I don’t know about people who live overseas but here in New Zealand, they have companies who deliver meals straight to your door. No, not fastfood outlets, and not chinese takeaways either. These companies, such as Hello Fresh, deliver almost all the ingredients you need, pre-portioned for 2 or 4 people as per the recipe, to you.
They’ve been around for some time and my sister, who’s been a subscriber for a wee while, would tell me about how everything – (yes, including meat and poultry) are delivered right to their door and all she has to do is a bit of minor pre-prep (the vegetables do need to be sliced up) and she can immediately start cooking. She swears by it – she said it takes away the hassle of trying to figure out what you need to buy from the supermarket, trying to find the right ingredients at the supermarket, pre-planning meals, taking the food out of the freezer and defrost it … she loved the convenience and would recommend it to anyone.
Anyway – recently, my sister was gifted with a Hello Fresh voucher and she decided to gift it to me so I can see how “amazing” this service is. So I signed up. I selected the “5 meals for 2 people per week” option (Classic Plan) and chose my preferred delivery date (Saturday) and meals (indicated by the green “In Box” Sign) from the list below:
Saturday comes and this box gets delivered right to my doorstep. I open it up and yes, all the ingredients you need are in the carton, bagged up and coded according to the recipes I’ve selected.
Apart from having the list of ingredients, nutritional value and cooking process / procedure, each recipe card tells you which needs to be consumed first and so forth. Since I chose a salmon, a chicken and a pork dish, these three obviously needed to be consumed before the other vegetable dishes. The salmon recipe card had a little note that says “Eat me first”, the chicken recipe card had something like “Eat me quick”. So in my head, our meals would be: Salmon – Chicken – Pork – Veggie – Veggie. I wanted to prepare the salmon dish last night, but the heat was so debilitating, we just had crackers and that was it.
So today (Sunday, my dad’s birthday), I decided to prepare the salmon dish for dinner – and can I say that .. IT’S SO EASY!
I got all the ingredients out (see above picture) and followed the instructions printed at the back of the card and half an hour later …
Served it up and we (hubs and I) were pleasantly surprised at:
- how easy the dish was to prepare
- how tasty the dish was (it’s really quite yummy, especially the tabbouleh), and
- the quality of ingredients included (the salmon was boneless and really fresh)
We had a good meal and we (well, at least me anyway) can’t wait to prepare the dish for tomorrow.
Sadly, on the negative side, the cost per person is a bit too steep for us. We can’t afford to have this every week (even if we downgrade our plan to 3 meals for 2 per week) so what we might do is order a box once a month.
So that’s my 1st experience with HelloFresh. I’m a very happy customer and can definitely recommend this service to others. And if you do want to try it out, click on the link on my sidebar (or here) and get $50.00 off of your first order! That’s such a bargain!
Have a good week everyone!
Disclaimer: This is not a paid post. I am genuinely happy with my order which is why I’m sharing my experience on this blog,