A honest review of Hello Fresh by a gluten free family . I was a bit hesitant to agree to review this box as I was uncertain whether or not my family could eat anything in it. We are gluten free as well as peanut free after all. This particular food service company sends you the ingredients as well as recipes for 3 complete meals for 2 or 4 people depending on the box you choose. I reluctantly agreed to the 2 person box so as to not have to throw out gobs of food if we indeed could not eat it. Boy was I pleasantly surprised at the outcome. Each recipe easily fed my family of 4 , sometimes 5. They have 3 different plans to choose from: Classic, veggie and family
After selecting which plan as well as number of meals you would like, you get to choose from 7 recipes. This was a game changer for us as one of the 3 original recipes was not a good match for us. I was able to easily trade the pasta dish for a rice one as well as see the ingredients for the others. I did not change it unless it was clearly not going to fit our dietary restrictions. The website makes this so easy by listing under each recipe if it is gluten , nut or dairy free. I love that feature.
Madison made all 3 recipes from start to finish. She has minimal cooking experience but we are working diligently on it. This should testify to how easy the recipes were to follow as well as the fact that all the ingredients were packaged for her. She wouldn’t have needed anything from the pantry if we weren’t gluten free. Everything was in the bag from soy sauce to bouillon. I did sub out both those ingredients with our gluten free versions. I was happy with that scenario. It was easy to find the ingredients on their website and I wouldn’t have needed to sub out anything if I had chosen a recipe marked gluten free. Since the box came on Logan’s birthday, this was his birthday lunch. Beef and brussel sprout stir fry. Beyond delicious! Oh and done in under 30 minutes.
Chile crusted shrimp with corn relish met us for lunch before we went on date night. Again, Madison made this with no help from me. I could eat this on a regular basis for sure. The recipe was nutritious in addition to tasty. Once again , she had the recipe completely prepared in under 30 minutes.
Finally, chicken quinoa stew. Wow! Even Logan liked it and he isn’t a quinoa fan. As a matter of fact, he complimented Madison on her culinary prowess after this recipe. If that’s not a success then I don’t know what is!
Now for the info. It’s pricey. We couldn’t do this on a weekly basis. $69 for a box with 3 meals is not going to cut it here in Autismland. Was it worth it? Absolutely! Just out of our price range is all. This would be a great option for an stay at home date night or for a fun family activity one month but I can’t envision forking out that kind of money on a weekly basis. We have to afford autism after all. Not that I think the value isn’t there for the box. For our family this would be a luxury item.
All in all, it’s a great company with a great product! The concept is innovative. It’s a great way to have a fun time with the kids as well as try some new recipes. It would be a much appreciated gift for a new mom or someone returning home from the hospital. Our family enjoyed it very much.
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