Money Where My Mouth Is: Hello Fresh Will Change The Way You Eat

So I recommend a lot of products on here. For better or worse, I get more feedback on that stuff, with people trying out a service, or beer, or movie, than I do on most sports things I write. And I’ve had several merchants come to me with a “hey thanks for the link, that generated a ton of sales!” Cool. So I’m going to keep recommending things, only now I’m going to use affiliate links to do it.

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This will be an ongoing series where I recommend a product or service, but only ones that I use and like. I take great consideration before recommending something on here, because I know some percentage of you will go out and try it. Straight-up sponsored posts are different– advertisers pay us to promote them and I’m upfront about that. But with this I will only recommend things I like and which I think you, the reader, will like, too.

First up: Hello Fresh.

I’ve mentioned Hello Fresh before, and for good reason. My wife and I have been getting it for about six months now. It’s a food subscription service that delivers to you the ingredients for 2-5 full meals (for two) each week. You’ve probably heard of Blue Apron. Hello Fresh flies a bit more under-the-radar. We tried Blue Apron a few years ago, but we didn’t like it as much. Don’t get me wrong, their meals were good (perhaps a bit too eclectic), but we found that they took forever to prepare and required a lot more legwork in terms of cutting up fruits and veggies and such. Hello Fresh meals are much simpler to prepare. Each comes with exactly six steps, and if you follow them precisely, you’re all but guaranteed a good meal. They can all be cooked in roughly 30 minutes (though budget for 45 for some). They’re more consistent in their quality but varied enough to give you dishes you likely wouldn’t make on your own.

All of the ingredients are, as you would expect, responsibly-sourced and fresh. Not once that I can recall in the six or so months we’ve been getting it have we received any questionable ingredients, except for an avocado… that was so fresh it wasn’t ripe yet and therefore unusable.

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Hello Fresh offers three types of plans: regular (for two), vegeterian (for two), and either of those styles in family size (for four). The regular and veggie plans cost $9.99 per serving (so we spend $60 per week to get three full, well-balanced meals for two people), and the family plan comes in a bit less at $8.74 per serving. Those prices are extremely reasonable for restaurant quality meals that would easily cost twice as much out, and would take substantially more time to prepare if you bought the ingredients separately and made them on your own. Hello Fresh sends all the ingredients, with the exception of some fruits and vegetables (where you get the whole item), in the exact proportions you need. There is very little measuring and such. What you get is what you use, right down to the condiments.

For us, the meals arrive each Monday (I think you can choose your day) in a box. They are hand-delivered by a Russian man in a white van, whom I’ve taken to calling Boris. Now, I know what you’re thinking– I’m home all day and can take the box inside right away so it doesn’t sit out in the heat. What if you are at work all day? No worries. Hello Fresh comes packaged in super-premium ice bags – for real, I have no idea how they stay frozen as long as they do – and is designed to stay cold for at least 12 hours. We’ve had several occasions where ours sat out until after 5 p.m. and wasn’t refrigerated until much later and everything was still plenty cold and fresh, including their fine, delicious meats.

With the regular plan, you can choose from a selection of meals each week – on their website or app – which include chicken, steak and fish. Their steaks are, quite frankly, incredible. Now, if you’ve listened to the podcast lately, you’ll know I’m on a bit of a quasi-vegan kick, so for the last few weeks we’ve been getting the veggie option, and the meals are shockingly good. If you’re trying to avoid meat as much as possible, it pretty much means salads and pasta for dinner, but Hello Fresh has managed to come up with hearty, full vegetarian meals that somehow taste just as or almost as good as the regular ones.

Their portions are sizable but restrained. When you finish a Hello Fresh meal you don’t feel like you want to puke (there’s a tagline!). Even if you get as many red meat options as possible, you’ll still feel like you’re being somewhat healthy because the portions are reasonable.

