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The Ultimate Solution for Stress-Free Family Gatherings? HelloFresh!

Geraldine Orentas
ByGeraldine OrentasSep 11, 2023


What happens when family comes over, and you're used to cook for only two people? Well, if you're anything like me, it involves an impromptu trip to the grocery store, buying significant portions of food and things you'll use once and never again. Then there's the cooking… don't even get me started with portions.

I don't want to say it's awful because I love my family and having them at home. However, making a big meal makes me…well…stressed.

But my HelloFresh subscription gave me an idea. How about I don't order food for two, but for four people? And have the recipes written down and the ingredients pre-portioned? I'm a genius. Yes, I know! 💡

HelloFresh = Hello Comfort!

If you're unfamiliar, HelloFresh is a meal subscription we've used for a while. It's been super helpful for us because we can save time by not going to the grocery store, and the meals are super quick to prepare since everything's pre-proportioned. Not to mention, it's 25% cheaper than takeout.💰

They offer at least 40 weekly recipes, with many ingredient choices and meals for every situation: calorie-smart, family-friendly, and quick and easy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. All of these options with pre-portioned high-quality ingredients are delivered to your doorstep. Life-changing.

My Favorite Family-Friendly Meal Options

When it's just the two of us, we arrange a subscription for two people. I prefer vegetarian meals, while my husband prefers keto-approved carnivore meals.

But when there's a special occasion, HelloFresh allows me to change my subscription, so I set it for six meals for four people with all the ingredients possible. This is my secret to master all those family meals! 😉

Slow Cooker Beef & Black Bean Chili Bar

Slow Cooker Beef & Black Bean Chili Bar

There's nothing like a family dinner around the pot. And with pot, I mean the slow cooker. This meal is just an explosion of flavors, and the detonators are the black bean chili, scallions, garlic, tomatoes and all the spices you can wish for. The quantity is perfect because there are eight servings for four people!

Family-Style Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake 🍝

HelloFresh Family-Style Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake

This is my go-to recipe for when the in-laws show up unannounced! It's quick and really easy to do. There is nothing like tender pasta and baked lemon-parmesan cream sauce. No leftovers left!

Chicken Sausage & Brussels Flatbreads

HelloFresh Chicken Sausage & Brussels Flatbreads

In just thirty minutes, I have a meal that works as an appetizer to welcome everyone to my home. Topped with herby lemon ricotta, shredded Brussels sprouts, melty cheeses, lemon zest and a touch of hot honey. It's honestly one of my favorite recipes to show off my "cooking skills!"

Peanut Butter & Cherry Belgian Waffles 🧇

HelloFresh Peanut Butter & Cherry Belgian Waffles

Brunch, anyone? Don't worry. This 10-minute recipe is as easy as a Sunday morning. Turns out that Belgian waffles are the thick and fluffy ones everyone adores. And these are topped with peanut butter-crème fraiche glaze, jammy cherry-honey drizzle (yes, all sweet words), and crunchy apple slices. Do I really need to say anything else?

Vegan Streetcar-Style Chickpea Bowls

HelloFresh Vegan Streetcart-Style Chickpea Bowls

I said it once, and I'll say it again: vegan food doesn't have to be boring. And instead of listening to everyone bash my vegetarian or vegan options, I serve this without telling them it is vegan. This fragrant turmeric rice has crunchy almonds, scallions, shawarma spiced chickpeas, and Israeli-style cucumber-tomato salad. At the end of the meal, I always break the vegan news, and you bet jaws are dropped!

The Joy of Sharing Delicious and Effortless Meals

I've said this before, and I'll say it again. With HelloFresh, I feel free to change and adapt my subscription based on what's happening in my life. And I can't get that anywhere else.

So, if you're done stressing about large family gatherings, I suggest you try out HelloFresh and start enjoying cooking as much as I do!

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HelloFresh is a popular meal kit delivery service and subscription that takes the guesswork out of planning and prepping home-cooked meals. Feed your family or just yourself with quality pre-portioned and fresh ingredients, and easy-to-follow recipes that you can choose week by week. No grocery s... read more.

Geraldine Orentas
Geraldine Orentas

I'm a Miami-based copywriter and content creator, deeply passionate about skincare and wellness. Through my Instagram platform, I candidly share my acne-healing journey, provide genuine brand reviews, and let you in on my vibrant life in the city. In the midst of running a creative marketing agency, I'm constantly experimenting with sunscreens and new healthy recipes, occasionally indulging in a hearty meal. When the screens go off, it's time for adventures with my trusty German Shepherd, Cora.