September 2017 Hello Fresh Subscription Box Review + Coupon!

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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/$9.99 per serving ), Vegetarian (receive 3 HF-selected meals for 2 or 4 people/$9.99 per serving ), and Family (receive 3 HF-selected meals for 2 kids and 2 adults/$8.74 per serving). You can always pause the subscription to skip a week if you need to – this is super handy for vacations!

This is a review of the Hello Fresh Classic Box!

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 box also comes with a complete nutrition information for each recipe, including a list of all ingredients and their country of origin.

The two-sided card covers every recipe available that month.

There are several coupons included in this month’s box.

There’s 30% coupon from Hello Fresh + Party in a Cinch and a $10 OFF coupon from LD Products.

Use HELLOPARTY17 to get 30% off your first order at Party in a Cinch.

The ingredients for each meal are packed in a separate bag within a larger padded, insulated cooler bag. Several ice packs keep everything cold, the boxes prevent the ingredients from touching the ice directly.

The brown bags keep all the ingredients for the recipes in order. The bags used for the family plan meals are big enough to hold everything needed for the meal, though the meat is still packed separately, surrounded in ice. Condiments and canned goods are provided in high-end, commercial packaging. Hello Fresh usually provides pre-measured spices in their own branded packaging. Each pic of prepared food below show one of two servings.

Cumin Chimichurri Skirt Steak With A Summery Avocado And Charred Corn Salad. 45 minutes, level 1, 880 calories per serving.

A sumptuous steak meal with a touch of Argentinian influence. The skirt steak was flavorful and relatively tender. The chimichurri was spicy and went well with both the steak and the salad. The salad was truly delicious – the combination of creamy avocado, ripe tomato, and yummy sweet potato wowed me — usually efforts to combine distinct textures fall a bit flat — but this side was outstanding. This dish required a bit of knifework, given the presence of both an herb-heavy sauce and a chopped salad, but it was well worth the effort.

Moo Shu Pork Tacos With Stir-Fried Veggies And Hoisin Mayo. 30 minutes, level 1, 690 calories per serving.

We are huge fans of Asian taco dishes, and this one was no exception. The only issue I had with this on the prep side was that my spice packet was empty! Luckily, it lists the ingredients, so I was able to recreate the moo shu spice from my cupboard (garlic and ginger). The finished tacos were perfect, though. A heap of mushrooms added a richness and depth under the crisp and tasty pork. Peppery radish slices and hoisin mayo added a crisp and creamy finish. Very quick and easy to make, and incredibly delicious!

One-Pan Orzo Italiano With Chicken Sausage, Tomatoes, And Spinach. 30 minutes, level 1, 610 calories per serving.

This dish was anything but boring pasta. The chicken sausage was perfect for this application – it was really flavorful, but still light enough to not mask the creamy goodness of the melted cheeses. There was plenty of tomato, parsley, and lemon to brighten the dish, so it tasted both fresh and indulgent. A touch of bread crumbs and cheese broiled on top added a great finish and just a hint of crispness. I loved the one-pot aspect of this meal, too – lots of complex flavor without lots of dishes!
This was an all-star week! We loved every dish – we knew the tacos and orzo would be great (yeah HF for not making the orzo meatless!), but the salad paired with the skirt steak was an awesomely pleasant surprise. Great flavor and enticing texture all around. This was also a relatively simple set of meals to prepare, which is always a good thing.

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