A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Hello Fresh - a New York City-based startup company – and asked if I might be interested in trying out their grocery delivery service.
The aim of this company is to help people overcome the intimidation that often accompanies cooking at home, and to gain confidence in their ability to create healthy and delicious meals in under 30 minutes.
Now, I don’t often review products on this blog, but my interest in this service was piqued so of course I accepted the offer! A week later, an insulated box was delivered to our house (I was notified ahead of time when to expect the package) containing the ingredients & instructions necessary for making 3 complete meals.
One of the meals was for this Breaded Salmon with Sweet Potato Mash and Peas. I decided to make this one of the three first, seeing as fish should be cooked as soon after purchase (or in this case, delivery) as possible.
Just about everything you need to prepare this meal (with the exception of butter, salt, and pepper) comes neatly packaged and labeled.
Along with the ingredients are included recipe cards, featuring a description of the meal, a listing + photos of each ingredient, photo of the finished product, nutritional information per serving…
… and on the back, detailed instructions complete with photos.
The preparation/cooking process:
The meal came together – as promised – in less than 3o minutes, and was a breeze to prepare.
I have to admit, I was a bit doubtful that the included flour & panko breadcrumbs would be enough to cover the salmon, but it ended up being the perfect amount.
I was a bit disappointed to find canned peas in the box, (though I am biased against peas… we’re not huge fans in this house), and would have preferred to see another fresh seasonal veggie instead. If peas are your thing, the included fresh mint was a nice touch.
Overall, John and I found the meal to be okay. The mashed sweet potatoes were tasty (you all know how much I love the orange spuds!), but the salmon could have used some spices and you already know how I feel about canned peas. I think we’re just used to food with a more complex flavor profile, so we found the salmon to be on the somewhat bland side. This could be easily remedied by adding your favorite spice(s) – which most of us have on hand in the kitchen – during the breading stage of preparation.
I did like how nutritious the meal was, and how easy and fast it was to prepare; I can see a busy family really appreciating those factors!
Another plus: the price for the service is pretty impressive! I poked around on the website a bit, and learned that plans start at $69.00 for three full meals per week (including delivery). If you’re used to eating out multiples times per week, replacing those meals with a few from Hello Fresh would be much more economical.
The next meal we tried were these Carne Asada Tacos.
Just as with the salmon, nearly everything you need for this meal (except for olive oil) comes packaged and ready to go.
The preparation/cooking process:
I did need to cook the flank steak a bit longer than suggested in the recipe, but seeing as I’m pregnant, I need to be careful about eating rare meat.
I tossed the corn tortillas over a high flame on our gas stove, giving them a delightful charred edge and slightly smoky flavor.
John and I liked this meal a lot more than the salmon! Although the tacos could have used additional seasonings other than just salt & pepper, (such as cumin, chili powder, cayenne, etc.), they were tasty. The meat was tender and juicy, and the avocado pico was a nice fresh compliment.
I love beans – and don’t mind ‘em from a can – so the black beans on the side were a welcomed addition to this Mexican meal.
I haven’t yet gotten around to making the third meal – which is a chicken & rice dish – but the chicken is safely tucked away in the freezer awaiting a busy night.
If you’re interested in trying out this convenient meal delivery service from Hello Fresh, I have some great news! The company is offering Healthy Food For Living readers a 30% off voucher code for your first box of meals: Healthy30. If you’re super busy and don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen, or if you’re a cooking novice and would like some help in the kitchen, this is a great opportunity!