I have taken some photos of what was in the Hello Fresh Box, I have to admit, I was a little excited opening the box as I really didn't know what to expect. Every fresh veggie, cheese, herb and some pantry items are included that you need to make the dish, there are some pantry items like eggs, flour and milk that obviously aren't included, but everything else is. Even tiny containers of Dijon mustard and just the right amount of cheese/red lentil/stock-cubes/curry powder ect that you need to complete the dish. They also include beautifully printed recipe cards with step by step instructions, so even someone who doesn't cook can replicate the recipe. As I said yesterday I only ordered one of these groceries/meal boxes as I was curious and I had a $30 off voucher, but I won't be ordering any more, I just don't feel it is value for money at $60 for 3 dinners for 2 people.
When I made the menu and shopping list, last Friday, I just included the 3 x veggie meals I knew would be coming from Hello Fresh but I didn't know exactly what would be in the box until it arrived. We did enjoy the two recipes from the box and I am still to make the Beetroot and Feta Tart I planned to make on Thursday, our son came down with a nasty chesty cold so I made a Chicken soup instead, I will make the tart one day next week.
What we bought
The box of groceries from Hello Fresh arrived at 2.43am in the cold dark morning, I guess they deliver then while it is really cold to preserve the fresh veggies and herbs. They send you a text with a photo of the box at your front door, that is how I know what time it arrived
As you can see the handy dandy insulation bag (Top green and white folded bag) was just folded and put next to the groceries, I would have thought it was best to put the groceries in the bag
The bag of herbs, ginger, garlic and chilli
Veggies and a lime
More veggies and pantry items
The cold items-filo pastry, cheeses, mayo and Dijon mustard
More veggies and pine nuts from the Hello Fresh box
Shopping from Aldi
Just one item from Coles
Shopping from Northside Discount Fruit Barn
Chicken thigh fillets and frozen pork mince from Marjax meats
What we spent
Hello Fresh Box-$29.95, I had a discount voucher for $30 so the box would normally be $59.95
Coles-$2.00 + $33.77 for items picked up on Thursday, not pictured (white choc chips and cranberries for the Biscuits I made to take to work yesterday and ingredients for a big pot of lovely Chicken soup)
Northside Discount Fruit Barn-$49.74
TOTAL-$188.46-that's a bigger week...Boo
What we ate
Saturday-Chicken and Pesto Pasta
Sunday-Cheesy Carrot and Zucchini Fritters and a green salad
Steamed Cucumbers with Pork and Ginger, steamed basmati rice and asian greens
Tuesday-Spicy Carrot and Coconut Dahl with steamed Basmati rice and warm Chapati
Wednesday-Tempura Whiting with steamed basmati rice and asian greens
Thursday and Friday-Chicken Soup with warm buttered toast
So, the grocery/complete meal box isn't for us, but that is okay, I was just curious and we did have a couple of really delicious meals from it. I will post the Beetroot and Feta tart when I make it.
Over to you, have you ever tried one of these meal boxes? What did you think of them?
Have a lovely Saturday
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