Hello Fresh is a weekly meal delivery. They create the recipe, purchase the ingredients, pack it up and send it to you. You can choose between the classic box which has meat options of the veggie box if you are meat free. Each week you will get 3 meals for either 2 or 4 people. The classic box for 2 people is $69.00, 4 people is $129.00. The veggie box for 2 people is $59.00, 4 people $109.00. All prices include shipping. Each week you will get an email with that weeks selections. There are about 5 options to choose from with 3 of them being the chef's choice. If you don't choose your items then you will be sent the chef's choice. There is also an option to skip that week and you can skip up to 10 weeks ahead. I always opt to skip as far ahead as I can because I would rather miss out then get a box I wasn't prepared to get.
Price: $59.00-$129.00 per week depending on plan with option to skip. Check Hello Fresh for delivery areas.
Hello Fresh sent me invitations to send out 3 free meal kits. You will get 3 meals that each serve 2 people. You have to sign up of the service but skipping meals or canceling is very easy. If you want to try Hello Fresh send your first name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll update this post as the boxes are are claimed or offer expires. **all invites claimed**
Not into cooking? This makes it easy. All the ingredients are in the box for you as well as easy to follow directions. They do assume you have salt, pepper, olive oil and butter but other than those thing everything is included.
Busy? This is great for those busy weeks where you just don't have time to shop, prepare and cook.
Counting Calories? Each recipe has nutritional information.
Recipes: They work on recipe development with Michelin star restaurant Aquavit in New York as well as a team of in house chefs who have graduated from culinary school and worked at such places as Momofuku and Eleven Madison Park.
The Not So Good:
Price: It's a little on the spendy side but it's darn convenient.
Pan-Fried Shrimp Gyozas - ingredients
Pan-Fried Shrimp Gyozas
Swedish Meatballs - ingredients
Pan-Fried Gyozas with Spring Edamame Succotash.
Swedish Meatballs over Egg Noodles & Portobellos.
Sage-Butter Roasted Pork with Roasted Butternut Squash and Charred Broccoli. (not pictured)
I didn't do a breakdown of cost on this box like I did the first one. If you want to read my first review click here.
I'm happy with this meal subscription box. The recipes are easy to follow and the ingredients are packed well and taste great. The only downfall for me is I skip my deliveries as far out as possible so I don't forget. I've noticed on the weeks I've skipped I don't get an email notifying me that the meal choice is open. I have to remember to check. Blue Apron sends and email whether you skipped or not which is nice because sometimes after seeing the menu I un-skip.
If you are thinking about giving Hello Fresh a try and don't already have a discount code use my referral code BQ3TA4 and you will get $40.00 off your first box (any size). This would make a classic box for 2 people $29.00 or about $10 for each meal. Can't beat that!
Verdict: I won't use it every week but I'll definitely stay a customer.