HelloFresh Go and the closest I'll get to competing on MasterChef

The closest I'll get to competing on MasterChef - the launch of HelloFreshGo

When you become a parent, especially if it's to two REALLY hungry boys, cooking for fun becomes a thing of the past and almost turns in to a chore. Seriously, it's rare that a handful of minutes go by without one or both asking if it's lunchtime yet or can they have something to eat because they're SO HUNGRY, that often it feels less a kitchen now and more like a conveyor belt. So I've pretty much stopped seeing preparing food and drink as a social thing and something to enjoy, and treat it more as yet another task on my jam-packed to do list.

Despite being up against the clock and five other bloggers in a somewhat MasterChef-style environment, spending Thursday morning at the HelloFresh HQ in London (possibly the coolest working environment EVER) reminded me how much I enjoy cooking up a storm when I know that there's little chance of anyone wrinkling up their nose and declaring my efforts 'bisgusting'. And with gorgeously fresh ingredients, easy to follow recipe cards and HelloFresh Head Chef, Patrick Drake, stopping by every few minutes to give us tips and advice, the meals were always destined to turn out well.

We were there to find out more about the new HelloFresh Go range - delicious meals for two which follow a similar format to the HelloFresh boxes but in single recipe bags and available in Sainsbury's rather than being delivered to your door. Essentially, the meals, costing £10 per bag, are healthier than a ready meal or takeaway and yet they taste amazing. While you might have to put in the thirty minutes cooking time yourself, the fact that I made a delicious spiced citrus halloumi salad with tomatoes and sweet potatoes while also sipping a glass of wine and not quite smiling for the camera, tells you how easy the meals are to prepare.

The team at HelloFresh have chosen the five most popular meals from their subscriptions boxes to launch in the new 'grab-and-go' format but will be switching them up every few weeks or so (we each cooked a different one so I got to taste them all and can confirm that they're really good). Personally, despite enjoying the subscription boxes (you can read more about my thoughts here), I think this new format will suit me better. We can pick and choose which meal we want and when but without the hassle of shopping for individual ingredients - I love that HelloFresh give you the exact measurements you need as it reduces the amount of waste in cooking when a recipe calls for a half of something or a tablespoon and then you never end up using what's left.

I also think that HelloFresh Go is a dream for tired parents who have invited friends round for dinner and are then at a loss for what to cook. The bags can help you create the illusion of having spent ages preparing something amazing when time to do so is so scarce. And to prove how easy the recipes are to follow, and that you can rustle them up with a glass of something chilled in your hand, take a look at these photos. A huge well done to photographer Mike Marsland for braving the steam, constant chatter and waving of phones and cameras to capture us all - you can find him on Instagram here.

The closest I'll get to competing on MasterChef - the launch of HelloFreshGo
The closest I'll get to competing on MasterChef - the launch of HelloFreshGo
Sarah from  Extraordinary Chaos
Bonita from  Mamas VIB

Bonita from Mamas VIB

The closest I'll get to competing on MasterChef - the launch of HelloFreshGo
The closest I'll get to competing on MasterChef - the launch of HelloFreshGo
You can just spot Lori from  Wild & Grizzly  in the background

You can just spot Lori from Wild & Grizzly in the background

The closest I'll get to competing on MasterChef - the launch of HelloFreshGo
The closest I'll get to competing on MasterChef - the launch of HelloFreshGo
The closest I'll get to competing on MasterChef - the launch of HelloFreshGo