Here is our in depth Hello Fresh review, one of the top rated recipe box and food subscription services in the country. Our ultimate review takes an up close and personal look at the features and benefits of this recipe box service.

As part of the review we test the service for ourselves and see if it lives up to all of Hello Fresh’s claims. We will also compare it to other recipe box and food subscription services and tell you first hand how it stacks up against the likes of rivals Mindful Chef and Gousto as well as others.

When you arrive on the Hello Fresh website you are greeted with a big message which claims that their service will save you serious time, money and stress. Now that sounds like something that nobody is going to turn down, and surely this is one of the most appealing aspects of a recipe box service.

If you’re looking for a quick summary of this Hello Fresh review, then we can report that Hello Fresh exceeds all of our expectations as a recipe box service. The ingredients are fresh, there is loads of choice and with meals from £3.44 per person we think this is one of the best value recipe box subscriptions available.

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The best Hello Fresh review

In preparation for writing the best Mindful Chef review, we took a close look at the information on the Hello Fresh website and did lots of research on what other people have to say by reading loads of press reviews and customer reviews on trusted websites. Of course we tried and tested a variety of the recipes as well to see how they stacked up against the hype in other reviews and also against Hello Fresh’s own claims.

Here are the top features of the Hello Fresh recipe boxes as found on the Mindful Chef website and social media channels.

  • Time saver – We deliver everything you need to create delicious dinners from scratch so you spend less time shopping!

  • Value for money – We work closely with our trusted suppliers to source fresh, high-quality ingredients for your recipe box.

  • Cutting food waste – By giving you the exact amount of ingredients you need, we cut food waste.

  • Deliciousness – Our chef-created recipes are tested 200 times to ensure your meals are as delicious to eat as they are easy to make.
  • Simplicity – From step-by-step recipes to no-hassle account changes, we make your life easier every way we can
  • Flexibility – We accommodate every appetite, household size, and schedule. Need to skip a week or cancel? No problem.
  • Stress-free – Take back your evenings with fewer trips to the store, pre-planned meals, and little cleanup.
  • Dietarily diverse – Picky appetites welcome! Tell us what you like and don’t like, and we’ll recommend something delicious.

Well if you’ve read this far, i guess you’re interested in finding out how well Hello Fresh lived up to these claimed benefits. The simple answer is pretty damn well! In our experience, the service was very easy to use, the ingredients were fresh, the recipes were quick and easy to follow and most importantly the food tasted amazing!

We did find that the recipe box saved us quite a lot of time and stress compared to going to the supermarket, i’m not sure we could say that it saved us money compared to the supermarket, but there certainly wasn’t any wasted food at least.

As part of our review we ordered the ‘Classic Box’ from the Hello Fresh website and tailored it for 2 people and 3 meals. Hello Fresh also offer a ‘Family Box’, a ‘Rapid Box’ and a ‘Veggie Box’, all of their boxes can be tailored for 2-4 people and you can choose between 3-5 meals. We tried the Pork and Apple Burger with Rosemary Wedges and Rocket Salad, Miso Glazed Aubergine Tacos with Wedges, Pickled Red Onions and Sesame Mayo and the Creamy Sausage and Pancetta Carbonara with Garlicky Mushrooms. The total cost for this recipe box was £19.50 including free delivery. Below are the details for each of the three recipes that we tried.

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Pork & Apple Burger with Rosemary Wedges and Rocket Salad

Pork and apple is a classic combination and everyone loves a burger. Take those two ideas, add a bit of HelloFresh magic and what have you got? A pork and apple burger, that’s what! Add some rosemary wedges and a fresh pea shoot salad and it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Our tip is to take the pork out of your fridge around 45 mins before using – bringing it up to room temperature means the burgers cook more evenly. Enjoy!

  •  35 min
  • £6.50 (£3.25 per person)
glazed aubergine tacos

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Miso Glazed Aubergine Tacos with Wedges, Pickled Red Onions and Sesame Mayo

A fusion of Asian-inspired flavours in a traditional Mexican dish makes for a very special weeknight treat. Roasted aubergine has a meaty texture and mild, savoury taste, meaning it’s great for pairing with the rich flavour of miso. Mixed with honey, soy sauce and sugar, this dish is brimming with sharp, zingy and sweet flavours.

  •  40 min
  • £6.50 (£3.25 per person)

sausage carbonara

Creamy Sausage and Pancetta Carbonara with Garlicky Mushrooms

This warming and hearty Creamy Sausage and Pancetta Carbonara is bursting full of flavours and make the perfect dinner night option, from HelloFresh.

  •  30 min
  • £6.50 (£3.25 per person)

So what did we find whilst preparing these recipes? Well the cooking times are fairly generous, even though it was the first time we made these recipes they were easy as long as you have basic competencies in the kitchen!

All three of the recipes were satisfying and tasty, we were pretty full after eating them and felt like we had eaten a balanced meal. The pork burger and the sausage carbonara were more indulgent options and the aubergine tacos felt like a slightly lighter and healthier option.

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What’s unique about the Hello Fresh recipe boxes?

Many of the recipe box services (and there is a huge number of them now) offer similar benefits such as a flexible service that you can use or skip or cancel whenever you like, it’s quite often hard to find what is unique about a particular service. As part of our Hello Fresh review we compared the features and benefits of their recipe boxes against competitors.

The things that we liked about the Hello Fresh service were the pre-measured ingredients so there was no waste, the choice of ‘rapid’ recipes that take less than 20 minutes to cook and one of the biggest benefits was the comparatively low prices, the meals are mostly the same price (apart from a few premium options).

What’s in Hello Fresh recipe box?

Ever wondered exactly what you will get with a recipe box delivery? In case you’ve not ordered from Hello Fresh before or used a similar service, here is what you will get delivered in your recipe box:

  • Step by step, photographed recipe cards

  • An insulated cool bag with ice packs containing all your meat and dairy products

  • Individual, numbered meal kits containing portioned out ingredients

  • The only ingredients you need at home are Cooking oil, Butter, Salt, Pepper and Sugar

Hello Fresh recipe box review summary

Having recently carried out a Mindful Chef review, we were really looking forward to trying Hello Fresh to see how it compared. To summarise, the Hello Fresh service is excellent and has different benefits to Mindful Chef. We found that there were more comfort food options on Hello Fresh and overall the service worked out a bit cheaper. That said there are healthy options available on Hello Fresh and if you pick some of the premium options it can work out a bit more expensive. Our recommendation is to give it a try, lots of recipe box services offer a discount for your first order, so give it a go and see how it works out for you.

You can order now via the Hello Fresh website by clicking the button below.

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