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
The meals included were Chicken Under a Zucchini Blanket with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans, Lasagna-Baked Fusilli with Kale and Mozzarella, Dukkah-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!
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
Hello Fresh ingredients: Brussels sprouts, veggie stock concentrate, dried cranberries, dukkah, lemon, Roma tomato, French couscous, cod, parsley.
Prep: 5 min.
Total: 35 min.
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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