription service, does just that!

Quick and easy this meal was not. There were a good thirty minutes of chopping and stirring to put this meal together. The directions are easy to follow and are arranged so that, theoretically, all the dishes are done at the same time. The fish, however, arrived frozen and took another 20 minutes to cook, so the veggies were cold, the couscous was warm, and the fish was hot. The meal was quite tasty, but so many Brussels sprouts and just one tiny tomato. Still, the meal was a nice change of pace from my normal leftovers.

My thoughts on Hello Fresh…

Hello Fresh meals are about $10 a person, and for that price, I would rather go out to a restaurant and not have to bother with cooking and the inevitable pile of dishes. It is convenient to have ingredients delivered to your door, and it’s nice to skip meal planning and the trip to the grocery store. Also, the two servings were generous, and I think it would be possible to get three servings out of the meal. I wish the ingredients were organic and that the vegetables arrived already washed and chopped. While the meal was neither quick nor cheap, I think Hello Fresh could be a nice option from time to time.

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16 comments

  1. I did something similar with Hello Apron a while ago, because I had a referral code and found that, like you, it was a LOT of prep work. One meal was a salad with breadcrumbs and they literally sent a loaf of bread with instructions on how to turn it into breadcrumbs. All in all, not a bad experience, but the chopping I could have done without.

    That said, I think this is a really nice date night idea or for an evening with girlfriends 🙂

  2. So funny that Charlotte says Hello Apron sent a loaf of bread! hahaha

    Anyway, thanks for your review of Hello Fresh! I tried them for the first time recently, but got the Family plan. I liked it, but it does still involve actually cooking, which many people may not realize.

    The fish looks delicious…have you tried Blue Apron yet? I want to try that next.
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  3. I’ve tried blue apron, and while it might be nice to skip mean planning and the trip to the store, there is a ton of prep and cook time involved for the expense! But I do think it’s nice to try meals you might not otherwise make and even better when you really enjoy them and can make them again.
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  4. I’ve tried a few other similar services and pretty much reached the same conclusion as you did. I just feel like I save more money and time on cooking by having go to dishes that I can easily prep and cook.

  5. I always appreciate your input. I am a terrible cook so when going out isn’t an option, this must be really wonderful from time to time.

  6. I have seen their commercials and the food looks so good! I have tried Blue Apron in the past and while the food is great, sometimes I just want someone to cook for me. 🙂

  7. Yes, I’ve tried Hello Fresh and loved it, but would review it the same way you did. However, other food delivery services are the same. I did find a difference with my current delivery service…Chef’D! You can choose if you want to subscribe or not! I love that because I don’t have to cancel each week and I just order whenever I want! You can use this referral link and receive $10 off your first order http://fbuy.me/ek_bv Enjoy!
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  8. This looks really good and delicious. I’ve never tried a meal delivery service before but honestly, I’m not sure it’s something I would ever try. I’m a vegetarian and very picky with what I eat and I just prefer to cook my own food though I love eating out too 🙂

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  9. Yeah these types of services always sound better in theory then in practice. My friend started a business in Seattle with a similar concept except most of the food is already made so you are just heating it up but it is all organic and locally grown.

    You can buy a main dish and then sides, and it comes in servings from 2-6 I believe. It is not a delivery service per say, more of you would drop in the store and choose what you want. This type of thing is perfect for working mothers.

    This way you get a healthy organic locally grown meal and don’t have to cook, b/c who wants to cook after working all day.

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  10. I’m with you about going out for that price, but I do think this is better than Blue Apron. Their meals were always involving really odd things that were super spicy or “edgy” combos. It made it hard to know if you’d like the meal or not. The meals outlined here sound more appealing to more palates. Like, I could have a kid eat this, or my grandma in addition to me or my husband.

  11. I appreciate your review – I’ve been toying with the idea of a subscription box for awhile but can’t decide. For us, the issue is we have two adults and one teen – so dinner for two isn’t enough, and for four is too much. And we stink about eating leftovers!