Hello Fresh Subscription Box Review + Coupon – April 2017

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Hello Fresh is a weekly meal kit subscription box with complete recipes and high-quality ingredients to make your own fresh, healthy, gourmet meals at home. 

They offer three different subscription options — Classic (choose 3, 4, or 5 meals for 2 people or 3 meals for 4 people from 6 weekly options), Vegetarian (receive 3 HF-selected meals for 2 or 4 people), and Family (receive 3 HF-selected meals for 2 kids and 2 adults). You can always pause the subscription to skip a week if you need to – this is super handy for vacations!

This review covers the Vegetarian subscription!

 A big sticker on the outside of the shipping box has complete nutrition information for each recipe, including a list of all ingredients and their country of origin.

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

Each Hello Fresh recipe has its own lovely card with a picture of the plated dish, prep time and total time to table, calorie count, and a visual inventory of the included ingredients.

The instructions are easy to follow, regardless of your skill level. Usually you start by washing and prepping all the ingredients before cooking. Within the detailed, step-by-step instructions, ingredients are set in bold type for ease of recognition. Info panes in the sidebar list anything you’ll need from home (pans, cooking oil, etc), as well as the quantity of each provided ingredient needed for 2 and 4 person versions of the recipe.

The ingredients for each meal are packed in separate bags within a padded, insulated cooler bag. Several ice packs keep everything cold, with the individual paper bags protecting the ingredients from touching the ice directly.

There’s also a Fresh Life magazine included in this box.
This issue of the magazine celebrates Cinco de Mayo and the importance of cilantro in creating authentic Mexican flavors.
 The article discusses the pains taken by Shenandoah Growers, a Hello Fresh supplier, to make sure it has a bumper crop of fresh cilantro ready for the Holiday.

You can also face-off in a Cinco De Mayo quiz bee.

The brown bags used by Hello Fresh keep all the ingredients for the recipes in order. Everything but the largest vegetables is separately packaged within the bags. Condiments and canned goods are provided in high-end, commercial packaging. Hello Fresh usually provides pre-measured spices in their own branded packaging. Big props to Hello Fresh for cutting down the box size and using green bags.  Thanks for being environmentally conscious.  Don’t forget to recycle the big boxes along with the freezer bag inside.  I’ve found a place in my town that will use both to deliver meals to others.  Recycling is the way to go!

  
 
Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry With Baby Spinach Over Basmati Rice. 30 minutes, level 1, 740 calories per serving.
One of my favorite meals to eat out at our local Thai restaurant is their curry.  It’s just that good. We go there when it’s been a long day and I look at hubby and say, “feed me I’m yours!”  I just like curry, the creamy rich sauce along with the vegetables just makes a tasty filling meal.

The Garam Masala blend of spices was so good and fragrant after adding it to the pot and stirring. It’s the flavor that really made this feast.  Don’t get me wrong, normally when you think of a feast you think of lots of different foods to try and probably gorge yourself.  I only ate a quarter of the food prepared and I am still quite full.  I’m getting feast from how good it was and the different assortment of vegetables in the bowl.
Mighty Meatless Bolognese With Seitan And Linguine Pasta. 30 minutes, level 1, 720 calories per serving.
Did you know that bolognese is simply a sauce with meat?  And I’ve been calling it spaghetti sauce with meat and now I know there’s a proper name for it.  BTW, it’s from Bologna, Italy which makes sense.
The question that begs to be asked is, “how can you have meatless bolognese because by definition it has to have meat?”  Well, this wonderful sauce has Tuscan Seitan Crumbles in it. Seitan is a wheat and soy product that looks like meat, cooks like meat, and has the texture of meat.  I’ve had it one other time, and it’s a great meat replacement.
 
I had my parents over last night for dinner and my dad’s a meat eater — he loved the bolognese and we thoroughly discussed the Tuscan Seitan Crumbles and even googled where we could buy some.
This meal was a wonderful looking, smelling and tasting event with my folks over.  Just a tad on the spicy/hot side with the Tuscan Heat Spice but very good.  Not a speck of leftovers anywhere!
On the Hello Fresh recipe card:  there’s no way to go wrong with a quick pasta and tomato sauce.  So true, there’s just nothing else to say!
Whoops, we forgot a picture of the ingredients!
Greek Salad Flatbreads With Artichokes, Olives, And Feta. 25 minutes, level 2, 630 calories per serving.
My husband absolutely loves pizza.  He could eat it very often if I’d let him but I only want pizza about once a month.  It’s fattening!  As far as I’m concerned this Greek Salad Flatbread is a good alternative to his regular old pizza.  Besides the nutritious aspect it’s also very delectable with the mozzarella and feta and all the vegetables.
 
We served the flatbread to friends along with an antipasto salad (southern style), fruit, and a brownie dessert.  I say southern style on the antipasto salad because it had spinach thrown in.  I’m just thrilled it wasn’t those icky turnip greens southerners like so much!  Funny but we have a Super Walmart very close by and they don’t even have antipasto at their deli!  Southerners are missing out!
I have to admit I thinly sliced the garlic and along with the thinly sliced onions I sauteed both just enough to get the edge off the onion.  Red onion can be very strong.
Hello Fresh’s vegetarian box is great for both lifelong and casual vegetarians. Along with good conversation, wine, we had good food thanks to Hello Fresh.  What a great way to spend a Saturday evening.

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