We were given the opportunity to try the Family Food Box but I wasn’t so sure how this would work for us.
We have a lot to take in consideration here when it comes to family meals: they need to be easy to prepare, tasty, healthy and – most importantly – satisfying everyone in our family. With a toddler who’s is currently deeply fussy with every new food, a baby that if the food is not particularly tasty will not be eating it ever again and a very picky husband, to prepare a meal that everyone will enjoy it’s not the easiest task.
I was very intrigued about HelloFresh. I’d heard great things about it but perhaps ticking all the things off our fussy family checklist would be too difficult to order from the brand. The question laid on: would HelloFresh meal work for this family?
How it works?
Each week you will get a delivery of a HelloFresh box. Depending on your circumstances you can choose different type of box. Can be a classic box, a veggie box, or a family box (the one we tried out).
Inside each box is a bag of perishable food items all packed up in a recyclable bag. Along with the bag of perishable goods you also get other bags containing all ingredients you need for each recipe.
The huge plus for me was that for each recipe all the ingredients are already weighed out, so not only do you get the exact amount you need for each dish meaning there’s no wastage, but you also save time measuring items out.
We kicked off the trial with a range of mouth-watering recipes including chicken with coppa di parma and green beans, endive stew with bacon, oriental fish package with leek and tomato and the so desired kruidnoten that hubby happily volunteered to bake. The menu was brilliantly varied and each recipe included easy modifications to please picky hubby.
The HelloFresh meals were really easy to prepare. I mean, easy easy.
I’m not that creative with recipes (LOL), either way the time to prepare pleasurable meals on a normal weekday is very restricted. When you have a baby and a toddler hanging off your ankle while simultaneously trying to prepare any meal, the desire for intricate meals quickly fades away. We often get stuck in a routine of same old tried and tested, easy meals Monday to Friday.
You can easily plan out what to cook when, depending on how busy each night of the week is. For example, in our house I know Monday nights always need to be extra quick food nights because we’ve got brownies and after-dinner family activity, so I’d always choose the quickest recipe on the menu. HelloFresh sends this recipes with an A4 recipe card with photographs for each stage of the dish. It also tells you exactly how long each meal takes to prepare, including the “hands on” aspect of prep, this really makes it so easy to choose which meal I want to prepare for Monday evening.
Even if you’re like me not so much of a natural cook, the HelloFresh recipes are very easy to follow. It’s pretty much impossible to go wrong, especially as half the work’s already been done for you with the pre-measured ingredients.
This recipes definitely rescued us from food boredom! They sound good on paper, but definitely better in real life.
The chicken with coppa di parma and green beans is probably the best chicken I’ve ever cooked. The endive stew with bacon was just the most delicious meal my husband had me prepare for him in week days and oriental fish package with leek and tomato was the ideal Friday night comfort food for everyone. These are recipes that I will definitely use again later.
I’d be lying if I said Estelle didn’t turn her nose up at a couple of the meals when they were first placed in front of her, but once she got past the fact the food on her plate wasn’t just finger food she got stuck in with the rest of us. This is a big deal.
Raise your hand if you love cooking but always end up forgetting something from the store for your recipes? 🙋
No? Just me? 😅
If you’re looking to liven up your weekday meals, save time planning and prepping your family menu, get fussy kids interested in food again or just step away from the tired family meal plan then you will LOVE HelloFresh. With a selection of different meals to choose every week and shipped all fresh and perfectly measured ingredients and recipes right to your door!
The HelloFresh family box is a huge value in money, only €6,50 per meal (well worth the price) and a plus making really affordable to eat tasty food, home-cooked and healthy.
We’ll definitely be signing up to again. Consider us sold!
If you’d like to get your first HelloFresh box for free – yes for FREE! I have two weeks worth of meals to give away! This is valued from €34 or more each! With no fees attached. Free shipping. Follow the instructions on this link. The lucky winner will be announced on Instagram and properly informed by email with the coupon number on the 4th of December.
(The code can’t be used in conjunction with other promotions and discounts, and can only be used by new customers. The code can’t be posted on a third party platform or coupon site either – it’s only for my friends, family and lovely readers of this blog!)
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