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3 Ways to Amp Up the Flavor of Your Meals

Tips & Tricks March 10, 2017

…because “dinner” and “boring” should never be in the same sentence. 

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becky says:

GREAT ideas .. thank you for sharing !!!!!! Much appreciated .. I can share ideas with my daughter .. she’s a great, inventive, creative cook … I’m just a decent cook, but she got her basics from me and my mom!

Jacqueline says:

So nice to hear how much your daughter likes to cook, Becky! There’s nothing better than passing down secret family recipes to children and grandchildren 🙂

melissa says:

These ideas that you share are not only amazing to use when cooking but a money saver and most importantly a time saver for those who are busy. You can turn plain veggies into an amazing meal and not even have run to the store.

Jacqueline says:

Very true, Melissa! It’s amazing what a few herbs and spices can do for your taste buds AND your wallet

MB says:

Next week is the Warming Cauliflower and Lentil Dal. I need a substitute for the Lentils in this recipe I really dislike Lentils and chickpeas.

Jacqueline says:

No problem, MB – just add more veggies! Feel free to roast butternut squash, yukon gold potatoes, or broccoli with the cauliflower. Or even toss in some green peas!

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Easy, Better-for-You Brownies

Eat March 9, 2017

Easy brownies that are also better for you? Yes, such a thing is possible! Get the recipe below…

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Sarah says:

Is there a version of this recipe adjusted for high altitude?

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi there! Jordan from our community team here at HelloFresh. Here are a few general tips for you:
– Baked goods take longer to rise at high altitudes – be patient!
– Increase baking temperature by 15 to 25 degrees F
– Decrease the amount of baking powder
– Decrease sugar by 1/4 cup

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How to Cook the Perfect Steak

Eat February 15, 2017

The word steak conjures up many thoughts: juicy, tender, meaty, flavorful, mouthwatering – and yet many home cooks struggle to get it right. Fear not! With these 10 tips, you’ll learn how to cook the perfect steak every time.

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Brad says:

Great article with beautiful photos, thanks! But I have to correct you that searing does NOT “lock in the juices as it cooks.” That’s an old myth many times disproven.

Jordan Schultz says:

Interesting. Thanks for sharing that, and for your kind words, Brad!

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Refrigerator Organization 101

Tips & Tricks January 16, 2017

Refrigerator organization 101 brought to you by the best teacher we know… our very own dietitian, Rebecca! Continue reading to learn how she keeps things tidy, organized, fresh, and FUN in the kitchen.

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6 comments

Alan says:

Good stuff!

Thanks

Jacqueline says:

Thanks for reading and cooking with us, Alan!!

Theresa says:

When receiving the boxes, can they go right into the refrigerator or should the veggies be taken out and shelved? I don’t know if potatoes, lemons or avacados should go into the frig.

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Theresa! You can store your recipe boxes right in the fridge. There are some items which should be removed (like basil and avocados), but we’ll remind you on the label in that case.

Mikel says:

Love that “Hangry Hour” lol!!

Jordan Schultz says:

Don’t let the hanger win!

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6 Ingenious Kitchen Hacks To Save You Time

Tips & Tricks January 11, 2017

“Just add water” had a good long run when it comes to quick dinner prep. Continue reading to discover six time-saving kitchen hacks PLUS a very special announcement…

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22 comments

Wendy Grady says:

My first two meals are coming today, can’t wait to try them!!

Jacqueline says:

Welcome to the HelloFresh family, Wendy!! We’re so excited for you to get cooking with us

I got a madoline for Christmas and now use it all the time. I also use the boxes for garbage. the shrimp tacos were awesome.

Jacqueline says:

Using the meal kit boxes for garbage is GENIUS. Thanks for sharing, Bonnie!

Lin says:

Already cooked the shrimp tacos on a night I was exhausted from a busy, busy day. It was a blessing to have something so delicious come together with little prep! AND, it was excellent!

Jacqueline says:

We’re with you, Lin! Isn’t it amazing how something SO delicious can come together so quickly?

Sandy Nichols says:

I absolutely love Hello Fresh…I tell all my family and friends about it. I live alone and buy the meals for two, three days a week. This makes 6 meals total for me. Great economical way to eat fresh and healthy even for just one person. Thank you for allowing me to send free boxes to my family and friends. I hope they enjoy it as much as I have and will for a long time to come.

