I am always the first to admit that I am no Delia Smith, my cooking can sometimes leave a little to be desired (and at times even edible). To be honest alot of the time I blame my (lack of) cooking skills down to feeling abit uninspired in the kitchen. Trying to think of new dishes week in week out can be quite a challenge, especially when you lead busy lives and/or are on a budget. I may find myself watching a cooking segment on TV and think ‘Wow that looks easy and delicious I will cook that for dinner tonight’ then I go into the Kitchen and realise I have half the ingredients missing, or my local shop has run out of that particular herb and I go back to cooking what I know instead.
That was until this week when I have been introduced to a company called Hello Fresh, a food delivery service that basically takes all the inconvenience of shopping, recipe ideas and even portion control away and instead gives you new meal inspiration with everything done for you, well except for the cooking (and eating). Genius! It has definitely got me excited to be back in the Kitchen again, the Hubbie is a happy man!
How It Works: Hello Fresh deliver a food box to your door at your chosen time which you can order online or through their easy to-use-app. Inside my large Hello Fresh box were all the ingredients needed for 3 separate meals which were laid out in their 3 separate corresponding brown paper bags, and all were healthy, fresh produce from fresh meat and vegetables to the herbs and spices that were needed for each dish. They also had decent use-by dates on the food too which is always abit of a concern for me when I order any food shopping online. The meat arrived in its own separate cooler bag to protect it from going off in transit which is perfect if you aren’t at home when the box arrives. The ingredients come ready with the portion control for each meal and a step-by-step recipe that even I could follow easily.
Packages: Hello Fresh offer different packages from Classic to Vegetarian to Family packages ranging from 3 to 5 meals in each box, I chose the Classic 3 Meal Package for 2 people which gives you 3 separate classic meals all ready to be cooked – each meal served 2 people generously with enough leftovers for lunch the next day. The dishes in my Classic Package on this occasion were ‘Turkey Katsu Curry’, Spicey Beef Tosadas’ and ‘Crispy Skinned Chicken’ and all 3 were equally delicious. Each meal took on average about 30-50 minutes to prep and cook and I have to say I was rather proud of my cooking and I honestly think that’s down to not stressing about what to cook, I just followed the step-by-step instructions and felt much more relaxed in the kitchen. I actually looked forward to the next evening to try another new dish and knowing that I didn’t have to pop to the supermarket on the way home was a huge benefit too.
Cost: You can trial their Classic Package for £42 which was the package I received, if you subscribe most meals work out about £4.00-£4.90 per meal which I think is really good value. You can also cancel at anytime, so if you go away on holiday or you just fancy a break from it you can, or if you just want abit of dinner time inspiration every now and again you can order whenever you want, its completely flexible. If you choose the Classic or Family Package option then you can also choose the recipes you would like that week.
Overall I think this is such a great idea and such a convenient service for many of us that lead busy lives or maybe get abit stuck in a rut when it comes to meals times, and especially great for any new and/or busy Mums like myself. Also for people just wanting fresh inspiration in the Kitchen and wanting to try new meal types. I love that all the hassle of what comes with cooking was taken away from me, that every ingredient needed for a dish was delivered to my door and all I had to do was follow the instructions to cook a delicious healthy new meal, no weighing or measuring needed. It made cooking fun and exciting again and the biggest winner for me was that we found we weren’t wasting as much food. Often we buy an ingredient for a dish, cook with it, then the remaining amount inevitably gets forgotten about and ends up getting thrown out. But because Hello Fresh give you everything in portion control you use what you have for that meal so the reduction in our food waste was greatly reduced. I have been seriously impressed and above all else the food was so delicious and tasty!
Discount Code: If you would like to find out more about Hello Fresh have a browse of their website and their meal options. If you are interested in trailing their service I can offer my lovely readers and subscribers 50% off your first 2 Boxes if you use the code STEFANIE7 at checkout.