For the past couple months, the boyfriend and I have been getting HelloFresh boxes delivered weekly. Both of us get home quite late at night, and we were looking for meals that would be easy and quick to prepare, with little to no effort on our part. We’d been eating takeout or delivery many times a week and we were staring to feel bloated and gross (or at least I was). Especially with the limited food options available for delivery around our place, we were pretty much just eating pizza or Chinese food.
When it comes down to it, Hello Fresh (and food boxes like it) aren’t the cheapest option for getting groceries. However, when compared with eating out several times a week, it’s actually much cheaper. Assuming that the average dinner delivered to your house is about $30-50, depending on where you go and how much food you eat, paying $100 for 4 meals is not only cheaper, but healthier.
On the other hand, $100 for 4 meals (for 2 people) is expensive when compared to meal planning and buying food at the grocery store. The time cost of meal planning and physically going to the grocery store, however, can be quite high especially if you’re not used to cooking meals every day (like I am – I have no creativity in the kitchen).
I’m a bit of a picky eater so I was a little skeptical that I’d like 4 out of the 6-7 meals offered every week, however I was pleasantly surprised that out of all the meals we’ve prepared over the past 2 months, there’s only been a couple that I haven’t at least somewhat liked.
Now, I’m not very creative in the kitchen, nor would I call myself a foodie by any means. The boyfriend, on the other hand, is way more particular on quality of ingredients, recipes, spices, etc. At the beginning he was really happy with the quality of ingredients and liked how they came pre-measured for the most part. After a few weeks though he started noticing that the quality of the cheese and meat in particular was going downhill, and even I was noticing more and more substitutions of ingredients where one of the veggies wasn’t up to their standards. I totally understand that it’s the middle of winter in Canada, but things like cheese shouldn’t be substituted for cheap equivalents especially if I’m paying $12.50 per serving.
Each week you get to choose 3 or 4 meals out of 7, depending on your plan. The recipes themselves are quite tasty, and I noticed that a lot of the ones we were choosing were vegetarian. One thing I did notice though was that sometimes the recipes that use meats or other products that expire quickly don’t always have a consistent place where they say “make first”, which led us to have to repurchase chicken a couple of times because it wasn’t listed on the card like we thought it would be.
While the recipes do say that they can be made in 30 minutes, there’s a lot of steps that need to be done simultaneously, so if you want to cook the recipe well it’ll take more than the 30 minutes the recipes say.
I really liked Hello Fresh. I thought the recipes were quite good and pretty easy to follow. Before the boyfriend mentioned it, I thought the ingredients were good, and I liked the convenience of not needing to meal plan or go to the grocery store for dinner prep. The one annoying thing though is that sometimes the deliveries don’t show up until the late afternoon, which means I have to stay at work quite late to receive them since we don’t want the box left outside our apartment in plain view.
Hello Fresh, and food boxes like it, are great for those with little time or kitchen creativity who are looking for quick and easy meals to prepare. I wouldn’t necessarily say these boxes are for those who have a special connection with food or are picky about the ingredients they eat because they might not be left satisfied, but if you’re anything like me, I think you’ll like a food subscription box just fine.