Meal Delivery Service Reviews

Hello Fresh Review 2018 – My Complete Breakdown & Review

In less than 10 years HelloFresh has become one of the most popular home delivery meal kit services. An international company, they deliver fresh, healthy ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes to people in Europe, Australia, and the United States. It’s one of the easiest ways to put a nutritious meal on the table, even on the busiest weeknight. With HelloFresh you simply pull the meal box from the fridge, follow the recipe, and then sit down to indulge in an amazing meal. All the ingredients are provided — from the protein to the vegetables, spices, and garnishes.

HelloFresh customers enjoy more than a delicious home-cooked meal, they get to be part of a community that shares healthy lifestyle ideas, easy ways to eat better, and introduces innovative, restaurant-quality recipes that can be made at home by even the most novice cook. Log onto the HelloFresh website and check out the upcoming weeks’ meals or explore the blog for ideas on how to cook together as a family or for a new recipe on game-day goodies. Want to learn how to build the perfect Buddha Bowl for dinner next week? HelloFresh has got you covered.

Choosing HelloFresh means more than just meal ingredients delivered to your door. It’s about rethinking those so-called “convenience” boxed meals that line the grocery aisles. Those pre-packaged meals that often have a high sodium content and lack fresh, quality ingredients. HelloFresh takes us back to real cooking with real ingredients and they’ve made it easy.

Welcome to HelloFresh

Established in 2011, HelloFresh originally was founded in Germany by Dominick Richter, Thomas Griesel, and Jessica Nilsson. The original founders believed that everyone should be able to have access to quality ingredients and clear, step-by-step instructions on how to create a delicious meal. For their first test to see if this would work, they packed up fresh meal ingredients with recipe cards and hand-delivered them to their friends and family. It was a success, and HelloFresh was born.

HelloFresh arrived on the East Coast of the United States in 2012 and has expanded across the country since then. There are many pros for ordering from HelloFresh, beyond the great ingredients and recipes. You have choices, from the type of meal box received to your delivery date and an always flexible subscription. In addition, HelloFresh offers excellent customer service, whether you opt to call their toll-free number or chat online. They’re there for you and happy to answer questions or address any concerns, always working to ensure your satisfaction.

All About Choices: Types of HelloFresh Meal Plans

While you may love a great new recipe for quinoa stuffed peppers, your neighbor may prefer a bone-in pork chop meal with a balsamic glaze and fresh vegetables. This is exactly why HelloFresh offers a choice of Meal Plans. You can pick which one fits your tastes best and decide home many meals per week you want. The plans also allow you to choose between plans for two or four people, so there’s always enough to feed everyone at the table.

To make it easy, the types of meal plans include:

  • Classic: order 3 meals for 2 or 4 people, 4 meals for 2 people, or 5 meals for 2 people
  • Family: order 2 meals for 4 people or 3 meals for 4 people
  • Veggie: order 3 meals for 2 people or 3 meals for 4 people

The Classic Plan with 3 meals offers the most flexibility because you can make recipe preferences known. It allows you to choose meals that are seafood free, beef free, or pork free. In general, the Classic meal boxes have the widest variety of seasonal produce as well as a diverse selection of fresh fish and meat. The proteins include everything from salmon to lean chicken breasts, choice-cut steaks, and pork chops. A few examples of recipes found in the Classic Plan include Moo Shu Pork Tacos, Slammin’ Lemon Salmon, and New York Strip Steak with mashed potatoes and green beans amandine. There’s also pasta dishes like lobster ravioli and shrimp with asparagus risotto.

The Family Plan is designed to please both adults and kids, by offering both familiar recipes like chicken parmesan and pork tenderloin as well as ones that may introduce new ingredients like lemongrass steak stir fry.

The Veggie Plan provides meatless meal options, often with an alternative protein source like lentils or chickpeas. These meals are colorful and packed with flavor plus the goodness of all the quality, fresh produce. Expect creative pasta dishes like Spring Greens Gnocchi with a creamy tarragon sauce and satisfying salads to rival any casual restaurant.

Currently HelloFresh doesn’t accommodate specific allergies. However, all ingredients are shipped in separate packets. There is full transparency for their ingredient lists plus a nutritional breakdown of each meal on their website. Customers also can check out their various suppliers, which include Del Rey Avocado, Murray’s Chicken, and Love Beets.

What’s in a HelloFresh Box?

