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.
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.
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 for the basic plan, $11.50 per meal for unlimited meal choice), 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!
The ingredients for each meal are packed in a separate bag within a larger padded, insulated box. Several ice packs keep everything cold, and the bags prevent the ingredients from touching the ice directly. Meat is packed at the bottom, sandwiched amongst the ice.
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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. They even use red font to point out spicy ingredients, so you can adjust accordingly. I really like that they call out when they’ve sent more of an ingredient than is used in the recipe — when they don’t mention it (which is most of the time), the items are pre-portioned and can be tossed right in without measuring. 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 complete nutrition information for each recipe, including a list of all ingredients, their country of origin, and a “best used by” timeframe.
The sheet lists info for all the recipes from which you could have chosen this week.
The brown bags keep all the ingredients for the recipes in order. The bags are big enough to hold everything needed for the meal, but the meat is still packed separately, surrounded by 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.
Pork And Thai Basil Stir-Fry With Bok Choy, Basmati Rice, And Sriracha Lime Sauce. 35 minutes, level 1, 600 calories per serving.
This dish captured some of our favorite Thai flavors, but it remained very simple to prepare. The pork fried up crispy, and this is a very meaty and satisfying version of stir-fry. We loved the rice pouch — it was perfect, incredibly easy to serve, and almost impossible to mess up. Lots of fresh Thai basil really cranked up the authentic flavor, too!
Turkey Chiles Rellenos With Poblano Peppers And Chipotle Sauce. 35 minutes, level 1, 660 calories per serving.
We like it when HF uses turkey in a Mexican dish. It is much more filling and protein-plentiful than a vegetarian version, but it stays fairly light, too. This recipe is a little bit of work, as the peppers have to be baked ahead of time, and the filling needs to be prepared prior to assembly. The result, however, is totally worth it. They sent plenty of cheese to top our peppers, making them gooey and really satisfying.
Lobster Ravioli And Shrimp With Heirloom Tomatoes And Tarragon Cream Sauce. 30 minutes, level 1, 550 calories per serving.
This Premium meal was loaded with fresh shrimp and succulent lobster. The ravioli filling was creamy and had an impressive amount of lobster, with a couple pieces in nearly every one. it would have made a fine meal just with the ravioli, but they also piled on a bunch of shrimp! I loved how simple the sauce was, too — just tarragon, tomatoes, sour cream, and garlic — it was quick to cook, and it let me get my shrimp to the plate without overcooking them or letting them get cold. This was a quick and delicious dish — a real treat for me!
Have you tried Hello Fresh?