By Mike Thayer
This is the third post in a series of HelloFresh meal kit reviews
I'm reviewing the ready meals from HelloFresh in another Bachelor on the Cheap series, having received a shipment of four meals. My first post was a review of "Meatloaf A' La Mom" to include a comparison to another meal subscription service, EveryPlate. Links to other related articles are posted below.
The four meals received in the shipment serves two people per meal and the delivery included all the base ingredients and instructions for the following meals:
- Meatloaf A' La Mom - The first meal I tried, quite tasty!
- Italian Chicken Over Lemony Spaghetti - Today's featured review
- Taqueria Pork Bowls
- Citrus Pork Tacos - Delicious and the early favorite of the four
For my third HelloFresh meal I selected "Italian Chicken Over Lemony Spaghetti with Zucchini & Chili Flakes." I really like meals that infuse a lot of citrus especially those with a little kick, so I've looking forward to sampling this one.
Pulling the package of chicken and the "Italian Chicken" meal bag from the fridge, I clipped up the recipe card and went to work. The prep time for this meal is just 5 minutes with a cook time of 30 minutes. How easy is that? Just 30 minutes? Heck, you can hardly hop in your vehicle and hit the drive thru and back or order pizza in just 30 minutes and you'll spend a lot more cash too! And I've stated this before in the other posts, but it bears repeating, HelloFresh does a nice job with the recipe instructions which are clear, easy to understand and includes what kitchen tools you'll need, what pantry and/or fridge items you need to have on hand (salt, butter, olive oil, etc.) and tips to make the job of meal prep an easier and more delicious one.
In sitting down to eat, this meal, like the others, quite tasty! The chicken gets cooked with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, giving you those herbal notes of basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme and marjoram. Developing into a crust on the bird, those herbal notes are accentuated with the lemon juice which also brings out the caramelization of the chicken. If that wasn't flavor enough, the sauce for the pasta is excellent. Using some pasta water as the base, it's combined with garlic, lemon juice, chili flake and some chicken stock provided in the kit. Tossed with the pasta, butter and some sour cream cheese, the spaghetti gets coated with some smooth and creamy deliciousness! Joining the party is some sauteed zucchini and and Parmesan cheese. This is a great dish, something I would order again and I wanted to eat both servings at dinner but managed to save the second serving for lunch.
I'm very pleased with HelloFresh, I've had three meals now, all were easy to prepare and delicious. I'll be sampling the last remaining HelloFresh meal before I rate this service and tell you which one in the HelloFresh vs. Everyplate Meal Kit Challenge I prefer. I'll break things down such as meal prep, variety, recipe instructions, the quality of the ingredients and most importantly the flavors at meal time. Stay tuned.
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