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| December 6, 2017 | 82 Comments

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

 

For most families, the holidays is a busy time of the year. One of the tasks that can be a bit cumbersome to manage at this time of year is weekday meal preparation. With everyone’s busy schedules, prepping and cooking a fresh, healthy meal may be the last thing you feel like doing night after night. HelloFresh knows how busy this time of the year is for families. They want to help with their flexible subscription service that provides yummy recipes featuring fresh ingredients that get sent straight to your door every week. I asked if these meals could help save my family time cooking during the holiday by trying their service for two weeks. I gladly accepted their offer.

 

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

Photo Credit: hellofresh.ca; HelloFresh logo.

 

I reviewed HelloFresh last year and I absolutely became a fan! Planning out what we were going to eat for that week became really simple since we only had to think about four nights a week versus seven of them. Since most of the ingredients are premeasured, the time spent in the kitchen is considerably reduced. My family’s favourite part about HelloFresh was the variety of meals we got to savour. Each one was different and delicious!

For this review, my family received two weeks’ worth of meals to cook and enjoy. I was really excited to see which culinary delights waited for us within our boxes.

With each week’s order you receive three meals to cook and enjoy. Each week’s shipment arrives in a refrigerated box to help keep ingredients cooler for longer. The recipes for each meal lays on top, with the produce separated from the meat (if selected). The meat sits upon a bed of ice packs to keep cool while being shipped.

 

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

HelloFresh shipment box on a counter.

 

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

HelloFresh recipes on top of packaged food in shipment box.

 

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

Packaged meat on ice packs.

 

There have been a few subtle changes to the way in which how the ingredients were shipped to my home. Before, the items for each meal were placed in smaller boxes to be separated once they arrived at your door. 

 

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

HelloFresh meal ingredients box 2016.

 

Now, the produce for each meal is separated into durable paper bags instead of the boxes. I loved this change as it made taking the items out of the shipping much easier.

 

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

HelloFresh produce paper bags.

 

When it came to preparing and cooking our meals, HelloFresh makes these tasks simple. The recipes for each meal are broken down into six steps to follow. Each meal should take about 30 minutes to create from start to finish.

Since my family had six meals to try, it was hard to choose just one or two as family favourites. For a fun night, we loved the ease of the Pork and Apple Burgers. They were so easy to make and we didn’t feel guilty about eating burgers and fries for dinner.

 

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

Pork and Apple Burger with Potato Wedges and Side Salad meal complete.

 

What surprised me the most about this recipe was the addition of the apples to this burger. We were curious as to how much of a difference they would make to the overall flavour of the dish. There was a subtle sweet flavour, enhancing the flavour of the pork. The potato wedges and side salad brought this meal together and we have a fabulous time eating them.

 

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

Pork burger patties cooking in a cast iron pan on a stove.

 

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

Pork and Apple Burger Potato Wedges and rosemary on a cutting board.

 

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

Pork and Apple Burger side salad apples and greens.

 

The meal that surprised us the most has to be the One-Pan Chicken Pot Pie. It was the perfect family meal to make you feel warm and cozy on a dreary late fall evening. I was not sure how easy it would be to put together a meal like this since the dumplings acting as the crust for this dish was to be made from scratch.

 

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

One-Pot Chicken Pot Pie meal complete on a table with a napkin and utensils.

 

From start to finish, this meal was simply spectacular! Having many of the veggies and the chicken prepped and premeasured gave me a sigh of relief. It would have taken much longer to cook this meal if this step had not already been taken care of for me. Besides the dumplings, everything else went into the pan to cook before placing them in the oven to cook. We savoured every bite of this dish and will be on our minds for years to come.

 

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

One-Pot Chicken Pot Pie vegetables cooking in a pan on a stove.

 

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

Dumplings being placed on Chicken Pot Pie filling.

 

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

One-Pan Chicken Pot Pie Dumplings and filling on a spoon.

 

Overall, having some of our weekly meals prepared for us ahead of time by HelloFresh really helped us save time cooking. With the produce and meat prepped and the steps to put each recipe together at your fingertips, each meal was a breeze to create. The best part of this experience had to be the variety meals within each box shipped to your home. They ranged from cozy family-style meals to fun meals to savour. It was truly a pleasure and a time saver for my family with each meal we ate! A subscriptions would also make a great holiday gift idea this year.

 

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

 

Want to find out more about HelloFresh? You can visit them on their website or connect with them on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest pages!

Disclaimer: I received products from HelloFresh in order to conduct this review. The views I shared are my own.

