Rachel Wait

HelloFresh vs Mindful Chef: are food boxes worth the money?

With nights out and trips to favourite restaurants currently off the menu, many people are turning to companies that deliver food boxes and meal kits straight to their door.

Food boxes can be convenient at a time when many of us are juggling childcare, home schooling and work. With social distancing in place at supermarkets and online delivery slots almost impossible to find, having fresh ingredients and step-by-step recipes dropped off on your doorstep is one less thing to worry about. Plus, it can feel a little more special than simply cooking the usual meals at home.

But do food boxes and meal kits offer value-for-money? With the average weekly family food shop costing £60.60 and most food boxes priced between £30 and £50 for just three meals, it’s clear that a box is a significant investment over the longterm. We take a closer look at five different options.



The Beckhams have been showing off their HelloFresh creations during lockdown recently on Instagram so it’s clearly all the rage. HelloFresh allows you to choose recipes from a weekly menu, and the pre-portioned ingredients and step-by-step recipe cards will be delivered to your door. The only ingredients you’ll need at home are cooking oil, butter, salt and pepper and sugar.

Each week you can choose from 20 different recipes, including vegetarian and low-calorie options. Choices include sweet chilli beef, roasted cod, crumbed chicken burger, and veggie moussaka. If you’d rather not receive a box every week you can also choose a fortnightly or monthly subscription schedule.

Customers can choose from a Family box, Classic box, or the Rapid box which includes recipes that can be cooked in under 20 minutes.

Prices: The Classic box for two people will cost £5 per meal for three recipes a week (£29.99 in total) or £4.37 per meal for four recipes a week (£34.99

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