Jacqueline says:

Sandy – we’re so happy to hear how much you love the fresh and delicious HelloFresh meals!! We have a feeling your friends and family will, too 🙂

Carmen says:

Another hack I have is peel, cut, chop and prep everything possible for my 3 boxes when I receive them (with the mandoline doesn’t take much time) put them either in the little bag they came in, plastic bags or small plastic bowls and put them back in their box. Then when I get home from work, dinner is done in a heartbeat as much of the work is already done.

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Carmen! Jordan here, our community team lead at HelloFresh. We love the ingenuity here, and we always love to hear how our amazing customers find little ways to make cooking even more simple!

Stephen says:

Enjoy all our meals but the maple glazed rapid one was particularly a great standout. Looking forward to a few tests of the more difficult level meals and maybe even a dessert or two!

Jacqueline says:

Hi Stephen – I can’t wait to tell our chefs how much you loved the maple glazed meal! They’re busy creating some AMAZING recipes for the next few weeks, so stay tuned

Kimiko White says:

I am waiting today for my first delivery. A friend introduced me.

Jacqueline says:

Welcome to the HelloFresh family, Kimiko – we can’t wait for you to get cooking with us!! It’s going to be SO much fun. The blog is the go-to destination for more amazing recipes, kitchen tips and tricks, and a behind the scenes look at our suppliers to see how the farm fresh ingredients make it into your HelloFresh box – so check back frequently for more 🙂

J says:

I use the Hello Fresh boxes as my garbage bowls. Reuse, recycle!

Jacqueline says:

Love it! Thanks for sharing

Barbara Hughey says:

My husband and I enjoy our meals. They are very easy to prepare, and more especially they are tasty.

Jacqueline says:

Barbara – we’re so happy to hear that! Our chefs are hard at work creating more easy and tasty recipes right now … we can’t wait for you and your husband to try them 🙂

Katie says:

Ginger Beer Sir Fey was great. Please make sure to let people know how much water to use when making the basmati rice. Thanks.
There were no directions on the bag.

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Katie! Jordan here, from our community team!. If we don’t specify the amount of water for the rice on the recipe card, it doesn’t matter. Just use enough to cover the rice.

Margaret Shank says:

Your site is not so great. I am searching for the turmeric pancakes recipe & get directed to an irrelevant part of the blog. Things are slow. Clicking on a meal picture & green title, which I expect to take me to the recipe, just goes to a wp picture alone. Things are just hard to negotiate at best, wrong at worst. I haven’t received my first box yet, but here’s hoping your quality control on ingredients & delivery is better than for IT!

Jacqueline Parisi says:

Hi Margaret – so sorry about that! We really appreciate your feedback and will definitely pass this along to our tech team to make things better. Do you mind letting us know what browser and device you’re viewing the blog on?

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Easy Ingredient Swaps For Gluten-Free Meals

Tips & Tricks January 5, 2017

Get this: the number of Americans eating gluten-free has recently tripled. In fact, currently 1 in 5 people state that they actively include gluten-free meals in their diet, which isn’t as difficult as you may think…

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Andrea Mediate says:

I appreciate this post, but isn’t the whole idea of HelloFresh to simplify our lives by including every ingredient for our meal? What’s the point of subscribing to this service if I have to toss and substitute several items each time? Until that day comes when there is a true gluten-free box available, I will not be able to purchase. It’s simply not worth my time, energy, and money. Thanks for listening.

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Andrea– This is Jordan, our community team lead at HelloFresh. Thanks for sharing your feedback. We are always working on expanding our product offerings to better serve our customers, and we’ll definitely pass your feedback along to the culinary team. In the meantime, we usually try to include 2-3 gluten free recipes per week.

Louise says:

Instead of us making the swap for a gluten free item on our end can you make the substitution on your end? If I have to do it I’m less likely to keep the service. If you recognize that gluten free eating is a key trend it would be great to offer a box type that catered to it.

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Louise– Jordan here, our community team lead at HelloFresh. Sorry for the inconvenience. We hear your feedback, and we will definitely pass it along to our culinary team. We’re always looking to expand our product offerings so that we can better serve our amazing customers.

Joe says:

It’s too bad that gf is a trend. It shouldn’t be. It’s a medically-necessary diet for people with celiac and grain allergies. No one else should be eating a gf diet. Without a lot of planning it can readily become a very unbalanced diet, lacking in several necessary nutrients and heavy on the fats and sugars added to gf foods in the attempt to make them more like their non-gf counterparts. I wish you would provide the necessary ingredients for people who need it, but please don’t encourage the orthorexic crowd who think it’s somehow cleaner or healthier.

