They had me at Hello!
Honestly, the three words I detest more than any others are “What’s for Supper?” So, when someone offers me an alternative to mealtime planning that’s not only super convenient and easy, but healthy…I have to look into it a little further.
I met with the lovely Irene Ngo, from HelloFresh Canada to learn all about the delivery service that’s just recently been expanded to include Atlantic Canada. Irene explained the full program and answered all of my questions. She’s a super-awesome lady who heads up the test kitchen at HelloFresh (after 7 years of recipe testing and creation for Chatelaine magazine)…creating beautiful, tasty, healthy recipes that you can quickly put on your dinner table!
I was MORE than interested in hearing more for a variety of reasons as myself and mealtime have had our variety of challenges:
- Timing is always a little off – I’m usually hard into my workday when it’s time to start figuring out what’s for supper and just as I kind of get some sort of an idea formed…it’s time to drop everything and head to a practice or game.
- We’re a household of two – and one is a bit picker than me.
- I don’t really love to cook – or clean up the mess I make.
- I resent that cooking is “my job” as the mom of this household.
- I’m not adventurous in the kitchen and get bored of the same ol’ same ol’ that I’m comfortable making.
- It’s just easier to pick up the phone and call for take-out!
Basically…I’m bored, busy, basic, bewildered, burdened and bland.
HelloFresh to the rescue!
Here’s how it works:
Choose your Plan and Weekly Menu
HelloFresh has three different plans to choose from – Veggie Plan, Pronto Plan and Family Plan. All have easy to follow recipes and use seasonal ingredients that are sourced locally (GTA at the moment but as the company grows they’re looking into new markets.) For me, the Pronto Plan would work the best as it’s explained on the website that:
“Busy bees will love the convenience and variety of our Pronto Plan. Meals are simple to prepare, taking under 30 minutes to make, and full of exciting flavours to help break your mealtime routine. We do all the planning and shopping, so you can prepare exciting dinners AND have more time to spend doing the things you enjoy most.
For me, putting a meal together in 30 minutes is faster than the time it takes to order take-out or run through a drive-thru. Plus, I LOVE that I’m learning to cook some new meals…and am really super excited about having my teen take part in learning a few new recipes as well.
Each week, you’re given an option of four meals…and you choose three. I asked Irene how often the menus are repeated and was surprised to hear “about every four months” as her answer! HOWEVER, if there’s something you really like, all you have to do is head to the supermarket and pick up the ingredients to make it again!
Also, while it’s a subscription service, you aren’t tied to your subscription in any way and can cancel at any time. Basically, if you aren’t interested in receiving delivery the next week, you “pause” your subscription before midnight on the Wednesday before and a package won’t come to your door that week.
As for the price…it won’t work for everyone. However, I’m honestly spending so much on fast food that there’s a savings in it for me and it’s a far healthier alternative to what I’ve been doing. It suits my lifestyle AND it might get me excited about cooking again! PLUS, I’m totally pulling my teen in on the entire cooking experience so it’s a win-win for sure!
Your food and recipes arrive on Tuesday’s via Purolator. So, as long as you live in an area where Purolator delivers, then delivery is available to you as well! Each kit comes in a cooler box with your three chosen meals separated into individual boxes with pre-measured food (leaving no food waste from your meal!) Any meat and fish is stored in a separate area of the container keeping it extra cool. HelloFresh has spent a great amount of time on researching the best way to deliver the food as safety is first and foremost. While the delivery service is new to Canada, it’s successfully been in Europe for a number of years.
Prepare Delicious Meals
And finally…the rest is up to you! HelloFresh has done the recipe planning, shopping and delivery to your door…all you have to do, is put it together and place on the table!
I like that it both teaches you to cook and allows you to try new foods. Each recipe card has detailed explanations of how to prepare what’s in the box…and there’s also an App to make it that much simpler…with lots of photos…AND it’s voice activated and timer activated so you aren’t putting your dirty chicken juice hands all over your fancy phone!
While I didn’t prepare this dish, it was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS and if the Rustic Italian Stew is any indication of what’s in those weekly boxes…I’m super pumped!
I visited @natatlantic this morning to learn all about @hellofreshca…and tried out this AMAZING Rustic Italian Stew. What an amazing treat!!! Keep an eye on the blog…I’ll fill you in on all of the details soon. #HelloFresh #MealDelivery #HealthyEating #FreshFood #GourmetCooking #Halifax #Blogger #FoodBlogger #Nom! ??
Give it a Try!
HelloFresh may be my answer to eating healthier meals as a busy working mom. Next week, my first box will arrive so I’ll really get to try it out and see how it works!
And…since I’m trying it, I think you should too! Visit the HelloFresh website and use the code COLLEEN50 to receive $50 off your first box! You can cancel at any time…but I have a feeling you might be like me and stick around for awhile. I can easily see that HelloFresh is about to make mealtime so much more fun than it’s been.
AND…one of the readers of Curtains are Open has a chance to WIN a HelloFresh Family Box (value $129.99). Fill out the form below for your chance to win!
**Please note: Winners must reside in a delivery area within Canada (excluding Quebec.) If your name is drawn and it is determined you do not live in the delivery area, a new winner will be chosen. Closes Feb 20, 2017.
Disclaimer: I was provided a HelloFresh Family Box as compensation for my blog post. As always, my opinions and stories are my own.