These past couple of years, the food subscription service industry has boomed. They are booming because people either have no idea how to cook, are too lazy to grocery shop, or are just trying something fun and different in the kitchen. Whatever the reason, Hello Fresh is one of those companies that is excelling in the industry and I had to find out about the hype on my own. I'll tell you about my Hello Fresh food subscription box experience and you can decide if it's something to try!
Just for a little context, I hadn't looked too much into what this box entailed, I just bought it for my mom for her birthday. She finally decided to order it one week in September and we tried it out together. The box got delivered to my apartment and I was shocked by the size and weight of this thing. I was barely able to pick it up, so I started un-packing it right away. There were layers and layers of ice packs, cushions, recipes and then the food. My first thought was they could eliminate so much waste by creating more compact and efficient packaging... But thats besides the point!
Inside, there were 3 boxes for the 3 recipes. Each recipe served 2 people and had a meat, a grain/carb, vegetables and sauces/spices. One thing I didn't like about this box is that you don't get to choose what type of meal you want. I think it'd be cool to pick a cuisine or meat you want each meal to revolve around. But, the element of surprise was cool too.
It also came with a whole booklet of other recipes to try on your own, packets of spices, and vouchers to use on next orders or to give to friends for discounts! Inside the recipe booklet, there were the recipes for our 3 delivered meals. Reading through them, I realized the recipes aren't really for beginners in the kitchen. The instructions assume you know how to chop an onion, or mince garlic, or what kind of baking pans/sheets/pots to use. It wasn't a problem for me, but I could see how beginners could be frustrated and confused with how to properly cook everything.
The first night, we had crispy chicken breast over a spinach and potato parmesan salad. The chicken was awesome and I've been using the technique they used to bake chicken! The second night, we had mole spiced steak fajitas. There is left over mole spice and I will for sure use it for my next fajita-Mexican inspired night! And the third night we had honey mustard salmon over couscous with asparagus.
In general, all the dishes were really tasty and were different from what I would make on a regular night, so I enjoyed the variety. However, I don't think they were as healthy as they could have been. There were definitely not enough vegetables per dish. For example, in this salmon dish, there was a healthy portion of salmon and grain, but each person only got like 4 asparagus per dish. When I make dinner, the proportion is triple the vegetables and half the grains.
All in all, here is what I didn't like: the meals needed some more vegetables; it wasn't super beginner friendly; there was a lot of waste and packaging; you don't get to choose what types of meals you want.
However, here is what I liked: the meals were different from what I would normally cook; it made me go out of my comfort zone with spices, herbs and sauces; they showed the calories and macros for each meal; I didn't have to think about what to cook and didn't have to grocery shop that week for dinner; it was a fun activity to do with my mom!
Should you try it? YES! I would give it a try for a week because it makes you go out of your comfort zone in the kitchen and opens up some creativity for future meals to make.
About this Section
This section highlights any type of noteworthy experience I've had with food. It also covers some of my traveling adventures! I am an avid traveler and love trying out new cuisines and local foods wherever I go. I will give any and all the details of the food I've tasted around the world.