Hello Fresh Meal Delivery Review

Meal Delivery Service-Hello Fresh

By now I am sure you have heard of or even tried one of the many meal delivery services available.   Since I’ve heard a wide range of thoughts from others, I decided gave one a try for myself.  The company I wanted to try with is called Hello Fresh.

I choose Hello Fresh because  the recipes looked super delicious, simple and healthy.  As a person who enjoys the whole cooking process, this concept of meal delivery seems to take all the fun out if it.  I enjoy the recipe planning, the grocery shopping and trying out new kitchen gadgets.  Because I may have a couple of days off during the week,  I usually have the time to do these things.  I realize many people don’t have this kind time and this service is perfect.    Being one of those “don’t knock it till you try it” types, I was willing to give it a go.

If you are interested in trying Hello Fresh but are not interested in reading my whole review, you can click HERE to receive $40 off your first box!

Ordering process:

The Hello Fresh website is very simple to navigate.  Before you choose you meals for the week, you start by choosing your meal plan.  There are 3 plans available: the classic, veggie or family plan.  The classic and veggie plans are best for 2 or 4 adult meals per recipe.  The family plan is ideal for 2 adults and 2 children.  We went with the classic plan.

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After selecting your plan, You are taken to choose meals for 2 or 4 people and the number of meals for the week, either 3, 4  or 5 meals.  We went with 3 meals per week for 2 people.  Don’t worry, you’ll get to pick out your meals soon.

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Once you click continue, you are brought to a page that where will enter your purchase information.  If you want to try Hello Fresh for yourself, use this link to get $40 off you first box.

Now for the fun part!  Every week, there are 13 meals to choose from.  With all these options, there will surly be something for everyone.  There will usually be a beef, chicken, pork and fish option as well as a breakfast option.  If you choose the Veggie Plan, those recipes also look delicious.

Arrival and packaging:

When ordering your box, you can the delivery date.  This is great because it allows you to plan ahead and know exactly when you need to be looking for the package.  I had our box delivered to my work because I work such long hours, I didn’t want it sitting on our front porch all day.  However, when the box arrived, I realized that it was packed very well with ice and a corrugated cardboard that allows the food to stay cold for the day.  It was nice to see that Hello Fresh has a section on their website on how to recycle the packaging.

I had no problems on the day it was actually delivered but It was delayed by one day.  Fortunately, I was working the next day, otherwise I would have needed to drive to work to pick up my box on a day I wasn’t there.   Not sure if this happens often but it could a problem for some people.   I will say that there were very good about notifying me by e-mail of everything.  I got a message that it would be delayed a day and when it was delivered so I knew I needed to look for it.

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The box is easy to spot with the signature Hello Fresh lime on the side.  Upon opening, you will see that your meals are in separate boxes and labeled.  I liked how it was easy to put them in the refrigerator upon arrival and pull out the box when I was ready to cook.

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The meat is packed under the meal boxes so don’t forget to pull up the cardboard divider before recycling your box.

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Recipes:

Now for the most important part, the food.  Since we went with the 3 meal plan, we chose the following 3 recipes:

-Chicken Lo Mein

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-Winning Pork Medallions with Brussel Sprouts and Yukon Gold Potatoes

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-Pistachio Crusted Chicken with Quinoa Jalapeño Salad

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All three meals were delicious and easy to make.  They use simple ingredients with fresh  produce.  Each meal took around 30-45 mins to make.

The instructions came on card with step-by-step explanations along with photos.  All three meals are on the healthier side (well, maybe not the chicken lo mein).  The recipes call for  a lot of veggies and lean meats. The portions are good-sized and we both felt satisfied after eating but not too full.

That’s great if you are trying to watch your waistline but unfortunately we had no leftovers.  Taking home cooked leftovers for lunch the next day is one way we save money and stay healthy.  Not having those made us either eat out for lunch, or spend more time making another meal to take for lunch.  However, you could opt for the plan for 4 adults and take the two extra portions for lunch if you are willing to spend more.

Things we liked

I know one of the toughest things for me is using up the produce I buy before it goes bad.  The nice thing about Hello Fresh is that they send the exact amount of produce you need.  There is no half a zucchini you throw back in the fridge only to find it a few weeks later covered in green fuzz.

Another thing I like about Hello Fresh is that they post their recipes.  Since ordering, i have found myself looking through the archives and finding other recipes or inspiration for my own cooking. If you have a recipe you really enjoyed, you can either use the printed card that comes with the box or find the recipe online.  Find their recipe archive here.

 

Overall:

Not only are the meals healthier, they are less expensive than if we were to eat out.  Hello Fresh is about $10 per person/ meal.  I know when we eat out, we spend well above that.  Click here for $40 off your first box and now it only cost $3.33 per person/ meal.  Now I know you can’t get much cheaper than that!  Plus, shipping is always free.

I would recommend Hello Fresh for two types of people: busy families who have the time to cook but not meal plan and shop, or those who are wanting to learn to cook.  This service allows you to branch out of your usual, go-to recipes and will definitely teach you new skills.  However, you will be paying a premium for this type of service when compared to doing your own meal planning and grocery shopping.

