HelloFresh review June, 2016 (+ FREE BOX)

HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service offering both omnivore and vegetarian options, with farm-fresh ingredients, chef-inspired recipes, and flexible subscriptions.

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The Goods

  1. Cod en Papillote with Brown Butter Caper-Sauce, Dill, and Red Pepper-Potato Hash

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For this meal, I began by cutting the potato into 1/2 inch cubes and thinly slicing the bell pepper. I tossed the potatoes in olive oil and put them on one side of a baking sheet. Then I tossed the red peppers in olive oil and placed them on the other side, and put the baking sheet in the oven to roast. I cut half of the lemon into rounds and picked the dill fonds from the stems. Next I smashed the garlic cloves and placed two pieces of tin foil down with some olive oil on each. I put one cod fillet on each piece of foil and topped them with the garlic, dill, and lemon slices. After folding the fillets into packets using the foil, I placed them in the oven with the potatoes and peppers. For the caper sauce, I melted 2 tablespoons of butter on the stove and added the capers and lemon juice. Once everything was ready, I plated the dish. The dish was finished and plated in about 30 minutes.

This meal was delightful! The cod was super juicy and tender, and the capers added the perfect zest! The roasted potatoes were soft with slightly crispy edges and tasted great combined with the red peppers and cod. Everything went perfect together, me and my boyfriend both cleaned our plates!

2. Summer Vegetable Salad with Seared Chicken, Garlic Croutons, and Mustard-Chive Vinaigrette

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For this dish I began by grating the garlic, mincing the shallot and chives, and cutting the carrots into mini sticks. Then I chopped the romaine lettuce, quartered the radishes, and cut the ciabatta bread into 1/2 inch cubes. I put the bread cubes in the oven to toast. To cook the chicken, I butterflied it and cooked it on the George Foreman (easier and faster than stove top). Next I blanched the carrots and peas in boiling water for a few minutes, then drained them and rinsed them with cold water. For the mustard-chive vinaigrette, I whisked the chives, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and shallot with olive oil in a large bowl. Next I melted 2 tablespoons of butter with garlic and tossed with the ciabatta cubes to make the garlic croutons. Once everything was finished, I tossed the lettuce, carrots, peas, radishes, and garlic croutons with the dressing, divided the salad between 2 plates, and topped each with a piece of chicken.

This meal was surprisingly good, and filling! Me and my boyfriend were a little skeptical of just strait salad for dinner with no sides or anything. There was a lot of food though, it ended up being enough. The carrots were so soft and delicious, the dressing was great and added a ton of flavor, and the garlic croutons added a nice crunch. The chicken added some much needed heft and protein. Overall a great meal and it only took me about 25 minutes!

3. Steak Tagliata with Rosemary Sweet Potato Wedges and Arugula Salad

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For this meal, I began by halving the tomatoes and cutting the sweet potato into wedges. I stripped the rosemary off the stems and smashed the garlic cloves. Then I tossed the sweet potato wedges on a baking sheet with olive oil, rosemary, and garlic and set them in the oven to roast. For the vinaigrette I whisked together the balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp olive oil, and oregano. I cooked the steak on the George Foreman for about 3 minutes and added it to the pan with the sweet potatoes to finish cooking. Then I warmed the vinaigrette in a pan with the tomatoes. Once everything was done, I split the arugula between 2 plates and topped each with a thinly sliced steak. I drizzled the warm tomatoes and vinaigrette on each. I put the sweet potato wedges on the side of the plates and it was ready to serve! Start to finish was about 30 minutes.

This meal was really tasty. The sirloin had some tough, fatty parts but other than that everything was good. The arugula had this strong distinct flavor that I didn’t expect (I was expecting it to taste like lettuce lol), but it wasn’t bad! The dressing was SO good, I think that dressing could make anything taste good haha. The sweet potato wedges were perfect, I love sweet potato anything!

Value

A HelloFresh subscription is $69/week for 3 meals and two people. I think 3 home cooked meals with fresh and unique ingredients would cost about the same or more if I bought everything from the grocery store, so if you grocery shop weekly as I do, the money you save on groceries is about what you’ll be paying for the subscription. For me it’s more about the variety of ingredients and getting to try lots of new things that makes this preferable to cooking all my own meals. I always feel good about myself after making a fancy meal and also enjoy impressing my boyfriend! If you like to cook and try new things, you should give this a try.

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Ease of Cancellation

Deactivating your subscription is easy! You need to login to your account and follow these steps:

  • 1. Click on Your Subscriptions in the menu to the left
  • 2. If there you have more than one subscription, choose the subscription you’d like to cancel
  • 3. Scroll down and click on the Cancel my subscription link on the right side
  • 4. Follow the steps to cancel
  • 5. You will receive an email confirming your cancellation, please retain this for future reference.
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