Hello Fresh Review: Including recipes, menus, prices and rewards!
I have always really enjoyed cooking and trying out new recipes but what really puts me off is having to buy ingredients that I know I will probably never use again or having to chuck away.
I also liked the idea of having meals delivered to your door but I wanted to actually make them myself and not just heat them up in the microwave.
So when we stumbled across Hello Fresh from a coupon that was included in one of my wife’s deliveries. I forget who it was now, but it was a £20 off coupon to trial Hello Fresh.
We thought we would try it out for 6 weeks leading up to our holiday to the Maldives in an attempt to eat healthier.
3 types of recipe boxes
- Classic (2, 3 or 4 adults)
- Vegetarian (2, 3 or 4 adults)
- Family (2 adults and 2 children)
We had the classic box and started with 5 meals a week but after a couple of weeks, we dropped down to 4 meals a week as we found we usually had 1 leftover from going out or getting in late from work.
Hello Fresh prices
The cost for 4 meals a week for 2 people is £41.99, which works out a £5.25 per meal per person.
Now I must admit this did sound quite expensive when we first signed up and if it had not of been for the coupon I probably would not of tried it.
However, I have to say the meals are really good value and quite big, sometimes with leftovers for lunch the next day.
Our weekly food shop bill has also dramatically decreased as were only really buying bits for breakfast and no longer buying random stuff that will do not need.
Inside your box
Our Hello Fresh food box is delivered on a Monday when I usually work from home. However, they will leave it outside your front door or in a safe place if you miss your delivery slot.
You get a text message usually before 11 am with a 2-hour time slot when you can expect your delivery.
Your food arrives bagged up in separate brown paper bags for each meal and the meat and dairy in the cool bag that contains ice packs to keep your food fresh.
Inside the box also contains your recipe cards for each meal.
Hello Fresh recipes
The recipe cards are really simple to follow with clear step by step instructions with photos to guide you.
They include what utensils you need to cook your recipe, what ingredients you should have had delivered and how long it should roughly take to make.
I haven’t had a recipe card yet that I wasn’t sure what to do.
Hello Fresh rewards
The only thing that I thought would have been great was a folder to put your recipes cards in but I have since found when logging in to my account to choose my meals for the following week I had enough reward points to get a folder from the rewards shop!
The more meals you order the more reward points you get and you can exchange your points for a tea towel, oven gloves, chopping board, cooking spoon set or the big prize that I am saving my reward points for is a pepper mill!
UPDATE ON REWARD POINTS – The Hello Fresh rewards are no longer available. Thankfully I managed to trade in what felt like 3,000,000 reward points I had saved up to get the pepper mill and the oven gloves before they stopped it.
Overall I have been really impressed with Hello Fresh and we intend to keep it going when we get back from holiday.
The meals are excellent packed full of flavour, is great value for money and I would thoroughly recommend Hello Fresh.
Hello Fresh menu
This is what was on our menu from Hello Fresh week 23rd September – 29th September 2017.
Butterflied chicken with leeks and feta cheese topping with minted potatoes
Probably one of the simpler recipes by Hello Fresh but full of flavour. Simply grilling the butterflied chicken under the grill and adding the topping whilst boiling some new potatoes and finishing with some chopped up mint. Really quick and simple recipe.
Honey mustard sausages with sweet potato mash and sticky red onion gravy
This has been one of my favourite meals so far! The sausages were really nice, if not a quite a bit smaller than the promotional photos used on Instagram by Hello Fresh! Never the less it was really easy to cook and was perfect for a busy night when you are short of time. The real winner here was the sticky red onion gravy that was full of flavour and reminded me of my Nan’s special gravy she used to make.
Ksar Char-Bagh Burgers With Red Onion Marmalade and Potato Wedges
Perfect for a Friday night instead of a takeaway! Having been to Marrakech you could taste the inspired flavours from the Ksar Char-Bagh hotel. I didn’t add as much spice as recommended as I am not keen on spices but the yoghurt was a really nice touch that I probably would never have thought of adding to the burger.
Pork fillet with new potatoes and Tarragon sauce
Made a perfect change to a Sunday roast. The sauce was delicious and really made the meal for a classic french combination of Pork and Tarragon sauce.
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