Cooking with Cleia | Hello Fresh March 2018

Hello Fresh Review: Cooking With Cleia

Hey everyone! Back in December I signed up for Hello Fresh, a Canadian Food subscription. You guys know that I’m obsessed with subscriptions and I’ve been so busy that sometimes it’s nice to get a box full of prepped ready to be cooked meals. I originally had a $50 off coupon so I planned on subscribing just for one week but I enjoyed it so much I kept my subscription. This is my first ever food blog post so please let me know at the end if you enjoyed this post and if cooking is something you’d like to see more of from me! If so I’d love to share some Baking recipes πŸ™‚

Hello Fresh March 2018

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.

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!)
Frequency: Weekly
Customize: Only the Pronto & Family Plans get meal options
Skipable: Yes

*Note: This post contains referral links

Something I really like about having a food subscription is that it broadens my horizons when it comes to food. We made risotto for the very first time through Hello Fresh and it was delicious! We also made a greek dish with tzatziki a few weeks ago. It’s fun getting to cook with ingredients that I would never normally buy in the grocery store, like dill or shallots. There has only been one recipe so far that I wasn’t fond but that’s all part of the adventure. This week was pretty tame in terms of recipes.

Hello Fresh March 2018 Packaging

March 2018 Hello Fresh Packaging

The Packaging

One thing you’re probably wondering is how a food subscription manages to ship out fresh food. Basically You pick a day for your shipments to arrive and indicate if you would prefer a morning or evening delivery. I was annoyed at UPS because they literally just dropped the box on my doorstep and left without knowing if I was home and they dropped it off in the morning this time instead of the evening like I indicated. Luckily I was home.

The food is delivered in a big Hello Fresh box with a foil insert to reflect cold air back at the produce. There will be a big icepack in the bottom of your box which you can reuse, recycle or arrange to return to Hello Fresh for free. Each meal comes in a large paper bag labelled with what meal it is and a large recipe booklet. All the packaging is recyclable, even the icepacks!

Hello Fresh One Pot Tortilla Soup

One-Pot Tortilla Soup

I was excited for this one because I knew both Mike & I would enjoy it. The last time I made tortilla soup from the Oh She Glows Cookbook we both loved it. Personally I liked the Oh She Glows recipe slightly better but this dish was still quite good and filling. Mike & I made a date night of making this soup and watching Trainwreck on Netflix (surprisingly his pick not mine).

Hell Fresh does their garnishes very well with creative flavour combinations that I would never think to try myself. For instance, we topped this tortilla soup with tortilla chips, corn, avocado, jalapeño and smoked cheddar. I wouldn’t have thought to top with uncooked jalapeño but it actually added a nice crunch to the soup in addition to the tortilla chips. The smoked cheddar was a nice addition as well.

Hello Fresh Crispy Tofu Stir Fry

Crispy Tofu Stirfry

I’m not as good as I should be with monitoring my intake of protein and iron. I never remember to buy or cook Tofu. I’m working on it this year, it’s been a huge help cooking with the Oh She Glows Cookbook because it’s vegan so most of the recipes require some sort of protein substitute.

Something I learned from Hello Fresh last week was how to properly pan fry tofu. There are so many ways to do it but this recipe was by far my favourite. The trick is to mix the Tofu with cornstarch which never would have occurred to me and season with salt & pepper before frying. It turned out nice and crispy which my tofu never does. I’m impressed!

This stirfry ended up being quite spicy after I added two packets of sweet chilli garlic sauce but I really enjoyed it. The consistent time estimate helps a lot because I was able to quickly cook this stirfry on my dinner break and make it back to work for the second half of my shift.

Hello Fresh Lentil Bolognese

Lentil Bolognese

This was the one recipe I was unsure if I would like or not. I generally like lentils but I’ve never made a bolognese sauce before. It was pretty simple with all the ingredients prepped and labeled for me, I just followed directions like a monkey with minimal prep needed. I love that the recipe booklet is easy to follow and contains accurate cooking times. I rarely have a recipe take longer than the estimated time provided.

