As I’ve shared in the past, I used to be a terrible cook! Like set-an-oven-mitt-on-fire-and-ruin-dinner type of cook. Over the years, I’ve discovered all the reasons to get into cooking and slowly but surely learned how to cook at home. Ingredient and recipe meal kit subscriptions like HelloFresh are a great way to hone your cooking skills and try new foods. This HelloFresh Canada Review will share an overview of how it works and whether it’s right for you.
How does HelloFresh work?
HelloFresh delivers seasonal ingredients and chef curated recipes to your door every week. Each recipe includes all of the ingredients you’ll need, pre-portioned and often pre-cut to make cooking as easy and enjoyable as possible. Simply follow the step-by-step recipe card and cook incredible meals in under 40 minutes.
How much does HelloFresh cost in Canada?
HelloFresh offers three different meal plans to cater to different preferences.
The Pronto Plan
The Pronto Plan (what we ordered!) includes meals that take under 30 minutes to prepare and include simple recipes. It’s their quickest and most convenient option. In most cases, vegetables are pre-cut to save additional time.
The Pronto Plan includes a choice of 3 meals (from a selection of 4) and the option of cooking for 2 people or 4.
The 2-person, 3 meal box costs $79.99CAD per week (with free shipping), averaging out to a cost of $13.33 per person per meal.
The 4-person 3 meal box costs $139.99CAD per week (with free shipping), averaging out to a cost of $11.67 per person per meal.
The Family Plan
The Family Plan is all about catering to a variety of tastes. Each box contains kid-friendly meals that are designed to be enjoyed by all palettes.
The Family Plan includes a choice of 3 meals (from a selection of 4) designed for cooking for 4 people. It costs $129.99CAD per week (with free shipping), which makes it $10.83 per person per meal. This is the best value per portion offered.
The Veggie Plan
The Veggie Plan features vegetarian meals free of meat and fish.
This plan includes 3 pre-selected meals designed for cooking for 2 people. It costs $73.99CAD per week (with free shipping), which makes it $12.33 per person per meal.
What’s in the box from HelloFresh Canada?
Each box contains a booklet of recipe cards including the recipes for the week. Next, are the week’s meals, each in its own brown bag. At the very bottom of the box is the protein, kept cold with a large ice pack.
Boxes are made from heavy-duty corrugated cardboard and lined with an aluminum foil-type material to help keep food cold.
How are the HelloFresh Canada recipes?
They’re excellent! We’ve tried 9 recipes over the past 3 weeks. Overall, recipes are easy to follow and quick to prepare. The quality of the protein has been high and all produce has been fresh. And my favourite thing has been how the recipes aren’t things we’d normally make. It’s exposed us to new flavours and meals that we can start to incorporate into our weekly meal planning.
Do you recommend HelloFresh?
If you’re busy and don’t have the time to prep meals but want to cook, HelloFresh is a great option. The recipes are easy to follow, can often be prepared in 30-40 minutes, and come with pre-portioned (and often pre-cut!) ingredients to speed up meal time. And if you’re looking to start cooking or simply want to make more meals yourself, it will give you good practice on a variety of dishes.
If you have dietary restrictions or allergies, I’d recommend taking a look at their weekly recipes to see what types of meals they offer. For example, I don’t eat red meat and found that for many of the weeks there were only two options in the Pronto Plan that I could order for myself.
Also, I would suggest taking a look at your current weekly spend on food to see if the cost of HelloFresh is worth it. While it’s certainly cheaper than dining out every night, it may be more costly than buying your own groceries for each meal. That being said, weigh the pros of having recipes chosen, ingredients shipped, and everything measured and pre-cut for you. Plus, there’s no food waste since they send you the exact quantities you need to make each meal.
What’s this about a HelloFresh promo code?
It’s easy to sign up with HelloFresh Canada, and I’m excited to share a great coupon code for your first box!
If you sign up on their website, they offer $20 off your first box. But if you use my promo code, you’ll score 40% off your first box! This is a savings of $30-56, depending on your plan.
Use code SAFEHARBOR40 at checkout to save 40% off your first box.
If you just want to try it out for a week, you can opt for one of their 2-person, 3-meal plans for $79.99CAD (Pronto Plan) or $73.99CAD (Vegetarian Plan). After using code SAFEHARBOR40, this will come down to $47.99CAD (Pronto Plan) or $44.39CAD (Vegetarian Plan) for 6 meals. And this averages out to a cost of under $8 per person per meal.
If you have any questions about HelloFresh Canada, please ask them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you! If you try them, let me know how it goes!
NOTE: My three boxes from HelloFresh were provided free of charge for the purposes of a review. As always, all opinions are my own.