So, on a whim, I finally decided to try out Hello Fresh; I’ve seen all the bloggers and YouTubers try it, a coupon code popped up, so I decided it was finally time to try it! According to a study shown, Hello Fresh is 75% cheaper than going regular grocery shopping, and between coupon codes and the fact that it’s pretty much mostly fresh ingredients, I can say it’s certainly cheaper than if I had gone out on my own. I picked my three meals- 2 servings each- and everything was delivered Tuesday morning, as the website stated. The first thing I did when I woke up was check the door to see if it had delivered because I was so excited. The first meal I tried was the Mediterranean Baked Veggies, and, let me just say, I’m seriously impressed. Typically I nab recipes off Pinterests or blogs and always find that I have to add extra of this or that to make the flavor actually pop, but this had all the flavor packed in and pre-portioned out! So, without further ado, onto the meal making!
So, as I stated above, everything comes pre-portioned for you; all you have to do is the chopping and preparing! It was incredibly easy, and so nice to be using fresh ingredients to cook with for the first time in… well, a while. For the Mediterranean Baked Veggies, my bag came with:
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 ounce of thyme
- 4 ounces of grape tomatoes
- 3/4 cups of Israeli couscous
- 1/2 cup of feta cheese
- 8 ounces of asparagus
- 2 units of vegetable stock concentrate (just add water!)
- 2 units of scallions
- 1 ounce of sliced almonds
And the only thing you need on your end is olive oil, butter, salt, and pepper- all of which I believe to be kitchen staples!
The Cooking Process
Each recipe card comes with a simple 6-Step Process with picture demonstrations and roughly a 30 minute cook time (my cook time was a bit longer, but that was due to picture taking and FaceTiming my best friend!); not to mention, you only need three pans for this process! They suggested a small pot, a medium pot, and a baking sheet, but I went with a small frying pan versus the small pot. In the corner of the recipe card, they offer a suggestion of toasting the almonds instead of just throwing them on top- absolutely do this! It strengthens the flavor of the meal exponentially, though it does add on an extra step and 2 more minutes.
The recipe itself is fairly simple: chop the asparagus and grape tomatoes, mince the garlic and thyme, and chop the scallions. The asparagus, grape tomatoes, garlic, and half of the thyme will go onto the baking sheet, you’ll toss them with olive oil, and pop them into the oven. While those a baking for about 15 minutes, you’ll move to the base: Israeli couscous. In the medium pot, combine the vegetable concentrate with water and allow to simmer; while in the small frying pan, cook up the whites of the scallions in butter before adding the other half of the thyme and the couscous to toast the couscous. After about 4 minutes (the recipe said 2, but I went a bit longer), you’ll add the couscous mixture to your vegetable stock and simmer covered for about 7 minutes. When I added the couscous to the veg stock, there was about 7 minutes left on the veggies in the oven, so it was a seamless finish.
The Finished Product
Grab yourself a dish, plate up half the couscous and half of the veggies and top with a bit of salt and pepper, the toasted almonds, feta cheese, and the green bit of the scallions. It’s really that simple! The smell was mouth watering and the taste was fantastic. I, honestly, have no complaints about this recipe! There is plenty of feta cheese, if you tend to be like me and love cheese, and the almonds provide the perfect crunch to accompany the soft veggies and couscous. My roommate even enjoyed the flavors, despite being a rather picky eater! I can’t wait to share the next recipe!
Thank you for reading along! Have you tried HelloFresh? Did you enjoy the recipes? If you decide to make this particular one, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!