My Review of HelloFresh

HelloFresh Meal Kit

 

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Subscription boxes are all the rage lately and meal kits are no different.  Meal kits claim to make it easy to eat a healthy, whole foods diet.  They deliver every ingredient needed for each meal in the proper proportions so there is no waste and no need to shop for ingredients.

I received a HelloFresh meal kit for free as a gift from my daughter-in-law. Since it’s no secret that I love free stuff, it should come as no surprise that I jumped on the opportunity to order.

It should also come as no surprise that I want to share my opinion with you. Have a seat while I share my review of HelloFresh.

Ordering and Receiving My HelloFresh Shipment

Ordering and Receiving My HelloFresh Shipment

It was simple to sign up. HelloFresh is a subscription program that automatically bills for and ships a meal kit every week.  The downside of this is that there would only be two days between receiving one box and being locked into the next box.

Because I wouldn’t be able to access my 6-meal box in two days, I decided to skip the box scheduled for the following week, which was very easy to do.  It’s also very easy to change my menu options, adjust the number of meals I receive and cancel my plan if I desire.  This makes the service very easy to fit into my life and finances.

There are several different lifestyle options to choose from such as pescatarian, meat & veggie, vegetarian, pork-free, family-friendly, quick/easy, carb smart and calorie smart.  I chose the meat & veggie option and was “assigned” three meals but I did have the option of 22 other meals to substitute any or all these 3 meals.  Some of these choices were an extra charge, others were not and the choices appeared to be from all the lifestyle categories listed above.   I must assume that the lifestyle choice and “assigned meals” are in case  I forget to visit the site and pick the meals for an upcoming order.

My HelloFresh shipment arrived on the day they promised.  It was surprisingly small and light considering that it contained 6 meals.

As I unpacked the box, the reason became clear and, I have to say, I was delighted.  I had received another meal kit as a gift and was disturbed by the amount of packaging I had to throw away.

The HelloFresh box contained an inner cardboard box as insulation and one frozen ice pack.  The foods were all packaged in plastic bags, no containers of any kind.   I am not saying that plastic bags are good, mind you, but a bag takes up less room in the landfill than a container. The meals themselves were separated into brown paper bags and clearly labeled. 

Preparing The Meal

Preparing Your HelloFresh Meal

As advertised, the Hello Fresh box came with all the ingredients I would need to prepare the meals, except for olive oil, salt and pepper.  All of the ingredients were fresh and in good condition.

The prep itself was easy and uncomplicated. I didn’t run across any ingredients or procedures that I hadn’t encountered before.  Someone who is switching over to home cooking from convenience foods or take out will probably see the prep work as excessive but this is the price we pay for improving our eating habits.

I was overwhelmed at first because, when following the directions, I felt I was doing too many things all at once.  I ended up overcooking my roasted carrots while I was mixing the meatballs and cooking the rice.  I finally realized that I had to go back with the cooking style that I’m comfortable with:  I do all my prep (chopping, mixing sauce, coating meat, etc) first and then get to cooking.  This added a few minutes to their “box-to-table” estimate but at least I didn’t overcook anything else.

The only downside here is a personal one:  There are a lot of dishes to wash.  For the ginger meatballs, I ended up washing a knife, cutting board, 3 mixing bowls, two baking pans, a saucepan, spatula, vegetable peeler, plate and various cutlery.  Maybe this is just a normal dinner for some but, in my opinion, the fewer dishes, the better.  Of course, I did save time and trouble by not shopping so I guess I’m ahead of the game!

The Main Event

Saucy Ginger Meatballs

HelloFresh Meal Kit
HelloFresh Saucy Ginger Meatballs


This entree was the first one I tried and it was wonderful, although, at 910 calories per serving (1820 calories total), I decided to turn it into 3 servings instead of two.  Not only did this smaller portion fill me up, I think I would have had trouble eating a “full” portion.

The meatballs are dressed with Bulgogi sauce, which is a sweet Korean barbecue sauce.  It was paired with Jasmine rice and oven-roasted carrots then drizzled with spicy sour cream and sprinkled with a generous amount of sliced green onions.

The spiciness of the sour cream complemented the sweetness of the roasted carrots and the combination of colors was pleasing.  I would definitely order this again.

