We’re on to our third and final Hello Fresh week, featuring the meals we had in our free starter box. If you’re looking to try it yourself and get a discount, there’s some money off lurking in that link! Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the last meal, what it was like, and whether we liked it or not. This was the Too Tasty beetroot and lentil salad, and I have to say it’s not something I would have tried myself. I hate walnuts and salad is never a word that makes me feel hungry – I’d rather have a wrap and pretend it’s a full-blown meal rather than a salad in disguise, but we followed the recipe and we had a big surprise.
The recipe contains a lot of variety, which is really great. There were walnuts, new potatoes, lentils, goats cheese, rocket, and onion, as well as beetroot. Now, anyone who has been following this blog will know that I only recently started to fall in love with beetroot, and I’m starting to want it with every single meal, so this was definitely a good start. We both love goats cheese too, so putting our reservations aside, we gave this one a try! The first thing to say is to be prepared for bright red hands, chopping board, surfaces, and generally food, as the beetroot really gets everywhere. That was not necessarily a bad thing however!
When we had it all together, I was really surprised by how tasty and filling this meal was. The potatoes help to make it more substantial, while the rocket gives it a nice zing. The beetroot brings everything together with that warm and sweet taste, matched perfectly by what is quite honestly the nicest goats cheese I’ve ever had. Seriously – we’re hunting this one down in the supermarket as soon as we get a chance. It was so soft and creamy that I had a hard time pulling it into chunks without it just getting stuck to my hands! All in all, this was a really delicious meal, and much healthier than the other two options as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Overall, I have to say that the final Hello Fresh verdict is that it’s very convenient and good if you know you don’t have much time on your hands. It allows you to get all of your ingredients delivered and recipes picked out without having to spend time on it. But aside from the convenience, I’m not too sure about it. Would I like to have new recipes and ingredients delivered to my door every week? Yes, absolutely – but if I can’t choose the recipes, I’m not sure I’m a fan. A lot of things were done differently to how I would have done them. For example, if I saw sour cream in a recipe, I would ditch it for a low fat and calorie alternative, or just use something like cream cheese to get the desired effect. If I saw an onion required for a recipe, I would always switch it out for a red onion. With this structure, you don’t have a chance. I’d be interested to see whether they can establish a wider pool of suppliers at some point in the future, and therefore give people a few more options to choose from.
In the meantime, if you fancy making this salad yourself, here’s the Vine of how we did it: