By now I’m sure you’ve heard all about meal delivery services. From HelloFresh, to Home Chef and Blue Apron, the options are endless.
I used to snobbishly turn up my nose at these meal kits thinking only a beginner would need that. Aside from the fact that I am actually a beginner, I still thought if I resorted to using one of these then I wouldn’t be a “real” cook.
Well, HelloFresh finally got me to crack. It really was their marketing team that did it by speaking to me in the only language I care to listen to: discounts. HelloFresh mailed us an $80 off coupon for our first four weeks of using their service – and I was in.
It was the beginning of April and I was running low on energy from months of cooking solo. Usually Billy and I will take turns cooking, but during tax season he works until 9 so I obviously don’t expect him to cook (and there’s no way I can wait that late to eat). I caved in, entered the promo code and selected my first two meals for the following week.
Keep reading to find out my true thoughts about HelloFresh.
I half expected the meals to be really bland and basic, but the options are pretty diverse and I can honestly say we liked each and every meal we made. I will say that their definition of spicy is quite different from ours, so if you like more heat you can always supplement to add more kick to your meals. Our favorites were the Chile Rellenos, Crispy Pork Milanese, and the Pork and Veggie Bibimbap.
Unless you have a coupon code or discount, I tend to think the meals are overpriced. If you break down what it would cost for ingredients, you realize that you could purchase the same ingredients at the grocery store at a fraction of the price. But here’s the thing, you are paying a heftier price but saving on other things: energy looking up recipes and creating grocery lists, time spent at the store and preparation of certain items.
If you are in a place financially to splurge so that you can save in those areas, I definitely think it is worth giving it a shot. I am not quite in that place financially, and I do have the time and energy available to spend on grocery shopping so it’s hard for me to justify paying for a HelloFresh subscription.
That being said, there are always promo codes available for HelloFresh. You can click here to use my code for $40 dollars off your first order!
The fun part about HelloFresh is getting to try recipes that you might not have attempted otherwise. For example, I love chile relleno, but have never thought to try making it for myself. When I saw it listed as an option for one of the weekly recipes, I immediately added it to my list.
It turned out so good, and I get to keep the recipe card for the future when I want to make them again. I also rarely cook with pork (it kind of intimidates me) but with HelloFresh I was able to try a few different recipes and I feel a lot more confident know purchasing pork in the future.
The meals often take less than 30 minutes to whip up. I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to throw together a HelloFresh meal after a long work day. It’s great to know you can have something super delicious, but that won’t take a ton of time and effort.
Definitely try out HelloFresh if you have a discount code! (Click here if you want to use my code) If you are in a place financially to subscribe to a few meals a week from HelloFresh, I highly recommend it. I definitely hope to try HelloFresh again in the future but for now I’m back to my regularly scheduled programming (aka browsing Pinterest for recipes). I hope you enjoyed this post!