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!
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.
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!
Za’Atar-Crusted Grilling Cheese With Sumac Roasted Veggies. 30 minutes, level 1, 510 calories per serving.
Hello Fresh’s fairly new ingredient is grilling cheese. They’ve had it in one other recipe one other time and wow is it good. I’ve been looking for it at the grocery stores but so far I haven’t found it. If you compare my pictures to their pictures you can see that I got it good and hot and seared really well.
It was so delicious. I had my parents over for dinner and they loved it also. The other fairly new ingredient in this recipe is Israeli Couscous. It’s size is the difference, much bigger than the other couscous that I’ve had and cooked. I was able to find this in the grocery store.
So you put 2 “new to us” ingredients that are really good and then add broiled veggies, mix and serve. This made a very pleasing palatable dish.
Mega Mushroom Burgers With Avocado, Caramelized Onion, And Spicy Mayo. 30 minutes, level 1, 640 calories per serving.
I bet you’re thinking, “how good can this be?” Well, it’s awesome good! My husband loves a good burger and as a matter of fact he orders almost only burgers when and if he can at restaurants. He even orders the $1 burgers at fast food places and thinks he’s died and gone to Heaven eating them.
For the last several months we have been halving our serving sizes because we’re older and just don’t need to eat as much or else our waist lines will expand. But this meal was so good that we ate the whole burger at a sitting. First time, we’ve done that in ages and boy was I stuffed.
BUT this burger with the creamy avocado and the toasted buns, cooked onion and can’t forget the spicy mayo on top of the portobello mushrooms that had been cooked with balsamic vinegar was just so scrumptious we couldn’t stop ourselves. Oh, forgot the tomato slices. It was just that good. What we couldn’t put on the burger went on top of the salad.
Colorful Confetti Salad With Corn, Beans, Feta, And Cajun Spices. 30 minutes, level 1, 550 calories per serving.
We like beans, especially black and kidney beans (my favorite is chickpeas/garbanzos). Cheap, tasty, nutritious, easy to cook with, they’re just a wonderful food. Combine beans with corn (all time favorite food for me, think popcorn, cornbread, grits, corn on the cob…) and now you’ve definitely got my attention. Such an easy salad with very little cooking and this has so much flavor.
The word colorful in the title doesn’t fail, you’ve got the colors of the rainbow except for blue, in this beautiful assortment of ingredients.