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Creamy Lemon Tomato Spaghetti

HelloFresh Subscription Service
HelloFresh Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Creamy Lemon Tomato Spaghetti


The calorie count on this recipe was a whopping 1090 per serving (2180 calories total) so I decided to divide this into 4 servings. I also added a side of baby spinach with dressing because I felt it definitely needed more vegetables.

The pasta was a delight.  The sauce was a combination of cream cheese and butter, giving it a wonderful creamy texture, although the taste of either was not obvious.   The lemon zest and juice added a brightness to it while the roasted tomatoes allowed for a touch of sweetness.  The combination of flavors worked very well together.

The chicken was spread with a mustard/mayonnaise mixture and topped with a combination of panko crumbs, seasoning packet and parmesan cheese.  I did enjoy it but I felt that the mustard flavor was far too dominant and overwhelmed the subtle flavors in the crumb topping.  If I were to make this again, I would skip the mustard mixture.

HelloFresh Subscription Service
HelloFresh Butternut Squash Agnolotti

Butternut Squash Agnolotti

This particular recipe had two things I have never tried before:  kale and agnolotti.  I enjoyed the kale more than I thought I would.  In this recipe the instructions had me saute it in oil with the onion.  The onion lent a soft sweetness, the kale was peppery with a nice chew to it.

The agnolotti is a ravioli-type pasta I haven’t tried before and it was very good.  The pasta itself was fresh and relatively thick,  the butternut squash filling was very mild.  The added walnuts, garlic herb butter and parmesan cheese gave it a variety of flavors and its end result was delicious.  I’m glad I didn’t have to share this with anyone!

The bottom line

Of course, it’s the bottom line that matters so here it is!  Would I order this again?  Yes, I definitely would and I did.  The price per servings in my box would have been $10.48 each, including shipping.  Because I had paired down the size of my servings on two of these meals, I ended up with 9 servings which comes out to $6.99 per serving, including shipping.  This is more than reasonable in regard to price.

The fact that the waste is minimal is a big plus for me.  The meals are separated using recyclable paper bags and the outer and inner (insulating) boxes are both recyclable as well.  The individual items that require packaging come sealed in plastic bags (no containers) that are just big enough to hold the items, which results in minimal throw away waste.

I am so impressed with this service that I have partnered with HelloFresh to give you a $40 discount on your first box!!  What are you waiting for?

Have you ever tried a meal kit service?  Which one did you try?  How did you like it?  Let me know in the comments below!

All My Best,

Cynthia
cynthia@cynthiaeats.com

My Review of MightyNest

Eco Friendly MightyNest Reviews
Eco-Friendly MightyNest Reviews
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I have recently found myself thinking a lot about the waste problem we have in this country, most specifically about single use plastics.  It’s been receiving tons of press and I find that the subject comes up in conversations more often, both in my social media feeds and at social gatherings.

I don’t see plastics going away anytime soon but I DO think that we all, as individuals, need to do our part to make the world just a little less toxic.  While we don’t all have the funds to buy an electric car or convert our homes to solar power, each one of us CAN look around and see what CAN be changed in our own homes to make a difference.

I recently ran across an interesting website called Mighty Nest and I thought you might be interested.

So What’s The Story?

Ditch Disposables Gift Box
Ditch Disposables Gift Box

When I first took a look at Mightynest.com, I was impressed by their story and their commitment to helping us (just regular folk) live cleaner, healthier lives. They’ve done the research so you don’t have to! They only offer items of the highest value and integrity.

This website has it all —  Kitchen items, cleaning supplies, bath and body, wellness, even a kids and pets section. As you can guess, I zeroed in on the kitchen section where they offer food storage, serve wear, cooking implements and cook wear.  The prices are very reasonable and members get up to a 30% discount on listed prices!

There are also different buying options:

Mighty Ktihen Gift Box
Mighty Ktihen Gift Box
  • Just buy the thing you want.  Search it, click it, check it out, done.
  • One-time gift boxes. They have lots of gift combo options, many for under $10.
  • Monthly subscription boxes starting a less than $10 a box

My MightyFix

Mighty Kitchen Gift Box
Mighty Kitchen Gift Box

I was excited to get some new products but I wasn’t sure where to start.  I looked over the options, did some research and decided to try the MightyFix monthly subscription box.  For $11 a month, I would receive a box with one (or several related) items to get me started on refitting my kitchen with new, eco-friendly items.  While this first box would be a surprise, I did fill out a profile to indicate what categories of items I was specifically interested in receiving. Because I don’t have a dishwasher.  Or a cat.

