Here’s my honest HelloFresh review, if you’re thinking of hopping on the meal-prep bandwagon

As mentioned, I had been looking to try new and exciting recipes that I’d never cooked before. For that reason, the chorizo and sweetcorn risotto (nope, I’ve genuinely never cooked a risotto in my life), Thai-style beef and Serrano ham, parsley and butternut linguine took my fancy.

My box was delivered directly to my door on a Sunday afternoon. I love that they deliver seven days a week, because I was able to receive my box just in time for the week ahead to get that organisation in check. 

My box contained fresh, pre-portioned ingredients for every recipe I had chosen. The ingredients for each recipe came in numbered, recyclable paper bags which were easy to store, and every recipe was clearly presented on a recipe card. My only gripe? Unlike Gousto, which comes with cardboard recipe cards that can be stored in a small red folder, the HelloFresh recipe cards are paper and a little more prone to getting wet and ripped in a busy kitchen. A very minute detail, but worth mentioning nonetheless.  

I was adamant that I wanted recipes which didn’t take too long, because despite the absence of a commute right now, I still seem to be super busy. And that’s exactly what I got. And although everything was pre-portioned to save time (and waste), I still felt like I’d cooked from scratch and had that feeling of great pride at the end. I’ve also kept the recipe cards so that I can recreate the meals in future – with or without HelloFresh. In fact, I’ve already recreated the risotto by adding some additional ingredients that needed using up in my fridge. HelloFresh has definitely encouraged me to be more creative with my cooking.

How much does HelloFresh actually cost?

HelloFresh offers family and classic boxes, and meals start from just £3.25 per portion. If you purchased a box for two people, with five recipes inside, you’d expect to pay £42.99 (including shipping). For three meals for two people, you’ll be paying £30.99, while for five meals for four people, you’re looking at £68.99. Everything is customisable. Just make sure to check out our HelloFresh discount code for your next box.

All boxes are delivered free of charge, at a time that suits you, seven days a week. Mine got delivered on a Sunday, which was handy, because I had it in time for the beginning of the week.

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What are the HelloFresh recipe choices?

There is so much to choose from at HelloFresh, but here are some examples of the meat, vegetarian and “rapid” recipes on offer.