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Hello Fresh Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 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.


Hello Fresh includes a booklet that spotlights seasonal ingredients and includes your recipes for the week.


I also received an envelope filled with “curated offers.”

Summer Corn and Chicken Pizza with Tomatoes, Scallions, and Adobo Sauce

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Calories per Serving: 886


Pizza is one of my favorite foods, so I can rarely resist adding it to my weekly meal box whenever it pops up on the menu.


Interestingly, I’ve tried pizza recipes from several different meal boxes (Blue ApronPlated, and Hello Fresh), and they all recommend using slightly different techniques. For this reason, I always make sure to carefully read the instruction card before I start cooking.


For this recipe, I started by stretching out the provided dough and par-baking it.


When it was no longer doughy and starting to brown around the edges, I took it out of the oven and topped it with chicken, corn salsa (made from fresh corn, tomato, scallion whites, jalapeno, oil, and lime juice), cheddar, and adobo sauce.


I then returned the pizza to the oven to melt the cheese. When it was ready, I topped the pizza with scallions.


This pizza was pretty tasty. Full disclosure: I prefer traditional mozzarella/tomato sauce pizza, but I still enjoyed this version. It would have been even better, in my opinion, with a little ranch dipping sauce.

Steak Fajitas with Kiwi Salsa and Crispy Beans

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Calories per Serving: 774


I took a bit of a leap of faith with this meal selection. I love tacos and a I love kiwi, but tacos with kiwi salsa? I had some doubts whether or not I’d like this dish.


Regardless, I set to work prepping my ingredients.


These tacos had quite a few different components. First, I seared the steak and then set it aside. Then, in the same pan, I charred a bell pepper and an onion in a little oil.


I made the kiwi salsa by combining kiwi, tomato, diced onion, lime juice, and lime zest. (I snuck a taste of the salsa at this point, and I started to get really excited. It was tasty!)


Finally, I heated red kidney beans in a little olive oil with some scallions. The instructions claimed that this would crisp the beans, but mine remained soft.

When everything was ready, I assembled the tacos and plated them with a wedge of lime.


At first, I was seriously uncertain about putting kiwi salsa on these tacos, but it was surprisingly delicious! The tangy lime flavor cut through the beef really well, and the hint of sweetness was a nice addition. I also enjoyed the subtle crunch from the kiwi seeds!

Chicken Gyro Salad with Tzatziki Dressing, Heirloom Tomatoes, and Cucumber

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Calories per Serving: 568


This was the final meal I picked for the week, and I was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it. When I opened up the box, I found that the included container of yogurt had burst open (probably while in transit), and the provided ingredients were all a mess. If I’d discovered the problem right after receiving the box, I might have been able to salvage the ingredients, but by day four everything was looking pretty gross. (I reached out to Hello Fresh to let them know about this problem, and I received a $15 credit.)

Verdict: I enjoyed both the pizza and tacos I received in this box from Hello Fresh. It’s a shame that I wasn’t able to make the salad, but I understand that sometimes things can get damaged while in transit. I’ve received yogurt from Hello Fresh without problems before, so I think this is just a bit of bad luck. Value-wise, Hello Fresh is competitively priced in the subscription meal box market. Meals start at $9.90 per serving, which is on par with Blue Apron ($9.99 per serving) and Home Chef ($9.95 per serving) and less than Plated ($12 per serving).

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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.


  1. After that amazing Plated review–everything looked positively fresh and wonderful, another HF review with a problem… A co-worker tried this subscription after she got a good deal and had some trouble with every shipment; some small and minor (missing a common ingredient such as scallions) or major (missing main ingredient, spilled contents, spoiled items, etc.) so she cancelled. After many months in business, many of these problems should be ironed out!

  2. I’m done with hello fresh! I’ve received boxes with rotten potatoes, the wrong meat or missing items. At first I figured honest mistake but it kept happening. I’ve mentioned the “problems” before but never received a discount or refund.
    I’m trying blue apron now, I get my first box Saturday!

    • I would also recommend Plated. Every time they have sent an ingredient that is past its prime, less than the recipe called for, or missing all together, they have provided a full or partial refund of the dish! Their customer service and meal selection are both phenomenal.

  3. you were given a $15 credit for a meal that cost you essentially $19.80?

    • I was thinking the same thing!

      Thinking the chicken would have been okay so it can be cooked for another use. But you have the big disappointment & inconvenience of not being able to cook this meal.

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