Hello Fresh UK Review

Last week I tried out a Hello Fresh box to keep me going during a second week of night shifts at work. Although I had plenty of time in the afternoons to go food shopping, I decided to order in the box and let Hello Fresh do the hard work for me!

And here's how I got on...



Each week sees new recipes and seasonal ingredients with easy to follow recipe cards to guide you through each meal. As I'm not a big meat eater, I went for the 3 meal vegetarian box for 2 people. The portion sizes were very generous, and with Boy only sharing one of the meals with me, I had plenty to take into work.

After choosing your box online the week before, deliveries can take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, daytime and evenings depending on your preference.

My box came Tuesday afternoon ready for an early pre-work dinner. Everything was neatly packed and some ultra smart sheep wool packaging kept chilled items perfectly fresh. All ingredients are sent for the week in exactly the quantities you need, so there's no need to measure anything out.

Tuesday: Gnocchi with homemade creme fraîche pesto and tomato bruschetta
This meal was ready in 30 minutes and only involved a little chopping of the tomatoes and courgette. Once the gnocchi was cooked, a pesto made with pine nuts, basil, courgette and cheese is stirred through. Served with grilled ciabatta with a good garlic rub, basil and tomatoes.

This meal was by far my favourite and my colleagues were fairly envious to watch me munch away the leftovers, whilst they had their supermarket sandwiches.

Wednesday: Baked tofu with peanut satay sauce and steamed bok choi
I've never enjoyed tofu until this meal! So am happy to happy to have found that I can cook it myself at home like this. Its marinated in soy sauce for 5-10 minutes and then baked in the oven till the edges get nice and crispy. Once cooked, everything is mixed with steamed bok choi, cashews, chilli sauce and peanut butter. I saved this meal for Boy's visit as he's a satay fiend and traded his tofu for chicken...all the more for me!

Thursday: Stuffed peppers with pistachio and Italian cheese crust
A nice fresh meal in preparation for end of the week dinner celebrations on Friday! The peppers are roasted, then stuffed with cous cous and topped cheese and pistachios with a little flash under the grill. The salad is made with cucumber, celery, chicory and carrots...super C-salad!

My subscription is on pause for the week as I won't be eating at home as much. Although I'm quite sad that I'll have to be doing my own food shopping. But it's handy to know that you can choose when you want your boxes, as long as you order the Wednesday before each new week.

For the details on all their boxes and subscription services, check out Hello Fresh, they explain it far better!

In summary, a great way of trying out new things and encouraging good fuss free home-cooking.

If you fancy giving it a try yourself, for £20 off your first box use the discount code 6R43MT. (A voucher code is given to all subscribers, and when used gives the referrer £12 off their own boxes - just thought a £20 discount is too good a deal not to share with anyone who wants to give it a go).

Disclaimer: All views and opinions are my own, I paid for my own box.

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13 comments

  1. Ooh funnily enough I've ordered one for this week as there was a deal on Living Social. Tried a box a few months ago I think they're pretty fab - especially for recipe inspiration with ingredients I wouldn't usually buy xx

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    1. Looking forward to seeing what you get! Definitely tried some new things this way...and started a gnocchi obsession!x

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  2. Wow, this looks absolutely awesome!

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  3. How much is the box before the discount?

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    1. Anything between £36 and £64 depending on whether vegetarian/meat. How many servings and how many people. Works out to be £4-6 per serving usually. Check out their website linked in the post for more info. Hope this helps!

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  4. I just got a gift card from them so planning to try it out soon! :) Great to see how you got on!

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  5. thanks for this review, I've just had a voucher card in my you beauty subscription and hunting for reviews to see if I want to give them a go, think I will!

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    1. Did you try it Claire? Think I need to order another one for some dinner inspiration :)

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  6. I tried it and loved it, but please be careful because they will make you have their subscription (ongoing membership), so make sure you cancel after trying it the first time otherwise they charge and make you carrying on using them. The customer service is better bad too.

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    1. That's a shame! I've not had to use their customer service before but kept my subscription on hold until I wanted a box. Always worth being careful with any subscriptions :)

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  7. I was given 2 Groupon vouchers for hello fresh by a friend for Christmas. On both occasions my account was charged even though I had checked out with my voucher code succesfully and received confirmation of this. On both occasions I had to wait days for my refund leaving me at one point stranded with no access to the cash in my account. Customer services were patronising an unsympathetic. A shame because the food and recipes were excellent but won't be using them again.

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    1. That's a shame Alan! Luckily mine was good but when this happens always puts you off trying something similar. There are a few other meal boxes on the market to try...maybe they'd be better!

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