I love spending time in the kitchen and creating meals from scratch. The main thing I struggle with is inspiration. When I had the chance to try out a Classic Box from Hello Fresh, I was very excited and couldn’t wait for it to arrive.
My box was delivered on a Tuesday between the hours of 9-5. I wasn’t around to receive delivery myself but was able to leave instructions for it to be left in a safe place. It didn’t matter that the box was left outside of refrigerated conditions whilst I wasn’t at home because all the meat was packed in a clever insulated bag, and there was ice packs inside the box as well.
There was so much packed into the box I didn’t know where to start. I took quite a few minutes unpacking it and taking a look at everything included. The meat was sealed inside it’s own bag, and the vegetables were either packed or nestled between other vegetables to keep them safe. Everything was packed well, there was no battered veg, and everything looked vibrant and fresh.
My box included three different meals for two people. When ordering the boxes you can choose whether to feed two or four people, and whether you want to have meat and fish included, or vegetarian. This box costs £39.
There are a variety of options available on the website, and you can see which recipes are included each week to give you an idea of what you’ll be receiving.
There is literally everything you will need to create the recipes from the cards included, down to milk, red wine vinegar and more. I have found very quickly there is plenty left over, so you may not have enough meat to create more than what the recipe cards allow, but you will be left with plenty of herbs and some of the spices too. I had loads of the spinach left from the first meal and we ate well with large portions.
I also managed to make the meal for two stretch to three for 6yo but she didn’t have everything as there were some different vegetables that she tried but didn’t like. This was also a good experiment for her to see and taste different foods that we don’t normally buy as I never cook with them.
The first recipe I created was a Seared Peppermongers steak with salad and Chimicurri dressing. The recipe card is laid out well to give you pictures as well as text. It was initially handy for the chicken recipe as it called for a butterfly of chicken so there was a picture demonstration on how to butterfly a chicken breast.
I gathered all my ingredients and set to work.
There was just enough kick to the chimichurri sauce to make the flavours explode in my mouth, but it wasn’t too spicy which allowed 6yo to enjoy some of the spinach salad.
Next up was the grilled chicken and Mediterranean vegetable stack. I don’t cook with aubergine so was interested to try this, and I only ever eat courgette chopped up finely in spaghetti bolognaise, so I was interested to see if I was going to enjoy it as a vegetable.
This recipe was made by marinading the chicken once you’ve butterflied it in garlic, lemon and a little oil before grilling. It comes out very succulent and flavoursome. Stacked on griddled vegetables and smothered in dill infused creme fraiche. Gorgeous! The only thing I would do differently for this recipe next time would be to use a griddle for the veg. I used a pan this time as I didn’t get the effect I wanted from them. They were still very tasty though.
I still have one more recipe to create and will update this post once it’s been created. It’s going to be a squid recipe and we’re all a little excited to be trying squid. I have eaten it before but never cooked with it.
So as a roundup
- Is it worth the money? – Yes definitely, there is plenty and the ingredients are fresh and tasty
- Do I recommend it? – 100% yes
Disclosure – we received the box free of charge but all opinions are my own.