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HelloFresh Recipes and $40 Off Coupon

The HelloFresh meal subscription box is full of creative recipes and the best part is that you can get your first box for $40 off!

For the last year (more like 2 years), I have been in a major cooking rut.  Somehow, my once over eager cooking enthusiast self, turned into a frozen food or take out addict.  As much as I love to blame our busy schedule for this, I know the major issue is that I became so off track, that I didn’t know how to get back on.  Meal planning and grocery shopping started to feel like a chore to me.  It took mental strain just to figure out what I could possibly even come up with to cook.  My children being picky eaters, didn’t help the situation any.  If anything, they made me want to cook box macaroni and cheese every night and call it a meal.

I really wanted to start cooking healthier meals for the family.  I just didn’t know how to get back on track.  Then my mom sent me a referral link for HelloFresh, a meal subscription box service.  I thought, I’m going to take this amazing offer and relieve myself of the mental stress of meal planning for a week.  My plan was to get the super cheap groceries and then cancel after the first week.  Well, I didn’t cancel, keep reading to find out why and to find your own recipe inspirations.

Meal Subscription Box Review For HelloFresh

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Just like my mom did for me, I am sharing my referral link for $40 off your first week with you.  This offer will get you 3 meals for 2 delivered to your doorstep for under $20.  Or you can do 2 meals for 4 for under $30.  If you so desire, you can cancel right after receiving your shipment.  There are no further obligations when using this referral link.

Meal Subscription Box Review For HelloFresh

(Steak Caprese with Mozzarella, Tomatoes and Herbed Potatoes)

Here are the reasons I continue my HelloFresh meal subscription box service:

It brought back my desire to cook.  By taking the stress of meal planning and grocery shopping away, I am able to enjoy cooking again.  Even better, Abigail loves to help me out.  She washes all the veggies, while I chop.  As a mother, I feel like I should help my children develop a love for cooking, so I feel so grateful that this meal subscription box is helping me to do this.

Meal Subscription Box Review For HelloFresh

The meals are quick and easy to make, but still creative and delicious.  Each meal comes in it’s own bag.  Everything you need (minus salt, pepper and oils), except the meat, is in that bag.  When your box is delivered, you just need to place the bags and meat in the fridge.  Imagine the convenience of pulling a bag out of your fridge full of all the ingredients and recipe card needed for your dinner that night.  It’s quite amazing.  The average time for each meal is about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Meal Subscription Box Review For HelloFresh

My kids, who are picky eaters, love the meals.  I wanted to try some of the recipes for the meals for 2 one week.  I figured the girls wouldn’t mind having their favorite lunchable or macaroni and cheese again a couple nights, but they wanted my food instead!  Next time I will double the order when doing the meals for 2.

Meal Subscription Box Review For HelloFresh

The portion sizes are very generous.  I struggle to finish the portion sizes in the HelloFresh meal subscription box.  When we order for 4, there are enough leftovers for my lunch for the next day since the girls don’t eat a full portion size.

Meal Subscription Box Review For HelloFresh

(Tuscan-Spiced Shrimp and Orzo with Roasted Tomatoes and Crispy Breadcrumbs)

The ingredients are fresh and high quality.  HelloFresh only delivers on Mondays which concerned me how well the food would hold up.  The meat is packaged separately, so this is able to be frozen if needed.  I have cooked meals later in the week on Friday and the vegetables and fresh herbs are still fresh.

Meal Subscription Box Review For HelloFresh

(Creamy Dill Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans)

It can help save money.  Having meals already in the refrigerator, makes it easier to ditch all the take-out we were eating before.  I am excited about coming home, grabbing my bag and cooking.  The temptation to drive through somewhere is gone.  It also helps from needing to make multiple trips to the grocery store a week where I leave with a bunch of random stuff.

 Who would benefit from a HelloFresh meal subscription box service?

