The Motherhood recently had the opportunity to work with HelloFresh, a meal delivery service that brings chef- and nutritionist-designed recipes and fresh, pre-measured ingredients to your doorstep each week.
We asked five stellar influencers to put the service to the test and create summertime meals that minimize time in the kitchen (each meal takes about 30 minutes to make) and maximize time spent socializing. Read on for highlights from their experiences.
Want to give HelloFresh a try? Enter promo code 40MTH at checkout or click on this link to get 40 percent off of your first delivery (new customers only; promotion ends 9/30/2015). Happy cooking!
Ashley, Surf and Sunshine: “I can’t think of anything better than a juicy pan-seared steak with a Spanish-inspired potato salad. The salad consists of crispy potatoes, briny olives, and crisp green beans. P.S. This was my family’s *favorite* dish. Luckily, HelloFresh sends their recipes on sturdy card stock so I can keep them to make again later.”
Ashley with Surf and Sunshine recommends pairing the Seared Steak and Crispy Potato Salad with Tomatoes, Green Beans, and Shallot Pan-Sauce meal with a medium red like Merlot or a medium-weight Australian Shiraz.
Kristin, Our Ordinary Life: “The one thing my husband enjoys is spending time in the kitchen. His cooking skills have gotten much better and he’s quite the chef. That’s why we find ourselves spending time making and preparing meals together. We recently had the chance to try out HelloFresh, a unique meal service that sends you everything you need to make three delicious meals right at home. Right away I liked that the HelloFresh meals were packed full of flavor and quite unique. Many of the dishes are ones I wouldn’t try myself so it was nice to get to explore new flavors.”
Kristin with Our Ordinary Life tried the Garlic Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa Verde and Spiced Honey-Butter Corn, and called the corn the “highlight” of the meal.
Mariah, The Simple Parent: “As you know, when it comes to the kitchen, I love cooking and entertaining. But, I need it to be easy. So I have to admit that when I first opened up my HelloFresh recipes and got out all of the ingredients, I was a bit overwhelmed. I wasn’t sure I had the kitchen skills to make the amazing food that was promised in the recipe book. But, HelloFresh took me through each step and I’m pretty sure my family thought that I had gotten food from a restaurant! Nope, just Chef Mom! I had to admit that I was pretty proud.”
The Simple Parent’s Mariah whipped up Coconut & Macadamia-Crusted Tilapia with Zucchini, Red Bell Pepper, and Cilantro-Lime Forbidden Rice.
Maureen, Wisconsin Mommy: “One of the things I love best about the HelloFresh meals is that they are all made from whole ingredients. There is no ‘adding the mix’ or anything like that. Any sauces or extras (like the awesome tomatillo and avocado salsa I made) are made from the ingredients in the box. The ingredients are all fresher than what you would even find in your local grocery store – must be because HelloFresh supports local businesses whenever possible.”
Maureen with Wisconsin Mommy shares her Instagram-worthy Peruvian Shrimp Ceviche Tacos with Pico de Gallo and Avocado (recipe here).
Melissa, Serendipity and Spice: “I love that there’s no searching for ingredients because they have EVERYTHING there [in the box]! If the recipe calls for balsamic vinegar, then there is a tiny bottle of balsamic vinegar in your baggie. If the recipe needs honey, then there’s a tiny jar of honey in the bag. HelloFresh makes sure that you have every ingredient and just the right amount so there’s no waste.”
Melissa with Serendipity and Spice recruited her little one to help stir up some delicious meals, including the Warm Spinach & Spicy Chorizo Salad with Blistered Tomatoes and Feta-Crusted Corn on the Cob.
If your appetite is whetted, remember that you can visit HelloFresh and enter promo code 40MTH at checkout or click on this link to get 40 percent off of your first delivery (new customers only; promotion ends 9/30/2015). Enjoy!
Featured image source: HelloFresh