Meal planning and grocery shopping…two tasks that can stand between people and healthy eating. Some people find meal planning and grocery shopping to be a wonderful experience, others loathe the task. If you loathe it, simply aren’t real good at it or just don’t have the time, there are businesses out there designed to help you.
In my last post, I gave Blue Apron a try. This week, I tried Hello Fresh. The options are little different with Hello Fresh. There are 3 baskets to choose from: Vegetarian, Original and Kid Friendly. There is also the option of feeding 2 or 4. There was no pescatarian option like with Blue Apron, but I did like that the vegetarian box was a slight bit cheaper. In addition to no fish option, there are also no meal substitutions for the vegetarian box. I’m not a picky eater, so this wasn’t a big deal for me, but I can imagine it would be for some.
Other than that, things were very similar with a couple exceptions. While Blue Apron packaged all ingredients together and I had to sort them depending on what meal they belonged with, Hello Fresh packages each meal separately in boxes that fit easily into the refrigerator. Blue Apron meals seemed rather large to me, while Hello Fresh seemed to offer more reasonable sized entrees. While both had way too much packaging, I did like that Hello Fresh assumed I would have butter and flour rather than supplying me with wasteful plastic containers of just a small amount of these pantry staples. However, I must mention that I was a bit let down with the ingredient quality of Hello Fresh. The ear of corn that was included was usable, but clearly not overly fresh and the package of fresh thyme was off colored and moldy. Luckily I have thyme growing in my herb garden so it wasn’t a big deal for me to replace it.
My Hello Fresh meals were…. Stuffed Zucchini Boats (best zucchini boats I’ve ever had), Peach and Mozzarella Flatbread (sounded good, but the flavor fell flat), and Zesty Corn & Red Bean Salad (I will surely make this one again!). As I put this post together I received a 2nd Hello Fresh delivery with these dishes: Caramelized Veggie Skewers with Corn Relish and Couscous, Peach & Nectarine Orzo Salad with Feta, Cucumber and Mint, and Sicilian Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew with Couscous. These sound pretty yummy, don’t they?
Overall, I was pleased with both companies, I would recommend both. But which would work best for you? It depends on what you are looking for. However, both offer great deals on the first shipments, so you can give them a try and see which you prefer!
Try them out, let me know what you think.
Tracy Martorana is a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, Meditation Instructor and Herbalist...hoping to inspire you to live your life from a place of Holistic Wellness.