 

A HelloFresh Giveaway!

 

Save Time Cooking This Holiday Season with HelloFresh

HelloFresh shipment box on a counter.

 

Want to save time from planning a meal for your family this holiday season? HelloFresh would like to give one Ottawa Mommy Club follower one Family Plan meal to enjoy as part of our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

The ARV of this prize package is $139.99!

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents and ends at 11:59 EDT on January 5, 2018.

Good luck!

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.

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My name is Lian Wright. Born in Toronto, I came to Ottawa as a student to study Political Science at Carleton University, and came away with an Honours Degree, and decided to stay. I’m a huge sports fan, have a love of reading, and like experiencing new things whenever I can. I am now a mother of three children (11, 1 and 7 months old) and am kept constantly on my toes.

My blog, Pieces of Me, is my way of sharing what I have enjoyed and encountered in my life so far as a mother. So far, being a mom has had it’s expected ups and downs, but that’s what makes being a parent so fulfilling for me. I’ve loved and learned from what’s happened so far, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me next. I hope you enjoy the journey with me!

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  1. loriag says:

    I would love to receive their PRONTO Plan, fresh meals in under 30 minutes is what I need coming home from work tired and not wanting to cook.

  2. I would love to see pasta dishes!

  3. KellyPC says:

    Quick & easy meals because the holidays are so busy!

  4. Judy Cowan says:

    Would love to get easy, comfort style meals to help some over the holidays. Something like the Chicken Pot Pie would be great!

  5. LisaM says:

    I’m not sure -I’d be open to anything that’s easy, I’m not the cook in the family!

  6. Sunshine G says:

    I like comfort food in the winter – shepherd’s pie, stew, anything warm and dense.

  7. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Chicken meals would be best, no hot spices thank you.

  8. Jonnie says:

    I would love to receive meals that are quick and easy to prepare but also are nutritious and taste great.

  9. Sharron says:

    Turkey dinner

  10. Joanne C says:

    I would to receive comfort food and easy to prepare.

  11. Carole says:

    Easy to prepare, healthy, low in sodium and no hot spice. Thank you

  12. Silvia D says:

    nice easy and fast ones..love Thai foods!

  13. Linda says:

    I would get the family plan to help me save time on shopping for groceries.

  14. lori b says:

    I enjoy simple easy yummy meals., shepphards pie, is a favorite here which would be nice.

  15. Florence Cochrane says:

    Soup, Pasta, ingredients for salads and stir fries.

  16. joanne darrell says:

    I have seen a neighbor getting a food box delivered.It sure wouldtake the guessing out f what to have for supper.

  17. Michelle Roberge-Butcher says:

    Easy to prepare.

  18. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I would like to receive some hearty soups to keep warm during the winter months.

  19. Juliee Fitze says:

    Pork chops and potatoes are always good.

  20. Pam says:

    I would like to have some meals with a more ethnic flair.

  21. Valerie Gibson says:

    I would like to see recipes based on pulses.

  22. jan says:

    These all look just fabulous. Lots of veggie dishes.

  23. Travelbuds says:

    I would go with the family plan. I have 2 kids so it would be interesting to hear what they thought of the meals.

  24. Donna L. says:

    The Pan Seared Pork meal looks good. I’d choose the Family Plan.

  25. l p says:

    the Pronto plan looks great. would love to try the Family plan too. thanks

  26. Tiff Cho says:

    Quick & easy meals because the holidays are so busy!

  27. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    I think we would like comfort food and/or easy to prepare

  28. Jana Liu says:

    Meals that are inspired by other cultures

  29. KD says:

    I’m interested in their veggie plan!

  30. calvin says:

    Would like some quick stir fry or baked recipes.

  31. Tasha F. says:

    Anything fast and easy to make.

  32. nicoleroannef says:

    lots of veggies and protein would be good

  33. tanyab79 says:

    For the holidays I think I would like the family plan.

  34. Sab Edwards says:

    This would be an item I would get for my daughter as in the small towns in SK there is no home to home delivery and delivery trucks usually just leave every thing at our local Esso for the town to pickup from. My daughter likes a lot of veggies and her place doesn’t have an oven so it would have to be simple types like a crock pot or an electric frying pan type of meal.

  35. Cheryl H says:

    id love to receive some healthy yet hearty and filling meals from hello fresh

  36. Marilyn M says:

    I like healthy meals with a variety of veggies but fills you up

  37. sara kirkham says:

    quick easy and delicious meals, maybe some vegetarian options

  38. Chantelle Daigle says:

    I like comfort food in the cold Winter months!

