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5 Star 5-Stars I totally want this again!

My family finally gave HelloFresh a try last week. Our first meal was the Steakhouse Pork Chops with a Creamy Pan Sauce and Lemony Green Beans. It was SO GOOD!

Value: Hello Fresh meals are a bit out of my budget range. But the current Hello Fresh promotion made it easier to try! Preparing this meal was cheaper than going to a nice restaurant and the ingredients were better than what I normally pick up at the store!

Ease of Preparation: My teenage daughter prepared and plated this meal with almost no help from me. I imagined that preparing dinner kits would be a fun family activity, but it was a tiring week. This meal was definitely more work than throwing together a sandwich or making a plate of spaghetti. And there were plenty of dirty dishes at the end. But it wasn’t too bad.

* Bonus points to HelloFresh for letting us see the recipes along with what ingredients are included and what ingredients and kitchen gadgets you assume we will already have on hand.

Portions & Health: At 520 calories with plenty of vegetables, I would say that this was a reasonable dinner. The portion size was near-perfect, but I did end up snacking a little more before bed.

The Food: The pork was tender and delicious. The seasoning and pan sauce were excellent touches! We did slightly alter the pan sauce by using chicken broth instead of the included beef stock concentrate.

I like roasted potatoes, but this was my first time trying roasted Yukon Gold potatoes. I was surprised how different they were from my usual Russet, Baby Reds, and Sweet potatoes.

This was also my first time to try roasted green beans. They were pretty good and I’m eager to try them again!

The Unused: One of the selling points for meal kits is that they cut down on food waste. This meal for two left us with half a lemon and half an onion. There were also two green beans that went to the trash because they didn’t look as fresh as the others. My daughter said they were probably fine, but I ran to the store for a lemon zester and when in doubt, she threw it out.

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Delivery experience: Everything was well packed. Despite being delivered 26 hours later than scheduled, the contents were still cold and fresh! As expected, there was an assortment of paper bags, plastic, and the box that will have to be disposed of. Much of this is recyclable, but recycling options are currently limited in my town.

Will I make this again? Absolutely! I would totally order this kit again in the future (assuming there aren’t too many other things I am eager to try.) And I kept the recipe card so we can create it again from store-bought ingredients.

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The Mommy

I can’t believe the improvement!

Leah has had quite a few health issues over the years. Even as a puppy, she was prone to frequent ear infections, skin breakouts, and cloudy eyes.

My previous dogs did fine on cheaper store brand dog food or dog chow. But when it was time to switch Leah to adult dog food, I knew she needed an extra boost. I talked to the vet about what to look for in good quality dog food. I could not afford what they recommended, but comparing the nutritional information Purina One Lamb and Rice was pretty close!

She still has problems with her eyes, ears, and skin allergies. But all have improved significantly.


  • Good Quality
  • Reasonable Price
  • Available at many stores and online


Not always in stock at my local grocery store. Which is why I signed up for
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Doggy Leah

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Doggy Leah

The Best Part of Waking Up is Kibble In My Cup!

5 StarTaste: Delicious!

5 StarSmell: Wonderful!

5 StarTexture: Nice variety between kibbles

5 StarSound: Most exciting sound of the morning is that crinkle of the bag opening! Most satisfying sound of the day is how it crunches between my teeth.

Delicious crunchy kibble mixes with chewy meaty pieces. Need I say more about this deliciousness?

When I was ready for big dog food, Human Mommy made the switch from Purina Puppy Chow to Purina One Lamb and Rice. She claims that its nutritional information is similar to what the vets suggested, but at about half the price.

Human Mommy claims that between Purina One and not getting to drink straight tap water any more, my eyes are brighter and I seem a little healthier in general. I don’t know about all that. But food … Seriously … Food! Need I say more?


  • Food
  • Deliciousness
  • Food!


  • Bigger, meatier pieces do not work as well in treat-dispensing-toys.
  • Not allowed to eat whole bag in one sitting.

Kitty Max Says: Gross! Dog food is for the dogs.

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Doggy Leah

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Beware of Neighbor Cat

2 StarTaste: Dangerous but addictive!

4.5 StarSmell: So interesting to sniff

3 StarTexture: Mostly squishy, but watch for claws

 Sound: Hisses are sheer terror!

He is my neighbor. I got his back in a fight. But have you ever met a CAT!
He scratches you for bomping his tummy.
He scratches you for tasting his whiskers.
He even scratches you for sniffing his tail.
Somebody needs to tell this cat to chill.

Sometimes he is fun to watch out the window. And sometimes he naps next to me. But usually, he is just a cat.


  • Smells, so many smells!
  • Pure adrenalin rushes!
  • Can open food bags
  • Makes interesting smells in the litter box


  • Hogs the doggy bed
  • Hogs the Mommy
  • Hogs the cat food
  • Hoggy hoggy hog!
  • Disturbs my slumber with tail sucking sounds
  • Mommy says he’s “such a sweet little baby.”

Rebuttal from Neighbor Cat

Keep your lickety tongue and your bompety nose to yourself!

Reply from Kitty Max

She doesn’t know how.

Also, I know you were in my litter box again. So I sprayed it.

Reply from Neighbor Cat


If you two flea-bags don’t start treating me better, I’m gonna eat at my own house.

Reply from Kitty Max

But that’s where I eat!

Reply from Doggy Leah


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Max Kitty

2-Star Texture: Not a fan
3-Star Smell: Less smelly than the last stuff
5-Star Quality: It does the job and does it well


  • Dog doesn’t like it


  • I preferred the texture of clay litter


It’s kitty litter.