Cooking with Hello Fresh

The Not-So Pioneer Woman Cooks

Last week, I conducted a little kitchen experiment using Hello Fresh. Hello Fresh is a meal kit delivery service that sends healthy portioned meals to your door with detailed cooking instructions. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not very skilled in the kitchen to say the least. (Earlier this year, I had the “Great Egg Explosion of 2017” in my kitchen after the simple task of boiling eggs went south!) Despite my past kitchen catastrophes, I decided that I wanted to have a bit more in common with the Pioneer Woman than just her hair color. So I used a coupon code, selected my meals for the upcoming week, and anxiously awaited the arrival of my box!

As you can see, I had really high hopes for myself!


When the box arrives, the ingredients for each meal are divided up into little boxes and are labeled to avoid confusion. The instruction cards are placed on top and are extremely easy to follow. All the meals were suppose to have taken about 30 minutes to prepare but since I had to stop and YouTube how to do a few basic kitchen tricks it took me about 45 minutes to fix each meal. (Please tell me I am not the only one who didn’t know how to “zest” a lemon or dice an onion?!..Nevermind… don’t tell me)

Here are the photos I took of the ingredients and my final creations:
Cooking instruction cards

Meal #1 : Lemony Pan-Seared Chicken

Each meal was between 600-700 calories and really exact on the portions served.



Meal #2: Cumin-Spiced Steak

This was by far the most challenging for me to complete just because I thought it was a bit difficult to balance the time of everything cooking at once. It was also my first time ever cooking steak!


Not too shabby!

Meal #3: Turkey Chiles Rellenos

Cue the onion tears
This meal was so spicy and way more onions than I usually care to eat but it was DELICIOUS!



Overall, my experience with Hello Fresh was extremely positive! I loved the low-cal meals, they were fairly fast and easy, and I picked up a few new cooking skills! (To celebrate I even went out and bought the new turquoise ¬†Pioneer Woman knife set!…have I mentioned I’m a bit obsessed with her products?) The Hello Fresh website is really easy to use and their customer service reps are super friendly. I paused my subscription this week and can arrange my deliveries for when it is most convenient.

Want to give Hello Fresh a try? Here is the link to sign up >>> Hello Fresh Discount Link


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