Hello Fresh Subscription Box Review – Classic Plan

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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. The only ingredients they assume you have on hand are salt, pepper, sugar, oil, and butter.

They offer four different subscription options — Classic, Veggie, Family-Friendly, and Low-Calorie.  Choose 3, 4, or 5 meals for 2 people or 2-3 meals for 4 people from 20 weekly recipe options at $8.99 per serving for the basic plan. 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 for four people! 

The ingredients for each meal are packed in a separate bag within a larger, insulated box. The rigid inserts both insulate and protect the food from any damage to the external box.

Several ice packs keep everything cold, and the food bags are separated from the icepacks by a divider. Meat is packed at the bottom, sandwiched amongst the ice.

The ingredients are well-packed and labeled! Each recipe gets its own bag. Your proteins are packed separately outside of the meal kit, with ice packs to keep cool.

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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.

Everything in my box!

Beef Ragu Spaghetti – 55 minutes, Level 1, 990 calories per serving

Simple, quick, and tasty! This beef ragu spaghetti meal with zucchini and Italian seasoning makes a perfect dinner meal. The zucchini adds some freshness and bulk to spread around the flavorful sauce. Topping it with parmesan and a drizzle of spicy pepperolio gives it a classic Italian flavor.

Italian Noodle Soup – 50 minutes, Level 1, 820 calories per serving

Here’s another Italian dish and this time, it’s a hearty Italian noodle soup! It makes such a quick yet filling dinner. We love its unique taste made by the combination of sweet Italian chicken sausage mix, Farfalle pasta, and seasonings. As for the sides, we have crunchy toasted bread topped with Parmesan cheese! It’s so tasty, we can’t get enough of it!

Pulled Pork Fiesta Bowls – 25 minutes, Level 1, 940 calories per serving

This meal is definitely worthy of being called a “fiesta bowl”! The tender pulled pork plus the flavors it offers make dinnertime more exciting. You could really taste the warm spices in each bite, as well as the tangy notes coming from the tomato salsa. We topped it with Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, and herbaceous cilantro! In a little over 20 minutes, we have this restaurant-quality dish ready for dinner. It was seriously good.

Hello Fresh makes our dinnertime more fun and relaxed! They have easy-to-cook dinner recipes and all the main ingredients are already provided, so it doesn’t even take an hour to make sure dinner is ready. All the dishes from this box were a hit with my family, even with my kids! Their favorite is none other than beef ragu spaghetti. It’s full of flavor and it turned out so meaty! This meal kit subscription is perfect for anyone who loves cooking, for those who are too busy to think about what to cook or want to stay out of the grocery store, and even for beginners! We love how flexible our subscription is, and even though we haven’t reviewed it in a long time, we ordered at least 30 boxes in the past year – it’s our pick for an easy, family friendly meal kit delivered to our door!

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