Tuesday, November 8, 2016

HelloFresh Obsessed

Ever since Hadley has been born, I've been looking for ways to make my life easier. Nick is now responsible for walking and feeding Brady, I have signed up for most of our non-perishable items to be delivered via Amazon Prime and my newest favorite, HelloFresh (still working on getting that cleaning lady.. just kidding. Kind of ;)). I've heard a lot about these meal planning & delivery businesses in the past and thought it sounded great, but not necessary for me. Well now that I'm taking care of a baby around the clock and don't have all the time to meal plan, grocery shop, etc., I decided to give it a second thought. And then when a friend offered up a $40 coupon along with a strong recommendation, I was sold! Last week we got our first Hello Fresh delivery and I'm here to tell you why we're officially obsessed. Side note: this isn't a sponsored post. I tried HF with my own money and just want to share.

First up, how it works. Each week, you choose three or five meals (we do three) from six options.  We do the Classic Plan which includes meat, fish and veggie recipes for two or four adults. There is also a Veggie Plan or a Family Plan that serves children as well. You select the day in which you would like delivery - either Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. We did Tuesday the first time, but I have since switched to Saturday so we can have our meals on M/T/W. Our first box arrived on Tuesday at 5pm, which was cutting it close to dinner. As for the packaging, below is the insulated box it came in and weighed about 15 pounds. Inside was three separate boxes for the three recipes we received. Underneath that were large ice packs that kept the perishables (our chicken, shrimp and beef) cold.


I love that each separate recipe is contained in its own box, so I can just pull one out of the fridge each night to begin cooking - instead of having to look for all of the ingredients in one big box. All about the time saving. Also included was the pamphlet with the weeks recipes in it and tips for preparing them (like did you know it's easier to mince garlic with a fork than a knife?).

Now let's get to the food! First of all, I was really, really impressed with the quality of ingredients. All of the meat & seafood we've received have been great cuts, the veggies have been super fresh, the herbs never wilted. The majority of the recipes are pretty healthy and it always makes me feel good to be cooking with fresh food. You do still have to chop and dice and all that, but the preparation/cooking time is never more than about 30 minutes so it's not bad. I do it during a nap time. The pamphlet breaks down each recipe with steps and pictures that make it really easy to follow. It also outlines the nutritional info which is a bonus.


Our first week, we had yogurt-marinated chicken, beef quinoa stuffed peppers, and shrimp bahn mi burgers. Everything was DELICIOUS! The burgers were a bit out of our comfort zone, but that's what I like about HelloFresh. It pushes you outside of your normal 10 meal rotation and lets you try new things that you might not come up with on your own. And funny enough, that may have been my favorite meal of the week.

My biggest worry before trying this? It wasn't going to be enough food. Luckily, that wasn't the case at all! Nick and I were both full after every meal and actually had leftovers at the end of the week. I love a good leftover night. Our box (the classic plan, 3 meals for 2 people) is $69 a week. At first I thought this was a little pricey, but when I added things up at the grocery store, I realized that's about how much we spend on three meals a week anyways. Plus, the bonus of not having to meal plan or grocery shop for these items is worth a little extra cost right now to me. Another thing I really appreciate is that you can pause your subscription - or even cancel it - at any time with no penalty. 

Again, this isn't sponsored, but if you want to try HelloFresh, feel free to use promo code 6XD34H for $40 off of your first box! This is the same promo code I used for my first box and it's totally worth it. I mean even if you cancel it after the first try, only $29 for three meals? You can't beat that at the grocery store! Let me know what you think - or if you've tried other meal subscription services as well! I'd love to hear how they compare. 
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18 comments

  1. I feel like I have heard more positive things about Hello Fresh than Blue Apron and a few of the other similar services out there. I might have to try this after baby comes because I know life is going to be crazy for awhile and if nothing else I might get a few new recipes out of it!

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  2. That is such a great present to give to a new mom right? I'm so glad to hear you are happy with the ingredients and serving sizes. I tried Blue Apron and it was so much chopping and work. These look super user friendly and hello prime ;-)

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  3. i did not know it's easier to mince garlic with a fork than a knife - interesting! i will admit i am lazy and buy the jar of minced garlic. we use A LOT of garlic so it's handy to have it on hand alllll the time.
    i was not interested in trying blue apron at all, but hello fresh looks really good, and 3 meals for $29? sold. i am worried about the not being enough food though.. I think KC and I might eat more than you and Nick lol

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  4. I have used Blue Apron & was curious about this one. I like they box everything separately that needs to be used for recipes - that's a nice touch.

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  5. Always such a good idea - fresh and healthy convenience x

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  6. Definitely going to be doing this once our baby is here. I have a hard enough time planning my own meals and I only work part time and look after Ted right now haha. We tried Blue Apron once and John wasn't really a fan because it made SO MANY dishes, but it's only 3 nights a week. And I did like how it made us try new things. AND THEY ARE HEALTHY!!! Beats ordering a pizza. Which sometimes costs just as much lol.

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  7. Yum! I've tried Blue Apron, and also Home Chef, but not Hello Fresh just yet.

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  8. We love HelloFresh too!! We're taking a little break from it right now because we got to where we couldn't keep up with the 3 meals a week because of travel, work, etc, but it's such a brilliant concept!!

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  9. I've always wanted to try this! This looks so good!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  10. I tried Blue Apron before and this definitely sounds better. I like the idea of picking the day you want it delivered, and that chicken looks and sounds delicious!

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  11. This is awesome! I have always wondered what the deal with Hello Fresh was. I'm super intrigued! If you were paying full price would you say it was worth the money?

    www.caseylandblog.blogspot.com

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  12. We've wanted to try this for so long, and I think you just sold me!

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  13. We tried HF for a week and really enjoyed the meals! It's still too expensive for our budget, so we aren't subscribers, but I think it's such a great concept. I love how the ingredients were boxed for each meal. So handy!

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  14. This is such a cool idea! And I can definitely see how helpful this would be with a newborn! The meals all sound so yummy. Glad this has been such a winner, girl!

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  15. I tried HF earlier this year and I wasn't overly impressed. My produce didn't last through the week for me to cook the meals and I just felt like it was too much work. But, I do love the concept and the convenience! Glad it's working out great for you!

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  16. Cleaning lady should be top priority! Do it and your life will never be the same!

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  17. I'm SO glad to hear you guys loved this so much! We've been wanting to try a meal service too just to jumpstart things in the kitchen so glad to know this one comes highly recommended :)

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  18. My mom just started doing this too and she LOVES it. Sometimes I think we need to try this... and other times I just don't know if I'll do it. Ugh. I wish I could get better control of my life and have more energy. I don't even have a baby to blame for it.... but if you find something that works on the cleaning lady... let me know. ;)

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