My household is trying get eat healthier and get in better shape. As a whole we eat too much processed junk food and we really need to develop new habits. To help with this I signed up for Hello Fresh – a service which delivers ingredients for easy, healthy dinners to your door. At face value it may seem like an expensive way to bring a meal to the table, but there really are perks that justify the cost. For around $10.00 per plate you get yummy, healthy, REAL food on your table, and delivery is available in 20 eastern states.
When I don’t have a meal planned I often resort to picking up takeout or making something from a box or from the freezer. A lot of my meals lack veggies and nutrition and my waist line is showing it. I do usually plan a few meals per week with real food – but often the leftover portion of my veggies, herbs, and other ingredients end up going to waste. I know that the cheapest solution to this problem would be effective meal planning, and I’m slowly getting better at it, but this new service is just the segue I need to help me get my focus on real food off the ground.
So today I got my first shipment. I came home to find this large box on my doorstep. I had read that the food would be packaged in such a way that it wouldn’t spoil while I was at work, but I was incredulous. Sure enough – the food was fresh and chilled with ice packs.
With Hello Fresh you get to choose three meals from a selection of five each week. In my order I found an array of fresh ingredients. The coolest part –each ingredient had a label detailing which recipe it corresponded with. It made it very easy to sort through the groceries and get things put away. The Hello Fresh Company suggests that you cook seafood meals first, as they are usually the quickest to spoil, so that’s just what I did. I made roasted coconut cod with the yummy ingredients you see here.
I was super nervous about some of the ingredients in this dish, particularly red chili and coconut. I don’t have much tolerance for spice and I typically dislike savory and sweet foods mixed together, but much to my surprise the meal was very tasty. The recipe instructed me to remove all of the seeds from the chili and cut it very thin which minimized the spice but made for great flavor. The coconut was accented with lime juice in a way that made it very delicious and not too sweet. The dish had more components that I usually cook with so I was comforted by a step-by-step recipe guide with easy to follow pictures. There are no leftovers after you cook and the recipe yields only two servings. For an over-indulger like myself, this built in portion control was a Godsend.
The recipe had a base of pasta which I found to be too heavy but the fish itself was some of the yummiest I’ve made. There was no fishy smell or taste and it was super flakey and flavorful. My husband – who is a picky eater – cleaned his plate and said it was delicious. Overall, my first Hello Fresh experience was a good one.
Again – I realize that Hello Fresh isn’t the MOST economical way to eat, but for me – in this life phase, it’s kind of great. It’ll help me to eat more real, fresh food. I probably won’t use the service every single week, but I’ll definitely be a repeat customer. If you’re interested in trying out Hello Fresh – you can use this code at checkout (WTWT2G) and receive $20.00 off your first order. Enjoy!