Hey everyone! I wasn’t supposed to get another Hello Fresh box so soon… I’ve been planning on ordering one every month or two when the recipes appeal to me but I totally spaced and forgot to skip a week. Imagine my surprise when I got a notification that a box was on the way. Oops! It seems that I have a couple more meals to share.
About Hello Fresh
Hello Fresh is a weekly food subscription offering three different subscription plans. Ingredients are sourced from local producers and shipped straight to your doorstep on the day of your choosing. All packaging is recyclable, even the ice packs!
Plans: Pronto, Family or Vegetarian
Price: $10+ per serving. Our Vegetarian plan costs about $70 a week for three meals with 2-4 servings. (It says 2 servings but there’s almost always enough for four!)
Customize: Only the Pronto & Family Plans get meal options
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Though it is a bit on the expensive side I justify staying subscribed because sometimes when I’m working a lot of evenings it’s just terribly convenient having all the meal prep taken care of. It’s like a culinary adventure with every meal. I learned how to bread and fry tofu properly to use in stir frys, I’ve made tzatziki and risotto for the first time.. A lot of these things have daunted me in the past so when I get a meal box I feel like I’m learning new things. This week I learned how to char vegetables Ecuadorian style!
Ecuadorian-Style Tofu Stir Fry
I wasn’t actually looking forward to this meal when I found out I was receiving it, but it turned out to be my favourite of the three. It contains quinoa which I’ve been told I should love as a vegetarian but it’s just not my cup of tea. Peru also ruined it for me because when we were Hiking Colca Canyon we were served warm quinoa juice. It was atrocious.
The quinoa in this stir fry however wasn’t bad. The recipe had us cook it in a pot of boiling water like rice. I made sure to let it cook extra so it wouldn’t be crunchy, I don’t like crunchy quinoa salads so I knew a crunchy stir fry wouldn’t sit well with me.
The recipe then had me bread some tofu in cornstarch & spices and pan fry until cripsy. Next I marinated it in a lime juice mixture. I think it may have been better to soak the tofu in lime first and then bread and fry to keep it from getting soggy. I also charred vegetables over medium high heat. Basically I just didn’t stir the vegetables so they charred/burned slightly on each side before flipping.
Lastly I had to pickle onions as a garnish. I didn’t care for the pickled onions, so I left it off my plate.
Mushroom & Leek Linguini
This is the recipe I was most excited for, probably because it was the most familiar to what I know. The leeks came spiralized so they were easy to cook with them. I’ve never cooked with fresh linguini so that was interesting to me. I only had to boil it for three minutes before it was ready.
The sauce threw me off. The recipe recommended adding 1 cup of boiled pasta water to the vegetables and mixing with a small packet of cream cheese. Then I added a handful of parmesan cheese and let everything melt. It wasn’t what I expected and the cheese seemed to melt but then harden around the leeks so I wound up with chewy cheesy leek balls. That sounds so gross when I put it that way, it really wasn’t that bad but I’ve had better pastas!
Golden Halloumi & Ratatouille
The ratatouille was easy to make. I roasted a bunch of vegetables in the oven and crushed up the roasted garlic with some oil to make a spread for the ciabatta buns. Next I toasted the ciabatta buns in the oven with the garlic spread once the vegetables were done.
I had no idea what halloumi was prior to this box. It’s apparently a cheese! I cut the halloumi into slices and fried it in a dry pan for about two minutes on each side. It’s an interesting cheese, it doesn’t melt like I expected but it still has a cheesy flavour. It was also rather chewy, it squeaked against my teeth when I chewed it O_o
All in all this meal was good, but it didn’t feel very special to me. I can easily make the grilled vegetables on my own without a food subscription. The cheese was the only thing that was truly interesting about it unfortunately.
All in all I was disappointed with this box. It’s my own fault, we all have different meal preferences and I should have skipped the week ahead of time. I can generally tell if I’ll like something by reading the recipe so I just skip the weeks that don’t sound good to me. If I had looked at this one prior I would have known that this week would be a miss. I have actually enjoyed most of my Hello Fresh recipes, this is my fourth box from them and so far the only disappointment. You can check out my last box Here, which I did enjoy.
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