If you follow me on Instagram then you probably already know that my family and I have been doing the meal kit delivery service, Hello Fresh for 12 weeks now. Nic and I cook quite regularly so this is something I was always curious about trying because we already cook so often.
Although I love meal planning, writing out my grocery list and running to Trader Joe’s and Target once a week for everything was becoming quite a task with two kids. I would usually go get everything once Nic got home from work but lately I’ve been so tired once he’s home that I just don’t have the energy. (You know I mean it when I don’t have the energy to go to Target!) So the idea of all the ingredients + the meal already planned for me sounded perfect.
I was hooked once I saw that Lauren Conrad made her own personalized recipes with Hello Fresh. I typed in a discount code I found and tried it out. Here are the first meals we tried:
FUN-DAY FAJITA BAR
PRESTO PESTO PANKO CHICKEN
From then on we were absolutely hooked…
Hello Fresh might be perfect for you if:
A. You LOVE to cook and cook regularly throughout the week.
If you aren’t much of a meal planner and are looking for something super quick then this probably isn’t for you. You still chop, sauté and mix everything yourself. It’s like Hello Fresh made the recipes, grocery shopped for you, portioned everything out perfectly and put it in each corresponding bag. So if you weren’t already doing these things, this may not be what you’re looking for. Although the meals are typically under 30 minutes to prep + make, you’re still having to cook it all. This is what I love about it. I love to cook and I feel like we are making a restaurant quality dish 4 out of 7 nights of the week.
B. You’re not picky and enjoy a variety of foods!
Hello Fresh probably isn’t for you if you are super picky. They offer about 12 options every single week for you to pick from so if you aren’t a mushroom fan or don’t like anything spicy you could certainly stay away from recipes with those items. I consider myself a fairly adventurous eater but Hello Fresh has made me step way out of my comfort zone with cooking for the better! Did you know I can pickle things now? It’s amazing! Most of the taco recipes have either pickled onions or jalapeños that you pickle yourself and OMG they are incredible. Often times there’s also a fruit like kiwi or pineapple that add the most amazing flavor that I would’ve never thought to do myself.
C. You struggle with keeping to your grocery budget every week.
I added up what we were spending on groceries every month before HF and compared it to one month of groceries now + the $77 (after tax + shipping, includes 4 meals for 2) we now pay every week and WE ARE SAVING MONEY (about $100 a month give or take)! When I would do my weekly Trader Joe’s + Target runs, I would always overspend (just keepin’ it real!). I used to plan to cook 3-4 times a week, but by the time I’d figure out what I was going to make on certain days I would sometimes either be too lazy to cook or we just wouldn’t feel like whatever I had planned to make that day. Now with Hello Fresh, we place the huge recipe cards we receive with each meal kit on a little stand like this:
…and we ask each other what sounds good and we make it. Because they’re out all the time and because there’s a photo, I totally believe it excites us to eat each meal. We haven’t wasted a single meal because we’re truly excited to make every single recipe.
A couple things I want to mention:
- Some recipes have a pretty high calorie count (600-800) but, I’ve noticed that most of the time I’m able to cut my portion in half and save the other half for lunch the next day making it half the calories each time. If it’s not something I’m able to cut in half or it won’t warm up great then I try and plan out a light lunch that day so I can indulge that evening.
- We keep all the recipe cards so we can make it again in the future!
If you decide you’d like to try it out you can use my code BRITMOOR45 for $40 off your first delivery making it only $20 for three meals for 2.
If you decide to try it, PLEASE send me a message on Instagram or shoot me an email. I would love to know!