HelloFresh: Sending Meals to your Home

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I recently was provided the opportunity to try HelloFresh in order to review their service for my readers.

What exactly is HelloFresh? I admit to not having heard about HelloFresh before being asked to do this review.

HelloFresh provides a subscription service that gives their customers home delivery of everything necessary for 3 meals a week complete with fresh ingredients and the recipes for either 2 or 4 people. Not only do you receive the convenience of a pre-planned set of meals each week, but you can feel confident that you are receiving the right amount and a fresh set of ingredients for everything except perhaps a few items that you should already have in your pantry. The meals also add variety to your menu for the week.  You have the choice of selecting a classic box or a vegetarian one.  Each week there is a default selection of three meals but there are 5 different choices available for you to choose.  For example, if one meal includes shrimp and you don’t wish to have that meal in your box then you can choose to exchange it for one that includes a different ingredient such as chicken.   What is special about HelloFresh is that their chefs create the recipes for you, their people shop for you and package the food together by recipe, and you receive almost everything required  to complete each meal.

The customer service is also absolutely amazing.  I know one fellow reviewer had a problem with the freshness of one of the food items that she received and HelloFresh was on it and fixed it for them to her satisfaction. I also was pleasantly surprised that a HelloFresh representative contacted me to see how I liked the service and listened to any concerns or questions I had.  I only had one issue I discussed with the representative and that had to do with a step being vague on the  recipe card for one of the meals.  She took my information and I feel confident that they care to make sure their service is top-notch for their customers.

My personal experience:

I started by subscribing to HelloFresh’s Classic Box for two people.   When you do this you set yourself up to receive one box per week. There is a default meal selection of 3 different meals but after you set up your order you can choose from 5 different meals each week. I happened to like the default selections so I kept mine as it already was on the order. HelloFresh was very good about getting my order to me and notifying me when I should receive it via tracking information. The items came well packaged in ice packs to preserve the food until I received it. Here is what mine looked like when it arrived both before and after I opened the box.

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The week I received my classic box I chose the following meals:  Spicy Thai Beef, Chicken Polpetti, and Shrimp & Chorizo Stew which happened to be the default choices.

With the food needed to make each meal you receive a durable recipe card which lists the tools and ingredients required for the meal , nutritional information and a complete set of instructions required to prepare the meal .  Each recipe card also has pictures to complement each step.  The only thing that was missing from the recipe cards was the approximate time to prepare each meal but most HelloFresh meals are  suppose to be easily completed within 30 minutes.

My first meal I prepared was the Shrimp & Chorizo Stew.  The recipe was easy to follow and the only food item I had to use of my own was  two tablespoons of olive oil.  The meal was intended to be only for two people but I found that most of the meals I received had almost enough for all four of us.

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My second meal I prepared was the Chicken Polpetti.  We also enjoyed this meal and it was our second favorite meal that we tried from HelloFresh.

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Lastly, I tried the Spicy Thai Beef.  While it was not our favorite it was still a decent meal.  I especially liked its use of Coconut Milk in preparing the rice for this dish.  I plan on incorporating that method in some other meals I normally prepare.

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All in all I would have to say that I had a very pleasant experience with HelloFresh.    HelloFresh’s meals far exceeded what my initial expectations were when I was asked to review them.  Normally, I do not follow recipes for my meals.  I kind of cook from instinct and experiment as I cook.  My family always loves what I cook but the side effect is that I often am unable to reproduce my meals exactly as I did the first time.  I am learning to try to write down things as I cook but that does not usually happen.  It was a nice change to get recipes that were worth using which was my experience with HelloFresh.  Each of the meals are now recipes that I feel confident in adding to my meal repertoire that I will use in the future for my family and friends.  I will say I find  most recipes to be really much less of a recipe but rather more like putting together food combinations.  HelloFresh ‘s meals are more gourmet quality than your average run of the mill recipe , full of flavor and pleasing to the palate..  Hope that makes sense.  All the ingredients from these recipes blended together well and complemented each other to make a very aromatic and exceptional taste experience.

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So yes, if you are looking for a way to save time, have delicious meals and quality food items then HelloFresh just may for you.  I have a coupon code (ZLZNJQ) you can use to save $20 off your first box.  With HelloFresh you are not committed to any number of boxes and you can suspend receiving them if you need to for any reason.  You can also just try out one box and see if it something you would like without any obligation to buy more.  It is really easy to go into your account and choose to not receive boxes for a few weeks then  start it up again later.  You can also choose to cancel at any time by just sending them an email which is a click away from their website.  There is no hassle and the customer service you receive  from them is top-notch.

If you are interested in trying out HelloFresh for yourself check out the website and information below.  Meals start at $9.94 per meal for the Classic box meals and $8.28 per meal for the vegetarian boxes.

Use my coupon referral code to get $20 off your first boxZLZNJQ.  You can go to their website to  order or contact them at 1-800-733-2414.

You can find out more about HelloFresh through the following links:

Hello Fresh Website:      http://www.hellofresh.com/

FAQ’s on the Hello Fresh Website:   http://www.hellofresh.com/faq/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HelloFresh

Pinteresthttp://www.pinterest.com/hellofreshusa/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HelloFreshus

You can also read what  other Mosaic Bloggers thought about this product  on the Mosaic Review site.

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