July 23, 2015

Hello Fresh – Everything But The Chef …. Wait?!

HelloFresh - Anna Johnston - www.shenANNAgans.com

As much as I enjoy cooking, I do suffer kitchen fatigue from time to time. The frosty grey gloomy weather in Canberra this winter feels a bit like ground hog day. Frosty is an understatement really, its been mind numbing and down right freakin’ freezing #arcticvortex  You’d think after 20 years I would have found a way to enjoy the cold, but nope… I just can’t get into it!  The worst thing about the winter blues is it saps the creative outta me, and I don’t think I’m alone with this, but I get over deciding what to eat, what to cook and even eating food can become a bit of a drag.  Can’t have that right?!

Feasting on this #mediterranean light delight for dinner tonight 🇫🇷 Salmon Nicoise Pasta! #poetandiknowit

Feasting on this #mediterranean light delight for dinner tonight 🇫🇷 Salmon Nicoise Pasta! #poetandiknowit

I love anything that makes deciding what to eat easy, especially when battling the winter blues, I want my food to be loaded with flavour using good quality ingredients, is easily prepared, good value for money and doesn’t require a lot of fuss.  Enter this winters foodie delight – Hello Fresh. A delivery service that brings all the ingredients and recipes for meals right to your door (high fives, fist bumps and & cheeky happy dance removing grocery shopping in the dark from the equation), and all I had to do was cook it. 

Old school presentation but Wow… YARM! Pepita & Sesame Pork w/ Braised Cabbage.

A few things I love about Hello Fresh

– The meals are all designed to be cooked in 30 minutes or less and work out at about $10 per person.

– I love that Hello Fresh use Australian produce rather than imported ingredients (where possible).

#French 🇫🇷 #Australia 🇦🇺 unite in my kitch. Pork a L'Orange w/ Hazelnuts, Sprouts & Bacon.

#French 🇫🇷 #Australia 🇦🇺 unite in my kitch. Pork a L’Orange w/ Hazelnuts, Sprouts & Bacon.

– Everything is fresh. The few items that we haven’t prepared remained fresh longer than fruit and vegetables we have bought from the markets and supermarket.

– The protein is great quality and tastes like it is supposed too.

– The recipes are super easy and oh so tasty.

– No meal planning and no shopping #BEST

Beef Garlic Sizzle Stir Fry. 7 ingredients. 20 minutes & you can be fooding on this bowl of health. #dropitlikeitshot

Beef Garlic Sizzle Stir Fry. 7 ingredients. 20 minutes & you can be fooding on this bowl of health. #dropitlikeitshot

– No wastage.

– Serving sizes are huge.

Goodness gracious great balls of fennel! Italian Spaghetti w/ 🐷 fennel meatballs for tea tonight. #topgun

Goodness gracious great balls of fennel! Italian Spaghetti w/ 🐷 fennel meatballs for tea tonight. #topgun

– There is an excellent range of meat and veg dishes, pasta, stirfry and vegetarian too.

– The recipe cards are very visual.

– I’m out of my food rut and feeling inspired with some stella new homey recipe ideas.

Vego. 7 ingredients. 30 minutes to cook. Pesto & Roasted Tomato Farfalle Pasta.

Vego. 7 ingredients. 30 minutes to cook. Pesto & Roasted Tomato Farfalle Pasta.

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Would you consider Hello Fresh? Which part do you enjoy the least .… cooking, shopping or deciding what to eat?

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Hannah - August 6, 2015 Reply

Deciding what to eat is the worse!!! I DON’T KNOW! I JUST WANT FOOD!
The only thing worse than having to decide what to have is having to decide what to have whilst hangry in the middle of the supermarket. Hello $150 grocery bill for one!

    Anna - August 7, 2015 Reply

    Hahahaha. YES!

    Every parent should include this in the rules of life handbook…. ‘NEVER go to the supermarket when you’re hungry.’

Sneha - August 4, 2015 Reply

Heyya,,..I think it’s such a great concept and every time I see a commercial for one I feel like using it. I should give it a try.Now I definitely will. you get fresh ingredients at your doorstep and the recipes look super easy and quick..

    Anna - August 4, 2015 Reply

    Oh YES! I cannot speak highly enough of the amazing food we have been treated to this past month. Everyone is raving about the variety, and the yumminess and the fact we now have a whole bunch more time in the evenings to dedicate to other things. Totes recommend them Sneha! Let me know what you think if you try it. Even if you just give it a go for a week to see how you like it. 🙂

mjskit - August 3, 2015 Reply

I love the cooking,the shopping and deciding what to eat, but sometimes I do like suggestions. Every weekend I ask my husband what he wants to eat this week? Most of the time he says “I don’t care”, but every once in a while he’ll give me an idea of something to make, of which I am very thankful. Hello Fresh sounds like a great solution to those days when you just can’t decide. Looks like some great meals!

