Last week we were lucky enough to be sent a lovely parcel from Hello Fresh. It came perfectly timed as it was approaching the afternoon, raining and I had nothing in the house for dinner.
Each box comes with the ingredients and recipe cards for three different meals, we were sent the vegetarian box for that week (the recipes and ingredients change each week so you are not eating the same thing if you were doing it on a weekly basis. We were sent a pasta dish, a stew and minestrone soup.
We tried the linguine first as I LOVE pasta and there was no chance I was going to wait any amount of time to try it. Although I cook pasta a lot I never really ever follow a recipe so it was interesting to actually cook items at different times (rather than throw everything in the pan at one go). To my surprise I found that doing so can make a huge difference! It was also good to apply the less is more attitude that I am so bad at using, rather than cooking every vegetable in my fridge it was interesting to see which ones complemented each other in the sauce. Lesson learnt.
On all these recipe's they didn't call for wine but I took it as a given ;)
I've never really made soup from scratch before (told you I was no cook), if we are going to buy it we usually get the Covent Garden cartons so I was surprised at how simple it was. I also liked how they had included items such as the Biona tins of organic cannellini beans as its a brand we use quite a bit already.
Last up was the smokey stew with pearl barley. I had never cooked pearl barley before but somehow just sprinkling it on the stew at the end made me feel like I'd made a really hearty and nutritious meal, ha! I also liked how the stew came with a bit of a kick, we added dumplings as an addition to ours and the stew actually lasted a good few days (I ate it for lunch on the following two days adding a few more ingredients here and there)
The box is meant to feed two people for three days but in all instances (including the pasta meal) there was way to much food for two people. I ended up eating leftovers for my lunch on all three days plus Tom and I had the soup for a meal later in the week and freshened it up by adding a little more pasta and some fresh bread.
Meal planning for the week is something Tom and I have been talking about for months and never doing so getting a box like this is great for having a few set meals with recipes during the week and having other days where you have more spontaneous meals.
I loved that all the ingredients were locally sourced and fresh or organic which made it feel just like getting a veg box but with the bonus of being able to create set meals.
You can buy a family box from Hello Fresh for £36 pounds with recipes changing weekly.
Hello Fresh sent me a veggie box to review - all words and thoughts are my own