Review: Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh is a unique and fresh way to encourage people to discover the joy of cooking, no matter how basic they believe their skills to be.  It is a subscription service that includes everything you need to make 3 or 5 meals, including the recipes. As a firm believer of cooking freshly made food at home, I think that this is a fantastic way to encourage people to cook from home, and also to use ingredients they wouldn't necessarily normally buy.

Every week Head Chef Patrick and his team create new recipes with photos of every step for you to cook quick, delicious, nutritious meals at home. They do all the thinking and planning so you're just left with the fun bit: cooking and eating! A box of 5 meals for 2 people costs £49, which at first I thought was very expensive, but then I did a bit of research and found out that the same amount of ingredients in Sainsbury's costs on average £60.47, from Ocado £65.27 and  in Tescos £58.13. Hello Fresh aim to provide "more for less" by delivering high quality ingredients, and looking at the figures it seems that they are delivering.  They kindly sent me a box of 3 meals to try out.  We decided that the best possible way to really put Hello Fresh to the test would be for Nick to make all 3 meals.   He is in no way incapable of cooking, but he never really gets a look in because I am always in the kitchen! Besides, when I am cooking it means he gets valuable time alone to play the Xbox!  He also isn't one for following a recipe, so I though it would be interesting to see how easy he found the instructions to follow.  I find it difficult to follow a recipe without adding a little bit of artistic licence!

The recipes that were included were Prawn and Asparagus Risotto, Pan-Fried Chicken with Pea Potato Salad and Grilled Aubergine Linguine with Chilli, Chorizo and Sun-Dried Tomato.

This is all the ingredients included, as well as the step by step recipe cards.

Nick first cooked the Grilled Aubergine Linguine with Chilli, Chorizo and Sun-Dried Tomato.  He encountered a bit of an issue as the recipes were in American measurements, and instructed him to add 3/4 of a cup of onions and 1/3 cup of chorizo, so he just put in all of the chorizo provided and used his intuition for the onion!  Other than that, the instructions were easy to follow, and produced a great tasting meal!  Nick doesn't usually like aubergines, so this did a great job of getting us to try something we wouldn't normally eat, and it was delicious!

The next evening we had the Prawn and Asparagus Risotto. Again, the measurements were in American so he had to make educated guesses on the quantity of ingredients to use.  The recipe was a little more confusing and the wording was more complicated.  There was also a cheeky bit that said to "add wine" when there was no wine in the box or in the list of ingredients needed. It produced another great tasting dish, and I was really starting to get used to being cooked for!

Lastly was the pan fried chicken with potato and pea salad.  This was by far the easiest recipe to follow and quickest to make.  This is the most simple of all the recipes, but it still tasted great and was cooked from scratch.  The portion size was better with this as well, we both really enjoyed it.

The recipes also have a cooking time on them, which seemed to be inaccurate. The first recipe said 20 minutes in total to cook, but the first step alone was to grill the aubergine for 20 minutes, and one of the last steps is to mix in the aubergine cooking for a further 10 minutes. The estimate doesn't include any prep time.

It is a great way to encourage the less experienced cooks to get cooking for themselves from scratch, but it also got us to try something that we wouldn't normally cook or eat at home.  This is such a great idea, and I think that any excuse to get Nick cooking for me is great!

If you want to try out a great Hello Fresh box for yourself, you can use this discount code for £10 off your first box- HELLOFRESH!

L x

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