Recently, I've been hearing about all these recipe-box kits that show up on your doorstep with step by step recipe cards and all the fresh, pre-portioned ingredients, neatly organized and ready to cook. I thought maybe they could save me some much needed time and energy to make my life easier. Over the past few years, making dinner has become a chore. I used to like to cook, but recently, I've been too tired to decide what to make for dinner, and my husband and I revert to the same boring meals every day. I decided to try HelloFresh, which came recommended by a friend (greatly appreciated), and it completely changed my lifestyle.
HelloFresh recipes take only 30 minutes and the dinners are fresh and delicious. My husband is a simple steak-and-potatoes guy and I like my salmon and veggies, so we needed something simple and versatile. Most recipes have me chopping vegetables for 20 minutes and spending more time cooking than I'd planned for, but HelloFresh allowed me to cook my dinner stress-free and with very little setup and cleanup.
Every HelloFresh meal comes in mini bags perfectly packed with everything I need for each recipe. They fit neatly in my fridge, and it's ready to go when I'm ready to cook. It helps me break the cycle of just grabbing a bag of crisps and plopping on the couch. We like the Classic Box, which provides 3 nights of dinner for two people each week (they also have a 3 person box, family box and rapid box). I am picky when it comes to veggies; I like them colourful and crispy, but off-season supermarket specials can make this challenging. The HelloFresh veggies were just the way I like them — beautiful orange carrots, green broccoli and red tomatoes.
My favourite recipe was the Sirloin Steak with Lyonnaise Potatoes and Peppercorn Sauce. I followed the instructions and found the steak to be surprisingly tender. The recipe for Lyonnaise Potatoes was a showstopper. It was heaven: just like you'd get in a plush italian restaurant. The Peppercorn Sauce sealed the deal, and there was even spinach to add a healthy kick.Altogether it was a wonderful meal and even the cooking part was fun.
I tried HelloFresh with hopes it would save me time, but it's actually helped me get back into cooking. I don't have time to be a gourmet chef or the energy to come up with creative meals, but I want to eat healthy, and live a more balanced lifestyle, something HelloFresh helped me to accomplish with ease. The quality of produce was just as fresh as my farmer's market and they have really good meats. Plus, their website offers a variety of plans and dietary options, and they allow you to turn on and off delivery each week or pause your account. And you can cancel at anytime.
Update: The folks at HelloFresh are extending a special offer to our readers! Follow this link to get 50% off your first two boxes! (£64 value!)