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QUIZ: Should You Be In The Family Plan?

Lifestyle August 22, 2017

Attention, everyone... the new and improved HelloFresh Family Plan is here!!!!!!!!!!! (And if you couldn't already tell from our overuse of exclamation points, we're pretty darn excited about it.)

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The Easiest Ever Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

Eat August 21, 2017

The easy-to-master sauce instructions make all the colorful, flavorful ingredients shine in this not-to-miss dish on the menu next week. 

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How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Rosé

Eat August 20, 2017

Rosé has been trending because it makes people feel good. While I've always stuck to the traditional red and white wine varietals, this summer I wanted to get in on (...)

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4 Build-Your-Own Food Bar Ideas For Kids

Eat August 16, 2017

Say hello to the most fun, customizable, and picky eater-proof dinner out there: the build-your-own food bar.    

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This Sweet Potato Hash is the Ultimate Hearty Breakfast

Eat August 14, 2017

Kick off your morning with this nutrient-rich, protein-packed mishmash of deliciousness and start the day feeling unstoppable.

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BIG NEWS! We’re Relaunching The Family Plan

Eat August 14, 2017

You ate, we listened. And now, after months of testing, tasting, re-testing, and crowd-sourcing from kids and adults alike, we’ve reached the 30-minute, 2 pot max, simple, kid-approved, minimal cleanup, (...)

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52 comments

Cindy says:

Thank goodness you reduced the number of pots and pans!

Heidi says:

We are so excited to be able to choose 3 out of the 5 meals now for our family plan. I want to thank you all at Hello Fresh for expanding the palette for my 4th and 5th grader over the last year! They love pork apple burgers, orzo, chorizo, and a ton of other ingredients they otherwise wouldn’t have tried. My daughter and I have so much fun cooking at night together! I tell other parents/friends all the time how much its changed out family life! We actually save money not running to the grocery store daily and actually enjoy eating leftovers! Bravo!

Jacqueline Parisi says:

AMAZING, Heidi!! We’re so happy to hear how much you and your kids love the variety of HelloFresh meals. Thanks for being part of the fresh family 🙂

Maxine Giordano says:

I have been receiving Hello Fresh for quite a few months now and I have the dinner for 4 plan. There never seems to be enough vegetables given to cook – there is always plenty of starch, just wish they would add more vegetables for a family of 4. For instance, last week I was given only 2 zucchini (which were rather small) as our vegetable for 4 people. Thanks.

Jacqueline Parisi says:

So sorry to hear that, Maxine. We’re always looking to improve and will be sure to keep the veggie quantity in mind going forward.

Joan C says:

I am trying HelloFresh for the first time starting next week but I have been a long-time customer of one of your competitors. My only criticism of your plans, and plans of your competitors, is that you don’t give more options for number of servings for larger families. I’m not sure how the number four was determined as an ideal number of servings for families, but you should have more options here. My family size is 7. My husband and I have 5 kids so I have to make two of your meals to feed everyone. It would be really nice to have an option of 6 or 8 servings. Eight seems like it would be really simple since you’re just doubling everything. Please consider making this an option.

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Noted, Joan! Thank you SO much for the feedback – we read every comment that comes our way and always pass it along to the chefs.

Becca Charles says:

Wow. I paused my subscription but im resuming if it means ill be able to enjoy the beef noodles and family variety while only selecting the meal for two.

K Ferraro says:

A simpler two perso plan would be appreciated, too. Love the meals, but I’m not a kitchen foodie.

Vicki says:

Would love it if your recipes were a little less involved…..

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Vicki – you’re in luck! Our new Family Plan recipes are super quick and easy — they come together in around 30 minutes and require 2 pots/pans MAX (with a lot of one-pot meals as well).

Shannon Dukes says:

Would you please make an offering for 3 people instead of just 2 and 4? Many families like mine have one child out of the home and only one left so a 4 person set is too much while the 2 person set is not enough.

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Shannon- currently our Family Plan feeds 2 or 4 people, but we have lots of customers who get the 4 person plan and then pack the leftovers for lunch!

