I’ve got something a little bit different for you today – food! Lots and lots of food! Hello Fresh recently contacted me asking if I wanted to try one of their boxes and I got a little bit excited. I had actually been looking at their boxes a few months ago, so I was more than happy to give one a whirl. I am the fussiest and laziest eater known to man. It is quicker to ask me the foods that I do like as the list of the ones that I don’t is astronomically long. Like ridiculously long. Plus, Mick works nights so most of the time I just don’t bother cooking. It’s not that I can’t cook (I make a mean Sunday Roast), but I just don’t see the point when it’s just for me.
Recently, I have been getting so bored of eating the same 5 meals over and over again and I have been wanting to be a little bit more adventurous in the kitchen but I didn’t know where to start. Hello Fresh take the stress away from you. You basically choose your box depending on your needs – I received the Classic, although there is a Family option and a Vegetarian one too. Then you choose how many meals you want (3, 4 or 5) and for how many people. Obviously the price increases with the more meals and more people – the box I received was the Classic for 2 people and 3 meals and costs £34.99 – a lot less than I waste at Tesco each week.
Each week you then receive a huge box of goodies (although it is flexible, so you can miss a week if you want) is delivered to your door. The box contains recipe cards for each meal and then all the ingredients that you need. I was really impressed when I saw how much food there was in there. I am a bad food shopper and I am wasteful, so each week I always end up throwing away so much food and this drives me insane. I like the fact that with Hello Fresh you don’t have that waste. You have as much as is needed to prepare your meals. When you consider that there’s meat included, I doubt I’d manage to pick up this much food from the supermarket for the same price.
I will admit that I was a little bit daunted when I saw the ingredients. Remember, I’m a Just Eat or microwave sort of girl most of the time, and even when I do cook, I tend to stick to the same meals. The second I saw the ginger I knew that I’d be leaving that out of any recipes as I hate it, but I was intrigued by the other items. I detest Creme Fraiche so I was a little worried about that, and I’d say that’s the only risk with boxes like this. There’s always going to be some ingredients or some recipes that just don’t appeal to you. One of the recipes in my box was for some Mexican style Beef Tostadas and I knew I wouldn’t be attempting that as Mexican food doesn’t agree with me. However, if your taste buds aren’t as fussy as mine, I think you’ll really enjoy the variety of the meals. Each week there’s something different, and that side of it really appeals to me.
EASY TO FOLLOW RECIPES?
The recipe that appealed the most to me was the Crispy Skinned Chicken with Asian Pesto Dressing, Stir-fried Cabbage and Noodles. I like Chinese food a lot, so this looked gorgeous on the recipe card. I’m not the best at following recipes (or doing as I’m told in general really), but I found this step by step guide really easy to follow. I skipped out the ginger, but other than that I used every ingredient – even ones I’m not normally a fan of, like Lime.
The chicken turned out beautifully – I normally buy skinless fillets, but I think I may have now been converted to ones with the skin on – they tasted so good. I loved the chicken, cabbage and noodles – I’d happily eat them again. I wasn’t keen on the Asian Pesto and I’d substitute that for a different dressing in the future, but that’s just my personal choice. I can see some people really enjoying it – for me, it was a little bit too adventurous for me.
I was impressed by how quick the recipes were to cook – around 30 minutes for a home cooked meal is not bad. I also attempted the Turkey Katsu Curry with Star Anise Rice. I was worried about this one as I am not a curry fan unless it’s from the local Chinese takeaway (I’m so not a foodie!). However, a few people had told me that it would be similar so I gave it a go. Overall I think it turned out well …. apart from the rice that I undercooked but it was my first attempt.
I was really impressed with my Hello Fresh box. OK, so I didn’t like every recipe, but that’s pot luck. I’ve seen some of their other recipes and there are lots that do appeal to me. I think if you enjoy cooking, or want to experiment more in the kitchen, then I think you will love this.
Hello Fresh have given me a discount link * that gives you 50% off your first and second box – click here.
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