How would you like fresh ingredients complete with recipes delivered to your home? When Hello Fresh recently approached me about reviewing a Hello Fresh box, I jumped at the opportunity. Although I am not generally fond of mailed product boxes because I like to do my own shopping, cooking is another matter. I tend to stick to a handful of my favorite easy recipes. I hate picking out new recipes, trying to find all the ingredients, and then attempting to put together the new meal. With Hello Fresh, the ingredients and recipes are delivered right to me without any fuss or muss.
For my review, I selected the Hello Fresh Veggie Box. I hate cooking meat myself, so I thought the veggie box would be a good fit for my culinary needs. When the box arrived at my door, my daughter and puppy were both fascinated. I brought the box inside, and both immediately started investigating. As I opened the box, I was excited to find all the fresh ingredients inside.
The three recipes that I received in my Hello Fresh Veggie Box were Tangy Citrus Salad with Asparagus and Goat Cheese, Tofu Shiitake Stir Fry with Basmati Rice, and Portobello Mushroom Burger. The actual recipes were missing from the box. Because I wanted to make the meals that day, I went to the Hello Fresh Facebook page and posted about the missing recipes. Within 15 minutes, a Hello Fresh representative messaged me back. I received PDF versions of the recipes within a half an hour. So, although the recipes were missing from my box, the Hello Fresh customer service quickly and efficiently worked to resolve the problem.
Each Hello Fresh box comes with three meals. However, for lunch that day, I decided to make both the Tangy Citrus Salad with Asparagus and Goat Cheese and the Tofu Shiitake Stir Fry with Basmati Rice. For someone like me who cannot always follow recipe instructions well, the Hello Fresh recipes were simple enough. I got a little confused with trying to juggle two meals at once, but my trouble was my own fault. If you make one recipe per meal, you will have absolutely no problem following the instructions. When I made just the Portobello Mushroom Burger for dinner, I was absolutely fine. The recipes even provide useful tips such as the easiest way to peel ginger.
As for taste, I really enjoyed all three meals. My favorite was the Portobello Mushroom Burger, which was absolutely delicious topped with fresh grilled onions. The Tangy Citrus Salad with Asparagus and Goat Cheese reminded me of the salads from a local bistro. I found the Tofu Shiitake Stir Fry with Basmati Rice quite spicy, although my husband disagreed. My daughter also seemed to enjoy all the bites that she ate of all three Hello Fresh meals.
Final Verdict: My family and I loved the fresh ingredients and delicious recipes from our Hello Fresh veggie box. I particularly liked the simplicity of the recipes and the helpful tips included. I am also very pleased with the Hello Fresh customer service. Despite the missing recipes, a Hello Fresh representative quickly worked to fix the error. If you are interested in fresh food and recipes delivered to your door, try out Hello Fresh today. Classic boxes start at $9.94 per meal per person and veggie boxes at $8.28 per meal per person.
Freshly Delivered Hello Fresh Box © 2013 Heather Johnson
Opening the Hello Fresh Box 1 © 2013 Heather Johnson
Opening the Hello Fresh Box 2 © 2013 Heather Johnson
Inside the Hello Fresh Box © 2013 Heather Johnson
Fresh Ingredients in the Hello Fresh Box 1 © 2013 Heather Johnson
Fresh Ingredients in the Hello Fresh Box 2 © 2013 Heather Johnson
Fresh Ingredients in the Hello Fresh Box 3 © 2013 Heather Johnson
Fresh Ingredients in the Hello Fresh Box 4 © 2013 Heather Johnson
Spreading Out the Hello Fresh Ingredients © 2013 Heather Johnson
Preparing the Hello Fresh Salad and Stir Fry © 2013 Heather Johnson
Preparing the Hello Fresh Portabella Mushroom Burger © 2013 Heather Johnson
Hello Fresh Tangy Citrus Salad with Asparagus and Goat Cheese 1 © 2013 Heather Johnson
Hello Fresh Tangy Citrus Salad with Asparagus and Goat Cheese 2 © 2013 Heather Johnson
Hello Fresh Tofu Shiitake Stir Fry with Basmati Rice © 2013 Heather Johnson
Hello Fresh Portobello Mushroom Burgers © 2013 Heather Johnson
Hello Fresh Portobello Mushroom Burger © 2013 Heather Johnson