Mighty Fix
Mighty Fix

I placed my order on the 31st.  The automated response let me know that I would be billed on the 2nd, which is what happened.  The box actually shipped on the 7th and arrived on the 14th. I didn’t care for the lag time but, as Andy Warhol said, “Waiting for something makes it more exciting!”

The Big Reveal

Mighty Nest Recyclable Packaging
Mighty Nest Recyclable Packaging

When the package finally arrived the first thing I noticed was heavy paper packaging, unwaxed, not corrugated, perfect for recycling.  It was a great first impression.

Lily Loves Mail!
Lily Loves Mail!

Since my granddaughter Lily was with me that day, she insisted that she do the honors of unveiling my big surprise. Why not?

 

The Big Reveal
The Big Reveal
Reusable Produce Bags
Reusable Produce Bags

When she pulled out My MightyFix, I was excited to see that it was a set of 5 reusable produce bags.  They were also packaged in the same heavy, untreated paper so that was a plus.

 

Reusable Produce Bags
Reusable Produce Bags

The bags themselves are generous in size (12’x14”) and made from a quality, heavy-duty mesh with a drawstring closure.

Lily Approved!
Lily Approved!

The informational card inclosed pointed out that I would be replacing the use of 400 or more plastic produce bags a year.  My first thought was that number may have been exaggerated but when I did the math, 400 bags come out to 7-8 bags a week. That’s a reasonable number.

The price listed on the website is $12.99 so I definitely saved a little bit of money since the My MightyFix box only cost $11.  There was no shipping charge so I saved even more. (Shipping it as a single purchase would have cost $5.95, although shipping is free with purchases over $50).

Avocado Huggers
Avocado Huggers

And now…a confession.  When I was looking at their website that first day, I was so excited by what I saw that I had to order a couple of additional items.

The first was this set of two avocado huggers.  Once again, they came packaged in untreated card stock.  They’re made from top-grade FDA food-grade silicone, are 100% BPA and Phthalate Free and dishwasher safe.

I initially wondered why they came in a two-pack…like, why would I cut a new avocado in half if I already had half an avocado hugging some silicone in my fridge?

When Lily opened the box, I found the answer:  One is for a hass (California) avocado and the other one is larger to fit a Florida avocado.  I guess that means I’m going to have to try the Florida avocados!

The second item I ordered were these food huggers which, as you can see, preserve food without using disposable wraps or bags.  They can also be used to seal the tops of bowls, glasses or jars.

They’re made from heavy duty food grade FDA silicone, are bpa- and phthalate-free and dishwasher safe.

Pirate Eye Patch!
Pirate Eye Patch!

And, if you’re a 3-year-old pretending to be a pirate, they make a great eye patch.

They come in a 5-pack of various sizes and they nestle together for easy storage, although I don’t see that I’ll be storing them anywhere but in the fridge, preserving my food!

My one regret is that I don’t have a size small enough to fit over the opening of my toothpaste tube.  I dropped the cap today in my morning fog and it ended up in the…well, let’s just say it’s gone, shall we?

Your Adventure Awaits

Mighty Fix
Mighty Fix

So what are you waiting for?  I’m so excited to see you get started on this new adventure, I’ve teamed up with Mighty Nest to get you your first MightyFix Subscription Box for only $3!  Just use the promo code MIGHTYNOW at checkout!

Mighty Nest guarantees that the item(s) in each box are worth MORE THAN the normal $11 price tag so that’s at least a 73% discount right out of the gate!

And I’m not done yet.  For a limited time, you can pick the item you receive in your first box.  Choose from the selections below:

I wish I had gotten a deal like this!! This is a LIMITED TIME offer and I don’t know how long it’s going to be around. So what are you waiting for?

Please let me know in the comments below what you got and how you liked it!

All my best,

Cynthia

cynthia@cynthiaeats.com