Jordan Schultz says:

Jordan here, from our community team at HelloFresh. Thanks for the feedback, Joe. The aim of this post was to make things a little easier for our customers who require gluten-free recipes.

Cindy says:

Hi, I am interested in purchasing but my daughter has celiac disease and I am concerned about cross contamination. Are your GF items prepared in a separate area to avoid that?

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Cindy! Jordan here, from our community team at HelloFresh. One of our RD’s will reach out to you by email with more info.

Laura says:

I appreciate this article… but people who are gluten free are already making these substitutions. What we are looking for is a service that will make our lives easier and more convenient.. like yours. Sounds like this it’s for me… too bad I was really hoping. 😄 I’m sure would be very difficult to do fro your end!

Jordan Schultz says:

Hi Laura! Jordan here, from the HelloFresh community team. Thanks for sharing your experience. We are definitely sensitive to the various dietary needs of our community, and we’re always looking to better serve our amazing customers (and future customers). We’ll pass your feedback along to our team, we hope you’ll check back from time to time to see if we have anything better suited to your needs.

Mallory says:

Hello,
I can’t cook to save my life, so this seems like a great option. I have Celiac however, and am concerned with the preparation process and cross contamination. Is there a place that I can find out those procedures?

Jacqueline says:

Hi Mallory – feel free to reach out to our dietitian Rebecca at nutrition@hellofresh.com. She’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have!

Cat says:

As someone who has Celiac, I’d like to know what I’m buying ahead of time. Is there an option to do that? I’d rather buy your meals that are naturally GF rather than having to throw away regular gluten ingredients and have to buy my own substitutions. This makes it more costly to me and produces more waste. However, if you say there are 2-3 gf meals each week then I’d be interested in signing up if I can ensure I can select only the gf meals beforehand. I also don’t eat red meat so same scenario applies. Please let me know if this is an option. Thanks!

Rebecca Lewis MS RDN says:

Hi Cat,

HelloFresh has a team of dietitians that review every ingredient in every recipe every week. We list out next to each meal choice if the recipe is gluten-free or not, and we also list which specific ingredients contain wheat. This information is available on the website for all the meal choices up to 3 weeks out at a time. While we currently can’t guarantee that we will always have 3 completely gluten-free options each week – we do have full transparency so that our customers can make the meal choices that work best for them. Sometimes this may mean a swap at home is necessary. If you have a moment, HelloFresh was recently reviewed by a gluten-free blogger and here’s what she had to say about her experience: http://myglutenfreemiami.com/hello-fresh-gluten-free/

Regarding red meat- in your account settings, you can set your preferences to be beef free. This will ensure you don’t receive any beef from HelloFresh if you forget to make your meal selection. Hope that helps and Happy Cooking!

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How to Make Your Home Smell Like the Holidays

Tips & Tricks December 11, 2016

A DIY project that’s equally as festive as it is fragrant…

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6 Common Thanksgiving Fails & How to Avoid Them

Eat November 18, 2016

Every now and then, you just gotta laugh—especially when it comes to these epic Thanksgiving fails. But with a little help from our chefs and dietitian, you can avoid repeating past mistakes and pull off a stress-free feast to be thankful for.  

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Marilyn says:

The first year we fried a turkey it just wouldn’t get to the temperature the directions called for. We left it in waiting and waiting. After a very long time I told my husband to take it out and we’d bring it inside to cut into it and see if it was done. We laid it on the cutting board and as I took a knife to it that bird “Cracked” in half. It was so over done it was inedible! We still talk about that thanksgiving with much laughter!

Jacqueline says:

Sometimes, you just have to laugh! Thank you so much for sharing, Marilyn.

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8 Healthy Halloween Treats For Kids

Eat October 26, 2016

These healthy Halloween treats are scary good. But making them? Now that’s not scary at all. The festive recipes are simple enough for anyone to conquer. All it takes is a little creativity, a whole lot of imagination, and a BIG appetite.

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3 comments

Meghan says:

The apple monsters and jack-o-oranges are so adorable…makes me wish I had kids to cook them for!

Jacqueline says:

Meghan – these may be for kids, but we have a feeling anyone would enjoy them 🙂

sai carving says:

I truly like to reading your post. Thank you so much Keep up the good works.

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The Best Apples for Baking, Snacking, & Cooking

Eat October 19, 2016

Apples here, apples there, apples EVERYWHERE. In other words, fall has arrived.  

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