I love good food, I love convenience, and I love researching reviews before I buy anything. I realize that these are probably relatively universal statements, but I thought it was the best way to preface this series. I’ve always wanted to try an ingredient delivery service because I love food (see above) and I hate shopping and prep work (also see above: love of convenience). I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts one day, “Stuff You Missed In History Class”, and they were offering a discount on Blue Apron for their listeners! As I was contemplating and searching Pinterest for others’ experiences (see above again: review geek) I couldn’t find much, and that’s when the light bulb went off to create “From Truck to Table”! I hope it’s helpful and that you will soon be having some fun in the kitchen. 🙂
Hello Fresh has five meals to choose from if you pick the Classic box, which gives you some wiggle room for choices. It was hard to choose because they really come up with some great recipes! If you pick the Veggie box you are unable to choose, because the three meals you receive are set. If you are a family, they offer 3 meals per week for 4 people, but obviously I got the 3 meals for 2 people option. Hello Fresh offers a great selection and many options!
At $69 (free shipping) for 3 meals, Hello Fresh is in the middle of the three services I tried. Luckily, I have a discount for you! 😉 $25 OFF your first box! I will say, it’s most definitely worth it especially if you hate grocery shopping as much as I do. You can very easily skip any week you like, so it’s not all or nothing. I plan on using the service when I know I have a busy week coming up so I can be sure dinner will be planned and ingredients are in the fridge no matter what happens!
From The Truck:
Each meal’s ingredients are packed in a small box, and the meat was left out to be frozen or refrigerated. I had to open each box to make sure I didn’t refrigerate something that needed to be left out, like tomatoes or potatoes (Pro tip: Never refrigerate your tomatoes! They lose their flavor in the fridge). All measurements were done for me, and packaged individually in each meal’s box. It made prepping a million times easier! I also liked the compact boxes because they fit well in my fridge and didn’t take up too much space.
Although my impatience makes me the worst at following recipes, even my tiny mistakes (whoops, that oregano was for the parsnips… not the breading) were no match for the flavors in the recipes! I did notice some of the cooking time was off, and I wasn’t able to cook my parsnips all the way through with their specified time; however, that can easily be fixed by checking for done-ness. There were also pictures in the recipe book that really helped!
To The Table:
Despite not turning out picture perfect, all three recipes were absolute home runs! Of all three services, Hello Fresh won in the overall “omg this is sooo good” department. Each meal was well composed and had very fresh ingredients. Also, of the three services, Hello Fresh had the most familiar ingredients and flavors; they don’t stray far from the norm. I like trying new things and all, but sometimes you just want a simple, delicious home-cooked meal and I definitely received that from Hello Fresh. I highly recommend trying the service and I’m offering all my readers $25 off your first box! Next week they have “California-Style Griddled Cheeseburgers with Secret Sauce and Crispy Baked Onion Rings” and “Crispy Pan-Seared Salmon with Baby Bok Choy, Cilantro-Wasabi Dressing, and Soy-Infused Brown Rice”, which, honestly, my stomach is rumbling at the thought of… yum!! Don’t miss out!
Brussels Sprout & Prosciutto Flatbread with Fresh Pesto and Mozzarella
10 oz – Pizza Dough (Hello Fresh sent me whole wheat dough)
8 oz – Brussel Sprouts
1 – Heirloom Tomato
4 oz – Fresh Mozzarella
¼ c – Pesto
2 cloves Garlic
4 oz – Prosciutto
2 teaspoons – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Baking sheet, Large pan, Medium bowl
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. HINT: Take the pizza dough out of the fridge in advance to allow it to come to room temperature. It will be much easier to handle!
2. Par-bake the dough: using your hands, stretch out the dough into a rough ¼-inch thick rectangle. Place onto a lightly oiled baking sheet and prick all over with a fork. Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until beginning to brown on the edges. HINT: If you have a rolling pin or wine bottle, you can use it to roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface.
3. Meanwhile, trim, halve, and slice the Brussels sprouts into shreds. Thinly slice the garlic. Core, halve, and slice the tomato into ¼-inch wedges. Tear the mozzarella into small, bite-sized pieces.
4. Cook the Brussels sprouts: heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook, tossing, for 4-5 minutes, until softened and slightly browned. Add the garlic to the pan and cook another 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Assemble the flatbread: spread the Brussels sprouts mixture over the par-baked pizza dough. Toss the mozzarella and tomatoes in a medium bowl with 2 Tablespoons pesto. Spread the mozzarella and tomato mixture on top of the Brussels sprouts and spread the prosciutto over the top. Return to the oven for 5-7 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the prosciutto crisps.
6. Drizzle the flatbread with 2 Tablespoons pesto, cut into squares, and enjoy!
Per serving: 819 cal
Have you ever tried an ingredient delivery service, or plan on it? Comment and let me know what you think!