Saturday, December 28, 2013

A new adventure in cooking!

I have recently had the pleasure of participating in a review of a food service company named Hello Fresh. I honestly had never done a review before, so not only was I experiencing a review for the first time, but also a food delivery service! What an adventure! I soon discovered that Hello Fresh is not just a delivery service, but a FINE CUISINE service. Keep reading for more of my adventure...
On my designated week, I created an account with Hello Fresh. Upon signing up, I was able to choose either a Classic Box or a Veggie Box. Being an avid meat-eater, I chose the Classic Box. The boxes can be ordered with portions for either 2 or 4 people, and the Classic Box has options of choosing 3 out of 5 meals, so you can choose what is the best fit for your wants! I ordered my box, which was shipped directly to my front door with FREE shipping! Then all I had to do was sit back and wait for my awesome delivery!

This is how my Hello Fresh box looked when it arrived at my house by FedEx. Please note if you ever order something like this (or any perishable goods): FedEx does not generally ring the doorbell or knock on the door. They just leave the package by the door. Luckily, the packaging from Hello Fresh is so wonderful that it doesn't matter if the box stays outside for a while. They go above and beyond on packaging!

See all of that insulation??? And the ice packs in the box are huge and amazing! Some of the food was even still frozen. I have never seen packaging like this before. I was amazed! As I unpacked the box, I was impressed even more. Each meal was labeled and packaged separately and each meal came with a very large recipe card with the ingredients, nutrition information, and pictures on one side and the cooking directions on the other side. They were well written and beautifully pictured.

 Above are the ingredients and recipe card of the first meal I prepared. It was the Steak and Brussel Sprouts Stir-Fry. I have never been a brussel sprouts kind-of girl, but this dish was delicious! It only took about 30 minutes to make and y house was smelling sooooo good! Even though it was supposed to be a serving for 2 people, there was definitely enough for 3, and maybe 4 depending on appetite size.

 Delicious Steak and Brussel Sprouts Stir-Fry

 This was my second dish: Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Lemony Skillet Potatoes and Zucchini. Again, this only took about 30 minutes to prepare, and this was definitely the BEST tasting pork tenderloin that I have tasted in a LONG time! I do think that I over-cooked the zucchini just a bit (they ended up kindda slimy), but the potatoes were delicious as well! As I said in the beginning, we are avid meat eaters, so we ate all of this one quickly. It was plenty to serve 2 of us, but could have gone farther for someone with a smaller meat appetite.
 Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Lemony Skillet Potatoes and Zucchini

 Lastly, was the Chile Dusted Shrimp with Corn Relish. This was a special dinner for my hubby's birthday dinner. He loves spicy dishes and shrimp, so this was right up his alley! This was the quickest of all three meals to prepare. It was only about 15 minutes from start to finish! This shrimp was good, but it was SPICY! I think if I could do it again, I would have used only the regular chile powder and left out the Ancho Chile Powder. My mouth was on fire after eating a few shrimp. As with the other meals, this one was plenty for 3 people. The Hello Fresh peeps really know what they are doing! :)

Chile Dusted Shrimp with Corn Relish

So, as you can tell, I really enjoyed my experience with Hello Fresh! You can sign up for weekly deliveries, or just order when you want a special meal experience. It is a great way to have a date night IN, or just to try some new foods. While it is a bit out of our budget to order all the time, I will keep it in mind for those special occasions throughout the year...or even just a break from the normal menu foods! 

You can read more reviews of Hello Fresh over at Mosaic Reviews