Tuesday, May 17

Giving Hello Fresh a Taste #1


A few weeks ago I tempted into a Hello Fresh box. It was my first week back in Aberdeen after the holiday so I didn't have any food in the flat, it would encourage me to eat a little better, cook new things and my first box was only £25.



Nick ‘The Knife’s’ Zesty Orange Beef Stir Fry

The first night I cooked this yummy beef stir fry. I don't cook with beef so it was surprisingly easy to get it just right - it wasn't chewy like I was expecting. Annoyingly I took my eye off the orange sauce and it went extremely thick and lumpy. I just about saved it though and it was a very tasty, light and fresh dish. 
This is the dish I cooked with my boyfriend - we both really enjoy fish but we've never had Tilapia before. It was really delicious and because it was quite firm it was very easy to cook without it breaking apart. I made one change to the Panzanella because I really can't face eating raw onions. I cooked the onions and tomatoes in a pan for 5 minutes to soften them. This was one of my favourite dishes in the box.
I really like the look of this one on the recipe card and it was probably one of the quicker ones to prepare. The slaw was so delicious even though I was dubious about the cabbage. However, the marinade has mustard in it. I'm not a huge fan of it anyway and this type seemed to be quite strong - really I should have tasted it before putting it all over my food! Once I scraped it off I enjoyed the meal okay just not my favourite.


Black Bean Chilli with Herbed Pork

I was excited for this one because I love chilli and thought making it with sausage meat was a good idea for something different. Basically it is just a very delicious, traditional chilli recipe. I really enjoyed the brown rice for a different flavour so I will be buying that again. Can't wait to make this again because this picture is making me hungry.



Jamie's Squash & Penne Bake with Ricotta & Golden Breadcrumbs

I was really excited for this one because I love butternut squash and Jamie Oliver recipes rarely fail for me. However it did let me down - it wasn't as saucey as I would have liked. Infact I found it kind of dry and hard to eat. I'm always trying to think of ways to improve recipes but I'm not sure with this one. 

You are able to go onto the Hello Fresh website to download all of these recipes which is great. Overall I really enjoyed for first experience and would be really keen to order again. All the meals serve two people so are perfect for sharing when Scott comes over or having for lunch the next day. 

At £49 full price it is out of my student budget every week. I think they are probably 'quite' expensive too. I feel like I could buy slightly cheaper alternatives in my local supermarket for less. That being said everything was great quality, free-range and there is no waste. It also takes a lot of hassle out of choosing and cooking meals. 

Definitely check out their website if you enjoy cooking and trying new things. If you use this code - UUKT9D - you will get £25 off your first box too.


This review hasn't been sponsored, I paid for my box and all opinions are from my own experience. If you have any questions tweet me @gisforgingers.

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