Hello Fresh: A Review

It’s a school night, you’ve just got in from work and you’re tired after a looong day. The last thing you want to do is make your tea, right? I’ve fallen into this pit so many times and ended up ordering in or sticking to something easy, saving my more nutritious meals for the weekend when I’ve got time to cook. The Christmas period was the worst for this, especially when going into the supermarket meant re-enacting the first thirty minutes of the Hunger Games, fighting for supplies in order to survive the next couple of weeks.

It was on the 15th December that my world was turned upside down.

Discovering Hello Fresh

Okay, maybe not quite as dramatic as that – but after spending the most torturous hour of my life fighting the crowds in Tesco during my weekly shop, I decided that I wasn’t going to step foot into a supermarket until after Christmas. I went online to see who would deliver before Christmas, and the answer is a big fat nobody. I didn’t quite fancy starving until the 25th December, so I decided to try Hello Fresh. They were running a promotion for half off your first delivery, which would arrive the weekend before Christmas. Winner winner, chicken dinner (literally).

For those of you who don’t know, Hello Fresh is a subscription service that send you fresh ingredients for a set number of recipes per week. I chose to get five recipes to feed two people, which comes in at about £41.99, but there are a number of options available.

A recipe card surrounded by ingredients on a black table

Initially, I was only going to have the one box and then cancel before the next order was delivered, but being the fickle bitch I am, I changed my mind as soon as my parcel arrived.

Whats in the booooox?

In my big box of wonders, there were five (recyclable) bags that had the exact amount of ingredients for the corresponding recipes. The instructions for each dish were on a handy card with pictures so they were very easy to follow. Because I get excited about literally anything, the next week made me fall in love with cooking again. I was actually looking forward to making mine and Tom’s tea.

The website / app allows you to choose which recipes get delivered straight to your door in advance, and there’s a great range of family-sized dishes, easy to make recipes and a wide choice to suit any dietary requirement. I’ll eat bloody anything though (apart from pork and leeks which are the DEVIL’s FOOD), so I really am spoilt for choice.

Bag of Hello Fresh stuff

We still go to Tescos for a supplementary shop to get things like milk, eggs and naughty snacks, but for the most part Hello Fresh has allowed us to eat healthier, portion-controlled meals made with fresh ingredients. It’s really unfaultable. And because my audience consists of people I’ve bullied into reading my blog, you know this isn’t an ad/ promotional post!

If you’re interested in finding out about Hello Fresh, you can find their website here. For anyone who actually wants to order a box, I’ve got a code that’ll give you £20 off your first box! Yay!

Let me know what you think – are there any dishes that you enjoy cooking, or do you tend to stick to the frozen pizza for your tea?

See ya x

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6 Comments

  1. Lyd January 4, 2019 / 8:07 pm

    I really like that Hello Fresh provides balanced meals that are interesting but not too ‘out there’. It’s great for cutting down on food waste too!

    • nicoleparkes January 4, 2019 / 8:13 pm

      Do you use them too? I love the fact you can choose the recipes and try a new recipe – you’re so right about the food waste too, AND all the packaging is recyclable!

  2. Lisa Valentine January 9, 2019 / 4:19 pm

    I second the food waste thing. Flipping love Hello Fresh, makes meal times so much easier when working 40+ hour weeks and takes away the temptation to dial for a pizza, thus eating healthier options. Winner winner chicken dinner indeed!

    • nicoleparkes January 9, 2019 / 5:05 pm

      I can’t wait to see how yours goes! Let me know what you think when your order arrives, I actually can’t wait!

  3. Hannah February 21, 2019 / 7:10 pm

    Ah I’ve heard of Hello Fresh… Did you find it’s upped your cost of food much? We looked into it as loved the idea of having new recipes delivered to us but seemed really expensive when our weekly shop is only about £20 per week for two!

    • nicoleparkes February 22, 2019 / 7:43 am

      Ours is £40 for five meals for two people, but honestly if you’re only spending £20 a week anyway I’d stick to that. With hello fresh you still have to get your milk and tea and bread etc seperately x

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