November 2016 Hello Fresh Vegetarian Subscription Box Review + Coupon

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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, antibiotic meats, etc.) to use in the recipes.  


DEAL: Currently, you can save $40 off your first box with coupon code 7UT7K8.


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 and is packed at the bottom. 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. There are even some kitchen tips included in the information card.


Feel-Good Freekeh Salad With Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Butternut Squash, and Apple. 30 minutes, level 1, 704 calories per serving.
Hello Friends! I’ve been gone for 2 weeks and I come back to Hello Fresh and they’ve done it again. Changed something. The last time I went on vacation they changed the print on the outside of the big box that the meals come in. This time they’ve changed the recipe card format. Can’t wait to see what they’re going to change during my next vacation!


So, I don’t know about you but even when I take my 5th wheel RV on vacation we still tend to eat out a lot. This trip was no exception, I ate out a lot. I normally only eat out 1 to 2 times a week. I do have to give a shout out to Tom, my host for a couple of days, he’s a good cook and I loved his roast and meat loaf.
Now to get to the heart of the matter: today’s meal. Feel-Good Freekeh Salad, just where do they get these names? I should be Taste Good Freekeh Salad! This was delicious. I had 3 servings, small, but still, 3 and my husband had 2 servings and there’s still leftovers.

We loved the chewiness of the freekeh. Combined with the other produce; Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and Fuji apple this was a very filling meal with tons of flavors. And instead of using a vinegar in the dressing they used lemon but it wasn’t overpowering, it was a wonderful blend of tastes. Note: I did saute the shallot first. The orange, green and tan colors of the ingredients made this very eye appealing also.

Great meal, I so missed my Hello Fresh!


Polenta Pancakes With Mushroom Gravy And Tangy Arugula Salad. 30 minutes, level 2, 639 calories per serving.

We’ve had the polenta pancakes before so they were nothing new but this mushroom gravy was to die for! Thick, rich and tasty and easy to make, then top it off with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. So many delightful flavors all blended together.

Note: our polenta isn’t nicely browned. I made the mistake of letting my husband cook them. He didn’t have the pan hot enough. So our polenta stuck to the bottom of the pan. When I put them on the baking sheet to keep warm in the oven there was actually a lot of oil that saturated the parchment paper. So tomorrow when I cook the rest of the polenta, I’ll be using a hot pan. Might just have to pick up some more mushrooms to make this for lunch. No sense wasting the polenta!

We actually liked the arugula salad tonight, especially with the pine nuts.

Overall, this was a fabulous dinner. No leftovers.


 Jamie’s Veggie Pilaf With Chickpeas, Apricots, And Toasted Seeds. 35 minutes, level 2, 731 calories per serving.
Spicy hot! There are 2 parts to this dish, the pilaf part, and the yogurt.

The pilaf main part was wonderful by itself, delightful flavor, beautiful color, and several textures, a real dish to be appreciated. I think the surprise ingredient in this was the chopped dried apricots, they added a nice little touch of sweet chewiness to the meal. And I like texture, there was the crunch of the seeds, smoothness of the rice, and chickpeas and the chewiness of the apricots. I have to add that I ate a couple of the pepitas (pumpkin seeds) before I roasted them. Man oh man, does the roasting add so much flavor, don’t ever skip the roasting of seeds.

The yogurt is mixed with harissa (a Maghrebi hot chili pepper paste) and I used all of it. You put dollops of the yogurt mix onto the pilaf and you get a blend of tastes, for me a little too hot but then I’m a pretty “mild” person but I went back for seconds and even put more of the yogurt on. What a glutton for punishment!

Wonderful meal and we’ll be eating it again for leftovers, yum.

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