• Stacia

Oh Hello! (Fresh)

Updated: Jan 31, 2021

Look, I'm just going to say it: I'm tired of cooking.

Really, it's not that I'm tired of cooking, but I'm tired of planning what to cook, grocery shopping, getting the food, prepping the meal, and then figuring out what to do with the leftovers. In an effort to shake things up a bit, I started looking at meal delivery services. When we lived in Indiana, the cost of living was so low that the cost of a delivery service was hard to justify. Now that we're back in KC, the cost is comparable to what we would spend on groceries. I'm going to work my way through the different delivery services and thought I'd start with the well known classic - Hello Fresh.

Let's start with the good, shall we?

The selection of meals is great. There were plenty of options to pick from with various proteins, so for someone who doesn't eat tons of fish, that was awesome. It was also easy to work with my family's particular allergies/intolerances. I could leave cheese off of my servings or I would not add the almond slivers since my husband is allergic. Obviously, your allergies and those of your family members are going to vary, but for us, we could make it work. The app was super easy to use - pick your meals, pick your delivery date, add an additional meal - everything you need in one place. Another big plus, most everything was provided except salt, pepper, butter, and olive oil, so they would include even the "common" spices such as garlic.

And now, for the not as awesome parts:

  • The meals are really high in fat. Like really high. If you're someone who tracks macros, you'll probably have very little of your daily fat count left.

  • The carrots were always small and wilted. Thankfully, we keep carrots in our house regularly, so I would just swap them out.

  • Multiple weeks in a row there was an option for a chicken/grain/carrot dish with a fruit sauce. One week it was apricot, then it was fig, then it was plum. Rinse and repeat. Because some of the fruit jams aren't exactly ones I find commonly (then again, how much have I looked for fig jam?) some of the recipes will be more difficult to recreate on my own.

Anything else?

The portions are calorically very large. For me, it meant I could get more meals out of a portion, but if you're planning to eat it all, you'll be consuming 700+ calories. For me, that's a lot for one meal, so I'd split my meal in half and have the rest the next day.

So, how does the price break down?

You pick how many servings you want 2 or 4 per meal.

You pick how many meals you want per week: 3, 4, or 5.

There was also the option to add an additional meal if you needed (so you usually get three, but one week you need a fourth for example).

Meal cards are included in the order with all the directions for prep and cooking; these can also be found on the app.

Each serving is $8.99, but I had a couple of discounts. One was through HelloFresh where I got a total of $70 off spread over multiple boxes and the other was in the form of a $5 statement credit on my credit card for a certain number of transactions (plus hotel points). Oh, and shipping is $8.99. This isn't Amazon Prime.

Want to try it out for yourself? Here's a discount!

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