Wendy says:

Now that the kids are back to school and parents have to run around to get kids from sports, do you have any Crock Pot meals? This makes our lives so easy during sport season and the same old same old, gets boring!

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Wendy – we currently don’t have any crockpot recipes, but never say never! We’re constantly working to improve and will be sure to keep this in mind.

Tim Sigler says:

I was excited by your blog post about the revamped family meals. HOWEVER, when I switched and looked at the calories of the family meals, I was outraged. We try to eat healthy at my house. And when your post said it was parent approved nutrition, you must have meant parents who don’t mind their kids eating high calorie meals. So disappointing. Your classic meals have much better lower calorie choices available. Please reconsider options that include lower calorie meals.

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Tim – thank you for your feedback! We’re constantly re-testing recipes both internally and externally with a panel of families to improve our product based on valuable customer feedback, which we take very seriously. With additional recipe options in the Family Plan, we are offering a range of recipes to choose from every week in terms of nutrition and flavor.

Vivienne Williams says:

I need less red meat and more fish. I am almost a vegetarian.

Myron Toomey says:

Why not offer the simplified family meals in the two meal plan we now have.

Cindy says:

This is great news that you made the family plan kids favorites. What about your single person household. I would love a meal plan for one giving option of 3-5 different meals, no leftovers!!!!!!!

Jacqueline Parisi says:

We’re working on it, Cindy! But in the meantime, try packaging those leftovers for lunch the next day! 🙂

Stacy Janicki says:

Thank you! I love hello fresh, but the meal prep and lack of weekly choices was sometimes a barrier. With 5 meals now to choose from, I won’t have to skip weeks as often!

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Less skipped weeks = more fun (and more YUM)!

Kaye McKleroy says:

I wish you would devise one pot/2pot simple quick meals for two people as well as families. I am getting a bit tired of all the pots/pans I have to use and the big clean-up.

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Kaye – we totally understand (trust us, we’ve been there!). I’ll be sure to pass this along to our chefs – they really appreciate the feedback.

Rhiannon Torres says:

I’d love to see an option to feed more people i.e. 4 kids and 2 adults. Right now we go with the Classic Plan because we can have the kids share the adult portion but that’s only going to work for so long.

lisa logel says:

Please add more pasta dishes to the family plan. I am vegetarian and my husband is not so I am not on the \veggie plan.

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Passing this along to our chefs, Lisa! Thanks so much for the feedback.

Carol says:

Will you need to start choosing 5 meals per week since we are currently getting 3 which is just right.

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Carol – nope! The only difference is that Family Box customers can now choose their meals, whereas previously they received 3 chef-picked meals.

Tina J. says:

How do the family meal portions compare to the classic-4 person meal? I like the idea behind the family meals (easy, fast, etc…) but i have older kids and the classic meal portions are perfect for us…

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Tina – the serving sizes are the same for Family and Classic meals!

Jamie Schapiro says:

This is good news but what about portion sizes? We are a family of five and we’ve struggled with portion sizes. Sometimes we can easily share a meal amongst all five of us and other times you can barely eat enough for three people. We are two adults and three kids between ages 7-11 so you would think a family plan for 3 kids and 2 adults would be enough. Any changes to portion sizes?

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Jamie – unfortunately, there won’t be a change to portion sizes. But we’re always looking to improve the product and will be sure to keep this in mind!

Michelle says:

I al ready love the dishes but I’m so excited over the 5 choices each week!

Jacqueline Parisi says:

We’re super excited as well! Meal choice is going to be GREAT.

Catherine says:

Love the family plan but would MUCH PREFER a singles plan.

Jackie says:

So glad to hear the relaunch news! I stopped my service due to many of the areas you have been working to innovate and you convinced me to give it another shot!

Jacqueline Parisi says:

WOHOOOOO Jackie! So happy to hear that 🙂

Tammy says:

This looks amazing. All the reasons we stopped ordering seem to be resolved. We’ll definitely try again. Thank you!

