product review: hellofresh canada

For a while now I have been amused by the evolving trend of meal delivery. No, I don’t mean getting take out meals delivered. I am referring to the businesses that send you nutritious meals straight to your door step. Some send them cooked and ready to warm up, others send you the ingredients you need to create meals they have already planned for you. HelloFresh is a company that sends you quality ingredients and a recipe book so you can prepare delicious meals at home in less than 30 minutes. The meals come in a box that is insulated and packed with ice packs to keep the meat and produce at ideal temperatures until you arrive home. Inside the box are smaller boxes, packed with the ingredients you will need for that specific meal.

So I bet you’re curious, what did I get from HelloFresh? Well, here is a break down of the box I received – the pronto box. Typically you receive four meals in each box. All you need at home is some salt, pepper, oil and sugar – the rest they send to you!

Meal One: Shrimp Banh Mi Burger
Honestly, I was kind of scared to try this one. Typically, I wouldn’t order this at a restaurant but that’s what is cool about the service; you get to experiment and try new things. Shrimp is one of those foods that I am picky with. I don’t want cheap, rubbery shrimp. Thank god they teamed up with Hooked, a quality supplier of seafood in Canada. The shrimp was so good. I really enjoyed making (and tasting) the sriracha lime mayo. A neat step in creating this burger was the process in which I pickled the shredded carrot and cucumber slices with white wine vinegar and sugar.

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Meal Two: Roasted Pork
This was really nice and easy. Honestly, I never pan sear pork chops. But with the cold weather, I wasn’t going to complain or try to BBQ them since I could just use my stove top and follow the directions provided. I really liked the apple topper that you make yourself with a fresh gala apple. The sides; cauliflower mash and roasted snap peas were so good too! I’ll definitely start roasting snap peas more often.

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Meal Three: Saucy Tandoori Chicken
This was my favourite meal from HelloFresh! It wasn’t hard to make, but was something I don’t normally make either. The chicken was great, but the rice was totally worth talking about! They make you add lemon zest, lemon juice and cilantro to the brown rice and wow, let me tell you.. it was SO good. I am still thinking about how good it was. Don’t get me wrong, the chicken was also amazing but the rice was just like nothing I’ve had before. On top, you throw a blob of the shredded cucumber and sour cream mix. At first I was a little hesitant to put this on the delicious meal I just cooked, but it was a perfect and refreshing piece of the meal.

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HelloFresh sources farm fresh, seasonal ingredients to make chef inspired meals right at home. You pick between their pronto box, veggie box or family box. Each one feeds either 2 or 4 people, based on your needs.You can view upcoming recipes on HelloFresh.ca and use promo code “COLMER50” to save 50% of your first box!

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