Bounty bags are something that you receive throughout your pregnancy, one of mine included a £25 voucher towards a Hello Fresh box. I've heard rave reviews for Hello Fresh so couldn't wait to try it out myself.
If you haven't heard of Hello Fresh they are a meal subscription service. You choose from a selection of boxes, choose your delivery day and wait. They send you a box which contains recipe cards along with everything that you need to make each dish, most of the ingredients are ready measured out to make life that little bit easier.
I couldn't wait to get stuck in and start cooking, and of course, eating the delicious food!
First things first, the packaging. The branding is spot on, cheeky, modern and cheerful. The food is packed well, all of the small bits come in a handy separate box and the fridge items in a cool bag. This box also contained an Easter egg and a Tea Pigs tea bag.
The recipe cards are easy to follow, contain cooking time and nutritional information. They also show pictures of each of the ingredients that you need, which is great because I didn't know what a Celeriac was until last week!
We ordered the Classic box which contained five meals for two people. The meals the week that we ordered were :
Tandoori Chicken Pockets.
This was lovely although a bit spicier than I would normally go for, if I was to make it again I would make more cooling sauce to ease the burn! The chicken was tender and juicy.
The Maharaja's King Prawn Pilau.
This was our least favourite out of the box, it was still really nice but it didn't pack as much flavour as the rest of the dishes.
Gnocchi with Homemade Creme Fraiche Pesto.
I made the mistake of adding bread to this, there was absolutely no need, it was very filling and we struggled to finish it. This was Spencer's favourite of the dishes and I agree that it was very good, the Pancetta cooked with tomatoes gave it that fry up taste which contrasted perfectly with the pesto. It was an unusual dish but a good dish!
Rachel's Roast Celeriac and Beetroot Springtime Salad.
I knew that I would enjoy this one, goats cheese, beetroot and nuts are one of my favourite salad combinations, I don't know why I don't eat it more often. It tasted beautiful as I knew it would. This was the one meal that Spencer prepared and even he agreed that it was super easy to prepare.
Sizzling Mexican Pork with Homemade Salsa and Coriander Rice.
Now this was my favourite of the dishes, the pork seasoning was delicious, the simplicity of adding coriander and spring onion to the rice really worked, the salsa was very spicy but the avocado dip very cooling. Everything complimented each other perfectly.
I'm not going to comment on whether or not the preparation times stated on the recipe cards was correct, it took me a lot longer to prepare each meal simply because I kept starting and stopping to see to Aria. Talking of which, these boxes are very convenient for when you have a baby constantly interrupting you during cooking time as they require very little brain work!
Overall we really enjoyed the Hello Fresh box and would love to order it on a weekly basis, unfortunately we can't afford to do so. The cheapest box is the vegetarian box which costs £36 for three meals for two people, we ordered the classic box which cost £49 for five meals for two people. Our weekly shop is usually around £50 which provides us with breakfast, lunches and evening meals. There is a reason for the expense, the ingredients are top quality, fresh and healthy and you pay extra for the convenience. Unfortunately with me being on maternity pay we simply can't afford to keep the subscription up but will definitely buy boxes again for a special occasion, when we feel flush or when we find a discount code! The subscription is totally flexible which does allow us to order a box as and when we want and then cancel by the next week.
You can view what is in the boxes before you buy, and with some varieties of boxes you can swap meals as long as you do so before the cut off date.
As much as we enjoyed the boxes I think that there is room for improvement, some of the ingredients are pre-measured and some aren't, it would make life even simpler if they would mark on the card which of the ingredients you needed to measure yourself.
We had a few, not many, wasted ingredients such as half a tin of tomatoes and various veg. It is a shame that the recipes weren't picked to ensure that you would use all of the ingredients in the different dishes.
Another suggestion that I would have is to expand their range. Maybe offer a box with all of the ingredients for a complete three or four course meal, this would be perfect for a romantic night in or entertaining guests. They could also add an option to purchase alcohol to compliment the dish. This would be a splurge but one that I would enjoy as a treat now and again.
The good news is if you fancy trying a Hello Fresh Box you can receive £20 off your first box with my referral code J6J5KN, click here to order your box.