Savour Wholesome Family Meals with HelloFresh! #Review #Giveaway~ CAN 03/24

| February 23, 2017 | 79 Comments

Savour Wholesome Family Meals with HelloFresh!

 

“Mom/Dad! What’s for dinner?” This is not the question we want to tackle after a busy day. There are times my other half and I have no idea what to make and end up settling for a Junk Food Night that is easy to prepare or ordering out. HelloFresh asked us if they could lend us a hand by giving a week’s worth of meals (3 meals in total) to see if their subscription boxes service would be a good fit for our family.

 

HelloFresh logo

 

HelloFresh wants is to take the planning, shopping and hassle out of making wholesome home-cooked meals families can enjoy! Everything needed to put a meal together is included in each box and can be found on their helpful app. All of the instructions are laid out with the meal ordered, and the ingredients are locally sourced. HelloFresh has three different plans to choose from to suit the needs of a family: Family Plan, Pronto Plan and Veggie Plan.

I had the pleasure to meet Irene Ngo, Head of Culinary for HelloFresh while she was in Ottawa. She spoke about HelloFresh and I had the chance to taste one of the meals available for families to make and enjoy. We were served their Glazed Chicken Teriyaki meal and it was fabulous! I could not wait for my package to arrive.

 

Irene Ngo of HelloFresh with Family Plan Meals; Kung Pao Mushroom dish plated; HelloFresh meal boxes and recipe instruction cards

 

I received the following three meals from HelloFresh from their Family Plan of meals to review:

  • Gremolata-Crusted Cod
  • Smoky Sloppy Joes
  • Glazed Teriyaki Chicken

The shipping packaging was impressive. The exterior box was thick and was lined with aluminum to keep the ingredients for my meals cool while being transported. There was also a divider that separated the meat and fish from the other item to prevent contamination. The inner boxes on the upper level were stocked well with seasonal produce. The meat and fish were in sealed packages and surrounded with ice packs.  These touches made it easy to put away in the fridge or around the kitchen. The packaging folded up easily for recycling.

 

HelloFresh Meal Plan box with produce and recipe instruction card

 

Our HelloFresh meals could not have come a better time. My family became sick, so it was hard for us to have to go out to get what we needed for all of our meals and prepare it every night. Each of the meals we received promised that it would take about 30 minutes from the first chop to the plate.

When making each of these meals, I prepared them using both the provided instruction cards and the directions found in the HelloFresh App to see how helpful each method was to use. I also wanted to see if there were any discrepancies between each of these methods.

 

Top: HelloFresh app with recipe instructions and recipe instruction card; Bottom: HelloFresh app timer for recipe

 

All three of these meals were easy to prepare. The instructions were really easy to follow and I like that there were photos showing the steps so you have a visual to reference while cooking. I also like that some of the meals allowed for some substitutions to be made to put your own fresh or spicy spin on a dish.  I also enjoyed using the timer on the HelloFresh app to help me keep an eye on the time during certain steps of each meal. Making these meals also allowed for our family to have some fun in the kitchen.

 

Top: Child separating baby bok choi; Bottom Left: Chopped potatoes; Bottom right: Ingredients in a bowl

 

Don’t be fooled by the size of the meat packages! We thought we were going to be in a bit of hot water when we saw them. They were small, and we were scratching our heads about how to add to these meals if they did not yield enough to feed our family. Once they were opened and in the pan, we were surprised to see that there was more than enough meat to fill our tummies!

Once each meal was complete, we were excited to taste them, then delighted with the flavours we were experiencing. Each dish we had had its own characteristic so we were not eating the same kind of meal every time. The Gremolata-Crusted Cod was a clean and classic meal , and the dipping sauce made this dish sing.

 

Gremolata-Crusted Cod meal plated

 

The Smoky Sloppy Joes meal got rave reviews from my younger children.

 

Smoky Sloppy Joe and salad meal plated

 

The Glazed Teriyaki Chicken was a hit with the older members of our family. 