A HelloFresh Box is a cornucopia of goodness. Each individual box comes expertly packed with pre-measured, fresh ingredients, flavorful seasonings, and colorful recipe cards with images. For example, a recent meal from the Classic Plan contains the following:

  • 1 zucchini
  • 3 Roma tomatoes
  • Chicken breasts
  • Orzo pasta
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 lemon
  • Parsley
  • Italian seasoning
  • Recipe card

This box of ingredients makes a meal called “Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner” with Cheesy Roasted Zucchini and Tomatoes. The recipe card features full-color pictures of not only how the finished meal can look, but it also has images for each step of the meal prep process — it’s incredibly helpful and like having a trained chef walk you through slicing the zucchini, butterflying the chicken, and roasting the vegetables.

The recipe also includes the meal prep time, total cooking time, and calorie count for each single serving. There’s a list for which pots, pans, or mixing bowls you may need as well as fun tips for this cooking experience and future ones.

Every item in a HelloFresh meal box is packed so you don’t have to worry about bruised or damaged produce. Each box is designed to keep every ingredient chilled and safe. The shipping box has isolating wool plus ice packs and cooling materials that make sure your meal ingredients arrive perfectly cold.

Placing a HelloFresh Order

It’s super easy to place a HelloFresh order. Before you can place your first order, you need create an account. There’s no cost to create a personal account and it can be done quickly online or by calling one of the Customer Care Agents at 1-800-733-2414. There’s even an online chat window available if you need help. New customers also need to decide which meal plan works best for them, including how many days delivered and for how many people.

Before that first order is placed, customers also need to provide a delivery address and method of payment. Once your account is all set up, it’s time to place that first order. Follow the prompts online to pick your first meal selections. The Classic three meal plan offers seven different menu choices, but once you’ve placed your first order, HelloFresh can pick for you if you’re too busy to log in — they’ll select the three meals that fit with the profile of your previous meal choices.

For first time subscribers, a Trial Box is available. This is a Classic Plan meal kit for two people and there is no cost for this trial. You really have nothing to lose, it’s one of the best offers from any meal kit delivery service because you are under no obligation except to try the meal made with premium ingredients right in your own home.

How Does HelloFresh Delivery Work?

HelloFresh makes it very easy to receive your meal kit, it’s delivered right to your home on the delivery day you select. You don’t even need to be home, because no signatures are required upon receipt of the box. If you happen to live in an area where it may be difficult for a box to be left, you can opt to have it delivered to a neighbor, family member, or even a place of work. There’s no problem changing delivery days either, if a Wednesday delivery works better than Tuesday.

HelloFresh: Should You Use It?

The average American spends about nine hours (or more) a day working and commuting to and from work. We lead really busy lives managing families, spending time with friends, and trying to enjoy life. Often it’s the daily chores that feel like a burden — things you have to do, every day, like cooking. Because we’re on the go so much, it’s difficult to plan and cook any meal, let alone one that’s healthy. That’s where HelloFresh makes the difference. It simplifies one major chore.

If you’re time crunched, tired of eating out, and want to indulge in healthier meals made with fresh ingredients, then HelloFresh is for you. This meal kit service is for anyone who can read basic instructions, wants quality ingredients, and loves to try new meals. You can’t go wrong with HelloFresh because there’s no commitment. You’re not required to order meals every week, and it’s okay if you “pause” the meal delivery for more than one month at a time. Between the website, app, and customer service number, it’s never difficult to place an order or pause an order.

Who Shouldn’t Use a Meal Kit Service?

Anyone who doesn’t enjoy fresh produce, quality cuts of meat, easy-to-read recipes, and a meal that bursts with flavor, shouldn’t use a meal kit service like HelloFresh. This is a type of service that’s ideal for everyone tired of making grocery lists, fighting crowded store aisles, and standing in long lines after work just to bring home a few ingredients to make that night’s dinner.

Perks and Freebies

After you’ve enjoyed your own first HelloFresh meal box, you can then send four friends a free box. Just log into your account, select “Friends” and then “Send Freebies.” In addition, you have the opportunity to earn credits that can be applied to the cost of your next box. Credits may be earned by referring a friend to the meal kit service — with your referral code, a friend saves money on a box and so do you. You can even post your referral code on your personal website or blog to share. For anyone that uses it, you get money off your next box.

To get started with HelloFresh today, visit them online at HelloFresh.com.

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Katherine Jennings

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