After one meal from one box of HelloFresh the verdict so far: OMG delicious!
A bunch of priorities came together last week to get me to subscribe to a meal box.
- More cooking at home
- Fresh ingredients
- Delicious recipes
- EASY recipes
- Easier decision making about meals
There are several meal subscription box services. Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and Plated are some of the options. After looking at all the prices, typical meals, and current specials, I decided to give HelloFresh a shot. They send you the fresh ingredients and the recipes needed to make your meals. You do the cooking, but the planning and shopping is taken care of.
If you want to try HelloFresh yourself, use my promo code – AXUAWH – to get $40 off your first order! (I get $20 off a box of mine when you do. Thanks! I’m not being compensated for this review in any other way.)
By using a promotion, my price was $49 this week for 3 meals for 2 people. That’s $8.16 per person per meal, but I believe the regular serving price is closer to $10. I took this money out of our eating-out budget to make it work.
I had 5 choices for my 3 meals from HelloFresh this week.
- Chicken Milanese with Crispy Potatoes, Mixed Greens, and Creamy Lemon-Chive Dressing
- Pan-Seared Steak with Roasted Butternut Squash and Green Beans Almondine
- Tuscan Sausage Linguine with Zucchini, Chilies, and Parmesan
- Garlic-Butter Shrimp with Tomato, Brown Rice, and Caramelized Veggie Skewers
- Jamie’S Baked Sweet Potatoes With Grated Salad & Sticky Seeds
We decided to nix the chicken because the other choices were more interesting, and the sweet potatoes because what a weird sounding meal that is!
Tonight I cooked the Garlic-Butter Shrimp meal, and it was DELICIOUS! It was pretty easy to make – basically just chopping some veggies and stirring some stuff in a pan. My shrimp was perfectly cooked due to following the exact times in the recipe. The many flavors came together in a truly scrumptious rice.
Everything I needed was included except for salt, pepper, butter, and olive oil.
My meals for this week shipped in a cardboard box, lined with insulation. There were three meal boxes on top, then a layer of frozen packs, then the meats on bottom. The frozen packs were frozen, so their shipping plan worked.
The ingredients for tonight’s meal didn’t look like much. I wondered if it would be enough food. I don’t know the calorie counts on the meals, but it did turn out to be plenty of food. It would be really easy to fill out the meal with a bagged salad, a side of French bread, or a dessert if you wanted a bigger meal.
After tonight’s success, I am excited to try the other two meals this week!
If you want to try HelloFresh yourself, remember to use my promo code – AXUAWH – to get $40 off your first order! (I get $20 off a box of mine when you do! Thanks!)
Have you used a service like this? Which one did you try? What did you think?