Weekly food delivery services are all the rage right now and there is about a half a dozen options out there for Canadians to choose from. For quite a while I had felt like I was in a Food Funk. I was cooking the same dishes over and over again and I felt like I needed to be forced out of my comfort zone, which is why I decided to try one of these delivery services. I read a few articles and decided I would try HelloFresh. So here are my thoughts:
First off, you can get your first box for 50% off so you might as well try it and then cancel your subscription. In fact, use this link to sign up and save $40. I choose the vegetarian plan and in my first box I got butternut squash ravioli with a creamy garlic sauce, Beyond Meat and black bean tacos and Matar paneer curry. These were dishes that were all new to me for different reasons. Butternut Squash ravioli is not something I ever would have thought to make, because I don’t like squash. But this dish was great! It was super creamy and I loved the added texture of the pepitas. Tacos are something I am very familiar with; I love Mexican food. But these tacos were very different from how I normally eat my tacos and I wouldn’t say I enjoyed this dish as much. However, I did learn that I hate cilantro. So far HelloFresh had been serving it’s purpose; I had been forced out of my comfort zone, and learning new dishes I actually like. The final dish, Matar Paneer Curry, was something I was super excited for. Curry is something I had always wanted to experiment with, but had never really known where to start. This curry was really good and really filling, but I wish I had left out the cilantro. Now I know how to make curry!
I know that for some people it’s easy to just go online, find a recipe and then make it. But for me, I knew if I didn’t have these ingredients set out in front of me and I was in a position where I was kind of forced to make it, I would probably just keep buying all my usual groceries. And because the whole point of this was to try something new, I really tried not to stray too much from the recipe. Besides forcing me out of my comfort zone, the big thing I liked about HelloFresh was the fact that it was completely portion controlled. There was enough food in there for two people and there was no risk of overeating. These meals were also surprisingly filling. Overall, I’m really glad that I tried HelloFresh. Is it something I would buy every week? Absolutely not. But we don’t eat out a lot so if there’s a week where a dish option catches my eye, I will absolutely splurge! Also, I fucking hate cilantro.
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