If you are a regular reader, you might know that Husband cooks most of our dinners. I'm just not very comfortable chopping and preparing our main meals. I cook for the kids, but they have simple tastes (and I rotate about 10 different dishes). Husband and I like a variety of tastes and spices, and I love trying new things. And we want our kids to enjoy different tastes as well. So when Hello Fresh asked us to try out their family recipe box, I had to say yes. And when they asked me and the kids to join in on a live cookalong with their Head Chef, Patrick, I felt nervous. Cooking is one thing, but cooking with kids? Eek.
But, it was actually okay. The kids popped out as something grabbed their attention. But they enjoyed helping to stir and add ingredients. We made a Sicilian Caponata, which is basically a sausage stew/ratatouille. Dubz would not eat any of the aubergines in the caponata but Moozles had a few. I believe that even if your child won't eat something, to keep giving it to them as eventually they will get used to the taste. And since only the three of us ate the caponata for lunch, we had the leftovers for lunch the next day (with white rice).
If you're thinking about getting a Hello Fresh box, let me help. The food comes carefully packaged. There won't be any random ingredient that you can't figure out what to do with it. The ingredients are fresh and of a good quality. Each meal comes with a recipe guide that has words and pictures showing how to prepare it, as well as dietary information. We were pleased to find a variety of meat in our box (beef, chicken, sausage), but there is a vegetarian box. We did find that the recipes took longer than noted, but I think that is often the case when you're preparing new things (and when you are cooking with children).
On the whole it saves time as you don't have to deliberate what to cook or get the specific ingredients. And we enjoyed eating things we don't normally cook. What do you think? Are you tempted to try Hello Fresh?
We were sent a family recipe box for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.