Everywhere I look on Pinterest I see these awesome “30 minute meals.” They all look so beautiful and delicious, but I’m intimidated. You see, I don’t cook. Barely at all. Perhaps you don’t believe me? I just learned how to brown meat about a year ago. Not kidding. It’s that bad. My daughter is just about to turn seven and she’s been showing more and more interest in cooking and baking. Obviously, this presents a problem since if you tell me to mince garlic I will look at you like you’re a unicorn. Then a friend of mine asked if I wanted to try a HelloFresh box. I had heard of these food delivery places but they scared me. They SAY they are easy and 30 minute meals. They say they deliver everything you need. They say they provide instructions. Sure. They all say that, but again, I don’t know how to cook. So would it really be okay? Well, when offered a free box from my friend, I couldn’t turn it down.
The process is pretty easy. You sign up online at their website. After you sign up you are able to log into your account to schedule your first delivery! I picked four, 2 person meals. Then I was able to select what meals I’d receive. I was given 6 options. I was also able to pause the delivery of next week’s box, as we’ll be out of town so the food would go to waste. It was extremely easy to do.
Today was delivery day!
Sadly, the box arrived very damaged and it was a 90 degree day. It made me nervous for the contents.
When you open the box you’ll find your recipe cards and the cooling mechanism.
The first layer will be the produce boxes. You get a separate box for each meal that you’re making and they are nicely labeled.
Next you’ll find the ice packs and the meat.
The recipe cards will show a picture of what you’re making, all the ingredients needed, and then step by step instructions. It also tells you the HelloFresh nutrition information.
Then it’s time to get started with your ingredients!
Step one is always to clean the produce.
Each instruction is carefully written out. I had to explain the processes to my daughter, but she was able to complete all of the steps by herself.
HelloFresh provides the tiniest cute little bottles of ingredients! It’s wonderful to not have to go to the store and make sure you have these things.
In the end, our meal said that it was a skill level of 1 (super easy) and since a seven year old made our meal, I’d say that’s pretty accurate. It said that it would take 10 minutes of prep and 30 minutes of cook time. That was a little under for us. It took us exactly an hour from unboxing until eating. I would say that a normal adult who has some cooking experience would be faster, however a seven year old was pretty slow with cutting her vegetables and I was pretty slow in trying to find if we owned a zester!
Our meal was good. It wasn’t great, by any means. But our daughter was super proud of herself and we cleaned our plates. We have three more meals to try before I’ll put out a final verdict on the FreshBox, but so far it was worth the… oh yeah, I got it for free so it didn’t cost any money! Ha! So far it was worth the 3 minutes it took to sign up 🙂