Hello Fresh Subscription Box Review + Coupon – November 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.
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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 $80 off your first five boxes! No coupon needed - just use this link.
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” that included coupons for Naked Wines and The Limited.
Now, on to the food!
Cauliflower Pancetta Mac and Cheese
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Calories per Serving: 731
Macaroni and cheese is one of my favorite comfort foods, so this was my first meal pick for this box.
Since the cauliflower came pre-cut, prep for this dish was really easy. All I had to do was chop the scallions!
I roasted the cauliflower in the oven, boiled the macaroni until it was al dente, and crisped up the pancetta (with the scallion whites) in a sauté pan.
When the pancetta was crisp, I removed it from the pan and made the bechamel cheese sauce using the pancetta drippings.
When everything was ready, I stirred together the pasta, cheese sauce, pancetta, and cauliflower and transferred it to a glass baking dish.
The mac and cheese baked at 400 for about 10 minutes. When the cheese was bubbly, it was ready! I transferred it into bowls and topped each one with scallion greens.
The photos of this dish really don’t do it justice. It was unbelievably good. My husband and I actually agreed that this is one of the best subscription box dishes we’ve ever made! The cheese sauce was rich and gooey, the pancetta added a salty kick, and the cauliflower provided a dose of freshness that kept the dish from being too cloying. I can not wait to make this dish again!!
Pan-Roasted Chicken with Dijon Mushroom Sauce and Israeli Couscous
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Calories per Serving: 510
The next meal I picked was this Pan-Roasted Chicken dish with Dijon Mushroom Sauce. I’m a big fan of creamy mushroom sauces, so I was excited to try it!
I cleaned and chopped the mushrooms, and then got to cooking.
First, I boiled the couscous, cooked the chicken, and sautéed the mushrooms in garlic and olive oil. When the mushrooms cooked through, I made the sauce from water, stock concentrate, sour cream, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
When the chicken was cooked through and the sauce was ready, I made the salad (a simple mix of arugula, lemon juice, and olive oil) and plated the dish.
This dish was a hit, too! The chicken was juicy and tender, and the Dijon sauce was really tasty— creamy with a nice zippy kick from the mustard. The salad was simple, but it was nice to have some fresh greens on the plate. Overall, this was a delicious and balanced dinner.
Spicy Pork and Kale Soup with Udon Noodles, Ginger, and Thai Chili
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Calories per Serving: 610
My last meal pick for this week was Spicy Pork and Kale Soup. I didn’t realize it until my box arrived, but I think I’ve picked this meal before!
I cleaned and prepped my veggies and then cooked the udon noodles.
Next, I sautéed the ginger, garlic, onion, and Thai chili and then added in the pork. When the pork was browned, I added water, stock concentrate, kale, and soy sauce and cooked it until the kale wilted down.
When the soup was ready, I added the noodles and divided everything into two bowls.
This dish was another hit! The broth was savory and spicy (I used the entire chili), and I liked the hearty addition of kale. The noodles were great, too, and they helped make this dish really filling. If it ever pops up on the menu again, I’m happy to say that I’d happily order this dish for a third time!
Verdict: This box from Hello Fresh was great. All of the dishes were delicious, and I’m still dreaming about the Mac and Cheese! (If I’m honest, I kinda wish I had a big bowl of it in front of me right now!) 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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