Can HelloFresh food boxes cater for fussy families?
We’ve been trying out the new HelloFresh family food boxes for the past few weeks, so here’s our HelloFresh review…
Have you heard of HelloFresh? It’s a food box delivery service where you’re sent a selection of recipes and a weekly box of ingredients to make them with. There are a couple of different companies that offer meals in this way and HelloFresh have an emphasis on quality of ingredients and easy recipes, plus there’s also a tie-in with chefs like Jamie Oliver.
The new family box consists of four meals each week, each serving 4-5 people. I was pretty hesitant to pick this box over the ‘classic’ version as I was worried the food would be aimed at perception of child-friendly eating – e.g. chicken nuggets, bland things – and not nicer food for grown-ups.
I also have two selectively picky eaters, so had no idea if any of the recipes would be any good for our slightly mixed meal times.
So after reviewing two boxes, here’s how we got on with our HelloFresh review:
Things we liked about the HelloFresh family box:
- Getting the box itself is really fun. Everyone loved opening it (when you don’t know what you’re getting it feels kind of like Christmas, in a strange way)
- All the recipes are fairly easy and best of all, can be cooked in about 30-45 minutes. When you’re exhausted at the end of the day, this isn’t quite such a daunting prospect vs the speed and ease of pasta or something on toast
- The dishes were all very healthy – there was a satisfying amount of veg in the box – but tasty enough that they felt fairly indulgent (which I think is pretty important when you’re paying)
- What was great was that the HelloFresh family box didn’t make lazy assumptions about children’s palates and it was all food that adults would enjoy too, from curries to meatballs and stir fry with steak. There were some meals my children would never eat, but at the same time there were some that we wouldn’t want to share either – ha! – and we do tend to cook later in the evening, so it was easy to cook these then have leftovers the next day. If you have older, less fussy children then this wouldn’t be an issue, and there was generally some carby or veg aspect of the meal everyone would like e.g. mash, steamed veg, noodles and so on
- As well as introducing us to new recipes we’ll definitely make again, there was also food we’d not tried (where have you been all my life, orzo?)
Things we weren’t so keen on about HelloFresh:
- There seemed to be a lot of bagged salad and leafy veg greens and some of this went to waste as we couldn’t eat it all quickly enough
- As it’s all fresh food so you do need to make sure you eat it within a couple of days
- And there’s also the obvious cost implication (see below)
So would we buy HelloFresh again?
Obviously there is a higher cost implication with Hello Fresh versus doing your own supermarket shop. Family boxes with four meals for four people are £64 per box, which works out at £4 per head (you can also get a family box with two meals for four people for £39.95). But with a service like this you’re paying for the convenience of having everything you need delivered, in near-precise amounts.
After our two week HelloFresh review, would we buy it again? Yes, definitely – it’s not something we’d buy every week, but more as an easier treat on those occasions where there’s lots going on (or we have guests, it would make a great cheat menu for dinner parties).
We’ve tried a similar food box before – you can read my Marley Spoon review – and we weren’t entirely sold, but we much preferred the quality of the HelloFresh. Everyone liked the food and all the recipes worked really well, we’ve used them again since.
And we cooked all the food at night so the light was too bad for photos, but they all looked exactly like they do on the photo (OK, not entirely – but they still tasted good).
Have you tried Hello Fresh? What did you think?
More info is on the HelloFresh website and there’s currently a money-off offer if you sign up to the newsletter. If you liked my HelloFresh review then more reviews from me: the Tefal Cuisine Companion review, a SnuzPod review, everything I’d forgotton about baby-led weaning and the secret reason we love BLW