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Cooking with kids – Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Sweet Potato Mash & Peppercorn Sauce

One of the most monotonous and challenging parts of motherhood for me is feeding.  Not the feeding per say, but thinking about meals, shopping for them, preparing them and all the rigmarole that comes with being a parent.  It is the everyday NEED that can get me down, it is a thankless task, bit one that I take seriously as a Mum.

Pan-Fried Chicken Breast

My boys at nine and ten have been helping me out in the kitchen since they were tiny and are not at the stage where they can nearly cook a meal on their own. So when Hello Fresh offered us a trial of their family box we had a chat as a family and decided that we would say yes and the boys and MadDad would take over cooking for that week.


The family box comes with everything you need for four family meals at £64, which makes it £4 per portion.  Everything is packaged in a solid cardboard box and the meat is in a separate insulated bag in the box.


What did the boys think of Hello Fresh?

Both of the boys did the majority of the cooking which some help from MadDad with chopping onions.   They both loved being in charge in the kitchen and found the recipe cards with step by step instructions and images easy to follow once they had read them through.  The meals took between 30 minutes and 45 minutes to get on the table from start to finish.

All of the meals were a big hit and are definitely aimed at the family audience.  The undercover chicken is going to become a family favorite and we have already made butterbean stew again!



What did I think of Hello Fresh?

Hello Fresh is a great idea if you have children that are adventurous and you are stuck in something of a food rut.  I am really lucky that both of the boys are great eaters and it was delightful to see them cooking and then enjoying the meals.  It widened our taste horizons and encouraged us to be a little more adventurous with our weekday meals.

Everything you need is in the delivery except for salt, pepper and oil, so we really just helped out when we were asked by the boys. The servings were generous and the four meals actually fed us for most of the week as we had the leftovers on other evenings and the meat was great quality.  In fact the boys commented we ate more meat that week than we would normally.  So at £64 per week i think it is great value.  No shopping, no menu planning and you get everything you need.


Would we use Hello Fresh again?

Hello Fresh would be great if I didn’t work at home and have the time to go shopping regularly.  I will use them again when we are stuck in a food rut or on our return from holidays.

Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Sweet Potato Mash & Peppercorn Sauce

One of our favorite meals was the Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Sweet Potato Mash & Peppercorn Sauce.  We have already made this again on our own.  It was simple for the boys.

Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Sweet Potato Mash & Peppercorn Sauce

And here you can see the boys in action and their version.

Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Sweet Potato Mash & Peppercorn Sauce boys

It was delicious and there was four empty plates.


Disclosure: Thanks to Hello Fresh for the samples.

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