Hello Fresh Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2016
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.”
Heirloom Tomato Flatbread
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Calories per Serving: 674
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 Apron, Plated, 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.
Prep for this dish was pretty simple. I cleaned and sliced the tomatoes and cut the ball of mozzarella into thin slices. The recipe card suggested slicing the prosciutto into small pieces, but I prefer topping pizza with entire sheets, so I left it intact.
I stretched the provided dough out onto a parchment-lined pan, and I par baked it until the edges started to brown.
When the crust was ready, I topped it with pesto, mozzarella, tomatoes, and prosciutto and placed the pizza back into the oven to finish cooking.
After the cheese to melt and bubble, the pizza was ready!
This was really yummy. The combination of pesto, prosciutto, and tomatoes was great— rich, comforting, and fresh all at the same time. I think this is the best flatbread I’ve had from Hello Fresh (I’ve tried a few), and I would happily make this again anytime!
Jamie’s Tomato, Spinach & Olive Fusilli with Fresh Oregano & Cheese
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Calories per Serving: 534
Jamie Oliver partnered with Hello Fresh several months ago, and it’s been a lot of fun trying some of his recipes in my boxes! This one for fusilli looked simple and delicious.
The actual recipe I selected was for “Jamie’s Tomato, Spinach, & Olive fusilli with Fresh Oregano & Cheese,” but Hello Fresh included a substitution note. The spinach they received was in suboptimal condition, so they substituted broccolini instead. I love broccolini, so this was actually a nice surprise!
First, I cleaned and prepped all of my veggies. I also boiled the pasta in salted water.
I sautéed olives, oregano, and red onion in a little olive oil. (After cooking for a few minutes, I decided to add the broccolini at this stage, too, since I figured it would need more time to cook than spinach.)
After a few minutes, I stirred in a little vinegar, followed by a can of tomatoes and some water.
I let the sauce boil down for a bit, and then I stirred in the cooked pasta and added a little parmesan.
This dish was pretty tasty. It falls into the category of “dish I could easily make without a recipe,” but I enjoyed it. I loved the big chunks of broccolini and the salty kick from the olives.
Seared Steak and Creamy Chipotle Pan Sauce
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Calories per Serving: 699
My husband and I always read over the available meal options together and take turns picking dishes. This was his pick for the week. (I don’t cook steak very often, so I think he jumped at the opportunity to receive some in this Hello Fresh box!)
I made this dish last (on day 3), and I was a little disappointed to see that the corn looked a little dehydrated. Perhaps it would have held up a bit better if it had been sent in the husk?
I peeled and sliced a large potato, tossed it with olive oil, and roasted it in the oven at 450.
While the potatoes roasted, I sautéed slices of onion and poblano pepper on the stove top.
I stirred in the corn, cooked for another couple of minutes, and then transferred the veggies to a bowl. When the potatoes were ready, I added them in, too.
I wiped out the veggie pan and cooked the steak.
After the steak was ready, I set it aside to rest and I made the chipotle sauce by sautéing diced onion in the steak pan and then adding adobo sauce, beef stock, a little water, and sour cream.
This dish was fantastic! The hash had lots of flavor, the steak was tender, and the creamy adobo sauce was delicious!
Verdict: This box from Hello Fresh was excellent. All three dishes were great, and I loved the flatbread and the steak dish! 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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