Home Chef April 2016 Review & Coupon

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Home Chef Box April 2016 box
Home Chef featured wonderfully meaty dishes this week.  Home Chef is a meal in a box subscription – every week choose from a variety of recipes and have all the ingredients and preparation instruction delivered to your door.  It’s similar in concept to other weekly meal delivery services, but it has its own unique features and perspectives.

Meal selections are suggested automatically according to a profile you fill out noting your family’s preferences, but you can change your selections any time. Home Chef offers an incredible 10 selections available for 2, 4, or 6 people, a breakfast choice, a smoothie choice, and a fruit basket selection.  The portions are huge, and this is currently the least expensive and has the most choice out of any similar major subscriptions (for 2 people).

Home Chef Box April 2016 unboxing

Everything arrived within well-insulated (water-dissolvable) cooler padding, atop ice packs.

Each bag has nearly everything needed to make a complete meal.  You have to have a basic kitchen setup (stove/oven, cookware, etc), but a couple tablespoons of cooking oil and salt and pepper are usually the only ingredients you have to have at home. Unlike other boxes, Home Chef includes liquid egg when needed — once they even included a bottle of oil for shallow-frying.

Home Chef Box April 2016 unboxed

The meat is placed in the bottom of box and packed with several ice packs.  I suspect there are enough to keep it cold for a long time, even when summer arrives.

Home Chef Box April 2016 (1)

The recipe cards have just been reformatted — they still have prep time, difficulty,  a “best cooked by” time frame, and even a spice level, but they’ve dropped the drink pairing and just show calories instead of full nutrition info.  The picture is much bigger, and they’ve combined the lists of your pantry and kitchen equipment needs into one.  The cards look a bit like the Plated cards now.

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The back of the card has the actual recipe guidance, complete with pictures and boldfacing of ingredients, and an inventory of everything provided.  The recipes usually have a pro-tip or explain some cooking terminology.  The reformat has streamlined recipes by pulling the tips out of the actual recipe and putting them in a sidebar.

The order of preparation has been streamlined, too — instead of chopping everything first, you are instructed to start the long lead time items first.  Although this makes the chopping slightly less efficient than doing it all at once, it gets your meal to the table faster, and with everything finishing cooking closer to the same time.  I like it for these reasons, and because it saves me from having a completely overflowing cutting board when I start cooking.  The recipe cards have pre-punched holes so you can store them in a recipe binder.

Home Chef Box April 2016 review

Each recipe was packed separately, and neatly, in its own bag.  Unless otherwise noted, each of the pictures of prepared food below show one of two servings made by each recipe.

Home Chef Box April 2016 (3)

Classic French Green Peppercorn Pork Tenderloin With Mashed Carrots and Roasted Asparagus. 25-35 mins, intermediate, 625 calories per serving.

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I loved the peppercorn sauce — the green peppercorns had a more flowery flavor and were less biting than black, so it made a lovely and intriguing sauce.  The vegetables were great — they were in excellent shape when they arrived (the asparagus even came wrapped separately in a styro meat tray, so it didn’t get banged up), and the prep was simple to showcase the natural flavor.  I was also thankful for the giant pork tenderloin!

Home Chef Box April 2016 (4)

Healthy Takeout Szechuan Chicken and Green Beans With Brown Rice and Water Chestnuts. 35-45 mins, easy, 625 calories per serving.

home chef april 2016

This was quite yummy, and the portion actually rivaled what you would get from takeout!  The sauce was moderately spicy, and I would’ve loved a bit more of it.  This dish was pretty easy to put together — trimming the green beans was the most time-consuming task — so it wasn’t a whole lot more work than takeout!

Home Chef Box April 2016 (5)

Flat-Iron Steak Stroganoff With Creamy Mushroom Pasta, 25-35 mins, easy, 920 calories per serving.

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Whenever I make a mushroom dish, I cook them on the side so they can be added at the discretion of the diner.  Even without the mushrooms in it, the sauce was delicious.  I had cooked the mushrooms and the paprika rubbed meat in the pan, so it had collected plenty of flavor.  Shallots, beef base, thyme, and sour cream were all that was needed to create a rich and creamy sauce.  The meat was fabulous — both tender and flavorful.  It felt like we were getting two meals in one, since either the pasta or steak would’ve sufficed as a main course without the other.  This meal packed a ton of flavor for very little effort.

This set of meals was very hearty and satisfying, and it would make a great Winter menu.  We are very fond of this subscription — Home Chef has a huge selection of meal options to choose from each week, and the portions are very generous!  They offer breakfast selections, and there is even an option to get a fruit basket (BTW, we’ve gotten the fruit a couple of times and found it to be really nice — sweet but not overripe).

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  • Heat7918

    We got the pork tenderloin and flat iron steak stroganoff also! And a salmon with feta. All 3 were delicious as usual!

  • Sara

    Last week I got my first box of Home Chef, so far I’ve only made the spaghetti and meatballs and the greek chicken with vegetables. The spaghetti was delicious and super filling. But the chicken was not, we were both still a little hungry afterwards. I like the ease and convenience of the meals, but I feel I could get a better price at the grocery store.

    • Brandy

      i don’t think we got the greek chicken. i got the sketti for a good family meal and it was absolutely delicious! i occasionally go to the store with tom on a snack run (he does all the shopping, which is admittedly not much), and i’m always SHOCKED at the grocery store prices. it probably has to do a lot with where we live (low competition area) but everything seems really expensive. it’s all an does it work for you thing. i love food, love cooking, but we just don’t have time to plan everything and get it all. i do hear that you might be able to get the home chef recipes from your account.