As you all know, I moved out of my house last month, finally living on my own without my parents, and as excited as I am, there are some downfalls. One of those being that I have to cook my own meals every day.
I actually really love cooking, but I am definitely no expert (yet) and after a day at work the last thing I want to do is prep everything and cook it and wait an hour just to eat it. I have been trying out new recipes to try to broaden my cooking skills, and I thought a great way to do that would be to try out Hello Fresh. Hello Fresh is a website that deliver all the ingredients for recipes of their choosing in a subscription box format. All you have to do is chop, saute, bake, fry (etc.) all of the ingredients.
The great thing about Hello Fresh is they choose recipes that take around a half hour, taste delicious, and are actually pretty easy to follow. On top of that, the ingredients really are fresh. Every meal tasted delicious and I’m attributing that to the fact that the ingredients were great quality.
Unfortunately, Hello Fresh is a little on the pricey side. For $70 you get 3 meals, each for 2 people (6 meals total). There are other options too but this is the one I chose. I did notice that I could easily divide the meals into 3 servings, in fact I actually had to because I was so full before finding a full half of the meal. So technically, you get 9 meals, which is almost a whole week of food. So for me, someone who is just feeding themselves, it was perfect. For a couple, you might have to fight over the leftovers.
Fortunately, I have a code for you all for $40 off your first box (and you can pause any future boxes, no commitment is necessary). Just use the code “DVJG3A” and you can try your first week of Hello Fresh for $29.99! That, I think is totally worth it.
Now let’s talk about my adventure with Hello Fresh. These were the 3 meals I received in my box.
I did get to choose from a small selection of options and I was really excited about all 3 of these meals, but I was a bit nervous because I had never made pork, or chili, and I had no idea what chuka soba was.
The first meal I tried out was the Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Tenderloin, with Sweet Potato Wedges and Brussels Sprout-Apple Hash. The steps were super easy to follow in this one and I didn’t mess anything up (which I felt was really great sign). And, it was delicious! I was obsessed with the brussels sprouts and definitely think I’ll make that again. And even though I’ve never made pork, it came out perfectly cooked! This meal was a success.
The second meal I tried out was the Smoky Beef & Poblano Chili, with Kidney Beans, Cheddar, and Sour Cream. This was hands down the best recipe of the 3 and I will be recreating this next time I’m craving chili. It was so yummy and very easy to make (I tend to really like one pot recipes). I could taste every single ingredient and the best part was it made 3 heaping servings, which I ate every last drop of. This meal was obviously, also a success.
The last meal I tried out was Chicken Yakitori, with Pan-Fried Chuka Soba and Green Beans. Unfortunately this was kind of a fail. I don’t know if it was because they were in the fridge, but the noodles would not cook correctly. They all stuck together and wouldn’t break apart no matter how hard I tried. It was incredibly frustrating to make, but I will say that the chicken came out delicious and I still enjoyed the meal. I just felt a little bit like a failure because I couldn’t make the “chuka soba” correctly. This meal was half a success.
Overall I am so happy that I tried out Hello Fresh. I had an entire week of amazing meals, and healthy meals at that. I will definitely be trying it out again (right now I have it set as a monthly subscription). Have any of you ever tried subscription services like Hello Fresh? Any recommendations for what I should try next?
This product was purchased on my own, and all opinions are my own.