Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hello Fresh Review

Recently we tried out a new food delivery service called Hello Fresh. It's similar to Blue Apron, which we've tried twice before. I got a $40 gift card towards the purchase of the box, so all three meals cost us just $30. Psssst.... there's a code at the bottom of this post to get you $40 off, too!

The box the food came in was a lot smaller than the Blue Apron box, but everything seemed to fit well and nothing was crushed. Unlike Blue Apron, Hello Fresh puts all the ingredients for a recipe in a bag, which was convenient.

Here's what we cooked up with Hello Fresh!

Mushroom Quesadillas

The idea behind this meal was great. I'm a huge mushroom lover, and I recently discovered that avocados aren't the evil I thought they were. However, we weren't given nearly enough mushrooms to fill four tortillas. I'd say we would have needed at least double to make a nice hearty, stuffed quesadilla. Ground turkey or chicken would be nice, too, but this was our vegetarian option for the week. The filling was delicious, none the less, and the guacamole was a nice touch, and almost made up for the lack of 'shroomies. Both Ant and I agreed that the guac would have benefited from a little onion.

Leftovers: This recipe made a lot, four large quesadillas. Between the three of us, there was a quarter of a quesadilla left, which I had for a snack the next day.

Rosemary Walnut Crusted Chicken

OMG, this dish wash amazing! Easily my favorite of the week, and just might be my favorite food delivery box meal we've tried. I liked how rounded of a meal it was, with the chicken, potatoes, and salad. Our bag was missing the dijon mustard used to coat the chicken. Unfortunate, but of all the ingredients to be missing, that was probably the best one. I used a creamy dijon mustard we had in the fridge, and it worked just fine. Next time I go to the grocery store I'm picking up all the ingredients to remake the chicken, it was too good not to make again.

Leftovers: Just a bit of salad, which Ant took for lunch at work.

Steak Sandwiches

This was Ant's favorite meal of the week. It was so full of flavor! The sour cream/horseradish/dijon mustard sauce was excellent, and the roasted tomatoes in the salad were a really unique touch. The dressing was the same as the salad from the night before. The olive oil and basalmic vinegar was nice, but I wish they would have done two different dressings. It took a little longer to make than the other two dishes, but it still came together in less than an hour.

Leftovers: None, we ate every last bite!

All three meals were great, and again, I have to give a shout out to my sous chef, Ant. He helped out with two of the meals.

I plan on doing a post comparing Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, where I'll go in to more detail about each service and their pros and cons. Look for that next week.

**If you're interested in trying a week of Hello Fresh, you can use my referral code, SKR44Q, and get $40 off your first week!**

Disclaimer: Our week of Hello Fresh meals were purchased by me, using a promotional $40 off code. I'm not otherwise affiliated with the company, and all opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. 


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