HelloFresh came into my life when I had reached my breaking point… Over the past few months, I have been feeling so stressed and overwhelmed. Especially when it came to dinner time. I cook dinner EVERY night + pack breakfast/lunches for the next day. Quick and easy recipes are my go-to but that, of course, can get boring because one tends to make the same dishes over and over again. I needed the motivation to jump back into the kitchen to whip up new meals that my family would enjoy.
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Deciding On HelloFresh
There are many similar services to choose from. Unfortunately a few don’t service my area so that immediately got rid of some options. If I’m not mistaking HelloFresh was actually the first one I heard about. Magazines and other subscription boxes always included a gift card to try out the service but I was very iffy about it. I always thought why be lazy? Is it that hard to plan out your meals, shop, prep, and cook?
Yes. Yes, it is…
That was my mentality as a stay at home mom. As a working mom, a meal service kit is something that can benefit the whole family. A busy mom can have a delicious dinner on the table in an hour. Without the hassle that comes along with dinner time. The man of the house can enjoy a delicious new recipe and the little man of the house gets more of mommies attention and a big HelloFresh box to play in while mommy cooks. A win for everyone!
That was my thought process while trying to decide on this. It seemed pretty convincing in my head. What sealed the deal was stalking their entire Instagram page. At first glance, you are already hungry and ready to take a bite out of a dish. If not all their dishes. Why would I NOT want to try them out?
My First HelloFresh Box
At first glance inside your HelloFresh box, you can tell they take the time to carefully package everything to ensure that all of the ingredients remain as fresh and cool as possible. They go a little overboard with ice packs and insulation BUT I am not complaining at all! The protein was at the bottom under a huge ice pack to ensure that it stays insulated during transit. When I pulled the protein out of the box you would have thought you were pulling it out from a fridge, that is how cold it was. Each recipe has its own brown sack with the ingredients needed specifically for that dish.
When selecting your dishes it tells you the expected time that it takes to complete – I stuck to dishes under an hour. I wanted to see if it was possible to cook and clean up all within an hour so I kept it simple with my first 3 dishes – Here’s a little preview 😉
I timed myself on all 3 occasions to confirm that it really took as long as the recipe card stated. They are very accurate with their times if you don’t count the many times I checked on Christopher to make sure he was doing ok. Every single time he was putting toys into the box that our HelloFresh meals came in lol.
Anyways back to the good stuff…
I was expecting small portions. Certainly not enough to have leftovers but guess what? With each dish, I had enough left over for lunch the next day. Usually, only the side dishes but that’s ok! Christopher was even able to get a plate of each recipe each time. I’m sure you can imagine the portion sizes if I was able to accomplish all of that.
It was an interesting experience cooking with simple ingredients that I have never cooked with like shallot, Thai chili, & white wine vinegar. Very simple ingredients yet they had never made their way into my kitchen before. I personally feel that HelloFresh opens up a whole new culinary world for you right in your kitchen. From Korean to the Mediterranean, to Duck Breast (haven’t tied yet) – Your palette will go on one hell of a ride!!
Will HelloFresh Be A Must-Have?
So to answer my own earlier question – With HelloFresh is it possible to cook and clean up all within an hour?
Yes!! its possible and I was ecstatic! I think I told Chris about fifty times how happy I was and how motivated I was to cook more meals from their site. I feel like I spend an entire afternoon in the kitchen on any other normal day. That’s honestly what causes a lot of dinner related stress but HelloFresh stepped in an eliminated dinnertime stress for me. Cutting down prep and portion times leaving more time for Christopher 🙂
Remember that brown sack that contained all of the ingredients? I used it to dump scraps and trash as I cooked. At the very end, I just threw the bag away. I even save time with that. Not having to walk to the trash can who knows how many times…
Two more HelloFresh boxes have come into my home since my first box. Each time I was blown away by the quality and freshness of the ingredients. As well as how accurate the total completion time is. I am a person that runs on a schedule. If you tell me something is going to take x amount of time I expect it to be accurate so that I can plan my days accordingly – I’m weird I know lol.
A Special Surprise
I am giving away a HelloFresh box to 2 lucky readers! All you have to do it subscribe to my email list below – It’s that easy! Winner will be announced Friday the 14th on my Facebook page 🙂
If you rather not wait for me to announce the winner, head over to their site and get $40 off your first box!!
Have you tried HelloFresh? I’d love to hear your experience in the comments!