Jacqueline Parisi says:

This just made our day, Tammy! Welcome back to the HelloFresh family – we missed you!

Ann Condon says:

I wish you’d make this quicker and better adjustment for singles–even for 2–we can eat the same thing twice.

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Ann – noted! Thank you for your feedback. We take it seriously and will be sure to pass this along to our chefs.

Cheryl Troutt says:

I also hope that it is easier to choose your meals for the week. I dropped because I had too much trouble trying to find weekly options.

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Cheryl – it’s SUPER easy to choose your meals every week! Just click on My Deliveries. If you like the meals highlighted, nothing more needs to be done. However, if you’d like to switch one meal for another, click Edit Menu. Select which meals you’d like to see in your box (when a meal is selected, the words In Box will appear and the circle in the upper right-hand corner of the photo will have a check mark inside). Click Save. You will now see a small green rectangle with the words In Box in the lower left-hand corner of the recipe photo.

Joseph J. Riolo says:

I like what I see

Vicky Claborn says:

I was using Hello Fresh, but in the past year, my husband and I have had to drastically change our eating habits. He is a diabetic and therefore, carbohydrates and fat are a major concern. I have been diagnosed with chronic acid reflux, so I have to be mindful of trigger foods such as citrus, tomatoes, and spicy foods. Does your service provide enough healthy options every week such that with careful planning and ordering I could put together appropriate meals for my family?

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Vicky – transparency is super important to HelloFresh, and we make it our priority to provide as much nutrition information to our customers about every ingredient in every recipe. Because everyone has different tastes, allergies, and preferences, we leave it to our customers to review the ingredients and determine which recipes best meet their dietary needs. But of course we’re always here to help!

Lillian says:

Family menus are not an option since it is only the two of us.

Jacqueline Parisi says:

No worries, Lillian! Our 2-person Classic Plan is equally as delicious 🙂

Tim says:

Hello,
I am currently signed up for the “Family Plan – 3 Meal”, but do not see an option to select which meal we would like for the following week? When/where can I go to choose what to cook for the family? This is an awesome option and looking forward to it.

Thank you for your time!

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Hi Tim! Go ahead and click on My Deliveries. If you like the meals highlighted, nothing more needs to be done. However, if you’d like to switch one meal for another, click Edit Menu. Select which meals you’d like to see in your box (when a meal is selected, the words In Box will appear and the circle in the upper right-hand corner of the photo will have a check mark inside). Click Save. You will now see a small green rectangle with the words In Box in the lower left-hand corner of the recipe photo.
Let us know if you’re still having trouble! We’re always happy to help.

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The Ultimate S’mores Dip + More Gooey Inspiration

Eat August 9, 2017

We’re celebrating bonfire season with the just-burnt marshmallows of our sleepaway camp dreams. Between colorful, family-friendly s’more combinations and this must-have s’mores dip, summer’s tail end is about to get gooier.

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Linda kaldor says:

I just read about your relaunch of the family plan. Not quite sure what that’s about other than you give us more choices which is a good thing. I have tried all the other companies and I will be going with Hello Fresh. So far all of the choices were good ones. The food is really good and the info card is great!

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Linda – we’re glad you like all of the choices! In addition to the expanded meal choice, we have also conducted thorough testing to determine exactly what kids like and don’t like (down to the specific type of cheese!). All the recipes are super quick and easy — and require minimal cleanup.

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How to Make Two-Step Honey Mustard Sauce

Eat August 7, 2017

...and use it to flavor this baked honey mustard chicken we can't seem to get enough of. Like your protein paired with a perfect combination of sweet and savory sides, (...)

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Guide to Summer Stone Fruits (+6 easy recipes)

Eat August 4, 2017

They’re juicy, they’re sweet, and they’re in season right. now. Without further ado, we present to you… stone fruits! 

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How to Pair Fruit and Meat for Kid-Friendly Recipes

Eat August 2, 2017

Two food groups. Unlimited pairings. Find your favorite protein’s fruity match and cook up a colorful, wholesome plate that even the pickiest eaters won’t be able to resist.

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