  • If you are in a cooking rut
  • Those who love trying new recipes
  • Families who are busy with a lot of after school activities
  • If you hate meal planning and/or grocery shopping but love healthy, home cooked meals
  • If you are trying to eat out less or less take out

Meal Subscription Box Review For HelloFresh

(Slow Cooker Smoky Beef Chili with Black Beans, Crema and Corn Tortillas)

Save $40 off your first week with no obligations

There is only one way to know if HelloFresh is right for you. Try the service for yourself!  HelloFresh makes this easy to do by offering a friend referral link when you sign up. I am happy to share the link I received when signing up with all of our readers for $40 off your first week.  You literally can cancel right after if you aren’t immediately sold so there is no risk.  Just a week of super cheap, amazing meals delivered to your door!

Meal Subscription Box Review For HelloFresh

(Swedish Meatloaves with Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Carrots and Currant Jam)

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Meal Subscription Box Review For HelloFresh



  1. I am in a meal rut, too. We have the same meals over and over, and I’m pretty sick of them. I love that this service is helping you branch out and get your kids involved.

  2. I’ve heard so many good things about Hello Fresh and I’d love to give it a try. It makes life easier especially for busy people who have no time to shop for ingredients all the time.

  3. This sounds so amazing. I would like to have something like this in my city. I have to admit that I’m not good in the kitchen but my husband always makes a great meal. The time is the biggest issue for us and having the only dinner the meal we eat together in the week, it usually not the most healthy meal.

  4. These meals look amazing. I have always said that I was going to try Hello Fresh but never did it. Your review is great an now I will invest in this.

  5. I’m glad that this worked for you and took you out of your rut. I have a household of 5, with 3 men over 250 lbs. I don’t think there’s a plan in the world for them. LOL

  6. It seems like we eat the same thing every week. I hate to cook but I like fresh food that is healthy. This sounds like a treat and a good alternative. I may give them a try. Thanks for the tip!

  7. I share your sentiment about meal planning.☺️ I’ve heard from friends that hello fresh is a wonderful option and your review has confirmed it. The incentive you are offering has motivated me to give it a try. 👍🏼 Thanks so much !! 💕 Xo, Evelyn, 🦋

  8. This looks awesome. I’ve had my groceries delivered for years due to the busy schedules we had with my kids when they were growing up. This is great to cut out the whole planning part as well.

  9. I’ve always cooked from scratch and with a budget. I’ve also been curious about these subscription services. I’m just not sure that they are cost effective. Maybe I’ll use your discount code and give it a try since it’s just Mr. SBF and me now! 🙂

    1. I agree with the cost effective. We will probably switch on and off a few weeks. They are definitely more cost effective than take-out though! But I love the recipe cards I now have which will make it easier for me to do my own meal prep!

  10. I really enjoyed when I had HelloFresh. It was so healthy, and I learned how to cook better meals. I also learned how to cook items that I had never eaten before. I just always passed them by in the grocery because I was intimidated by them. It was a great experience, and I would do it again.

  11. The meals look delicious, thanks for the photos and all the details about prep and how the ingredients store. My concern is that I’m cooking for one…do you think a service like this would work for me?

    1. Yes! If you don’t mind eating leftovers, this could make your life so easy when cooking for 1. Just order for 2 and then you’ll have 6 dinners instead of 3 or you’ll have lunches if you like to pack a lunch or eat lunch at home.

  12. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Hello Fresh. Your pictures are great as the food looks delicious! If we ever get in a cooking rut we may try this.

  13. I have thought about doing the subscription box services before. I think you have convinced me though. These meals look amazing and getting healthy stuff for me and my daughter we can cook at home is so important.

  14. All of these new subscription boxes coming out, I think I have signed up for them all! But this will sure be one I look into. Thanks for sharing, the food looks amazing!

  15. That looks great Kristi. I love the idea of everything being there you need for the meal. I actually used to be a chef and still love cooking but never do it. I’m just lazy but this looks like an ideal way to get back into it. Can you use the link in the UK at all?

    1. I am not sure if they deliver there or not. They have a zip coder finder on their website that will let you know. And if they do deliver there, the coupon will work!

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