(Beef & Mushroom Red Pesto Penne with Parmesan)
(Tex-Mex Chicken & Roast Veggie Toss with Garlic-Lemon Yoghurt)
(Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos with Shredded Cheddar Cheese)
(Hoisin Beef & Garlic Rice Bowl
With Lime & Mint)
(Caramised Pork & Garlic Rice with Zesty Tomato & Cucumber Salad)
[Note: we received a meal kit as a gift and there are affiliated links in this post.]
Over the years, there has been a steady increase in the number of online companies delivering meal kits to households NZ-wide. From a simple but fulsome range of veges and fruits from the farm to your door, fresh pasta delivery, budget meals aimed at young school leavers, meat boxes, fresh fish (literally still swimming in the sea the morning of delivery day) to full variety meal plans for small to large family and also meals that have been part prepped with sauces already made for you.
We tried all of them. They all brought something unique, and there were small points of difference. Many of my friends regularly use them. However, it wasn’t enough to keep us on long term.
HelloFresh on the other hand, has ticked the boxes for our family and we have continued to use it because it allows me to choose what I am going to have for dinner. For our small family, this is what sets them apart from other meal kits.
This has been the main niggle I have with other services: On a week night, I simply don’t have the energy or patience to persuade the family to eat a dish, designed albeit by chefs and nutritionists alike, that is new or with ingredients that has not often graced our dinner table for one reason or another.
Don’t get me wrong, we are all for adventures and trying new things, but on weeknights, I choose the path of least resistance.
To me, this is the beauty of HelloFresh: I show my daughter the upcoming weeks’ menus (three weeks’ worth are available to preview) and she decides what she would like to try. Amazingly, she picked things that I didn’t think she would. TBH we don’t use this every week – we plan ahead and choose the weeks according to our needs or taste preference.
These boxes were super handy during our COVID19 lockdown – I was the least stressed the week I knew food was coming. Going forward, it will be a useful service that gives us back our time.
What has HelloFresh done to improve their offering even more? I’m glad you asked 😉 – from 12 August,
- they are streamlining the prices and my Classic plan price is reducing – thus making their meal plans more affordable
- increasing the choices by making all Classic, Family and Vegetarian meals available across your order! You can now choose from 20 different options
- Additional sides are available, such as desserts, soups, bread and also a Fruit Kit!
These changes make it a straight forward choice for us when choosing a meal delivery service. We will be ordering more definitely.
Head over to their website, and enter in my code (HDA3311) at check out for a $80 discount off your order plus free delivery for first order ($30 off both your first and second orders, then $10 off both your third and forth orders.)
ps. The links above are affiliated. What this means is I will receive a small commission for every new HelloFresh customer using the link and code. Thanks in advance! I only post affiliated links when I am happy to pay for the products myself. Always.