Making healthy meals for the family is not as straightforward as it sounds, meal planning and food shopping are only the beginning. To make things a little easier over the past year I’ve been using HelloFresh (on and off), which has changed the way I think about meals and food in general. For those who’ve never heard of HelloFresh (where have you been?), it’s a flexible food subscription, meal kit that’s delivered directly to your house. Each box is packed with food for delicious meals, along with detailed recipe cards. The ingredients have all been measured out for you, so all you need to do is follow the instructions and create exciting, tasty meals.
Here are ten reasons why we love the HelloFresh Family Boxes…
- You don’t have to worry about food shopping or meal planning; it’s all done for you.
- Each home cooked meal is healthy, delicious and well balanced.
- They’re perfect for cooks of any level and ideal for older children who want to start helping in the kitchen.
- As everything is measured out precisely, there’s no (or very little) food waste.
- They’re a brilliant way of learning new recipes and adding some variety to your family favourites.
- The children get to try new flavours, and it’s a great way for them to learn about different foods from around the world.
- You can pick 3 or 4 meals from a choice of six each week, and you can stop or pause the subscription at any time.
- The meals cost at, as little as £3.99 per meal – which is cheaper than eating out or getting a takeaway.
- Hello Fresh meals have encouraged us to eat more at the table as a family. Making mealtimes, family time.
- Every recipe is packed with flavours your kids will love – as children rigorously test each recipe before it’s given the green light. Each recipe also has a little flavour twist for us adults who have a more adventurous taste.
This is just one example of the delicious meals we’ve enjoyed over the past few weeks…
CREAMY CHICKEN CURRY with Green Beans and Fluffy Rice
￼￼￼200g Green Beans
30g Tomato Purée
1 tin Diced Tomatoes
15g Garlic Purée
4 Chicken Breast
300g Basmati Rice
600ml Water for rice
1.5 tsp Sri Lankan Curry Powder
1 Chicken Stock Pot
1 small pot of Double Cream
100ml Water for curry
- Peel and thinly slice the onion into half moons. Trim the tops from the green beans and then chop each one into four pieces. Thinly slice the chicken breast widthways into 1⁄2cm wide strips.
- Pour the water (amount specified in the ingredient list) into a large saucepan with a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil on high heat and then add the basmati rice. Stir and then cover with a lid. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, 10mins. Once the 10mins is up, remove from the heat and leave for another 10mins (or until the curry is ready). TIP: Don’t take the lid off as the rice will finish cooking in its own steam.
- Heat a drizzle of oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Once hot, add the chicken. Season with salt and black pepper. Stir and cook until browned, about 5mins.
- Add the onion to your frying pan, stir together and cook until the onion is soft, 5-6mins. Add the garlic purée, tomato purée and Sri Lankan curry powder. Stir together and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the diced tomatoes, chicken stockpot and 100ml water . Stir to dissolve the stockpot and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the curry has thickened slightly, 10mins.
- Once the curry has cooked for 10mins, add the double cream and simmer for 5mins, then add the green beans, cover with a lid (or some foil) and simmer until the beans are cooked, 5 more minutes.
- Fluff up the rice with a fork and spoon into bowls. Divide the curry between your bowls.
This mild, creamy curry was a big winner in our house. Even Iris (who’s 18months) loved it. This one is now firmly on our favourites list along with Cheesy Tomato Orzo, Pizza Burgers, Mild Sausage Chilli and Gnocchi Bolognaise.
Disclaimer: We were gifted a one month subscription in exchange for this review but I have also paid for some boxes as I really do use this service.