Cooking with HelloFresh

27 January 2017

I'm not going to lie, the amount of times I put off going to get groceries until it's way too late and then I can't be bothered and I just eat snacks or toast for dinner. Well that happens too often. If you thought that was oddly specific that's because it's true. Having a recipe picked out for me and the ingredients already in my fridge is the best and also kind of the laziest thing ever and I love it.

I'd briefly heard about the Australian HelloFresh quite a bit before I decided to give it a go. Well I'd never even considered getting it until I talked to someone who personally got the boxes delivered to them. The concept is simple. 

Each week three meals worth of food and their corresponding recipes are delivered to your door. Dinner for the week is sorted. The meals change every week and they give you all the ingredients you need except for things like cooking oils and eggs if you need them for the meal.

The Ingredients for my Tofu Stirfry
The Boxes

There are three different kinds of boxes available, each with different foods and a different price point. The Classic Box, for omnivores. The Veggie Box, for Vegetarians. The Family Box, a box for omnivores and with more kid friendly recipes. I made the decision to become a vegetarian this year, after going my whole life only really eating chicken anyway. So because I didn't eat much meat at all, I chose the Veggie Box. 

What Convinced Me to Try?

Subscriptions always freak me out. Once you start them they almost always seem like such a pain in the ass to stop. But HelloFresh's subscription and basically everything about it is controlled from an app. Each week, the three recipes for next week's box are revealed. If they look awesome you just leave it and they will be delivered to you door! If they don't, just press the button to skip that week! You won't be charged and you can organise your own meals for the week. 

That's how easy it was for me to pause the boxes when I went to Hawaii. Opening an app. My original plan was to get the box fortnightly, but I got a little greedy when looking at how yummy the upcoming recipes were. I couldn't help myself. 

Is the Cost worth it?

The Veggie Box is $64.95 a week. Which works out to be about $10.83 per meal if you were to only get two servings out of each dish. Not always the case, I often have quite a bit of leftovers but that depends on the meal.
If I was to go out and buy the ingredients myself would it be cheaper? Yes. I do know this but when it comes to meals that involve sauces and spices, I would have to buy the entire product not just the amount I need for the recipe which would add up to more per meal. Especially if I didn't use that item again, it would just go to waste. I'm paying for someone to pick out three recipes for me each week, go grocery shopping and deliver them to my door. So a lot more labour goes into it then simply buying the items required at the grocery store. 
This stirfry was amazing!

Why Do I love it?

I was never much of a cook. My weekly meals were pretty basic. I ate a lot of oven food, like chips and spinach puffs. So many oven pizzas. I wasn't eating the best. I don't know how to cook many things and I wasn't very confident in trying. Pasta was my specialty. Prepackaged sauce was a must, for everything. You don't want to know how many noodle cups I have consumed. 

As I'm writing that I can't even believe that's what I used to do so often. Since getting HelloFresh AU delivered that couldn't be further from the truth! I'm finally trying new recipes, things I could never have come up with and they're all tasting amazing! Recipes that I would never have considered picking out of a book but when they're in front of me I'm cooking them and I'm eating it. 

I've now got this collection of vegetarian recipes that I know all taste amazing and that I can successfully cook. My confidence in the kitchen has soared. I know everything is being handed to me but I'm actually cooking and I'm enjoying it. 

Should You Do it?

Are you not too confident in the kitchen? Is your specialty throwing everything into the pot? Or maybe you just don't have enough time to get your dinner groceries every week. Having someone decide what's for dinner is amazing. I've never had so much variety in my entire life and I'm not eating out as much. I also live behind one of the most restaurant filled streets in town.
If you want to want to give it a go, it's super easy to join and just as easy to cancel. 
If you sign up here with my code TS3Q3V then you'll receive $30 off your first box.

Which is worth it even if you don't continue. One week of three dinners for $30 is amazing. I actually look forward to cooking dinner of a night now. I don't think many people can say that. I certainly couldn't before! 

You can check out the recipe and what the recipe cards from HelloFresh look like over here
I'm not saying you should get it, but I love it!


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  1. Ooooooh this meal looks amazing! I might need to start up Hello Fresh - we've been eating out a liiiiiittle too much lately.

    Sharni //

  2. I've heard a lot about Hello Fresh but haven't used it. I also find that a lot of recipes call for things I'd have to buy a whole jar/bunch of, never to use again! So this is a good workaround.

    Jane / deluminators

  3. this looks amazing! I've always wanted to try such services, maybe when I get married in April and am too busy to be cooking every night!

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  4. Soo yummy!

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  5. Your pic looks amazing! It looks So easy love it

  6. Honestly I meet all the requirements (haha as in not being a good cook and no time) but I still worry I'll waste by getting too lazy to even throw it all in a pot haha! I do love the skip function though, what a great feature! xx

    Jasmine //

  7. Wow this looks so good!! I see how this would be so good for someone who is time poor or not great at cooking! I love to cook though so I don't know that it would work for me. So interesting to read about it though!

    Laura ||

  8. Hi lovely

    Love this review!! And your images!! I have always wanted to sign up might use your code next week payday!! What camera do you use if you dont mind me asking?

    Such a beautiful blog you have xx

    Love Zerin @insincerleyher

  9. I remember seeing all the promo around for these guys when they first launched and I've always thought it looked like a great program and so good to hear you've been impressed with it. It's good to be honest that yeah these dishes could probably cost less if you brought all the ingredients yourself but you're also paying for the fact someone else did all the prep and delivering for you :) I may have to try these guys in the future :)


  10. This sounds so convenient, but I don't know that it would be practical or cost effective for a family of five.


  11. This stirfry looks amazing! I think this is a great way for new vegetarians looking for inspiration or busy families for sure!

    Kate |

  12. I loooooove Helloe Fresh so much. I get it all the time, thanks for inspiring me to get it again this week <3

    Ellie //

  13. Love a good subscription service like this... and it looks so good and fresh

  14. My boyfriend's parents had been getting Hello Fresh for ages and when he and I moved in together his parents got us a subscription as a housewarming present and although it's not something I would have ever thought to pay for for myself because I would just be of the mindset that I could buy things myself for less, it's been SO good and we're both so grateful to his parents for it.

    We did it for about 7 months and just got our last box last week because we're moving out (long story but my newest post will explain it) but it's pushed us to try so many new recipes we wouldn't have thought to cook otherwise. I'm pretty lazy when it comes to cooking and tended to rely on the same 5-10 things and having to buy anything slightly out of the ordinary was more likely to make me put a new recipe in the too hard basket. Although we didn't love every recipe there are so many good ones and just having everything ready for when you get home is a lifesaver. It's such a good idea for people who don't have a lot of time or who want to build their cooking skills/the recipes in their repertoire.

  15. My Brother-in-law and his wife get Hello Fresh all the time! I wish they serviced where I live! It would save so much time! Even though I love to cook and have a pantry full of ingredients and spices I think the convenience of it would be awesome!

    Mel xx || Loads of Lifestyle

  16. The meal looks so beautiful and delicious!
    Ange |


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