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Subscription boxes have been the rage for a while—I wrote about snack and beauty subscription boxes a few years ago—so I decided to give HelloFresh a try. I know there are other options, but I picked HelloFresh because I received a coupon and my coworker spoke highly of the service.
Have you used subscription meal boxes? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below for my readers.
HelloFresh Food Delivery
I picked what day I wanted to receive one week of vegetarian food at my door, which is three meals at two large portions each. You are able to see meals for the week a few weeks out, which makes it helpful for meal planning and deciding if you want the food that week. Options include a classic (with meat), vegetarian or family (serves four) box. Each recipe states a difficulty level and time to prepare.
The food arrived sealed in silver bubble wrap (to keep out sun, perhaps?) And ice packs. Each meal was neatly organized in separate boxes, which was a relief since many meals had the same ingredient, and I’m used to food from my CSA being dumped together in one box.
HelloFresh assumes you have basic ingredients on hand (salt, pepper and oil, for example). I found meals contained similar ingredients that I commonly have around home, but the fact it was organized with pictures and instructions made the process go quicker, and I really loved that I didn’t need to think about and shop for these meals, something I miss about my CSA.
I probably ended up liking the most the meal I thought I would like the least, the eggplant pasta. The eggplant was some of the best I’ve prepared at home, and flavors tasted like they simmered for hours even though it was about 40 minutes. It tasted like something I would expect at a restaurant that I wouldn’t think I could replicate at home, so that was exciting. And we made this meal five days after receiving the food and everything (basil and eggplant included) stayed fresh.
All three meals had very different variety and flavor. As I mentioned, portions were large, there were leftovers for every meal even after having a healthy serving. The meals I received were:
- Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Shepherd’s Pie with Roasted Carrots and Brussels Sprouts
- Jamie’s Sicilian Spaghetti Alla Norma
- Waad’s Tunisian Freekeh Stew with Crispy Chickpeas and Yogurt
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If you try or have tried HelloFresh or another subscription box, I would love to hear your thoughts and experience.