Hello Fresh – Amazing

I have be dying to try Hello Fresh or really any service that will ship you all the ingredients you need to make delicious home cooked meals.

Does anyone else go to the grocery store and leave with way more then they went in for? I’m almost convinced that Hello Fresh could be cheaper then going to the grocery store. Almost. Or maybe I’m trying to convince myself because these meal delivery services are pretty expensive.

Hello Fresh is pretty versatile because you can choose from the Classic Plan, Veggie Plan, or Family Plan. The Classic and Veggie Plan are both $9.99/per meal and you can order them to serve either 2 or 4 adults. While the Family Place is $8.74/per meal and serves 2 adults and 2 children.

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Here’s another problem I have when making meals — I always cook enough to feed an army. Why have I made a buffet platter of lasagna for 4 or less people? Well because the box of lasagna has X amount of noodles and the container of Ricotta is X ounces. I’m not going to waste those ingredients. But we never need that much food.

Hello Fresh gives you portion sized food and only what you need to make the meals. Which seems scary – we’re so used to eating more then the portion size how could their meals possibly be enough? Well the first meal I made had enough for 6 people!

How does Hello Fresh work?

First you sign up on the Hello Fresh website, choose your delivery date, and choose your recipes. On the day of the week you selected, your meals will show up at your door in a heavily insulated cardboard box. The box below held three meals for 4 people and it weighed a ton!

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Each week you get all of the ingredients you need to make the meals (aside from a few staples they expect you to have at home – olive oil, salt, pepper, etc.) and huge recipe cards that walk you through all the steps. I should have taken a picture of the back of these cards but I was so excited to open everything that I forgot.

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The following pictures are from the unboxing:

The meat isn’t in any of the ingredient pictures because its under huge ice packs which are below the piece of cardboard in the bottom right picture.

This week I am making three meals from Hello Fresh which are:

  • Lemon Basil Shrimp with Orzo and Avocado Salad
  • Pork DIY Dumplings with Quick-Pickles Slaw and Soy Dumplings
  • Crushed Peppercorn Steak with Creamed Kale and Potato Wedges

Lemon Basil Shrimp with Orzo and Avocado Salad

Last night I made this dish because Hello Fresh lets you know which dish you should make first based on how well the ingredients will stay fresh.

First of all, I don’t eat seafood at all. So I don’t eat shrimp but I had a whole skewer of them yesterday because they smelled so good I couldn’t resist them. Then there is my Dad who only likes his own cooking. He couldn’t stop talking about how light, fresh, and delicious this meal was. My boyfriend’s only critique was that it could use more salt and pepper (he LOVES pepper and uses way too much)! I’ll be sure to use more for our next meals. Everyone loved this dish so much they filled their plate a second time.

Back to portion sizes – we had enough for 6 people to eat last night which is impressive at our house, we generally eat way more than a “standard” portion size. Look how many shrimp this made! A skewer and a half were used at this point – hey! we’re supposed to enjoy our food not just take pictures right?

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I’m so thrilled with Hello Fresh thus far that I decided to post my review before even completing this week of meals. Of course, I’ll come back and update this post. But, I wanted to share it with you all in time for you to try Hello Fresh next week.

With my referral code you can get $40 off of your first order. This was the best deal that I was able to find online. When I ordered my 4 person, 3 meal box  I wasn’t allowed to take advantage of the advertised $50 off on Hello Fresh’s for whatever reason.

Could you afford to buy meals from Hello Fresh every week? Probably not. But I would try it at least once. Especially if you’re only ordering for 2 people because you can try 3 meals for $20 after the referral discount.

