I know little about HelloFresh and Maartje the Foodjehovah but Food Freedom Does Not Come in a Box …
I made the above eggs in bacon cup recipe for approximately $1.20 per serving. The eggs were fresh and cage-free from a local farm. The bacon was the Trader Joe “bacon ends and pieces.”
HelloFresh food boxes start at $8.75 USD per serving for the “Family Box.” Prices are over $9 for vegetarian options and almost $10 for the “classic box” whatever that is.
I estimate the total cost of the vegetables depicted above was less than $0.50 USD. They went into a dish costing about $1.60 USD per serving. It happened to be a gluten-free and dairy-free version of chicken and dumplings, a popular US dish.
Here are the ingredients for one of their chicken dishes coming next week. This bad boy clocks in at 710 calories per serving, with 3027 mg of sodium:
Chicken Breast, Garlic, Scallions, Green Beans, Red Onion, Wooden Skewers, Hoisin Sauce (Soy, Wheat), Gluten free Soy Sauce (Soy), Chuka Soba Noodles (Wheat, Eggs), Sriracha (Anchovy)
I just cut and pasted that off their website. I don’t “get” “gluten free soy sauce” and “chuka soba noodles” (wheat-based) and hoisin sauce with gluten in the same dish. A type of soy sauce that is naturally gluten free is called Tamari. It has better flavor, too.
Have y’all seen the film “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead?”
HelloFresh! isn’t just Maartje’s stalking bully relatives, it’s worse than frozen dinners. The nutrition in these recipes that are “so fresh” and “gourmet” is worse than frozen dinners. If the vegetables are moldy by the time they are delivered, you will certainly get better nutrition out of plain, flash frozen vegetables. Here are the featured HelloFresh suppliers in US: they are all in Pennsylvania or NY. I don’t know about the other ones, but the beet people are selling those babies for $6 and up a pound in vacuum-packed plastic packages.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that if it’s put into this type of package with goo, and shipped all over the U.S. with a 500% markup …
It’s NOT GOOD FOR YOU.
You will certainly get better nutrition and 10x better prices by buying at your local fruit and vegetable market. Don’t know where it is? Find it — it’s the one that doesn’t advertise or send flyers in the mail, text you, or spam you/slam you.
I am a writer who cooks. I am 53 years old. There are no retouched pictures of me online. My third collection of science fiction stories is all about women. Currently an e-book available on all major e-book sellers and the Book View Cafe Author Cooperative (95% to me, 5% to the cooperative), the paperback version is out in April.
If just one person reads this and decides to zork their “HelloFresh” (Goodbye living wage for farmers and nutrition for me!) learn about nutrition and how to cook really healthy recipes for themselves this is a success and worth the time and effort. If you’re a mother you would do the same nutrition for your children for a better price by buying frozen kids’ dinners. If you can follow one of these recipes you can add the steps of measuring ingredients too.