Hello Fresh Subscription Box Review + Coupon – February 2017
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 $9.99 per person per meal. The Veggie Box (for herbivores) starts at $9.99 per person per meal. The Family Box (for families) costs $8.74 per person per meal. Hello Fresh announced that starting in February, they will offer two plans: Unlimited Meal Choice ($11.50 a meal) or Basic Plan ($9.99 per meal). Learn more here!
COUPON: Save $40 off your first two boxes – no coupon code necessary, just click this link!
The Products: Healthy recipes and pre-portioned fresh ingredients.
Ships to: The contiguous U.S.
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The ingredients for each recipe come packed in a brown box.
Lean Mean Chicken and Greens with Rosemary Potatoes and Gremolata
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Calories per Serving: 659
Hello Fresh recently introduced premium recipes, but the premium recipe for this week hadn’t yet been announced when I logged on to pick out my meals. (I’m really excited to try them out, so expect to see one reviewed next month!) Still, this week’s menu looked great to me, and I had no trouble finding three recipes I liked.
My first pick was this recipe for chicken, potatoes, and salad. I’m always looking for new ways to prepare chicken breasts, so I was excited to give this recipe a try!
First, I made the gremolata by combining lemon zest, chopped parsley, garlic, and olive oil.
Next, I butterflied the chicken breasts and put them in a hot oiled pan to cook on the stove. While they cooked I boiled some potatoes and prepared the salad, a combination of arugula, cranberries, and walnuts.
When the potatoes softened, I drained them and then cooked them in a little olive oil (along with rosemary, shallot, and garlic) to crisp them up.
I really enjoyed this dish! The gremolata was a nice topping for the chicken, the salad was fresh and plentiful, and the potatoes were a nice, hearty accompaniment. My only complaint with this dish is that I somehow managed to dirty a lot of dishes while making it. Looking back, I probably could have re-used some of my bowls, but the mess of dishes made cleanup kind of a drag.
Penne with a Kick in a Pancetta-Tomato Arrabbiata Sauce
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Calories per Serving: 604
My next meal pick was this take on penne arrabbiata.
There were a ton of ingredients included for this dish— so many that I couldn’t fit them all in one photo! In addition to the items shown above, this recipe also included pancetta.
Unfortunately, the tomato included for this recipe was in pretty bad shape and had cracked, broken skin. I didn’t have another tomato on hand to substitute, so I decided to omit it.
I boiled the pasta in salted water and, in a separate pan, cooked the pancetta, red onion, chili pepper, and garlic.
When the veggies softened, I added in a can of diced tomatoes and a little sugar and cooked down the sauce. After it thickened, I added in the pasta.
The recipe called for the addition of spinach, too, and there was a TON of spinach included. Instead of adding it all to the recipe, I decided to add about half and use the rest for side salads.
I divided the penne between two bowls and topped each one with parmesan. This dish was really tasty. I used about half of the provided chili pepper (Hello Fresh suggested using only a portion of the pepper, depending on your spice tolerance), and the sauce had a nice, subtle kick of spice. The pancetta added nice depth of flavor, and I enjoyed having a salad on the side. This dish was a win!
Turkish-Spiced Salmon with Blood Orange and Couscous Pilaf
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Calories per Serving: 695
My last meal pick this week was this recipe for Turkish-Spiced Salmon.
As per the instructions, the first thing I did was cook the couscous. While it was soaking in hot water, I tossed the salmon in Turkish spices and cooked it in a sauté pan.
For the salad, I combined arugula, blood orange, almonds, and cucumber with a lemon shallot vinaigrette.
This dish was another winner! The salad was fresh, beautiful, and totally delicious, and the salmon and couscous were a tasty combination. I would definitely order this dish again!
Verdict: I loved this week’s Hello Fresh meals! I enjoyed all of my dishes, but my favorites have to be the chicken and salmon. Value-wise, Hello Fresh is competitively priced in the subscription meal box market. Meals start at $9.99 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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