Happy Friday!!! TGIF amirite?!
It’s been awhile since my last FYFF post, mostly because I honestly haven’t been cooking that often…. >_> whoops. But, luckily for me, there are multiple different subscription-based services that make cooking super easy and simple. Say hello to Hello Fresh! (psst! stick around to see how you can get $40 off your first order!)
Hello Fresh is a subscription-based food delivery service that creates amazing recipes and delivers all of the awesome fresh ingredients right to your door! Every week, you get to choose how many (or how few) meals you’d like to get delivered, and you can choose exactly which ones you want to cook. You can also opt to skip a week of deliveries, which would be great for if you’re planning a vacation, or if you only use Hello Fresh as a “oh my gosh I don’t feel like going grocery shopping this week” option.
I decided to just try out 3 meals for the week, and picked out the ones that looked the most appealing for Zach & I. I chose the Mozzarella Crusted Chicken, Rapid Stir-Fried Beef & Broccoli, and Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos.
All of the ingredients arrived on the day that I scheduled them to arrive – yep that’s right you can even decide exactly what day your items arrive! – in a big box that was packed up tight with cold packs to keep all of my ingredients as fresh and chilled as possible. Each of the recipes have their own box containing everything needed to create your handpicked yummy (and healthy) meals.
I opened up each recipe box just to make sure everything was there and looked good – and oh my gosh everything was perfect! All of the ingredients were nice and cold, which was good considering my items included meats like chicken and beef and dairy like sour cream. Even the produce looked nice and fresh, the tomatoes didn’t even look bruised at all!
The recipes were super easy to follow, and turned out tasting awesome! Just for funsies I took comparison pictures of the recipe in the book vs. the one I made. Surprisingly enough my creations actually looked decent. (obviously I need to work on my plating though 😉 )
The mozzarella crusted chicken was easy and yummy, and I actually loved the roasted tomatoes – which is saying something because I absolutely loathe any tomatoes unless in sauce or ketchup form.
I was excited that I was able to have such a broad range of recipes, it allowed me to get things that both Zach and I love (he’s addicted to Chinese food and I to Mexican). This not only allowed the best of both worlds but brought a great variety to the meals. Say goodbye to boring repetitive meals!
We made the stir-fried beef and broccoli at the end of the week because, well, I couldn’t resist the idea of having my very own Stir-Friday (shout out to Archer fans ❤ ). While I wasn’t a fan of the beef, overall the dish was super yummy. I probably would’ve just seasoned the beef a little bit more.
Did I mention that all of these amazing recipes were ridiculously easy to make? Like, ohmygosh they look awesome and restaurant-worthy (and again, HEALTHY) but I was able to make them all in about 30 – 45 minutes! Which is great considering I get off work at 7. So normally me getting off late meant not eating until nearly 10 or 11, but with these meals I was sitting down to eat by 8:30 – 9!
It’s kind of amazing how just having everything gathered together and ready to go makes cooking easier.
Have I mentioned that I’m in love with Mexican food? Almost any time, day or night, you can ask if I want a burrito and I will say HELL YES. But typically my burritos are definitely NOT meat free. That being said, I am obsessed with these sweet potato & black bean tacos. ❤ They’re so fresh and spicy but sweet all in one. The sweet potato is a surprisingly great addition to a taco.
And of course, a special shout out to the design of the recipe booklet itself. It’s so beautifully set up and designed, just looking at the booklet gets me all excited to get cooking! Included is also a little info about the nutrition per serving, which includes the basics like calorie count and carbs per serving. Great for if you’re trying to watch how many calories/carbs you’re taking in.
Overall, I think Hello Fresh is a great service. While it may seem costly – about $60 per week for 3 meals for 2 people – they provide great, fresh ingredients and awesome recipes to go along. And although you only get enough to really make a serving (maybe 2 in some cases) per person, it means that you’re cutting out leftovers yes. But for people like Zach and I, leftovers often just get forgotten in the back of the fridge. Therefore having fewer servings means wasting less! Plus, if you’re watching your waist, not having a lot of extra food means you won’t even be able to overeat during your meal.
It may seem expensive (again, $60 a week for 3 meals – or $100 for 5) to be subscribed to Hello Fresh, think about how much money you spend at the grocery store per week. On average, a 2 person household spent anywhere between $73 – $143 on groceries every week in 2014. You also have to consider how much you end up spending on items you don’t even actually need every time you go shopping – you can’t say that tub of double fudge brownie ice cream is something you actually planned on getting.
I also look at it as a great way to branch out and try new dishes. These are things that you might come across on Pinterest – and then never try, if you’re like me – or in a cookbook or magazine that you’d buy or never pick up if you actually own it. Plus, once you’ve used the ingredients to make your meals you’re still left with all of the recipes for what you cooked, plus the other options that you had available to choose from for that week. So if you really like something, you can remake it (and use them during a week that you skip on Hello Fresh). I know I’ll definitely be doing the sweet potato tacos again soon!
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Have you guys tried a food service like Hello Fresh? What did you think? Would you do it again/regularly? Let me know in the comments below!
*I am not affiliated with or being paid by Hello Fresh, nor am I receiving any other form of compensation by the comapnie/s mentioned in the post above. the referral link above is a $40 discount, but will also earn me $20 on my account*