Last week I mentioned that I’m now guest blogging for the amazing meal delivery service HelloFresh. In case you missed my first blog post for them, you can find it here. I was also very excited to receive my first HelloFresh meal box last week! I shared some pictures from my first meal – Turkey Taco Salad with Guacamole Bites – last Friday, but I wanted to give you all a more comprehensive look at my first HelloFresh experience.
The box arrived Wednesday evening (I left directions for the delivery guy to leave the box inside my building, since I knew I wouldn’t be home to receive it). Everything was neatly packed into the box, and thanks to the fancy packaging, it was still nice and cool – this is saying quite a bit given how hot my non-airconditioned building has been. The ingredients for each recipe come sorted, packed and labeled together, making it hard to mess up which ingredients go with which recipe. However, I would recommend removing the fresh produce from the plastic bags before storing in the fridge (any residual moisture inside the bags could cause the produce to spoil faster).
First up was the Turkey Taco Salad. Though HelloFresh touts that most of their recipes come together in 30 minutes or less, the recipe for this salad looked especially quick and easy, so it was the perfect quick fix after a late night home. I couldn’t believe how big the portions for this salad were! I’m not usually one to have salad for dinner (better as a lunch for me), but the portions were so hearty that I was more than satisfied and full. The second portion of this recipe also made for perfect lunch leftovers the next day!
On Friday night, I made the Seared Steak with Puréed Sweet Potatoes and Broccolini for Kevin and me. It was a rainy, cool (relatively speaking) night, so I thought this twist on classic meat and potatoes would be a fitting treat. Once again, the whole meal pulled together in a flash. I especially appreciate that the HelloFresh recipe cards tell you what cooking tools you’ll need for each recipe. This one in particular even has you reusing the same pots and pans (one pot for the broccolini and potatoes, one pan for the steak and finishing the broccolini) – I’m all for reducing mess and clean-up in my small city kitchen! I was really impressed with the quality of the meat for this dish. I don’t make steak that often because it is more expensive to get a quality cut here, so this was definitely a great value (a meal box with 3 recipes for 2 people is $69 – this includes shipping – so that’s about $11.50 per person, per meal – you’d be hard-pressed to find a nice piece of steak for less than that in a grocery store in NYC!).
Last, but definitely not least, were the Fish Tacos with Crunchy Slaw for dinner on Sunday night. This was definitely the winner for both me and Kevin. The dish called for minimal cooking and tools; just one pan to sauté the veggies, fish and heat up the tortillas, which was ideal in this heat wave. Again, I was so pleased with the quality of the tilapia. It was so fresh, even a few days after receiving the box. I’m also amazed at how perfectly ripe the avocado was! I can never seem to get nice, ripe avocados at Trader Joe’s. We both went crazy over the crunchy slaw; luckily I had some leftover with my dinner last night. This is definitely a recipe I will be holding onto to recreate again on my own soon!
Overall I was more than satisfied and impressed with my first HelloFresh box. Everything was fresh, organized, delicious, and made my life that much easier after a busy weekend in the sweltering heat. I already cannot wait for my next box to arrive tonight!