There's a box for that!
We continue our series this week with a meal delivery service.
Subscription boxes are the latest trend and could make dinner time more interesting.
We're trying a couple meals from Hello Fresh to see if this box is worth drooling over.
You've probably seen Hello Fresh on social media, enticing you to try their tasty meals.
So, our Jordyn Jagolinzer is giving it a try to see if it's worth the pricey penny, or even families looking to spice things up.
Different options are available depending on the household. To get our money's worth we picked the family plan, a larger option for four people with two recipes a week.
“So, our total comes to $70,” Jordyn explained. “Seems like a lot.”
But, divided by four people, twice a week, it's not too bad. Jordyn’s playing it safe ordering bulgogi chicken tacos and maple glazed chicken. For more rebellious eaters or those who have special diet restrictions there are options for you, too.
Jordyn’s meals took four days to arrive and shipping was free.
“So we're going to open up,” Jordyn said. “We've got our Hello Fresh big box to unveil and so far, things are off to a good start. Got some free chips!”
That’s one point for Hello Fresh in Jordyn’s book! The first meal she made was the bulgogi chicken tacos. It came with a step-by-step guide to make the process as simple as possible, but all the ingredients are a bit overwhelming.
“We got a lot of cooking to do,” Jordyn said.
The ingredients did not come prepared or chopped and needed to be washed, so don't expect a meal that's ready to go or even semi-ready. And cooking still took about forty minutes.
But once it’s in the pan, the senses start tingling.
“Smells good!” Jordyn said.
For people like Jordyn who wouldn't go out of their way to make an extravagant meal this delivery box makes it effortless and her taste buds sure are happy!
“That's actually pretty good,” Jordyn said, giving the tacos a 9 out 10. The maple glazed chicken has big shoes to fill. “Oh, yeah, honey.”
The cooking time was about the same as the tacos. Jordyn noticed her favorite part about the meals are the small ingredients included that you maybe wouldn't purchase at the grocery store to make dinner more special.
Like perfectly packaged pecans, she added to the sweet potatoes and chicken.
“You sprinkle your pecans,” Jordyn said. “Give it a good mix finish it up. This is really good! A solid 8 out of 10.”
The food was fresh and of excellent quality. The plan definitely enough to feed a family, but small kids may not love all the flavors. The tacos were pretty spicy so pay attention to the ingredients. But if you're looking to improve your diet and don't want to sacrifice flavor give this box a try.
In a statement to Western Mass News the company says in part: "Hellofresh's sweet spot is busy consumers who are looking for weeknight dinners that are well-balanced, fresh and tasty."
Busy consumers may not find this to be a quick dinner time solution, but it’s certainly a delicious one.
Even the least-likely of chefs will be successful with these recipes. And remember if Jordyn can make it tasty, anyone can!
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