Home Chef is a meal in a box subscription – every week, you choose from a variety of recipes and have all the ingredients and preparation instructions delivered to your door. The basic concept is the same as other weekly meal delivery services, but it has its own unique features and recipes. Their meal options include many great Asian, Indian, African, and South American inspired dishes, along with more traditional American home-style and steakhouse fare.
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. Meals for your box are suggested based on your preferences, but you can change the selections any time. The portions are large, and this is currently the least expensive and has the most choice out of any similar major subscriptions (for 2 people) – $9.95 per person per selection (they typically have one meal option a week that’s a premium meal and costs a little more, though).
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The recipe cards display prep time, difficulty, a “best cooked by” time frame, and even a spice level. There is also a list of stuff you may need from your own kitchens such as cookware and salt and pepper. You have to have a basic kitchen set-up (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 – they even include liquid egg (instead of expecting you to have eggs on hand), and oil for shallow-frying when a recipe calls for more than a few tablespoons worth.
The back of the card has the actual recipe guidance, complete with pictures and bold-facing of ingredients. The recipes are accompanied by pro-tips and explanations of cooking terminology and techniques. The prep is done is a sensible order – items with long lead times are started first. The recipe cards have pre-punched holes so you can store them in a recipe binder, but we usually prefer to just wait till the recipe is offered again instead of attempting to gather the ingredients to recreate it ourselves.
The ingredients are separated by meal into individual bags, all packed into a big, padded box with several ice packs. The bags used to bundle the food are, of course, recyclable, but they also have a handy resealable zip closure. They stand up in the fridge, keeping everything together, and the clear side and labeling make it easy to identify which meal is which.
With four regular meals, the price of the box shown was $79.60.
Mediterranean Turkey Skillet With Zucchini And Feta 35-45 minutes, Easy, 535 Calories Per Serving
Prepping this meal is quite easy and convenient, since everything can be done in a single pan. You just have to pre-heat the ground turkey, and wait until it becomes golden brown. Then you can add zucchini and onion, and stir occasionally. The cheese on top makes the dish even tastier. Bake it for around 10 minutes and serve hot!
The exotic taste of Mediterranean turkey skillet dish with feta and zucchini is 100% hands down delicious. The meal is filling, and I just love how healthy the ground turkey is. It makes such a nutritious alternative to the usual chicken dishes. Also, cooking it is quick enough to make any day!
Pesto Butter Steak WIth Cacio E Pepe Orzo 30-40 minutes, Easy, 749 Calories Per Serving
Any meal seems to be more special when steak is on the table! The dollop of pesto butter topped on this steak adds extra kick to an already tasty meal. Served together with roasted carrots and orzo pasta, it easily satisfied my hunger. The creaminess of the dish plus the rich and peppery taste of the pasta is really to die for! The prep on this dish was really straightforward.
Chile Rellenos Rice Casserole With Poblano Peppers And Cheddar Cheese 40-50 minutes, Easy, 621 Calories Per Serving
My wife is addicted to chile rellenos and she always orders any variation thereof. We couldn’t get enough of the roasted poblanos in this mildly spicy dish. It’s hearty and warm, such a perfect meal for the winter months. The salsa is a combination of tomato, corn, lime juice, and cilantro. It was tasty! Anyone who is into Mexican food will probably love this one!
Hearty Steak And Red Wine Stew With Toasted Roll 45-55 minutes, Easy, 667 Calories Per Serving
It’s another warm, delightful, and filling dish ideal for any cold day. Combined with tomato sauce and red cooking wine, the steak strips in this stew had such a unique but delicious taste. The stew is also filled with celery, onion, carrot, and potato. It goes perfect with the bread that Home Chef included. If you want rice with the stew, I think that would taste great too.
Home Chef’s recipes are always easy to make and satisfying. The recipe cards are thorough and clear, while the ingredients come fresh and well packaged. This subscription is ideal for fans of home style meals, for those who want a delicious dinner but doesn’t have enough time to prepare, and even for those who only have basic cooking skills. There’s a wide range of recipe categories to choose from, so you can customize your subscription to your food preferences and even your current diet. The meals we picked up this box were particularly easy to prepare, too!
Have you tried Home Chef? What did you think of your meals?