Hello Fresh Review (Feb 5 +12) and Coupon

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Hello Fresh Box
Hello Fresh Box

As most of you know I’ve been seriously under the weather. Unsurprisingly I’ve found it a bit hard to keep up with my Hello Fresh deliveries!  So I have two weeks for you this week but I’ve only cooked 4 out of 6 meals because I’ve been so unwell. However, I have to say, it’s been a lifesaver. When I wanted to eat it was there, and when I needed a full meal to feed the kids, it was there!

Valentine's Week Box!
Valentine’s Week Box!
The SubscriptionHello Fresh
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 February 28, 2014.

Hello Fresh Classic Box Feb 5+12 Delivery

Feb 5 - All the food
Feb 5 – All the food

Quite a bit of food comes in every Hello Fresh delivery! You also get 3 snazzy recipe cards matching the food. I unpack, place the pantry items and recipes on my counter, and stick everything else in the fridge.

Chicken & Golden Beet Pilaf
Chicken & Golden Beet Pilaf

Chicken & Golden Beet Pilaf – Ridiculously good. One of my favorites. I suspect that I actually like beets, as long as they aren’t pickled. I loved the interplay of the lemon on the arugula and the goat cheese and the beets.

Roasted Pork Chops with Caramelized Parsnips & Pears
Roasted Pork Chops with Caramelized Parsnips & Pears

Roasted Pork Chops with Caramelized Parsnips & Pears –  This was good, and my kids absolutely loved it. I feed them the most child-friendly ones (I wouldn’t try to make them eat the beet salad!). It was seriously devoured. The pears/parsnips were dressed with rosemary, lemon, honey, and parsley.

Steak Tagliata with Garlic-Rosemary Sweet Potato Wedges
Steak Tagliata with Garlic-Rosemary Sweet Potato Wedges

Steak Tagliata with Garlic-Rosemary Sweet Potato Wedges – I changed this one up. First of all i removed the watercress immediately after the photo (it turned out I wasn’t a fan). And I roasted off the tomatoes instead of keeping them fresh. It was ridiculously delicious. I was craving French fries and the wedges hit the spot.

V-Day Week – I was surprised by the fun red color of the box, but also to find this thin liner instead of the usual bulky one. I much preferred it. Hoping it’s a permanent change.

Thin LIner
Thin LIner
Mahi Mahi en Papillote with Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto
Mahi Mahi en Papillote with Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto

This was a gorgeous and fun Valentine’s Day dish! My kids love fish and I got a small sliver of one fillet. I’m not kidding – they ate all the fish. It’s ok, I wasn’t very hungry to begin with and they were so happy!

Mahi Mahi en Papillote with Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto - Ingredients
Mahi Mahi en Papillote with Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto – Ingredients

This recipe tested my knife skills. I thought everything turned out nicely.

En Papillote
En Papillote

Awww.

Mahi Mahi en Papillote with Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto
Mahi Mahi en Papillote with Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto

This was delicious and I’ve added Mahi Mahi to the list of fish I find tolerable. I loved the thyme. There was a huge amount of risotto and we still have leftovers!

Visit Hello Fresh to subscribe or check out upcoming meals and use promo code  SPLURGE2014 to save $25 on your first order! That works out to be less than $7.50 per person per meal. 

My next box is due tomorrow and I’ve yet to cook the Chicken Paillard with Rosemary Potatoes and Gremolata (had it before, loved it) and the Gnocchi with Butternut Squash, Spinach, and Goat Cheese. If I think the spinach can take it, I may save this one to cook and shove my bestie off on Sunday with.  It’s pretty much her idea of the perfect meal. The February 26 delivery is available to order until Wednesday midnight: Cashew Chicken with Snow Peas and Carrots, Tuscan Meatballs with Spaghetti, Lemon Roasted Tilapia with Chili Spiked Vegetables. Or choose Seared Sausages with Warm Orzo Salad or Mediterranean Vegetable Tostadas. The next menu will be out Thursday morning.  I picked the chicken, meatballs, and sausages.

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  • bclaire
    02.20.14

    That first one looks amazing, because I LOVE goat cheese. They don’t deliver in my current area (sad), but we’re hoping to move soon, so this one’s still on my list!

  • Lauren
    02.19.14

    Yum! That all looks so good (especially since I’m getting hungry for dinner lol). Wish they delivered here! And I agree – awesome pics. Mine always look like they were taken of cafeteria food – not appealing.

  • Sylvia
    02.19.14

    Those dishes look SO good, and your presentation / food pics are flawless! I just got my first Plated delivery yesterday — super delayed due to crazy weather, but the food was still good. I am also pretty sick, but couldn’t resist cooking, and the results were so much better than expected. After reading our post, I’m going to have to try Hello Fresh, too! Hope you feel better. Now let’s go make some tea. :o)

    • Brandy
      02.19.14

      LOL I have this super handy setting on my camera that is “food.” It really makes the plated photos look nice! Curious how many ice packs your plated had! My last one only had one, and I canceled the delivery for yesterday because too much food. No tea for me. Ewwwww. Lipton Cup of Soup is my jam. Spring Vegetable with noodles. Yeah, that sounds good. I’m super tired of this illness, it’s really been dragging.

      • Sylvia
        02.19.14

        Wow, your camera is definitely 21st-Century ready! They should all come with a food setting! My Plated was delivered with two ice packs inside a huge insulated box. Miraculously, the packs were still half frozen and the food was still cold — it was delivered three days late, but hey, everything looked/smelled great, so we dug in and lived to tell the story. Lol! Do you prefer Hello Fresh to Plated? Btw, Cup of Soup is the bomb, although I’m also partial to shrimp and lime ramen noodles (evil, I know, but soooo good).

        • Brandy
          02.20.14

          I like both. Hello Fresh is more reliable for me in terms of my food preferences. I don’t do mushrooms or some other weird things and Plated, instead of collating all the things I dislike into one meal, seems to spread them around, infiltrating all the meals. When husband comes home we’ll probably get Plated a bit more frequently.