This whole subscription box trend just keeps getting crazier, but I am not complaining. So far I have had my clothing, workout wear, my husband’s Valentine’s day gift and now my groceries hand picked by professionals and delivered promptly to my door. I had such good experiences with the first few subscription services I tried that when I heard my parents and Ben’s both raving about Hello Fresh, I couldn’t wait to test it for myself.
Hello Fresh is a flexible subscription service that provides boxes of farm fresh groceries as often as you would like. A team of chefs create simple yet interesting recipes each week. The box includes the ingredients for 3 meals for 2-4 people and a detailed recipe card with photos and easy to follow instructions. They provide variety with meat, seafood and vegetarian options and let you choose the 3 meals you prefer from a list of 5 possibilities each week.
I didn’t know what to expect as far as packaging. Mailing fresh groceries just seems a little weird to me. I was glad to see that everything was double bagged, packed in ice and very cold even after sitting on my doorstep for a few hours.
The ingredients for each meal were pre-measured and bundled together in clear plastic. I stuck them right in the bottom drawer of my fridge like this and pulled them out each night when I was ready to cook. It was so organized and efficient!
The meat was separate and on the very bottom closest to the ice packs. My box included ground beef, chicken and shrimp. I am a bit of a meat snob, and I was really impressed with the quality of all of these.
The first night I chose to make Smoky Chicken Fajitas. Each recipe has a difficulty level and a start to finish time estimate. This one was quick and easy which was what I needed that particular night. The produce was good quality by my standards, just like the meat.
The instructions were clear and easy to follow. I enjoyed chopping the fresh veggies while Ben cubed the chicken and prepped the tortillas for warming. The steps were planned out very well, and the entire meal only required one pan, one bowl and a couple of cutting boards. I found this to be true with all of the Hello Fresh meals! I can really get behind a quick meal with easy clean up!
This meal was supposed to feed two people, but the portions were very generous. It made enough for the two of us and our toddler, who actually asked for “MORE!” There was still enough left for my lunch the next day. The corn salsa was absolutely delicious! It will definitely become a staple recipe around here for snacking and to top grilled chicken and fish. Learning new recipes and techniques is another bonus to this fun service.
In a nutshell, Hello Fresh has an easy to use website that allows you to choose how often and which day of the week you would like to receive a box. One day each week, they send an email to let you know that it is time to choose what you want to eat from the new recipes.
You choose an omnivore box or a vegetarian box. You choose to feed 2 or 4 people. All boxes include 3 meals. The price for an omnivore box to feed 2 people 3 meals is $69. The shipping is free, and we had some leftovers but no food waste.
At first I thought the price might be a bit steep. When I talked about it with my husband, we reasoned that we usually spend between $70 and $100 on groceries each week. We also have a separate restaurant budget. Considering the high quality of ingredients, savings verses similar restaurant entrees and the convenience of skipping the big grocery trip with an almost two year old, we have decided to get a box one week per month.
That week we will budget $100 for food, use the additional $30 for milk, bread and other breakfast staples and skip our restaurant night. For some of you $69 may be a steal for 3 meals. I am just keeping it real here for those of you who live with similar spending plans to ours.
If you would like to try Hello Fresh, use my referral code FHG5AJ for $40 off your first box! Just enter the code in the promotion box at checkout.
Have you tried Hello Fresh or any other grocery subscription service yet?