Mike and I have tried some food delivery subscription services in past, but have never landed on anything we wanted to use long-term.
Either the delivery dates for our neighbourhood were too close to the weekend (so we’d be eating out during those days anyway and food would go to waste) or we’d get ingredients in the box and some ideas on what to make with them but we’d still need to head out and pick up other ingredients in order to make a meal – which deterred us.
Mostly it came down to convenience.
Some services we’ve tried – while the product is great – just wasn’t as convenient as we needed.
That is – until we tried HelloFresh!
HelloFresh is a weekly food/ingredient box delivery service that gives you exactly the ingredients you need in order to create a meal.
The meals are developed by their chefs and are meant to be healthy and delicious – using fresh, quality ingredients – they’re also quick and easy to make.
After trying three HelloFresh recipes, I can say that this food box is all of the things it promises to be!
This is how it works:
- Step 1: You sign up and select what week you’d like to start deliveries and on what day you’d like the box to be delivered (Tuesdays or Wednesdays)
- Step 2: The week prior to the one you selected as your start date, you log-in and choose your preferences for which recipes you’d like to try. The recipes vary by week – so you’re going to have lots of opportunities to try making different kinds of dishes! Check out their recipes here.
- Step 3: Receive your box and whip up your meals!
You can pause/skip meals anytime you want – it’s a flexible subscription service so if you know you’re not going to have a lot of time to cook for an upcoming week, or you’re going on vacation, you won’t need to pay for it!
It’s also nice you can select your meal preferences, and also check with their customer service team if you have questions around allergies. My friend asked about whether the boxes were gluten-free and although I don’t see anywhere on the site that they are, each recipe lists allergens so in theory I think some meals can be, I’d just recommend asking. I’m hoping that down the road they’ll let people select recipes from their archive too – the weekly limitations are nice in that it will force you to try new things, but they’ve got some great past recipes I’d hope they recycle again and/or give people more options in choosing.
The HelloFresh boxes and insulation are recyclable, and if you save the ice packs after a few weeks you can request they pick it up again to reuse, so there’s no worries on that front!
HelloFresh boxes are designed at minimum for 2 people.
I received a Pronto Box to try (normally $79.99). Each Pronto Box comes with enough ingredients for 3 meals for 2 people (or you can select for 4 people). It works out to about $13 a meal per person, which is certainly cheaper than most lunches and certainly most dinners I’m having when we eat out!
Mike and I made the Zesty Orange Beef Noodles, Roasted Pork Loin with Broccoli and Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and a Southwestern Chicken Sausage Chili.
I can’t say enough how quick and easy these dishes were to make. Also – how tasty the creations were!! Our house smelled amazing each night we cooked the meals and I can’t say enough how it took almost no time to prepare.
I’ve already signed up to start using HelloFresh – I’m that impressed with its quality and ease.
For someone like me, who loves to cook but prefers eating out because it’s so much more convenient (basically, I’m lazy!) HelloFresh solves that challenge. They give me everything I need – including the ideas and inspiration around what I should create.
I also like their focus on sustainability. Pre-portioned meals reduces food waste by 47%. Direct sourcing of ingredients reduces supply chain energy, water and labour wasted by up to 14%. And accelerated supply chains keeps food fresher.
I absolutely recommend you try HelloFresh!
P.S. It’s worth noting that HelloFresh’s biggest competitor (I think) currently is a company called Chef’s Plate. I haven’t tried Chef’s Plate myself, but from what I understand, the concepts are pretty similar – though Chef’s Plate boxes are slightly cheaper. I can only speak for my experience with HelloFresh, so I’ll say I was really happy with my HelloFresh experience and I know you’ll be too.
You can enter my blog giveaway below for a chance to win a free Pronto Box, or simply use my promo code LINDA50 for 50% off your first box. And please, tell me what you think!
** GIVEAWAY **
There are a few ways you can enter for a chance to win a HelloFresh Pronto Box (valued at $79.99) including:
- Leaving a comment on this blog post telling me why you’d like to try a food box delivery service.
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I’ll select a winner when the giveaway closes on February 18, 2017.
Disclaimer: I will always provide my 100% honest opinion on this blog. HelloFresh provided me a complimentary Pronto Box to try and review, and a Pronto Box to give away to readers. This has no impact on the opinions stated in this post. (I wouldn’t say I liked it if I didn’t!)