I’d like to share a little secret with you. Please don’t tell anyone else, it’s just between you, me and these four walls. I’m getting a little help with the weekly shop. It’s not that I’m too posh to shop, far from it, it’s just I got bored. Bored with cooking the same boring old meals as I simply don’t have the time or imagination to sit down a plough through my dusty collection of cook books. So after a very kind friend saw my foodie plight, she offered me her Hello Fresh delivery voucher.
The rest is history.
I can write off a whole morning driving to the shops, walking round the supermarket, and coming home to unload and pack away. Time it wrong and I’m chasing round a mischievous toddler who refuses to sit in the trolly who then falls asleep in the car, depriving me of my golden hour of work time. And my culinary imagination is non-existent. As sole vegetarian in the house, I was just omitting the meat from family meals or replacing it with a bean burger. Bean burgers are nice, just not 4 times a week.
Then my family decided to join me on a clean eating mission but we needed a sure-fire plan to make this life switch a success. Knowing that previous attempts have lasted a few days and our fridge of healthy food has been neglected in favour of quick to prepare meals. Not this time, we were doing it properly.
Hello Fresh is a weekly meal subscription service. You sign up to the meals you fancy; family, classic or vegetarian. How many people it’s for and how many meals you’d like. It’s all managed online and the best thing is that you can pause your deliveries easily through your online account if you’re going on holiday or have a busy week coming up. You just need to do it a week in advance.
Each delivery comes in a large cardboard box, insulated with natural wadding and with ice filled plastic cool bags. And everything you need is there, right My initial worry was that there wouldn’t be enough but that simply wasn’t the case.
Our first box arrived containing ingredients for mushroom panzanella salad with mozzarella and caramelised onion which was every inch as fabulous as it sounds and even better, I cooked it! The following evening I came home to find Daz cooking up paella de verdurous de tempered con frijoles (seasonal veggie paella! with the music cranked up all the ingredients spread out infant of him, he was definitely more Jay Kay than Gordon Ramsey, finding the recipe card super easy to follow and producing a restaurant worthy family meal.
It was never my intention to share our Hello Fresh experience on here but I am so impressed with how it’s changed our meal times for the better, not to mention simplifying family life by taking the headache out of deciding what to cook and then shopping for them that I thought it would be wrong to keep it all to myself!