I love making home cooked meals but sometimes it is a challenge during the busy weekdays.  Hello Fresh or any other meal delivery service does save time during a busy week.  I will say, it is nice to have someone else take over the meal planning and shopping.  However you may not save time cooking.  I do not plan on using a meal delivery service regularly,  but it is nice to have the option during those weeks where our schedule is jam-packed.

If you try Hello Fresh, I would love to hear your thoughts.  Simply post a comment in the box below.  Have a great weekend!

Kate- A Copper Queen

Pottery Barn Dining Room -On a Budget

Pottery Barn Dining Room- On a Budget

Try this look on a budget

Who doesn’t love flipping through the pages of the new Pottery Barn catalog and dream of one day having the space (and budget) to create some of the looks in my own home. If you have ever been in our house, you’ll see we love the look and feel of the dark wood, similar the table and buffets in this Pottery Barn dining room.  When we get a formal dining room, I would love to recreate this look.  I’m in love with this table and these cozy chairs.  Something about this room is very inviting and I would love to have guests for dinner.  Now, if I only had the time.

After looking more closely at the main elements, this room would cost close to $10,000!  I don’t know about you, but my nursing salary doesn’t allow for that!  However, I have found a way to get a similar look for your dining room for a budget of $2,000-$3,500.

Dining chairs and table

The chairs and the table are definitely my favorite part of this room.  You can find these chairs from World Market and I love that they have an added nailhead detail.   The dining table I have found on sale for only $499 right now!  Much easier to swallow than a $2500 price tag.  Use code WM216 to get 20% off and free shipping!

Buffet cabinets

As for the buffet cabinets, I wanted to find a large, sturdy piece of furniture that coordinated with the dining table.  There are so many options that are similar and provide plenty of storage.  Tip: opt for solid cabinet door without glass so you don’t HAVE to keep it the inside organized.

Sphere Chandelier and lanterns

The chandelier was more difficult to find but I ended up finding some I like even better!  My favorite is this one with the rustic wood and iron.  Adding in these wooden lanterns would tie in the rougher, wooden element.

natural rug

There are many options for a natural sisal rug.  You could even add a little more color into your room with rugs that have colored border.  Make sure to note the size of your table and your room in order to choose the right size rug.  Check out this link on how to find the right size rug for your dining room.

I would love to see your room and hear you thoughts on this dining room for less!

 

 

 

DIY Personalized Paper Banner

Some friends and I threw a jungle themed baby shower for a friend and were needing decorations for the house.  I love the look of a clean, well thought out banner to add personalization to the party.  Here is how to make and EASY, inexpensive paper banner you can use to fit any them you want!  I used scrapbooking paper and really, the hardest part of the whole thing was cutting on the lines (refer to your kindergarten days!)  This is a fun project for weddings, graduations, birthdays, baby showers, anything!  It can be a great activity to do with your kids or while drinking wine with your girlfriends.  I would love to see your creations.

Supplies

Supplies for Paper Banner:

  • Scrapbook Paper-   any size. I used 12″x12″ and was able to get 4 flags from each paper.  Choose 2-6 colors or patterns that match your theme.  Here is what I choose:
  • Plain Card Stock-  I used an off-white color but you can use whatever works with your color scheme (here)
  • Sticker Letters-  I found these black and white polka dot letters in the scrapbook section that are about 2.5″ tall. (here)
  • Adhesive Squares- you can use a glue stick if you want…i just don’t like the way it can look bubbled (here)
  • Large Animal Stickers- or whatever matches your theme.  Craft stores have a lot of neat stickers for scrapbooking.  I found ones that are fairly large, around 2-3 inches so it fills up the space on your flag. (here)
  • Scissors
  • Wide Clear tape
  • Ruler
  • Twine or ribbon (here)
  • Plastic drinking straws

Step 1:

Cut the scrapbook paper into the shape of your flag.  I like the look of the rectangular flag with the triangle cut out on the bottom.  I measured out 4 squares per 12″x12″ sheet of paper.     Repeat this with all the patterned or colored paper you have for your theme.  I used 3 different colors, all with different polka dot patterns.

Step 2:

Cut the solid colored card stock that will fit on top of the scrapbook paper with the same shape only slightly smaller.

Step 3:

Using your adhesive squares or glue, attach the solid cardstock to the scrapbook paper, pattern side up.

Step 4:

Figure out the order of colors you want your flags to be in then place on your letters.  Make sure you have everything spelled right and the letters are in order of how you want them on the banner.

Step 5:

I used the animal stickers  to make spacer flags between words or at the beginning and end of the banner.

Step 6:

Cut several drinking straws in half.  Flip over your flag so it is face down and using the wide packing tape, tape the straw across the top of the flag.  try to get it near the top leaving only enough room to have a solid surface for the tape to attach to. Trim any extra tape that is hanging over the top of the flag.

Step 7:

Measure out the length of the twine or ribbon you will need.  I left a lot of extra on the ends because I wasn’t sure where I was going to hang it at the baby shower.  Wrap one end of the twine tightly with a small piece of tape to make it easier to thread through the straws.

Step 8:

I found the easiest way was to start with the middle flag and thread it onto the twine or ribbon.  I then tied knots on both sides of the straw to keep the flag in place.  This step can be optional if you don’t mind them moving along the twine when it’s hanging.

Here is the finished project!

final banner

Happy crafting!