In our most recent Woodland Trust magazine, we received a Hello Fresh voucher. Hello Fresh is a service that delivers weekly recipe boxes for home cooking. I’d vaguely heard of it before but never paid much attention as it seemed very expensive. However, the voucher gave us a significant discount on our first two boxes so we decided to give it a try. We ordered the large family box, which provides 4 meals for 4 people.
The children were very excited to unpack the box when it arrived. Many of the ingredients were familiar to them but there were also things that we don’t normally buy.
The recipe cards are well laid-out and easy to follow. The cooking times varied from 20-50 minutes, although it was all very “hands on” time. These are not really the kind of meals you can throw together and leave to cook whilst doing other things.
The children helped me to prepare some of the meals. Tabitha really enjoyed making pork meatballs for this Thai curry. I try to involve her as much as possible in food preparation in the hope that it might encourage her to eat it!
The meals have all been delicious, I don’t think there has been a single one we haven’t enjoyed (not counting Tabitha’s opinion). Even the ones that didn’t initially appeal to me have turned out to be very nice.
I will definitely be using some of the recipes again. It was fun to try new methods and techniques such as coating chicken in breadcrumbs, which was much easier than I expected and very tasty!
So, what’s our verdict after two weeks?
It has been lovely having all the ingredients and recipes provided for me and not having to worry about shopping and menu planning. I also like the idea of trying lots of new recipes, especially as Tabitha is such a fussy eater. Neither Aaron or Tabitha like pasta, but Aaron asked for seconds of the Penne all’Arrabiata and even Tabitha ate a bit!
The downside of course is the price. At £64, the 4 meal family box costs as much as our normal grocery budget for the entire week, and £16 just for one meal seems extortionate! We were originally planning to completely cancel our subscription after the first two boxes, but we’ve all really enjoyed having them. They are too expensive for us to have every week, but we plan to continue having one box per month as a treat.
If you would like to try Hello Fresh, you can get £25 off your first box using my referral code: JEV7GQ.