    Anna - August 3, 2015 Reply

    Yeah, taking ALL the stresses involved with deciding, shopping and cooking has been A-MAZING!!! 🙂
    I was exactly the same, if someone gave me some ideas, I could happily go forth and create that, but the never ending decision making bit was exhausting.
    Hello Fresh has been amazing, we have all really loved the variety and are very much enjoying the extra time in the evenings to dedicate to other things.
    Hope the hubby gives you a bunch of ideas, and have a happy week ahead. 🙂

Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong - July 31, 2015 Reply

That Italian spaghetti with fennel meatballs and the beef garlic stir fry.. YUMMMM!! I have been wanting to order from Hello fresh for quite sometime now.. Now I definitely will. you get fresh ingredients at your doorstep and the recipes look super easy and quick.. 😀

    Anna - August 1, 2015 Reply

    Doooooooo it Arpita, it has been amazing, everyone in my household is raving about the delicious foods we get to eat, and just how much more time we seem to have in the evenings to do the things we really want to do. There isn’t any wastage, and its relatively inexpensive for what you get. Massive advocate I am. 🙂 Let me know what you think lady?
    Happy weekend. xo

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - July 31, 2015 Reply

I wish there was a Hello Fresh in the US. Price is great as well as the portions and produces. Love the fact one can cook a great meal in about 30 minutes or less.

    Anna - July 31, 2015 Reply

    Pretty sure there is Hello Fresh in the States, although there may be limitations on where exactly they deliver. Check it out lovely one.
    Has been amazing for my household, all very happy with the product we are. 🙂
    And yes, all the time saved. Soooooo good!

Jasline (Foodie Baker) - July 30, 2015 Reply

This is such a great concept! I kind of envy the weather you are having though, it’s so hot that I refuse to step out of the house!

    Anna - July 31, 2015 Reply

    So amazing. We have REALLY loved eating such delicious food, so easy and yummy! 🙂
    And totes lets swap. Love that kinda heat, although I am all for being out in it.

Kathy @ Olives & Garlic - July 30, 2015 Reply

I think it’s such a great concept and every time I see a commercial for one I feel like using it. I should give it a try.

    Anna - July 30, 2015 Reply

    It has gone down a super treat in our household, even just doing for a little while would be excellent. You’d get to learn some new recipes, and fingers crossed, get over the kitchen fatigues. 🙂

Gourmet Getaways - July 30, 2015 Reply

Beef garlic sizzle, yum! Healthy, fresh and easy = happy customers 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Anna gurl!

Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx

    Anna - July 30, 2015 Reply

    Oh it was the best. Love me some stir fry. Think the vibrant colours really made it taste amazing.
    We certainly are happy little campers, loving all the delicious eats.
    Thanks for enjoying sweet ladies. xo

Sue - July 29, 2015 Reply

Love this idea of meals ready to be cooked delivered to the door. Looks delicious!

    Anna - July 30, 2015 Reply

    Yep, has been a magical injection of inspiration and taste and deliciousness in our household, that’s for sure. 🙂

Jean | Holy Smithereens - July 29, 2015 Reply

Hi Anna, thanks for doing a post on this! I see flyers and vouchers for Hello Fresh everywhere ( I might even have a card in the depths of my handbag) but never gave it a thought. And you’re right , in the middle of freezing winter this concept would be a lifesaver. I do get kitchen fatigue from time to time too!

    Anna - July 29, 2015 Reply

    Haha…. I totally recommend digging that card out from the depths of your handbag and giving them a whirl. Has stopped the kitchen fatigue and we are LOVING the food and enjoying what we eat again. Plus, not going to the shops = #BEST

Liz - July 28, 2015 Reply

What a great service! Some really lovely options. Much as I love to bake, sometimes making dinner seems like a chore. I’m making BLTs tomorrow—lazy, but good. Now, if I could just get that Salade Nicoise delivered here for the next night, I’d be even happier 🙂

    Anna - July 28, 2015 Reply

    Totally Liz, we all get excited when the box arrives each week, loving the variety the most.
    BLTs are delicious and we REALLY need to figure out the ‘beam me up’ thing. The Nicoise was amazing. 🙂

Tim UrbanDuniya - July 26, 2015 Reply

Oh wow… this might just be my salvation when I get back to Australia! Do you know if they offer it in Melbourne?

And as for my least favourite thing – it’s the cooking. Actually, I love cooking if I WANT to cook, but often after a long day at work, that’s the last thing I feel like doing. When cooking becomes a routine chore – that’s the bit I hate. Particularly if whatever I’m cooking takes a lot of thought and preparation.

