Hello Fresh is a meal kit subscription box with complete recipes and ingredients to make 3 meals every week, with each meal feeding either two or four people, depending on the plan you choose.
Though it is a subscription, you can pause your deliveries when needed – whether you are out of town, have other dinner plans, or just aren’t in love with that week’s selections. The standard subscription provides high-quality meats (free-range chicken, antibiotic meats, etc.) to use in the recipes.
This review covers the Vegetarian box! Though we do eat meat, we cook vegetarian three times a week. Thankfully, Hello Fresh has a vegetarian subscription for both casual and dedicated vegetarians.
Hello Fresh packs the food with reusable and/or recyclable ice packs. I take these out to my road with a sign, “free ice packs.” They’re normally gone in a few hours. The packing materials are also reusable/recyclable, I’ve taken the plastic coating off and used it for flower pot liners. And of course the cardboard boxes, I recycle. Thanks, Hello Fresh, for being environmentally friendly.
The bags used by Hello Fresh keep all the ingredients for the recipes in order, and they stack nicely in the fridge. Within each box, everything but the largest vegetables is separately packaged and is packed at the bottom. Condiments and canned goods are provided in high-end, commercial packaging. Hello Fresh usually provides spices in their own, pre-measured branded packaging.
Hello Fresh has great instructions, and they are easy to follow even if you are an inexperienced cook.
Each recipe includes several pictures so you maintain a sense of how the dish should look as you go along.
There are even some kitchen tips included in the information card.
There’s also a nutritional info sheet.
Garden Quesadillas With Pico De Gallo & Chipotle Mayo – 35 minutes, Level 1, 593 calories per serving
All-star recipe right here. I invite my folks, in their early 80’s, over for a Hello Fresh meal once a week and they get to choose. My dad chose this one. I receive the Hello Fresh subscription for 2 but for us older people we just don’t need all that food in one sitting so we divide our meals into 4. Often Hello Fresh will send a little extra. I’ve learned over the last 2 years of receiving Hello Fresh that it’s ok to use it all in one setting and that’s just what I did here with the extra tortillas. I made 3 quesadillas and cut them into 4 pieces and each of us had 3 parts and salad. I did add a little extra lettuce to the salad to stretch that.
Salad, quesadillas, and my mom brought pudding. The quesadillas were packed with wonderfully tasting, roasted vegetables, a scrumptious chipotle mayo, and mozzarella. You had pico de gallo on the side and the light salad. What a fabulous meal.
One-Pot Cheese Tortelloni With Kale And Heirloom Grape Tomatoes – 20 minutes, Level 1, 620 calories per serving
That’s not a misspelling, tortelloni is the same as tortellini or they are larger in size. I’ve learned so much about basic cooking and cooking around the world since I started receiving Hello Fresh 2 years ago.
This recipe is one of my husband’s favorites. He just loves the stuffed pasta. I must confess, before cooking it in Hello Fresh, I probably only made it once a year and it was always with tomato sauce. It’s all I knew and that’s how I thought Italians probably cooked it. Boy, was I wrong.
We have found cooking the kale in this recipe really softens it up nicely and there’s not much to add to make the flavors pop. Tomatoes, chili flakes, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and the ever wonderful squeeze of lemon are all that’s needed. This meal would be paired with a fruity wine.
Chickpea-Powdered Mediterranean Couscous With Zucchini & Heirloom Grape Tomatoes – 30 minutes, Level 1, 590 calories per serving
This is one of my favorites! I have fallen deeply madly in love with Israeli Couscous. It’s so versatile. My favorite way of cooking it (this recipe is the way) is browning in butter and then cooking in veggie stock concentrate. Frankly, I could eat it without anything else if I had to. In this recipe, you mix the yummy couscous with roasted vegetables and then roasted chickpeas (who knew you could roast chickpeas?) and then any of the roasted vegetables that you didn’t mix in, feta and scallions. This is one of the meals I would love to eat a whole serving. (I’m older and I divide the meals into 4 servings.) Maybe one of these days, I’ll live dangerously and eat it all! This is one of the recipes where they send more ingredients than you need. I’ve learned you just use it all. In this recipe they only want you to use half of the chickpeas. All the chickpeas went into the recipe (that is the ones that I didn’t eat while cooking). Great recipe, great taste!
Thanks, Hello Fresh!
What can you say about the vegetarian recipes in our box?