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Hello Fresh Review

Last updated November 11, 2018

Not sure what to make for dinner? Or maybe you’re hoping to lose a little weight with the help of a meal delivery service? Hello Fresh is one of America’s most popular meal delivery services. With healthy menu options and a full nutritional break down of each recipe, meal planning has never been easier. And neither has cooking.

With Hello Fresh you can choose between a variety of delicious plant based or meat recipes created by expert chefs. It’s a convenient service for both omnivores and vegetarians alike. Each recipe is designed to be easy to make in the comfort of your home, in under 30 minutes. In a consumer reports test of Hello Fresh recipes, 6 out of 6 meals tested were rated as very good. Although the test did note that some recipes took a little more than 30 minutes to make. Prep time can be dependent on the cooks culinary skills and experience.

Luckily Hello Fresh makes it easy for even novice home cooks to recreate their recipes. Farm fresh ingredients are delivered to your door with recipe cards that offer photo guidance. If you haven’t spent much time in your kitchen, it might take you a little longer than 30 minutes to whip up the recipes, but with the detailed, photo instructions it’s almost impossible to mess them up.

Pros

  • Vegetarian and meat recipe options
  • Full nutritional break down of recipes
  • Easy account management
  • Farm fresh ingredients
  • Recipes rated as “very good” in CR taste test
  • Easy to follow photo instruction
  • Ability to modify recipes for diet or allergy restrictions

Cons

  • Although some recipes can be made vegan, they aren’t designed to be
  • Some recipes actually take longer than 30 minutes to make
  • Minimum order serves 2 people
  • Small portion sizes

Food Quality and Ingredients

hello fresh ingredient box and recipes

Hello Fresh partners with in-house chefs to provide customers with fresh ingredients from local food suppliers. They work hard to make sure that all the ingredients delivered are environmentally friendly, sustainable, and fresh. Produce is mainly sourced from family owned farms, seafood is sustainable and ocean friendly, and meat and poultry is bought from farms with only the highest standards.

What’s in the box:

Each box comes with step-by-step instruction cards and all the ingredients you need to make your selected recipes. You can chose between classic dishes, vegetarian approved recipes, and meal kits to satisfy the whole family. All the ingredients you need to make your recipes for the week are included in the box, except for salt, pepper, and cooking oil.

Ingredients are shipped in an insulated styrofoam cooler box with ice packs to keep everything inside fresh. Meat and fish are packaged in vacuumed sealed bags. The insulated packaging is designed to keep your food fresh for up to 24 hours after delivery.

Recipe cards include detailed step-by-step instructions with a complete photo guide. The meal kit boxes also sometimes include other cooking tips. For example a box with a steak recipe might also include an extra card with tips on how to cook and cut steak for the best flavor. The Hello Fresh box, insulated liners, and some of the plastic packaging is recyclable when broken down. All metallic plastic has to be thrown in the trash.

Recipes and Cooking Skills

hell fresh recipes and cooking skills needed

Hello Fresh’s recipes are delicious and their recipe cards are simple, direct, and easy to follow. This meal delivery service offers a variety of both plant based and meat recipes designed by experienced chefs. You can easily modify almost all their recipes to accommodate your diet and any food allergies. You’ll be able to find vegetarian, vegan, and even gluten free options. If you don’t see any vegan options you like, just chose to modify a vegetarian recipe that makes your mouth water instead.

How much cooking experience do you need to have to use Hello Fresh? Zero. The recipe cards are designed to leave any guess work out of cooking. If you’re a inexperienced home cook, you won’t feel intimidated following along. While other meal delivery services include directions that say things like “sprinkle a pinch of salt”, Hello Fresh tells you exactly what to do instead. How much is a pinch  of salt anyway? According to Hello Fresh it’s 1/2 tsp. You’ll never be left scratching your head with their easy to follow, step-by-step photo instructions.

Meal Plan Options

hello fresh meal plan options and account

Whether you’re cooking for just yourself or a big family Hello Fresh has a meal plan option that’s designed to be convenient for you. The only downside to Hello Fresh for me is that they don’t offer the widest range of portion sizes or flexibility in the number of recipes you want delivered. They offer three main plans that you can cancel at anytime and even skip a week of delivery.

The vegetarian plan starts at $8.99 per serving (+ $5.99 for shipping) and can be adjusted for 2 or 4 portions. This plan delivers 3 recipes per week with plant based proteins, healthy grains, and seasonal produce. Examples of recipes in this plan include, seven grain chiles rellenos with avocado salsa and zesty cream. Butternut squash agnolotti with kale in a brown butter sage sauce. And za’tar crusted grilled cheese with sumac roasted veggies.

The classic plan start at $8.99 per serving (+ $5.99 for shipping) and can be adjusted for 2 or 4 portions. This plan delivers 2, 3, or 4 recipes per week with the widest variety of meat, fish, and seasonal produce. Examples of recipes in this plan include, balsamic fig chicken with sweet potatoes and mixed greens. Swedish meatloaves with mashed potatoes, carrots, and currant jam. And tuscan sausage and pepper spaghetti with tomatoes and parmesan.

The family plan starts at $7.87 per serving (+ $5.99 for shipping) and only offers 4 portions sizes. This plan delivers 2 or 3 recipes per with focusing on easy, delicious meals the whole family will love. Recipes are kid approved. Examples of recipes in this plan include, Mediterranean chicken legs with tomato orzo, roasted carrots, and yogurt sauce. Chicken sausage flat breads with broiled zucchini and oregano. And chicken pineapple quesadillas with pico de gallo and southwestern spices.

Final Verdict

When it comes to taste, it’s hard to beat Hello Fresh. This meal delivery service has some of the highest rated recipes. Every single recipe tested by consumer reports was rated “very good” and there are tons of great customer reviews. Because there’s a limit to amount of recipes you can order for the week and the number of servings you can chose, it’s best for people who don’t want to use a meal delivery service full time.

If you’re too busy to cook most weeknights and want to use a meal delivery service to make weekend cooking easy, Hello Fresh is a great option. It’s also great for singles. Because the minimum number of servings you can order is 2, you could order the classic plan and still have home cooked meals every night.

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