Hope you are having a great weekend my friend – looking forward to catching up soon 🙂

    Anna - July 26, 2015 Reply

    Yep Tim, I believe they deliver everywhere in Australia. Get on it, has been so good for us, we are LOVING the food.
    And yes, the cooking bit really can become a chore, less so if I have inspiration and someone tells me what I should cook. Dang the winter stealing my creative energy.
    I am so excited to catch up when you get home. Happy week ahead. xo

Dedy@Dentist Chef - July 26, 2015 Reply

nothing better than comforting food!!!

Agness - July 25, 2015 Reply

Mniam mniam!! 🙂 All of these dishes look extremely yummy. I recently gave up on meat but pasta dishes are so tempting!

    Anna - July 26, 2015 Reply

    Wawhooo…. go you giving up meat. That’s really impressive, we don’t eat a lot of red meat these days, but couldn’t cut all meat out of the diet. This service offers a totally vegetarian diet, so would be a winner for you lady.

Bam's Kitchen - July 25, 2015 Reply

Looks so delicious. There are a few companies like this in HK, but most people eat out they don’t cook here. I know I am an oddity here… LOL Sending some warm thoughts your way…

    Anna - July 26, 2015 Reply

    I love that in many Asian cultures, eating out is the norm. That would be my idea of WONDERFUL! 🙂 For a chef, I sure do love having my food cooked for me. LOL! I really do look forward to hanging out with you and seeing HK through your eyes. AND, thank you so much for the warm thoughts, appreciate that muchly. Its a balmy 10c, gusty winds and rain today. Winning at Winter. 🙂

Jean (Bentodays) - July 25, 2015 Reply

These look delish! I know, sometimes we eat out as I can’t imagine cooking every single meal 24/7! Hang in there!

    Anna - July 26, 2015 Reply

    Sooooo delicious. We sure have been dining on some amazing eats since we had Hello Fresh.
    And yes, preparing dinner every night can/does become tiresome. So this works a treat for us.
    Hanging in, only another few months of winter and the cold to get through.

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - July 25, 2015 Reply

I love services like this, there’s a bunch here in NYC. I especially think it’s a good idea when you return from a trip and your fridge is empty, perfect timing and it’s pretty healthy!

    Anna - July 25, 2015 Reply

    Yeah, it has been wonderful for getting us all enjoying our food again, and I totes agree re the empty fridge post travels.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - July 24, 2015 Reply

I haven’t tried Hello Fresh but I tried another one. The serving sizes were also huge! And you poor thing. Canberra is always so cold!

    Anna - July 25, 2015 Reply

    It’s a fab idea huh Lorraine? And the huge portions could be a problem for some, but we all like it. 🙂
    And yes….. Its ridiculous that constant feeling of cold.

Krista - July 24, 2015 Reply

I get the cooking slumps too. Ayiyi. 🙂 Then all I want is popcorn for every meal so I don’t have to think. 🙂 What a lovely idea this is!!

    Anna - July 25, 2015 Reply

    Aiyiyiiii indeed! I can just picture you asking Bear for bowls of popcorn for every meal. LOL!
    Yep, it has been a super way to eat delicious food and not have to spend all that time trying to decide.
    Hello Fresh for the WIN!

cityhippyfarmgirl - July 24, 2015 Reply

Oh I hear ya. I adore cooking and baking but sometimes? I’d rather fork myself in the eye than decide on what to feed them all. Very rarely does anyone actually want to eat what I want to eat!

    Anna - July 24, 2015 Reply

    Brydie…. You crack me up! *ROFL
    Forking my eyeball was the exact place I was in pre Hello Fresh. 🙂
    And…. if you were cooking the food, I would absolutely be stoked with whatever you decided on.
    Happy weekend love.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - July 24, 2015 Reply

When I was a single mother ages ago, I would have given my right arm for a service like this. Good food without the hassle.

hassan - July 24, 2015 Reply

Hi dear
Mmmm Wa wa… I want Hello fresh now.
Great.

Kris - July 24, 2015 Reply

I would totally try hello fresh. I heard about this company 6 months ago when some friends were doing it. I completely agree that the hardest thing to do is work out what to cook most nights.
And cooking when hungry means that portion sizes get blown out of proportion.
Such good looking food as well.
Thanks for sharing.

    Anna - July 24, 2015 Reply

    You’d love it too Snizz. The food is UNBELIEVABLE!!! 🙂 Last nights Pepper Steak with warm Potato Salad was the bomb! #drool
    Makes dinner time a fun affair and Im not stuffing my face with food I dont need cause Im hungry. Win-Win!
    Glad ya enjoyed, will have to come for dinner soon to experience the awesomeness of Hello Fresh. 🙂

John/Kitchen Riffs - July 24, 2015 Reply

Cold weather seems to stimulate my cooking somehow — maybe because there’s so many different, hearty dishes one can make. Doesn’t mean I don’t like something really easy and quick sometimes, though — no matter how much we enjoy cooking, there are days when it’s a chore. This service sounds terrific! Thanks for the heads up.