 

Glazed Teriyaki Chicken meal plated

 

There was one issue I found when preparing these packaged meals from Hello Fresh. I found there were differences in the instructions given on the menu cards versus those shared on the app. On their own, the directions were easy to follow, but when put together, some of the steps are not in order, so it could be a bit confusing. I also found that making the meals took a little longer to complete. All of my meals had an average time of 30 minutes to complete. All of my meals took an average of 45 minutes to prepare. It may be due to my slow chopping skills, but it took longer for me to complete.

My family became huge fans of HellowFresh! Our package shipped quickly and kept our food cool and fresh. The directions were easy to follow. I had a lot of fun using the HelloFresh app to look at recipes and to assist in timing parts of my dishes. The best part had to be tucking in to savour each of these wholesome meals without having to plan it! Each dish was a delight to taste.

Want to check out more details about HelloFresh? 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!

 

HelloFresh Family Plan meal boxes and Kung Pao Mushroom meal plated

 

Want a bit of a break from planning a meal for your family? HelloFresh would like to give one Ottawa Mommy Club follower one Family Plan meal to your family!

The ARV of this prize package is $129.99!

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents and ends at 11:59 EDT on March 24, 2017.

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. Kelly says:

    Omigoodness that looks like a great service. They are not in my area yet, but I will keep waiting 🙂

  2. travelbuds says:

    I would love to try the Glazed Teriyaki Chicken

  3. Amin Salasa says:

    thanks for sharing

  4. KellyPC says:

    The Glazed Teriyaki Chicken sounds yummy!

  5. Leah says:

    I’d make the glazed teriyaki chicken

  6. Juliee Fitze says:

    Would would like to try the Glazed Teriyaki Chicken. Sounds really yummy.

  7. Lucy says:

    The chicken teriyaki looks great!

  8. Julie says:

    The Pan Seared Pork looks really yummy!

  9. Wendy Jensen says:

    Our family would like to make and enjoy the Glazed Teriyaki Chicken meal.

  10. kathy downey says:

    I would love to prepare the Gremolata-Crusted Cod for my family.

  11. LisaM says:

    Not sure about the 6 year old but I would love to try the Gremolata-Crusted Cod

  12. Amy C says:

    I would like to make the Chicken Teriyaki.

  13. Lisa Johnston says:

    I would love to try the Smoky Sloppy Joes 🙂

  14. Doris says:

    The Smoky Sloppy Joes meal

  15. lori butler says:

    Glazed Teriyaki Chicken meal is what i’d like to try out

  16. Pam says:

    The teriyaki chicken looks delish!

  17. joanne darrell says:

    I would like to try the 5 spice chicken soup.

  18. Kim K says:

    The Rosemary Beef Skewers with Garlic Ciabatta and Charred Veggies recipe sounds good to me.

  19. Teriyaki Chicken? Yes, please!

  20. Pam says:

    I think we would like the Teriyaki Chicken.

  21. Marilyn Legault says:

    The the Chicken Teriyaki looks great and easy, just what I need.

  22. sabina edards says:

    Glazed Teriyaki Chicken caught my eye. I am not sure if its available in my area (I suspect not) but if I won I’d want my daughter to have this as she moved in Feb to ON (AND I WORRY, OMG I cried for a week, even though she moved before for school but SHE MOVED TO ANOTHER PROVINCE) and today I am having more probs with that then usual…guess I am just home sick for her (yes, less then a month gone)

  23. Darwin says:

    I think my family would love the teriyaki chicken.

  24. Lee-Ann says:

    I would love to try all of them to be honest, but the Seared Steak with Crispy Potato Salad would be my first choice!

  25. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    my family would enjoy the Glazed Teriyaki Chicken mea

  26. Wanda Bee says:

    I would love to make the Glazed Teriyaki Chicken !!!!!!!!

  27. Michelle says:

    Looks so delicious! The glazed teriyaki chicken looks so yummy!!!

  28. Doris Humber says:

    We’d love to make the Glazed Teriyaki Chicken meal

  29. Emalie says:

    The crusted cod looks delicious and would be a hit at our family’s table!

  30. zcb257 says:

    Would love to try the Kung Pao mushrooms! Always looking for meat free meals.

  31. Linda Svarovsky says:

    Chicken teriyaki

  32. Marlene V. says:

    I would love to try the shrimp Banh Mi Burger

  33. Edith Rennes says:

    I’d love the Glazed Teryaki Chicken.

