Meal Kit Delivery Review – Hello Fresh

Today is round two of our meal delivery kit review! If you’re interested in hearing about Home Chef, be sure to check out my review of our meals in this post. This week we’re talking about Hello Fresh, which is probably the meal kit delivery program you’ve heard the most about.

My brother-in-law gave us a gift card for Christmas to try out Hello Fresh because he and his girlfriend really enjoy using this program. I had ordered from Hello Fresh YEARS ago when I was living by myself, and I think I ended up wasting some of the food, but that definitely wasn’t the case this time.

For our Hello Fresh delivery, we chose Pan-Seared Scallops & Lemon Butter Sauce (which was a premium meal and therefore cost a bit extra), Thai Coconut Curry Chicken, and Middle Eastern Steak & Rice Pilaf.

For this meal delivery kit, everything came boxed up with ingredients for each meal in bags and then all the meat packaged at the bottom closest to the cold packs.

Honestly, one of the things I really enjoy about the meal kits is that I’m not buying ingredients for a recipe that I’ll never use again. I’m bad at wasting sauces because I’ll use them for a recipe, forget I have them, and end up wasting an entire bottle.

As you can see, they send enough for the recipe, so unless you’re just throwing away things you don’t like, there’s no waste. I apologize for the not-so-great quality of the photos, but I’m usually more interested in eating than taking high-quality photos.

We were drawn to the Pan-Seared Scallops & Lemon Butter Sauce with Creme Fraiche Mashed Potatoes & Roasted Zucchini because there aren’t many trust-worthy grocery stores to buy seafood from near us. My husband loves scallops, so it was worth it to spend $10 (I think?) more dollars to get the premium meal. He also really enjoyed the mashed potatoes.

As you can see from the above photo, the portion sizes are pretty small (or normal…we tend to eat more than we should), but that was one thing my husband complained about.

Our second meal, Thai Coconut Curry Chicken with Bell Pepper and Cilantro Lime Rice, was really tasty! My husband always seems really interested in curry (I think because when we went to Scotland we had it a couple times and it makes him think of that trip), so he really wanted to try this one. It was really easy to fix, and it smelled delicious when we added that curry sauce to the chicken!

Again, not a huge portion, but I plan on using the recipe card to make this again because it really was a great-tasting meal and is something that was out of my typical Southern food genre.

Our last meal was Middle Eastern Steak & Rice Pilaf with Tzatziki, Almonds & Smoky Roasted Veggies. I think this meal was probably my favorite one because the flavors were fantastic, and it was another relatively easy meal to put together. The meat was already seasoned, all I had to do was cut the veggies, throw them on a pan with the seasoning, and put them in the oven, and all this happened while the rice was cooking. Voila!

I really thought the tzatziki sauce would be difficult to make, but I whipped it together in less than five minutes, and it was the absolute perfect touch to the seasoned meat. So good (and I was the one who was bummed about the small portion size this time!).

So, overall we really enjoyed our meals and plan on ordering from Hello Fresh again because the meals were easy to make and the flavors were interesting and delicious.

My one major complaint is that they send a RIDICULOUS number of emails about signing up and using discount codes (that you can only use if you’re a first-time customer…so why am I getting all these emails that I can’t even use?? Stop it!). We also keep getting things in the mail for “free” meals…but all the fine print says it’s for first-time orders, so that’s super frustrating and annoying.

Have you tried Hello Fresh? What do you think about meal delivery kits? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. Pingback: Meal Kit Delivery Review – Sunbasket | Biscotti and a Ph.D.

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