Hello Fresh: Vegetarian Boxes

>> Friday, December 21, 2012


For those of you who are unfamiliar, Hello Fresh is service that delivers recipes to your door. These recipes are "created by world-class chefs who ensure that your meals are delicious and easy to prepare within 30 minutes."

And some exciting news for us: These recipes now include tasty vegetarian meals.


Hello Fresh sent me a box of three meals to test out in our very own kitchen. Good timing, too, as we've been in a bit of a crunch with our renovation project taking over both our house and our time.

Let's take a look inside the box.


As for the vegetarian fare, here's what Hello Fresh currently offers: Lean and Green Veggie Pasta, Tofu and Shiitake Stir Fry, and a Virtuous Vegetarian Curry.


My favorite was the Tofu and Shiitake Stir Fry. All the flavors were there, which isn't always the case when we cook a weeknight meal. Ginger, garlic, shiitake mushrooms, all topped off with a delicious sauce and sesame seeds.

Oh, and rice! That's something we always want . . . but by the time we figure it out, we don't have 45 minutes to let it cook. The instructions reminded us to stick rice in the pot first, before starting anything else on the stove.


Some PROS:

  • All ingredients are separated and labeled according to meal. This makes things super easy to identify at cook-time.
  • The ingredients are comprehensive. Whereas we tend to skip things like sesame seeds or chopped nuts, fresh herbs or certain condiments to top off a dish -- they are all included . . . and make a huge difference!
  • The meals are absolutely delicious. I told Stephen more than once that it was better than going out to eat. 
  • And that's not only because they taste great. The actual process of cooking was fun -- the recipes and methods are simple, everything is portioned out and just needs to be cut and cooked. 
  • The portion sizes are gigantic and -- after each meal -- I had leftovers for lunch the next day. 

Some CONS:

  • Though I like how everything is labeled and separated, it creates quite a bit of packaging. I've been told by Hello Fresh that they are working on making things more environmentally friendly.
  • I am excited to see these 3 vegetarian meal offerings, but I'd like to see more variety if I would ever plan to sign on and get the service regularly. I imagine since the offerings are new, there's more good stuff on the way.
  • To receive the box, I had to be present to sign off on delivery. I don't know if this would be every week -- but if I worked outside the home, it wouldn't be convenient for me.

Other information:

  • You can place a hold at any time -- giving you some flexibility. Free delivery
  • No minimum duration (6 day notice period) if you just want it for a short period of time.
  • Payments are deducted weekly (after delivery) versus all up-front.
  • You can purchase enough food for 2, 4, or 6 people.

BOTTOM LINE: 

I really enjoyed cooking up our Hello Fresh meals. The package came quickly and everything inside was fresh and super organized. The experience of cooking and following the recipe cards was fun. And -- seriously -- the food was delicious.

I personally don't think I could justify the expense on a weekly basis all year long, BUT if I was working full-time outside the house OR if I had a busy month (cough -- newborn days??? -- right?), I could totally see taking full advantage of a service like this for a set period of time.

I also feel like it would make an excellent gift. But that could just be Christmas on the brain and the fact that I still haven't finished my own shopping!


TRY IT OUT:

If you would like to check out the service yourself, Hello Fresh has generously offered our readers a 30% off discount with code HF_Neverhomemaker. Code is valid until the end of January 2013.

Have you ever tried a delivery service like Hello Fresh? Or do you think you'd ever try one? Oh, and you can also check out the HF Facebook page for more information on their services, as well as chances to win cool stuff.

*** Hello Fresh sent me a box with 3 meals for 2. My opinions in this post are my own.

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