Anyway, if you’re thinking about a meal plan subscription service, I would HIGHLY recommend Hello Fresh. The meals are delicious, simple to prepare, and mostly healthy. Better yet, they are running a great summer deal right now to take $40 off your first 2 boxes. There is no commitment after that. It’s well-worth the money.

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50 Comments

  • Cuz July 21, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Don’t tell me how to eat bo

    #fastforwardthesummer

    Reply
    • Snoochy boochy July 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Breaded chicken and potatoes? Talk about carb loading you fat fuck.

      Reply
  • Made out with Janet Reno in Bethesda circa 1992 July 21, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Nick Williams has white people hair. Look into this, Kyle.

    Reply
    • Ray Albed jr. Of albed oriental rug co. July 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      He’s biracial.

      Reply
  • Sergi July 21, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Boris…..Why always Boris

    Reply
  • this is rock bottom July 21, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Articles as advertising

    Reply
  • gerg July 21, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    are you not feeding your kid?

    Reply
  • IP 162.68.5253 July 21, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation.

    I just order this for me and my wife but I didn’t use your link or Promo code out of spite.

    Cheers!

    Reply
    • i'm not sure July 21, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      but I think this guy used his SSN as a fake IP. someone should try and sign up for a credit card with it and find out.

      Reply
  • gerg July 21, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    tried it with some discount coupon (family plan). meals were all pretty good and fresh and healthy, but they took too damn long to make. and with a 3 year old and 1 year old, it wasnt really doable. also kids didnt really like any of the meals

    Reply
    • Kyle Scott July 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      It’s much quicker than Blue Apron, though. Obviously cooking any meal will take time, but following the directions makes it pretty simple and still relatively quick

      Reply
      • Kyle's Empty Gym Shorts July 21, 2017 at 12:57 pm

        Tell that wife of yours to go grocery shopping and cook a real dinner. Pathetic!

        Reply
      • Curt August 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm

        We also found Hello Fresh to take way too long to prep. Check out Dream Dinners if they have a location near you. They take a lot of the prep time away and meals are easy to cook and very good.

        Reply
  • johnmatrix July 21, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    crossing broad. your place for politics and food recommendations

    Reply
  • Heavy metal isn't cool anymore, Myrtetus July 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    So this is basically an ad website now that occasionally posts local (not always local) sports stories (not always original). Got it.

    Reply
    • Yea, Everyone Knows Mumble Rap is Where It's At! July 21, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Why listen to a talented musician when you can hear a fake gangster mumble incoherently at you?

      Reply
  • Ray Finkle July 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    wait wait wait. I can’t view the different recipes they have available UNTIL I first place an order….?

    Reply
  • KIBBLES & BITS July 21, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    CRACKED BELL CREW WILDFIRE RADIO CHECK EM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
  • Survata Experiences From Hell July 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    If these types of posts will lower the amount of god awful, life shortening, brain aneurysm-inducing Survata survey questions readers have to deal with (IN A SPAN OF LIKE AN HOUR!!!!!), I’m all for it.

    Me thinks Kyle has taken notice of the complaints about Survata. I’ve been on CB all morning and have not had to fill out one truly terrible Survata survey yet. I would also imagine CB was hemorrhaging visitors on a daily basis. And being as though the majority of Crossing Broad’s traffic comes in the form of mobile visitors, he had no choice. Since Kyle implemented the Survata on the site, reading on Mobile has become nearly impossible.

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    • Kyle Scott July 21, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Yes, I have. Actively looking for alternatives. They are no longer on mobile.

      Reply
      • Schmelly amus July 21, 2017 at 12:44 pm

        The potatoes in the photo look under cooked. Not good. That’s a food safety issue.

        Reply
        • Maxie July 21, 2017 at 4:03 pm

          Those are potatoes? I thought it was cubed cheese.

          Reply
  • Shame July 21, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Kyle has none of me. This is seriously obnoxious.

