Dinner by HelloFresh

I have been batting zero lately when it comes to making supper. The last few times I’ve made something it has come out either looking, smelling, or tasting horrible. I swear, I am not a bad cook! While growing up, my mom was basically my at-home Home Economics teacher (thanks, Mom!), so I can cook, bake, and broil like a champ. I think that I’ve just experienced a streak of horrible recipe choices (yes… that’ll stick).

I finally had to throw my hands up in defeat and foisted the supper-making responsibility onto my husband while I stood in the corner with my dunce cap.

A couple weeks ago, I was watching a DeFranco Fam vlog where Lindsay was preparing a meal from a food subscription service called HelloFresh. I’ve seen her make a few of these meals before and she, Phil, and Trey all seem to like them. As I’ve said in previous posts, life feels so hectic right now. I have work, home life, dance practices, and my daughter’s swimming lessons occupying my time, so suppers have been the last thing on my mind. Having the thinking, shopping, and measuring already done for me was  incentive enough, so I went on a search for a discount code valid in Canada (the one Lindsay provides only works in the U.S.) and ordered a box to try it out.

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HelloFresh is delivered to you once a week by courier in an insulated box. The box includes ingredients for three different meals, recipes for those meals, and ice packs which are located in the lower compartment of the box where the proteins for each meal are kept. I must confess, though. As soon as I opened the box, I had to touch the box’s contents to ensure they were still cold, and to my surprise (and relief) they were and the ice packs were still frozen. Colour me impressed!

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Our proteins laying on top of ice packs

Our proteins laying on top of ice packs

We decided to try the pulled chicken sliders with tangy cabbage slaw first. The ingredients for each meal are separated into their own clearly-marked box. The following photo was not staged, I assure you.

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Okay, maybe it was staged a little bit

Everything is pre-measured, so unless a recipe calls for a certain amount of an ingredient (usually shown in bold, purple text on the recipe card), you dump the whole  packet/bag/bottle in. We learned our lesson with this when we dumped all three bottles of white wine vinegar in the sauce for the chicken only to find out later in the recipe we needed 1 tablespoon for the coleslaw. Whoops! Thankfully we had some white vinegar laying around, albeit not white wine vinegar. The coleslaw still tasted fine. Another great thing about receiving only the ingredients you need for each meal is that it helps cut down on food waste.

The finished product

The finished product

Here’s what we thought of each meal:

Pulled Chicken Sliders (with Tangy Cabbage Slaw)
Pros:  We loved the barbecue sauce and the buns were reminiscent of ones we used to get from KFC.
Cons:  While my husband was shredding the chicken he had to pull out pieces of connective tissue (this slowed things down a bit), the coleslaw was not “vinegary” enough for me (but that could be because of our error), and the addition of the spring mix was a little weird, but it did add nutritional value to the sliders (greens!).

Sweet ‘n Sour Meatballs (with Pineapple and Green Peppers)
Pros:  YUM!
Cons:  Can we get back to you?

Soy-Glazed Steak (with Sour Cream and Onion Mashed Potatoes and Sesame Spinach)
Pros:  I found out that I like wilted baby spinach (so simple, so good!). The mashed potatoes were also simple and tasty.
Cons:  I don’t normally like soy sauce (saaaaaalty), but I hoped that adding the 2 tablespoons of sugar the recipe called for would help. The answer is no, I was not a big fan of the glaze. The steak was also cut really weird. It was almost three inches thick on one end and barely over one inch thick on the other end so it needed to be cooked a lot longer than what the recipe called for (otherwise we would have had rare steak and well done steak all in the same slab of meat), so that slowed things down a bit.

Overall, it is a fantastic service that has excellent quality, but it is not a grocery-replacement service. If you have the money, I would recommend trying it, but you could have all of these ingredients for less than the cost of the weekly subscription. We’ve decided to try another HelloFresh box to see if the quality is consistent. I’ll let you know how that goes in a couple weeks!

(Disclaimer:  I was not contacted by HelloFresh to do this review. I paid for the box myself and the opinions are my husband’s and mine.)

Your turn!

Have you tried HelloFresh before? If so, what are your thoughts?

Do you subscribe to any other subscription boxes? This was my first one!

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