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Blackberry Margarita

Do you ever just come home from work and really need a drink? I feel like Monday nights usually call for a drink. So go ahead and prepare this for yourself and you won’t regret it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Monin Blackberry Syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz of your favorite Tequila (I’m currently using 1800)
  • 3 oz of your favorite Sweet & Sour Mix
  • Ice
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • If you’re fancy: 5 blackberries to top each drink

How to:

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Put each ingredient into the shaker and shake it up! Use the strainer on top to pour into your glass. If you want ice in your drink go ahead and pour that in.
    • I usually kept the ice in my closed cocktail shaker for my next drink. If you make a few of these you can empty an entire ice maker.
  • No cocktail shaker? No problem. Just mix all of these ingredients in a glass with a spoon and then add ice.

Power Shake

This week is kind of a big deal for me. I’m going back to work (similar to how everyone has just gone back to school) and with new beginnings come new routines.

My mom used to make a similar version of this when I was a kid and now as an adult I love drinking it in the morning. It’s a peanut butter and banana shake!

The ingredients needed are:

  • 8 oz skim milk (soy milk or whatever makes you happy)
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of ice

Toss everything into the blender and puree for 1 minute or until creamy but not liquidy. If you blend it for too long just add a little bit more ice.

I love this shake because it tastes great and gives me some protein in the morning. I always make sure to drink this on days that I work out (which is part of the new beginnings thing – since I haven’t worked out in a while!)

Sparkling Margarita Float

With labor day this weekend, it makes sense to share a frozen margarita recipe for one last hurrah before summer is officially over. This one is excellent in the dead heat of summer and really best for when it’s hot outside because it’s made with sherbert. Keeping that in mind, this recipe is super sweet and you can only have one or two of them before its time to switch to something else.

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 12 oz can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 1 1/2 cups of tequila
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 2 quarts tonic water, chilled
  • 1 pint – of tangerine, lemon, or lime sherbet (I prefer to use lemon or lime. While the big container with three different flavors seems like a good idea – stay away from it because you will end up with brown margaritas – EW!)

Directions:

  1. Stir the frozen limeade, tequila, and triple sec together and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Next, stir in the tonic water.
  3. Place one scoop of sherbet into each glass and pour the margarita mix on top. Stir together and serve.

Tangy & Sweet Sangria

This recipe is a bit more complicated than my go to Sangria which is a better choice if you’re on a diet or trying to avoid a lot of sugar.  This one is very sweet and in my opinion pretty damn good.

For this recipe all you have to do is mix all of the ingredients below together:

  • 6 cups of ice
  • 6 ounces of light rum
  • 750 ml of Sauvignon Blanc
  • 3 oz peach schnapps
  • 3 oz sour apple liqueur
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup sprite
  • 3/4 cup carbonated water

Stir it all together and throw these sliced fruits on top:

  • 1 green apple (cored and sliced)
  • 1 red apple (cored and sliced)
  • 1 peach (sliced)

My go to Sangria!

This is my go to Sangria. It’s so simple and always requested at any summer party that I attend. I typically make one or two batches before I arrive. While I’m there I will make one or two more batches right in the host’s kitchen using ingredients from their home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon (cut in half)
  • 1 orange (cut in half)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 750 ml bottle dry red or white wine, chilled
  • 1-2 cups carbonated water, chilled (I usually choose between 1 or 2 cups depending on how many people I’m serving. Two cups makes it last longer 😉
  • 2 tablespoons brandy (More if I want to make it stronger so people will ask for less refills)
  • Ice cubes

Directions:

  1. Juice half of an orange and half of a lemon into your pitcher. Then cut off all four ends.
  2. For the syrup, add sugar and water to a saucepan and place the four fruit ends face down in the pan. Bring this mixture to a boil stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Remove that from heat and let it cool. (this is the part where I get impatient and usually put the hot mixture into my sangria pitcher) Once cool, Squeeze remaining juice from the cooked fruit into the syrup.
  4. In a pitcher combine syrup, wine, carbonated water, and brandy. Stir the mixture together and top with fruit slices.
  5. Serve in wine glasses over ice. For garnish – cut the remaining halves of lemon and orange into small slices then cut in half. Place in glass over Sangria.