  39. Arielle says:

    I want winter/holiday comfort foods

  40. Marlene V says:

    I would love some healthy but quick meals during the holidays – it would help so much when being so busy!

  41. AD says:

    I would love the Hello Fresh Pronto Plan; my schedule is insane (without the holidays thrown in), so it would be perfect. I would love some bold, flavours and recipes from all around the world; my family has a very diverse cuisine palette and would dive whole-heartedly into any meal. Thanks!

  42. Tainan Lu says:

    I would love to receive meals that are quick and easy to prepare

  43. Laura says:

    Any food help is great when u work full time!

  44. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    That chicken pot pie looks rather delicious. I would love anything that has great chicken and hearty vegetables… mostly greens and carb like vegetables.

  45. Barb W says:

    I would love pasta dishes!

  46. Gwen Van Kleef says:

    Good comfort food that’s fast and easy!

  47. Ron says:

    I’d like comfort food meals with a a good amount of vegetables.

  48. Alanna Watt says:

    I’d love to try out some new vegetarian dishes that are heathy and quick to prepare!!

  49. Anu Chopra says:

    I would love to have the One-Pot Chicken Pot Pie and other comfort food meals that are fast and easy to prepare!

  50. Mandy says:

    I’d love to see some Grilled Fish dishes in Japanese style like the Gindara (black cod).

  51. Christine says:

    I would love to receive healtht, low carb meals!

  52. Nicole Jubleew says:

    I’d love to receive some hearty comfort food in my Hello Fresh Box.

  53. Melissa Avey says:

    We are pretty experimental eaters and we love our classics and trying a few new recipes each week. I’d be open to any kind of meal.. love the idea that everything you need is in the box!

  54. Missy Avey says:

    Above comment was me, just remembered I put Missy in the entry box 🙂

  55. Rebecca Roberts says:

    I would love to receive some healthy but tasty meals, comfort food, in a healthy way!

  56. Melissa Fowers says:

    I would love to see comfort foods.

  57. Bruke B says:

    Pasta and chicken dishes. Sometimes it hard to make a great meal after working long hrs. Thanks

  58. Graham Lindfield says:

    Kid-friendly meals

  59. Heather N says:

    I’d love to see lower carb/paleo dishes focusing on meat and fresh veggies.

  60. Rebecca G says:

    I would try all of them, but I love trying new plant based meals

  61. Edith Rennes says:

    Comfort foods with lots of veggies.

  62. Lisa says:

    We love casseroles in the winter but enjoy flexibility to avoid food sensitivities. I’m also trying to introduce different flavours to the little ones before they get too stuck in a rut.

  63. Lisa says:

    We love flexible ingredients for food sensitivities & to be able to introduce new flavours to the little ones. Casseroles great in winter!

  64. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    i would make pot pies and stews

  65. Rayna says:

    I like things that are quick and easy!

  66. Melanie Hayes says:

    I love stir frys

  67. heidi c. says:

    I would definitely want to make some “healthier” comfort meals. Quick and easy for weeknights would be a big help, too.

  68. Mary Jaglowitz says:

    I like salmon, tuna and cod. I enjoy meals that are not too complex. I enjoy turkey and chicken which are my favourite.

  69. Nicole B says:

    The family plan with ones that are kid friendly!

  70. Randy Dube says:

    Would love to receive gf vegan meals

  71. Mary Jaglowitz says:

    I eat alot of Chicken but I need a healthy meal with low salt content. These meals described look tasty.

  72. Julie bolduc says:

    Itwould have to be a chicken meal

  73. Kyla says:

    Wow, how convenient! I’d be happy to receive anything as long as it’s gluten free.

  74. Darwin Chau says:

    I would love to receive fish and pasta dishes.

  75. Wanda B says:

    I love comfort food type meals.

  76. Dawn says:

    I would love to try an recipe that I don’t have to shop for! We love anything pasta too.

  77. Rebecca Roberts says:

    I’d love to get some tasty and flavourful dishes with a healthy twist!

  78. Alex S. says:

    I would love dishes with pasta and vegetables.

  79. Alex S says:

    I love the one pot, super simple meals – especially when you’re low on time.

  80. Mary Jaglowitz says:

    I have been interested in your company since its inception. I am looking at that Chicken Pie and I am drooling. Yum.

  81. Amie Gaudet says:

    I would like to try comfort food type recipes using their Family plan.

  82. KELLY E says:

    Any pasta dish is great for us.

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