I’m back! And I have a very exciting new subscription box that I recently started getting, HelloFresh! I love to cook but I hate finding the recipes and then going to the store to buy all the ingredients, especially when you don’t need an entire bottle of rice vinegar! So I have a solution, HelloFresh is a weekly food box that shows up at your door/apartment/work once a week. They create the recipes, pack the ingredients based on measurements needed, and ship free! (I apologize for all the explanation points but I love this sub!) They have a few different subscription options, right now I have the the classic meal box that comes with 3 recipes complete with recipe cards for $70/week which comes out to $20/meal. Each recipe is portioned out for 2 people, but if you are household of 1, like me, they make great leftovers! The price may seem steep but I advise you to take a look at how much you spend eating out at restaurants or how many times a month you go to the grocery store, this subscription helps take the hassle out of eating healthy portioned meals by planning the recipe and going to the store for you.
Something else I love about HelloFresh is right in the name, the ingredients are FRESH! I know that I am getting a nutritious dinner when every ingredient looks like it was just picked out of my own garden (if I had a garden, one day maybe). I also love that you have the option to pause a week, you can look at the recipes for the upcoming weeks and if something doesn’t fit your fancy then you simply pause and won’t get charged. If you decide you want to try that weeks recipes within the timeframe (midnight on the Wednesday before the next week) you can unpause the week! The other meal options are family or veggie and you can change from 3 to 4 to 5 meals for 2 people or 3 meals for 4 people. Obviously, the pricing changes based on the number of people and meals. Also, they have an app where you can get the recipes for every meal they have so
Now on to the fun part where I get to tell you what I thought about the 4 meals I have tried!
Chicken Milanese with Crispy Potatoes, Mixed Greens, and Creamy Lemon-Chive Dressing
I chose to make this dish first since I figured I couldn’t mess up chicken! Well I was wrong…I still haven’t mastered cooking chicken on the stovetop without burning it (thank goodness there were 2 chicken breasts!) My favorite part of this meal were the potatoes that were cooked in the oven with just a little olive oil, salt and pepper. They went perfect with the non-burnt chicken breast. The mixed greens were like eating grass but the lemon dressing definitely made them more appetizing.
Garlic-Butter Shrimp with Tomato, Brown Rice, and Caramelized Veggie Skewers
This was my favorite meal so far that I have already made it again! I have never cooked shrimp before and I was a little nervous to try it but the recipe cards make cooking these meals so easy! The tomato/garlic/vegetable sauce was perfect with the shrimp and helped make the brown rice not so dry. I have also never skewered anything (lol) so making these veggie skewers was another first for me (remember to soak the skewers before cooking or they will catch on fire!!!). I have never tried shallots before nor have I ever heard of them but they were surprising delicious with the red and green bell peppers!
Tuscan Sausage Linguine with Zucchini, Chilies, and Parmesan
I LOVE PASTA so of course I had to try this dish. I brought it back to my parents house so they could try this sub out and I don’t think they were disappointed (and I proved that spending this money was well worth it!) One thing I have noticed is that they really like tomato sauces since they have been in 3 of the 4 meals I have made but I’m not complaining, it is very delicious and healthy since it is homemade! The sausage was a great addition to this dish and I only added a pinch or 2 of the chili flakes since I don’t like spicy food.
Pescado Veracruz with Olive Ragout, Burst Tomatoes, and Basmati Rice
Another first for me, cooking Cod. But since it was in the oven it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I decided to leave the olives out since I am not the biggest fan of them alone so I figured I wouldn’t want them in my dinner. The tomato/onion/vegetable sauce was absolutely amazing with the fish and rice! I did add a little butter to the rice to give it some more flavor since there wasn’t a ton of sauce. (I just really like carbs)
If you want to give HelloFresh a try then use my code and get $40 off your first box!! And you can cancel anytime with no penalties!
Enjoy and have fun trying new dishes!!