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Hello Fresh Subscription Box Review + Coupon – June 2016

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Hello Fresh is a weekly meal delivery subscription that sends healthy recipes and the pre-measured ingredients you need to make them at home. 

It’s easy to skip deliveries using the Hello Fresh website, and you can skip as many weeks as you like.

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The Subscription Box: Hello Fresh

The Cost: The Classic Food Box (for omnivores) starts at $9.90 per person per meal. The Veggie Box (for herbivores) starts at $9.08 per person per meal. The Family Box (for families) costs $8.75 per person per meal.

COUPON: Save $40 off your first box with code HTCST2!

The Products: Healthy recipes and pre-portioned fresh ingredients.

Ships to: The contiguous US.

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The ingredients for each recipe come packed in a brown box.

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I received a reminder not to forget about my gnocchi (which was packed underneath a layer of ice with the meats)!

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Hello Fresh includes a booklet that spotlights seasonal ingredients and includes your recipes for the week. This week’s booklet featured a prominent reminder that deliveries during the week of July 4th might be disrupted.

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The booklet also included a recipe for a 4th of July cake!

Sautéed Shrimp and Collard Greens over Cheddar Grits

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Calories per Serving: 462

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Shrimp & grits is one of my favorite brunch dishes, and I’ve been trying to teach myself how to make perfect grits at home. When I saw this dish, I knew I had to try it!

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Prep for this dish was pretty simple. The most time consuming part was cleaning and trimming the collard greens— they were really gritty!

After I finished my prep, I started cooking the grits in a combination of milk, water, and salt.

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While the grits simmered, I cooked the greens and blistered the tomatoes. When the were ready, I set them aside and cooked the shrimp with salt, pepper, and chili flakes.

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Next, I finished the grits by stirring in cheddar cheese and adjusting the seasoning. I think the cooking time suggested for the grits was a little too long (they were VERY thick), so I thinned them by adding extra milk.

I divided the grits between two bowls and topped each one with shrimp and veggies.

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Overall, I enjoyed this dish. The collards were great, and I enjoyed the spiciness of the shrimp. I think, though, that this dish was missing something. Sauce, maybe? A few crumbles of bacon would also have been a delicious addition.

Pan-Seared Gnocchi with Pesto, Green Beans, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Calories per Serving: 441

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Usually, I like to read the full descriptions of all the dishes offered for the week before selecting my meals, but the photo of this gnocchi had me hooked immediately. It looked so good!

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To begin, I cleaned and prepped all of my veggies.

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I sautéed mushrooms with salt and pepper in a little olive oil and blanched the green beans.

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When the veggies were ready, I set them aside and boiled the gnocchi.

I allowed it to cook for only a couple of minutes before draining it really well and pan searing it in a little olive oil.

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After the gnocchi developed a nice crust, I added the mushrooms, beans, chopped sundried tomatoes, and the provided packet of pesto.

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As soon as I stirred everything together, I wished that I hadn’t added all of the pesto at once. (I love pesto, but the dish was a little heavily sauced for my liking.) I divided the gnocchi between two bowls, topped each one with parmesan, and garnished each with a lemon wedge.

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This meal was comforting and tasty, but I would have enjoyed it more with less sauce. Also, I noticed that Hello Fresh’s photo of this dish showed that it was topped with walnuts, and there were no walnuts provided with the actual dish. Maybe it’s a little nitpicky, but it’s a big pet peeve of mine when a meal delivery company features an inaccurate picture of a dish. If there’s something in the photo (even something small like a garnish of nuts or fresh herbs), I want to see it in the box!

Speedy Italian Meatballs with Smoked Tomato Linguine

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Calories per Serving: 851

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The last meal I selected for this box was Speedy Italian Meatballs with Smoked Tomato Linguine.

Pasta is one of those things I never get sick of, and I’m always looking for new recipes!

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To prep for this dish, I finely chopped a (very large) carrot and an onion.

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I sautéed the veggies together over medium heat with a little olive oil, stirring them until they softened.

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Next, I added tomatoes to the pan with water, smoked paprika, sugar, and salt & pepper.

While the sauce simmered, I boiled the pasta and made “quick meatballs” by forming Italian sausage into balls. I cooked the meatballs in a pan until they were cooked through and then added them to the sauce along with some thyme and parmesan.

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I plated the pasta and topped each plate with sauce, meatballs, and a little extra parmesan cheese.

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This dish was tasty! (Can you ever go wrong with Italian sausage?) There was a little too much meat in this dish for me personally, but my husband had no complaints.

Verdict: This box from Hello Fresh was pretty good. For my husband and I, the shrimp & grits and pasta definitely came out on top. Value wise, Hello Fresh is competitively priced within the meal box subscription market. Their price per meal is less than Plated and about the same as Blue Apron and Home Chef.

Do you subscribe to Hello Fresh? If so, which meals did you pick last week?

Written by Lindsey Morse

Lindsey Morse

Lindsey is a professional baker by day and a subscription box junkie by night. She first subscribed to Birchbox in 2013 and her addiction grew when she signed up for Graze, PopSugar, and Knoshy. Her favorite part about being a subscription box addict is discovering new products- especially gourmet goodies, beauty products, and kitchen tools!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

8 Comments

  1. How in the world do you use Glossy boxes $50 off cards for Hello Fresh? They say you can only use them for new accounts but there an automatic $40 coupon code applied when you open a new account. So ridiculous.

  2. I received some Hello Fresh discount coupons in my Glossyboxes this month that I will never use. (The service just doesn’t interest me. )

    If anyone wants them, both are for $50 off your first 2 boxes. :

    ~ 1A277U942
    ~ 1A296U705

  3. I’m wondering if you guys could review the “Munchery” box. They state that meals only take 15 minutes from start to finish and I’m wondering how it works and how delicious/nutritious the food is.

    • Thanks for the suggestion! Right now it looks like they don’t ship to any of our reviewers locations, but I’ll keep an eye on it. Hopefully they expand their delivery zones soon! 🙂

    • Munchery isn’t actually a meal-prep service, their meals are delivered already prepared and just needing to be warmed up.

  4. that gnocchi dish looks so good (does look like a lot of pesto though) – I wish there was an option to get past dishes from time to time

  5. I really enjoyed this review. It’s been about a year since I’ve ordered from Hello Fresh; I found that I prefer the recipes from Plated and Home Chef. But it looks like Hello Fresh has really stepped up their game! Their packages and ingredients look much better than I remember. I may have to try them again.

  6. Great photos of the food! I appreciate the thorough reviews you provide too. Thank you!

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