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 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 Family Box!
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The ingredients for each meal are packed in a separate box within a padded, insulated cooler bag. Several ice packs keep everything cold, the boxes prevent the ingredients from touching the ice directly.
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 a 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 that 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. Every recipe comes with a wine pairing suggestion (suggesting a wine available from Hello Fresh Wine, of course).
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 nutrition info is provided for all meals you could have selected for that week.
They gave me a $45 off coupon card from Hello Fresh Wine.
We are celebrating a the new spring season with these greens! What you receive in your own box depends on the climate where you live (gotta use what’s fresh and in season).
There’s an informative page about herbs you can plant and grow this early in the season. Even your pets are included in the fun!
Everything inside our Hello Fresh Family box!
Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Bake With Bell Peppers and Monterey Jack Cheese – 45 minutes, Level 1, 510 calories per serving.
Saucy, cheesy and meaty, this dish has everything that our kids love. It contains two layers of tortillas topped with chicken and bell peppers, and an enchilada sauce. The sauce isn’t very spicy at all, so this is a great way to get our kids to eat their veggies — they didn’t even notice that there were tons of bell pepper pieces in their food! It was so easy to make, plus it was filling too!
Cajun-Spiced Pulled Pork With Bell Pepper, Basmati Rice, & Hot Honey – 20 minutes, Level 1, 880 calories per serving
The Cajun spices were just right for adding an interesting flavor to the simple pulled pork and rice recipe, and it wasn’t too spicy for the kids to eat, either. I loved that the pork was already cooked and shredded, as it made prep super quick — less than 20 minutes to cook this meal! The addition of steamed basmati rice was satisfying, and it was great for absorbing all the flavor of the plentiful onions and peppers. The hot honey was a great way to add spice to the dish, because we were able to adjust the proportion of hot and sweet, giving the kids some hot-sauce-free honey as a drizzle, while making ours spicier.
We’ve found the Hello Fresh Family Box to be a wonderful way to make a healthy and relatively quick dinner for our whole family. The recipes offered in the family size tend to be more mainstream than the two-meal options, and it is usually very easy to adjust the spice level or composition of the dish to suit kids’ taste preferences — sometimes by simply omitting one ingredient from the kids’ serving when plating the dish (e.g. not sprinkling green onions). The Family Box is a practical choice for our family, and it saves me a lot of time and effort in planning, because all of the meals work in some good veggies and greens. For the grown-ups, Hello Fresh also offers wine pairings through Hello Fresh Wine, which makes the meals all the more special.
Have you tried Hello Fresh?