Hello Fresh – Recipe Meal Review

Hello Fresh Recipe Review

Name: Hello Fresh

Website: hellofresh.com

Price: $10 – $90 per week

Founders: Dominik and Thomas

So I decided to try Hello Fresh because my wife wanted to, lol. We created an account and got a discount on our first order. Now, these days there are A LOT of healthy fresh meals that you can order online and they send them to your door (such as Blue Apron, Plated, Freshly (already made), Home Chef, etc.). All you have to do is cook, right? Yes, the hard part is finding the energy to cook every night.

Sacrifices will have to be made for your health, the more often you cook the easier it will get. However, I have found that you can cook more than one meal at a time, so you would only have to cook every other night. Hello Fresh gives you just the right amount of ingredients, fruits/vegetables, and meat that you need to feed your family. Anyway, lets find out if Hello Fresh is any better than any of its competitors.

What is Hello Fresh?

Hello Fresh is an international food company that creates meal-kits with everything you need to cook at home. They DO NOT give you processed foods, they give you “recipe boxes” that their chefs design. They are easy to prepare and everything is very fresh. Hello Fresh opened in 2011, they have grown to service three countries, and have over 500,000 subscribers. They reportedly deliver over 7.2 million meals a month, so they are becoming very popular (for a reason).

Hello Fresh has partners that work with in-house chefs to collect ingredients from local suppliers. Each package comes with step-by-step curated recipe cards (we save all of them), so all yours do is open the box, gather up the ingredients, and follow the directions to make each dish. You get everything you need to cook for you and your family in one meal box. No more waiting in line at the grocery store or thinking about what you want to cook for the week, they do it for you. You will get to try new things that you would have never thought of on your own, and I have yet to find a recipe that I don’t like (we have tried LOTS).

Hello Fresh Pros and Cons

Pros

  • You can cook entrees that you would not normally try.
  • The ingredients are fresh (if you do not cook them within the week the produce might go bad)
  • The way they have the recipes written makes it VERY easy to cook, especially if you are not a good cook (anyone can cook these meals).
  • It helps save you time and money (as far as healthy meals go).
  • You do not have to go grocery shopping
  • You can skip or hold the next weeks order if you wish, but it has to be done by Wednesday at 11:59 pm.
  • You can save the cards and use them in the future.
  • Each recipe tells you how many calories are in it.
  • They are one of the few companies that offer a vegetarian option.

Cons

  • They give you a good amount of food, but not if you eat large portions.
  • All of the produce is fresh but some things do come in a can (sometimes you have canned beans, hominy, etc.)
  • They have a smaller menu than some of their competitors.

How Does Hello Fresh Work?

First you go to the Hello Fresh website to create an account, just enter your email address and you will get 50% off your first box. Then you need to choose your plan, meaning which meals you would like to cook as well as how many people you need to feed.

Here is a breakdown of each plan…

Veggie Plan – This meal plan has vegetarian recipes with plant-based proteins, grains, and seasonal produce.

Classic Plan – This plan has a wide variety of meat, fish, and seasonal produce.

Family Plan – This plan has quick and easy meals for the whole family with lots of flavor.

Me and my wife usually use the Classic Plan because we only have 2 people to feed and we like meat! I have realized that we almost always have some food left over, and are very full. They always give you plenty of food, so if you are worry that there will not be enough food, DON’T. That is, unless you eat very large portions, in that case you would need to work on controlling your portion sizes for your meals.

You can choose to feed anywhere from 2 – 4 people, again you might have leftovers (so if you have a family of 5 with a small child you can probably still feed everyone). You can get 2 meals per week, 3 meals per week, or 4 meals per week. There is also a different menu each week, and you only have a certain amount of meals to choose from.

Hello Fresh packages their meals in an insulated styrofoam cooler box with ice packs. So it will stay fresh for as long as it takes your meals to be delivered. The meats are in vacuum-sealed bags, and the produce along with the “pantry ingredients” are arranged by meals in color coded bags. The only ingredients they do not offer that you will need are salt, pepper, butter, and oil (olive oil, vegetable oil, etc.).

Each Hello Fresh Meal can contain anywhere from 500-800 calories each. You can choose your meals for each week of the month all at once, or you can just choose one week at a time. It is easier to do it all at once in my opinion, so you don’t forget. They send you the meals the week after you order them.

How Much Does Hello Fresh Cost?

So the cost really depends on how many meals you need for the week and how many people you need to feed. If you would like higher quality meat (steak, seafood, etc.) it will cost a little extra.

Here is a breakdown of each Plan and how much each would be…

Veggie Plan

With this plan you have to get 3 meals per week (it’s the only option), and you can choose to feed 2 or 4 people.

  • 3 meals/week for 2 people: $29.94 + tax
  • 3 meals/week for 4 people: $89.88 + tax

Classic Plan

With this plan you have to get 2, 3, or 4 meals per week, and you can choose to feed 2 or 4 people.

  • 2 meals/week for 2 people: $9.96 + tax
  • 3 meals/week for 2 people: $29.94 + tax
  • 4 meals/week for 2 people: $49.92 + tax
  • 3 meals/week for 4 people: $89.88 + tax

Family Plan

With this plan you have to get 2 or 3 meals per week, and you have to feed 4 people.

  • 2 meals/week for 4 people: $39.92 + tax
  • 3 meals/week for 4 people: $74.88 + tax

Hello Fresh is a subscription and they automatically charge your account every week (on Tuesday). You have the option to skip a week or two, so they will not bill you if you are going on vacation or just want a break from the meals.

Hello Fresh can send you wine! You can choose from a variety of red, white, and mixed wines. You can choose 6 bottles and they will deliver them to you separately. They also go over which wine would pair well with what meals. Each wine bottle costs $14.85 or $89/month, but there is no commitment required. You can also purchase different kitchen items (knives, pans, measuring cups, etc.) on the Hello Fresh website if you would like.

Final Thought

I believe Hello Fresh is one of the better online meal subscriptions out there (and I have tried quite a few). They have the best recipes, fresh ingredients, and are the easiest to follow! My most favorite meal we have made so far are the pulled pork burgers, DELICIOUS!

Hello Fresh DOES save you money if you are trying to eat healthy, or if you eat a lot of fast food. If you want to try to get the ingredients from a grocery store yourself, it is possible you will waste more money and food by purchasing too much. However, in some instances it may be cheaper to go to the grocery store, but it will take longer for you to think about what to cook and it won’t be as healthy. Getting America to eat healthier is the goal! I am a believer in Hello Fresh and will continue to use them.

Update: I recently found out that you can now purchase Hello Fresh with Food Stamps!

If you have any questions or have had experience with Hello Fresh, please leave a comment below!

Live Well and Live On,

Karissa

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