Hello Fresh provided enough ingredients for four small portions or two large portions. This dish ended up being my favourite out of the three this week. The bolognese tasted just a tad but sweet because you add a tiny spoonful of sugar but topped with a few basil leaves and parmesan cheese the end result was divine. The dish was very crave worthy and I kept sneaking spoonfuls out of my husbands leftovers xD

Hello Fresh Lentil Bolognese Prep

How Hello Fresh packages their ingredients

Would you make any of these dishes from Hello Fresh?

As I stated in the intro, please let me know what you thought of this post and let me know if you would like to see more food subscriptions or just food in general on my blog. I’d love to share some recipes with you guys! If you’re interested in signing up for Hello Fresh you can get $40 off your first box with my link Here.

As always thank you for reading, I’ll see you in the next one. Don’t forget to like & subscribe! <3



  1. kathnotkat
    March 15, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    Meal subscriptions always look so wonderfully simple! Brilliant post! X

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 16, 2018 / 2:30 am

      They really do, I’m glad this one was as simple as it looked! Thanks for reading! xx

  2. March 14, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    This all looks so tasty, I’ve always wanted to try a subscription like this πŸ™‚

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 14, 2018 / 10:58 pm

      There are so many to choose from! Most of them have an intro deal too or code for money off the first box πŸ™‚I recommend it if you’re short on time for cooking each week! Thanks for reading Sarah! 😊

  3. Makeup by Erin
    March 14, 2018 / 1:11 am

    I’ve always wanted to try this out! It sounds so lovely!

  4. March 13, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    I loved this post! Meal subscriptions are fun and they make it super easy snd convenient to play with new flavors. Your dishes looked delish!!

  5. Melina Elisa | Ivefoundwaldo
    March 13, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try them out for a little while now! I’m glad to hear you had such a great experience with them! I’ll probably be way more likely to try them out now xxx


    • AlwaysCleia
      March 13, 2018 / 5:57 pm

      It’s always better when someone you know has tried it first! I read so many reviews before deciding to try it out and I’m so glad I did even if it is a little bit expensive.

  6. March 13, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    We have a bunch of friends who do Hello Fresh and they seem to love it! It’s a nice way to get recipes and try new dishes.
    We take three hours out of every Sunday morning to meal prep, so Hello Fresh isn’t a service that we would use. But I think it it’s an awesome alternative for people who don’t want to take the time to meal prep or to cook from scratch every day!

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 13, 2018 / 12:48 pm

      I’ve never done meal prep in my life πŸ˜„ I’m terrible at knowing what meals I’ll want to make during the week. It’s something I’m interested in trying though! Thanks for reading πŸ˜€

  7. lifeofangela
    March 13, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    I’ve always been curious about those food subscription boxes, but we don’t even have the option of them down here πŸ˜‚ It does sound very convenient though, as I know the struggle of having to put together a meal after working for the whole day!
    I’d love to see more food related posts!!

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 13, 2018 / 12:46 pm

      Aww, someone needs to make a NZ food subscription! It’s so convenient for those busy days 😊 Thanks Angela!

  8. March 13, 2018 / 9:10 am

    what a great way to try some new recipes out! I’ve been wondering about these food subscription things, thanks for sharing!

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 13, 2018 / 11:46 am

      It’s been fun! It gets me out of my comfort zone, I’ve learned to cook so many new things like bok choy & risotto πŸ˜€

  9. March 13, 2018 / 8:55 am

    I love the idea of this. I always wanted to try it. Do you think it’s worth the money or I should say budget-friendly?

    • AlwaysCleia
      March 13, 2018 / 11:43 am

      It depends, it works out to about $70 for me each week I take a box, but we normally pay about $250 a month for groceries. So it ends up being a little more expensive but the convenience of having everything prepped makes a huge difference to me. We’ve just been eating out less and taking one box a month instead. If you’re someone who is often too busy to cook or meal prep I think it’s worth it, when my schedule gets crazy I like knowing I’ll have some easy meals that week with leftovers!

        • AlwaysCleia
          March 13, 2018 / 12:46 pm

          It is! I think it’s a little bit cheaper in the US too, they have a .ca and a com

          • March 13, 2018 / 1:02 pm

            I really need to check that out

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