This is the second of my two¬†Hello Fresh¬†boxes this week! Hello Fresh is a meal kit subscription service and it’s a great subscription box! You get 3 meals for 2 people for $69 per week. FYI, meal choice for Hello Fresh for the following week ends on Wednesday nights at 11:59pm. If you want a January 22 delivery, make sure to pick one up by Wednesday night. Use promo code¬†¬†SPLURGE2014¬†to save $25 on your first order!
The meals for next week are:¬†Teriyaki Chicken with Coconut Rice and Baby Bok Choy,¬†Seared Steak with Dijon Tomato Salad and Marble Potatoes,¬†Lemon Roasted Mahi Mahi with Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille, and you can also choose to get¬†Tuscan Ribollita with Pancetta and Garlic Croutons or¬†Creamy Super Greens Penne with Fresh Basil (this one is from the vegetarian box) instead of the chef choices.
The Description: Each week Hello Fresh delivers beautifully photographed step-by-step recipe cards, with the exact fresh ingredients needed to create a selection of new recipes.
The Price: $69/week (59 vegetarian)
The Coupon: Save $25 on your first order. Use code¬†SPLURGE2014¬†¬†. Expires January 31, 2013.
Hello Fresh Classic Box 1/18/13 Delivery
This week I skipped the fish entree – actually a spicy shrimp dish – in favor of the pasta dish (no way was I eating it and it’s not something the kids would be into either). I am making myself get this fish this week and next, mostly for my daughter’s sake, she is wild about fish!¬†Hello Fresh¬†is delivered by FedEx on Wednesdays and it always has tons of ice and insulation and is over nighted, so it’s not a box I worry about in terms of freshness.
Chicken Skewers with Creamy Leek Risotto
This was really delicious. However, I had an issue with the directions. It had me slice up everything and it said add the vegetables to the marinade, so I did. I was actually thinking how stupid it was to put leeks on skewers. Yeah, they were for the risotto. I really don’t read the recipes in advance, I do expect them to be step by step, so I was slightly miffed. I picked out the leeks and threw them in the pan for the risotto, which was delicious. ¬†If I had to do this again, I wouldn’t make skewers. It was time consuming and annoying – I should have just sauteed it.
The chicken & rice in this dish were very high quality! I had to cut off the skewers to fit in them in my pan. Then I didn’t have enough room on my skewers.
It was yummy, but too much honey for me.
Classic Beef Stroganoff with Broccoli
I also found the preparation of this fiddly. I skipped the mushrooms and instead of browning all the meat pieces individually, reserving them, then cooking the onions,¬†then adding the meat back in, I bet you can figure out what I did. I cooked the onions. and then I added the meat. I doubt the final product was any different than farting around with taking things in and out of a pan. That being said, I liked throwing the broccoli on top of my noodles! This was yummy and I’m eating the leftovers for dinner.
Spiced Tomato Penne with Chorizo and Garlic
Just FYI, I added spinach leftover from my veggie box to this recipe, this recipe did not¬†contain spinach! ¬†It was delicious. Even though I “blackened” my chorizo inadvertently. No really, I thought I ruined it but I didn’t! I had to roast the red pepper, and I drizzled some smoked olive oil along with some regular to enhance the flavor. I wished this included grated parmesan like the photo. I don’t like it when they show different things than the picture!
So that was my Hello Fresh¬†box for the week! I thought it was healthy and delicious, but y’all, I don’t think I’ve mentioned this – I¬†never use as much oil or salt as they call for. Because it’s a lot. I’m all for using it for making life easy but you can fit it in with the way you cook. Obviously sometimes I do something different, as I did a few times this week! I have leftovers for dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow and then I’m getting my next box!