    Reply
  • Robins box, Robins box July 21, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Buy an instant pot pressure cooker and make your own sh!t. Not a fan of these meal kits, it scream we’re trying g to invent a new way to take your money bc you’re lazy. Not to mention that when you order and they out it together, the clock is ticking. Imagine your box of food sitting on a dock in the blazing sun, fuq that.

    Reply
  • Imagine my shock July 21, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Reduced to affiliate marketing

    Reply
  • William Rhodes July 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Amway next or Mary Kay

    Reply
    • Neither July 22, 2017 at 1:54 am

      Herbalife.

      Reply
  • Low-Rent Adver-blog July 21, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    jesus christ this site has become unsufferable.

    Reply
  • spicy meatballs July 21, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    sweet ad. use that money for cooking classes you stupid shit, these things are ripoffs aimed at the clueless

    Reply
    • Kyle Scott July 21, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      Yeah no it’s actually really good food and some people work during the week and don’t have time to make a 3-course meal from scratch.

      Reply
      • Chris Long: Lib of the year July 21, 2017 at 2:06 pm

        Isn’t your wife a stay at home mom?? And you work from home everyday?

        Reply
        • Kyle Scott July 21, 2017 at 3:16 pm

          Yeah what’s your point

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          • CHRIS LONG: LIB OF THE YEAR July 21, 2017 at 3:57 pm

            Your rebuttal was portraying that you used this because you don’t have time to cook due to a hefty work schedule.

            I just got a free trial of this and ‘Spicy Meatballs’ was right, these are a complete ripoff for anyone who pays for them.

      • Globe Troller July 21, 2017 at 5:16 pm

        And you are too lazy to go to a grocery store?

        Cmon dude…

        These meals are for the slothful pretentious niche.

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        • yeah good point July 22, 2017 at 2:55 am

          2 stay at homes shilling for grocery delivery? not exactly the harried go-getters this service is supposedly targeting. if you WFH and are ordering Hello Fresh, you probably have aluminum foil taped over your windows to keep the light out.

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      • meh July 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm

        Weird, my wife and I work full time and we have 2 little kids and still have well balanced meals cooked at home 5, 6 nights per week.

        You’re just lazy or dumb.

        Reply
  • Richie Aprile July 21, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Veal Parmigiana sandwich…..FUCK YOU

    Reply
    • Tony Soprano July 21, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      I heard you ran into Beansie Gaita the other day…

      Reply
      • Richie Aprile July 21, 2017 at 1:48 pm

        Yeah…then I put it in reverse…

        Reply
  • yeah...well July 21, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    kinda like Kyle’s t shirts

    Reply
  • Kyle's colon July 21, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Trust me, this meal plan has things moving along on a consistent basis.

    Reply
  • stb5048 July 21, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    a) These whole “dinner kit” things are just a fad whose bubble will burst when,

    b) Whole Foods in partnership with Amazon blows their competitors into oblivion

    Reply
    • Realist July 21, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Why did you split up one sentence into two different points? You don’t get extra credit for trying to type an outline with your comment. You just wrote a sentence.

      Reply
  • Agent Cooper July 21, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    WOW – A NEW LOW

    As someone said above, articles as advertising. I am 100% officially done with this POS website.

    Reply
  • C July 21, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Cook a meal like an adult you fucking vag

    Reply
  • Mike July 21, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    This website has gotten completely out of hand and is a freakin’ joke. Endless surveys to read articles, articles that aren’t even disguised as ads…

    I’m done. Boycott this pile of garbage.

    Reply
  • Buffalo wild wings July 22, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Hey Kyle, if we give you a bunch of free shit and advertise here will you write a nice “article” about us too?

    Reply
  • Yes July 23, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    60 dollars for 3 well-balanced meals? Wow.

    I mean you can do a week’s worth of well-balanced meals for 40-50 dollars at the store if you shop, but stupid people will always willingly give money to companies like this because they are lazy fvcks.

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