Hello Fresh is a meal kit subscription box with complete recipes and ingredients to make 3 meals every week, with each meal feeding either two or four people, depending on the plan you choose. Though it is a subscription, you can pause your deliveries when needed — whether you are out of town, have other dinner plans, or just aren’t in love with that week’s selections. The standard subscription provides high-quality meats (free-range chicken, anti-biotic meats, etc.) to use in the recipes. Though we do eat meat, we cook vegetarian three times a week. Thankfully, Hello Fresh has a vegetarian subscription for both casual and dedicated vegetarians. This review covers the vegetarian box, which featured a recipe by Jamie Oliver!
The boxes used by Hello Fresh keep all the ingredients for the recipes in order, and they stack nicely in the fridge. Within each box, everything but the largest vegetables is separately packaged. Condiments and canned goods are provided in high-end, commercial packaging. Hello Fresh usually provides spices in their own, pre-measured branded packaging.
Hello Fresh has great instructions, and they are easy to follow even if you are an inexperienced cook. Each recipe includes several pictures so you maintain a sense of how the dish should look as you go along. T
here is also information provided on everything you need to know about the dish — nutrition info, prep time, and even which recipes are best to make first. Note that the recipes created for Hello Fresh by Jaime Oliver, an English celebrity chef and healthier food advocate, are written slightly differently than the normal Hello Fresh recipes.
Jamie’s Mega Mushroom and Lentil Curry with Tomato, Cilantro and Lemony Rice. 40 mins, level 2, 577 cal.
Jamie’s done it again but then we all know I’m biased. I’m a huge fan of his and curry and when you put them together you just can’t lose.
The curry was fragrant with all the spices: cumin, curry powder, turmeric and mustard seeds. But that’s not all that made this dish so tasty, garlic, ginger, green chili and fresh cilantro. What a power packed curry. The crimini mushrooms, even though roughly chopped, were meaty, full of flavor.
Butternut Squash Protein Bowl with Beans, Walnuts, and Feta. 35 mins, level 1, 543 cal.
Well, darn it, I did it again! I didn’t look at the amount of the ingredient, yogurt, and dumped in all of it instead of 2 tablespoons to make the dressing. So in my pictures as opposed to Hello Fresh’s my salad is swimming in dressing. If you’re like my husband who likes a little salad with his dressing, you’ll love it. But if you’re like me and like dressing on the side and rarely use it all, it was way too much. Next time, I’m looking at the amounts!
With all that said about the dressing, the salad, as I’m calling it, was fantastic. I’m into texture and crunch and there was plenty of crunch with the squash, I roasted it a mere 23 minutes, onion and walnuts. My husband loved the kidney beans.
Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad with Israeli Couscous and Pepitas. 40 mins, level 1, 677 cal.
Now I’m going to be honest right to begin with. The arugula that came with the dinner wasn’t any good. Since I’ve started writing reviews for Hello Fresh, I’ve only received 2 items that couldn’t be used, basil and this arugula. That’s only 2 items in 6+ months. Considering that the dinners are packaged, shipped and then kept in my refrigerator for a couple of days or more, I think that speaks highly about Hello Fresh’s quality. I’m great at substitutions and fortunately, I had a salad mix that had some arugula in it so I picked that out and some other lettuce leaves.
Oh boy, this was a really great salad. I am now an official fan of Israeli Couscous. Love, love, love. Toasting the couscous really brought out the nutty flavor, top that on a plate with the salad of marinated, roasted carrots, avocados and arugula and wham, you’ve got a pile of flavor.
Note: the recipe calls for cutting the carrots into thin wedges, like fries, forget all that work. I used my french fry cutter, see picture. It worked perfectly, as long as I didn’t overload the cutter with too many carrots, just a piece or two at a time and I was done in no time.
This was a 9.25.
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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 per week for 3 meals (59 vegetarian)