Dinner Is Served, Courtesy of My Mini Chef and HelloFresh!

With the chaos of back to school, our family is looking for any type of service that makes transitioning back into a routine smoother. I think back fondly of my blissful Summer days strolling the local farmer’s markets to buy my fresh produce. Nothing beats the taste of meals prepared using the freshest of ingredients, and now  HelloFresh makes that process much easier! The provide chef curated recipes based on seasonal farm fresh ingredients, along with all materials delivered to your doorstep every week.  Each week features 4 meal choices: 3 with meat options and 1 vegetarian option. Choose your top 3 favourites and get ready for your delivery on the day that best suits your schedule.

When the beautifully designed box arrived on my doorstep, I was giddy! My son is really into “unboxing” videos featuring the latest toys, and seeing my HelloFresh box was the equivalent of him seeing a brand new Lego set arrive at his door 😉

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We decided to open the box together.   Watch my son order me around like a boss. Wait for the double tap on the box, when I am not paying attention. I didn’t know he even knew what “time lapse” means – clearly he has watched quite a few toy reviews on YouTube!

Here he is exploring the ingredients for Shrimp Pad See Ew.  Although he had some hesitations about ginger, he ended up loving the dish!

The box itself features an insulated lining, and also comes with ice packs to keep everything fresh. I loved how each set of meal ingredients came in it’s own separate mini box. It’s super easy to just pop the whole box in the fridge if you’re in a hurry, unlike unpacking a ton of grocery bags and cursing when your produce drawer doesn’t close.

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Once you open the mini box, all of the ingredients are pre-chopped and pre-measured with clear labeling. They contain everything you need, including most pantry items. This made it a breeze to cook with my mini chef.

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My favourite part of the service was the quality of the recipes. They were meals that our family often eats, but we typically use premade kits and sauces to speed up the process. With HelloFresh, I could see every ingredient going into our sauce – no scary artificial flavours, colours, or preservatives. It also gave me the chance to control the ingredients, going easy on the spice levels (HelloFresh conveniently gives you some tips on where to cut back if your children’s palettes gear towards the milder side!)

Our week featured Shrimp Pad See Ew, Smokey Sloppy Joes and Chicken Penne.

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When joining HelloFresh, there are two options to choose from. The Pronto Box features meals that are simple to prepare, taking under 30 minutes to make, and full of exciting flavours to help break your mealtime routine. You can opt for 3 dishes that serve 2 people ($79.99) or 4 people ($139.99)

We chose the Family Box. Full of classic dishes with a delicious twist, they hold back on the spice and choose nutritious ingredients that kids and adults love to eat. Each box contains 3 meals serving 4 people ($129.99) In both cases, you can pause or cancel your subscription at any time.

Check out the archive of the type of meals they create here. Not only was the food delicious, the portion sizes were very generous. Our family of 3 still had enough food remaining for 2 extra servings of leftovers.

Want to give them a try? Mommy Connections fans save $40 off each of their first 2 deliveries with the promo code MOMMYCONNECTIONS-80.  That’s an $80 savings!  We think that you’ll feel the same way that we do about HelloFresh!

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