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I Tried Hello Fresh - Here's What Happened

I talk to so many clients who experience very real barriers when it comes to cooking. Long work weeks and lack of energy are just the start. Many people I talk to complain that cooking healthy food is "boring" or they feel like they have an undeveloped, what I like to call "cooking vocabulary." The truth is, to really eat healthy in the long-run, you have to make cooking for yourself part of the program, unless you're going to hire a personal chef to cook your healthy meals for you. Luckily, I discovered an intermediate option, Hello Fresh

Here's how it works: You can decide if you want enough meals for 3, 4 or 5 days of the week. You can also specify if you want vegetarian or omnivore boxes. Then, they send you 3-5 different recipes, and perfectly portioned ingredients for each recipe, all divided into individual boxes. My box included bean burritos, oven roasted chicken and vegetables, and a simple steak recipe (not pictured below). Each recipe took about 30 minutes to make and each had a few ingredients I would have never used, which definitely took the "boring" away from these meals.

Is this something I would do again? Probably not. I actually love creating recipes of my own, going to the grocery store, and cooking everyday. So this service is not for me... but if you're something who doesn't like doing any of those things, I highly recommend you giving it a try! Then, let me know what you think!

Disclaimer: Hello Fresh did send me a complementary box in exchange for this block post. The opinions are my own and I did not receive any monetary compensation. 

Have any questions about my experience? Drop them in the comments below and I'll get back to you. 

Red Lentil Dahl Soup

Ever make a recipe and then forget about it? That's what happened to me with this soup. I made this a looong time ago, thought it was one of the most delicious things I ever made, and then POOF erased it from my memory. I'm not sure why but I am sure glad that this soup is back in my life. Even though I can hardly contain my excitement for winter coming to an end - I am going to miss these hearty soups, so let's have one last hurrah! One thing you'll notice is that I made this stew without oil. Now, you can certainly use oil or butter, but if you're trying to cut back, check out my tip below for sautéing onions without oil.  

Red Lentil Dahl Stew

  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped (or substitute with a Soup Starter)
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups red lentils
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1, 28 ounce can whole plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 jalapeño, seeded and chopped 

In a large pot over medium-high heat, add onions and stir continuously. With a higher heat, the onions will contract, and release a lot of water, which will prevent them from sticking. If they start to stick, add a small amount of vegetable broth (only about 1 tsp at a time). Add the garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, salt, and jalapeño, and sauté, continuing to add small amounts of vegetable broth if necessary.  

Add the lentils, broth, and tomatoes. Cook 30-45 minutes until all of the liquid is absorbed. Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!