  34. Jennifer P. says:

    I’d definitely like to try making the Glazed Teriyaki Chicken for my family – I think it’s a meal we all would like!

  35. Calvin F. says:

    Glazed Teriyaki Chicken meal would be great.

  36. Glazed chicken teriyaki

  37. Janette says:

    The sloppy Joe’s sound great

  38. Caryn Coates says:

    The Chicken Teriyaki sounds delicious

  39. Kim says:

    I would love to try the Glazed Teriyaki Chicken.

  40. Leah says:

    I’d love to try the Gremolata-Crusted Cod. Always looking to get more fish into my diet.

  41. Mary Jaglowitz says:

    I would like to try the Glaze Teriyaki Chicken. I am diabetic would their be any other options?

  42. Sandy Huang says:

    I would love to try the Glazed teriyaki chicken! Looks amazing 🙂

  43. Donnas says:

    The meal I’d like my family to enjoy is Glazed Teriyaki Chicken.

  44. Tabby72 says:

    I’d make the Gremolata Crusted Cod! Looks so good!

  45. marie s says:

    i would love to try the Kung Pao Mushroom meal

  46. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    i like the glazed chicken teriyaki meal

  47. Denae Boucher says:

    I would love to try the Smoky Sloppy Joes.

  48. SweetPanda says:

    I would love to try the Glazed Teriyaki Chicken

  49. Dave says:

    Glazed Teriyaki Chicken meal sounds good.

  50. Filipa says:

    I would like to try the Gremolata-Crusted Cod

  51. the Glazed Teriyaki Chicken sounds good to me!

  52. Rebecca G says:

    SMokey sloppy joes

  53. Jeanette Jackson says:

    I’d like to try the Glazed Teriyaki Chicken

  54. Mandy says:

    I’d like to try the Gremolata-Crusted Cod. Fish is always a winner in our home.

  55. Jen L says:

    I am a fan of fish, so the Gremalota Crusted Cod looks amazing to me.

  56. Heather says:

    They all look good but if I had to choose, I think I’d go with the Cod meal 🙂

  57. Nicole Jubleew says:

    I would love to make the Glazed Teriyaki Chicken for my family. Sounds divine!

  58. Dianne G. says:

    The Glazed Teriyaki Chicken would be something we would enjoy eating.

  59. Linda says:

    I would like us to try making the glazed teriyaki chicken.

  60. Mary Jaglowitz says:

    I believe that I would like the cod meal very much. Thanks!

  61. Tina L. says:

    The Glazed Teriyaki Chicken looks good.

  62. Michelle Albas says:

    The chicken teriyaki looks yummy!

  63. Carol M says:

    Oh they all look good, but I would choose the Gremolata-Crusted Cod.

  64. Jennifer says:

    The sloppy joes looked tasty! Though I would be interested in their veggie plan!

  65. AD says:

    My family would likely enjoy all the meals reviewed above, but I think the Gremolata Crusted Cod Meal would likely be their favourite.

  66. Kamy says:

    Sloppy joes!

  67. wai man says:

    i choose chicken teriyaki, entry pls

  68. Julia H says:

    The smoky sloppy Joe’s! Thanks very much for the chance!

  69. Katrina says:

    I would make the glazed teriyaki chicken

  70. I would enjoy trying the Glazed Teriyaki Chicken.

  71. I would enjoy trying the Gremolata-Crusted Cod

  72. T Schmidt says:

    I’d make the glazed teriyaki chicken

  73. Nicole B says:

    I would love to try the Thai beef satay!

  74. Athena says:

    The Pan Seared Pork

  75. Sandra says:

    I’d love to make the Glazed Teriyaki Chicken

  76. Belinda s says:

    The Glazed Teriyaki Chicken is what we’d love most I think!

  77. Betty S says:

    I would like to try the Glazed Teriyaki Chicken I am sure my family would love this one

  78. Jackie M says:

    I would love to try the Gremolata-Crusted Cod meal plated!

  79. Gillian R. says:

    The Gremolata-Crusted Cod looks fantastic.

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