    Anna - July 24, 2015 Reply

    That’s fantastic the cold inspires you to get your cook on. 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, I love a hearty comfort feed, but making the decision on what to cook can really become a hassle. Especially when your days seem so short. We’ve loved it, and are really appreciating the extra hours we now have not having to decide and create. 🙂
    Let me know what you think if you get around to trying it John.
    Happy weekend.

Mandy - July 23, 2015 Reply

Just thinking I might have my own Hello Fresh visiting in a couple of months time…
Deciding what to have is usually my problem.
Have a beautiful day darling Anna.
🙂 Mandy xo

    Anna - July 24, 2015 Reply

    Teehee! Very sweet Miss Mandy! Yay…. I am so excited to see you. 🙂
    Yep, reckon deciding what to eat is the biggest problem for most peeps.
    Wishing you a super day and fab weekend. Hugs and loves headed your way. xox

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - July 23, 2015 Reply

Was really interested to read this Anna – I have been getting the US newsletters from Hello Fresh, just because I am interested and where I work we are looking at doing some meals like this for people on holiday etc. Thanks for the review.

    Anna - July 23, 2015 Reply

    Awesome, glad you enjoyed Rachel. 🙂
    We’ve been feasting on delicious eats every night for weeks now. Really impressed with the produce and the recipes are well balanced, good value for money too.
    I think it is a service people really do appreciate. Good luck and let me know how you get on with creating for your people.

Rosemarie of Travel and Beyond - July 23, 2015 Reply

Wow, everything you made looks so delicious. I wish I had the drive to cook fresh every night but I am so tired. I try to cook over the weekend and just heat them up during the week. 🙂

    Anna - July 23, 2015 Reply

    Thanks a bunch lovely one! 🙂
    We sure have been spoilt, even the simple pasta dishes have gone down a treat.
    I am SO impressed you prep on the weekends and eat that during the week. Even that became hard, so well done sticking to it.

Mabel Kwong - July 23, 2015 Reply

I’ve never heard of Hello Fresh before, but from your photos their service and food definitely looks top notch. The Mediterranean pasta looks lovely. And all you have to do is cook and warm it grab a fork, start poking and putting the pasta in your mouth 😀

It has been really, really cold this year in Melbourne too. Tops of 11-12’C in the day, and that is very unusual. You know, even the North Pole has warmer temperatures than our part of the world. Like you, after almost living in Melbourne for ten years I still can’t get used to the cold. That makes the two of us (high five!). On the bright side, spring is about a month away 🙂

Hope you had a good week and have a good weekend. Lots and lots and lots of warm squishy hugs your way <3

    Anna - July 23, 2015 Reply

    Miss Mabel! 🙂 Squishy hugs! Mwah <3 Mwah <3

    Yes, the food has been wonderful, we are really enjoying the diversity and REALLY loving that we dont have to put any thought into our meals and we get to eat really delicious food. Def worth while if you are short of time too.

    I totally am not surprised that the Arctic is warmer than our part of the world lately. You guys are known for your 4 seasons in one day, so the full on winter thing must be getting you all down. Let's high five and happy dance it out. 🙂 And Spring, perhaps it will be, but we wont feel that for a good many months yet. Siiiiiiigh!!!

    Right back at chya re the good week and a fun filled weekend. The biggest warm and squishy hugs are coming your way too. xx

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - July 23, 2015 Reply

Whereas I can see the value of this concept, it’s not for me. I love shopping and choosing what we are eating and having Dave decide how to cook the protein 🙂

    Anna - July 23, 2015 Reply

    Can totally appreciate that Tandy, I never in a million years would have thought I’d utilize a service like this. But it has been most helpful in surviving the winter and we are eating foods we wouldn’t/hadn’t thought to prepare. Winning!

    Thats the best you both get in on the dinner preparations, one doesnt want to get in the way of a man and his grill. 🙂

Amanda (@lambsearshoney) - July 23, 2015 Reply

Cold & grey here so lots of comfort food on our table, but lordy I do get tired of having to think up what to cook each day.
This sounds like the ideal way to avoid that!

    Anna - July 23, 2015 Reply

    I know right, for me it was becoming exhausting having to think up the next feed. And there is only so much slow cooked food our household can handle eating. We have really enjoyed the diversity of tukka and taken away all the stress and freed up the evenings too. Very happy with the service.

Ciao Florentina - July 23, 2015 Reply

This made me giggle, because I’m feeling the same only about the heat. Maybe we should trade places for a week, my brain needs to cool off, yours needs to warm up hahahha

    Anna - July 23, 2015 Reply

    YES…. I am soooo keen for that. I would do anything to feel warmth and sun shine. Although you should know I probably wont be swapping back, I love the Summer and the heat. Enjoy it my friend. 🙂

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