Green Chef is a weekly meal kit delivery service that sends recipes along with organic and sustainable ingredients to your home. Green Chef estimates that 95% of the included ingredients are organic.
Examples of ingredients that are not organic include fish, which currently have no organic designation option. Instead, the fish included is sustainably sourced. The beef is grass fed.
Each week Green Chef produces between 6 and 9 recipes, so there is some choice in what you receive. Unlike services like Home Chef, however, your choices are not unlimited: you may choose among the vegetarian, vegan, carnivore, omnivore, gluten-free and paleo boxes. Each two-serving box of three entrees ships for $9 in addition to the costs per serving listed above, bringing the total box costs to $71.94 (vegetarian), $80.94 (omnivore or vegan), $89.94 (carnivore or gluten-free) and $98.94 (paleo).
Although I’ve elected the carnivore option, I’ve also asked for no pork. For those who eat only certain types of meat, Green Chef makes it easy to exclude recipes containing beef, poultry, pork, lamb, shellfish, fish or game. On weeks where one of the entrees includes pork, Green Chef substitutes a vegetarian selection and charges me for an omnivore box.
Regardless whether or not I receive strictly carnivore options, though, each of the entrees includes a hefty amount of veggies, legumes and/or grains with each meal. This is where Green Chef really shines. Green Chef typically includes roughly twice as many veggies, legumes and/or grains as some of their competitors. And they’re all organic! This makes for delicious, healthy, well-balanced meals.
Each week’s package arrives well-insulated, sandwiched between ice packs.
The ice packs are separated from the food by cardboard to help protect the vegetables, which I appreciate.
The meat and dairy are at the bottom, sandwiched between two more ice packs. They are separated from the vegetables by another cardboard sheet.
All the ingredients come color-coded for easy coordination with recipes. I appreciate this. I think it offers great flexibility for storage. If you’d like to group them all together by recipe in your refrigerator, you’re free to put them in a zip lock bag. If you only have a little space here and a little there in your refrigerator, you can store them individually. The recipe cards tell you how many ingredients to look for if you need to store the ingredients individually.
This week I received ingredients for the following recipes: Crispy Shrimp Salad with Quinoa, Arugula, Fennel and Tarragon Vinaigrette (30 minutes, Gluten-Free); Steak and Summer Squash with Pecorino and Broccoli, Shaved Squash and Mint Salad (35 minutes, Gluten-Free); and Honey-Sriracha Chicken with Ginger-Soy Udon Noodles, Bok Choy and Shitakes (30 minutes).
The crispy shrimp salad was good. I think this would be a welcome dish for those who love and crave fried shrimp, but long for something a bit healthier. The shrimp were nice and crisp, and the fennel and tarragon vinaigrette brought a southern French flair to the dish.
The goat cheese garnish was a nice touch! We love goat cheese in my house!
While I loved the squash salad and the roasted broccoli in this dish, I couldn’t help but wish that Green Chef had pre-marinated the steak. (They often do this!)
The sirloin was a little chewey, which detracted somewhat from the dish. Still, though, I was happy, as the broccoli and squash salad were both wonderful!
The honey-sriracha chicken was the homiest, most comforting of this week’s dishes.
Not overly spicy, it was, rather, perfectly balanced. It tasted like upscale Chinese takeout. My husband loved it. He has asked me to make this dish again, which is surprising, since he doesn’t typically go for Chinese food. It’s that good.
It makes me so happy to know that my family loves eating what I cook at home thanks to Green Chef. I love how filling the serving sizes are, and I’m happy knowing that I’m feeding my family using organic, sustainable ingredients. I look forward to many more weeks of cooking with Green Chef!
The Description: Each Green Chef delivery comes with the recipes and ingredients you need to cook three meals for the week. Some of the ingredients are prepared for you so that you can cook dinner in 20 – 30 minutes. Each recipe is color coded for easy sorting and contains easy to follow directions. Each meal is designed to be well-balanced and healthy. There are vegetarian, omnivore, carnivore, gluten-free and paleo meal options. All ingredients are fresh and sustainably sourced. The only thing you need at home is olive oil, salt, and pepper.
The Price: $71.94 every week