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.
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When you receive a box from Hello Fresh, they almost always place the recipe cards on top along with other “goodies.” In this week’s box, there was a leaflet “Fresh Life.” I love the leaflets, they are normally packed with food information and ideas.
Hello Fresh can be fun and useful in more ways than the obvious. My 4-year-old grandson looks forward to the “dinner” truck delivering our meals on Tuesdays. He also loves to help unpack the boxes and play with them. Fits right inside one box, who needs expensive toys! We and friends often recycle the boxes by using them for packing and the insulation is great for the bottom of plant pots and packing material.
The ingredients are well-packed and labeled! Each recipe gets its own bag.
Here’s the Issue 2 of Fresh Life saying “Hello, Romance!”
There’s a feature about various love languages.
They even made a list of foods that are good for the heart!
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.
I usually decide what to make based on prep time and the type of ingredients — fish gets made first, then anything with fresh spinach, etc.
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.
Veggie Chiles Rellenos with Fresh Salsa – 30 minutes, Level 1
It was that kind of day, I was dropping everything and trying to cook and get the grandkids’ dinner going. I’m sure you know just what kind of day I’m talking about, most people have them. So anyway, I was plating my tacos and realized I cooked the jalapeno instead of the poblano. I don’t know about you but I like all my peppers cooked in some way and not raw. So in the pan goes the oil and then the pepper, while that’s sauteing I turned over the plated taco onto another plate so all the stuff would be upside down. I peel off the tortilla. When the pepper was finished with the tomato paste that I also forgot, I smeared that on the tortilla and then put that on the other stuff, turned it over and hey! It actually looks pretty good in the pictures.
Finally! To sit down and eat and it was really good. It was actually a comfort food and I so needed that. Lots of flavor and quite filling. I really want to write about a flavor that stood out but there were many distinct flavors, chickpeas with Southwest Spice Blend, the peppers, lime and so on. Muy Sabroso!
Butternut Squash And Sage Orecchiette – 30 minutes, Level 1, 670 calories per serving
Hello Fresh has sent this meal before and my father is a big fan of this one. We are older and most of the time we split these meals into 4 servings even though we get the box for 2 people. Once a week I invite my parents over. I will often bake a fresh loaf of bread, serve it with this meal and my mom will bring over pudding (my husband’s favorite). For us, it’s a small feast and we are happy and full.
Buttery goodness is a good description of this recipe. 8 ingredients and 6 simple steps to create a divine mixture of orecchiette (pasta popular in southern Italy) and butternut squash. And if you like sage, just more reason to eat this. Buon appetito!
Chickpea Tinga Tacos – 25 minutes, Level 1, 770calories per serving
Hello Fresh has been sending quite a few recipes with poblano peppers and I am loving it. They are my new favorite vegetable. I used to never eat them because I thought they were too hot but found out how wrong I was. If there are any ingredients that you don’t like you can always switch to something you do like and I’ll bet the recipe will be just as good, it has worked out that way for me. I’m not a fan of mint or arugula. I substitute basil for mint and any lettuce for arugula. I’m happy and I still get a great meal.
This was a new dinner recipe for us (husband and I) and we really enjoyed it. Stuffed peppers served on a bed of rice mixed with sauteed veggies and spices and then topped with avocado salsa, and lime crema. Scrumptious! Hello Fresh recommends a bold wine to match this meal. Me, I recommend a Mexican beer.
What can you say about the vegetarian recipes in our box?