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.
From online to doorstep…to your kitchen table, we make planning and preparing a home-cooked meal simple, intuitive and inspirational every step of the way.
DEAL: Get $30 off your first order when you sign up – just use this link to get the deal!
I found some papers on top.
My items were kept nice and cold with this special insulation. The insulation can be placed in my curbside pickup container, as can the cardboard box.
I found lots of ice packs that were still partially frozen.
Home Chef offers at least 10 selections available for 2, 4, or 6 people, plus a smoothie choice. 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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Everything in my box! The items were packed together depending on which recipe they belong to. The raw meat was packed separately and placed below the other items with a cardboard separator in between. I ordered three meals for two. Shipping is free for orders over $49, or you can expect to pay $10 if your order is less.
Mini Pesto Chicken Pizzas With Mozzarella – 15 minutes, Easy, 696 calories per serving.
Each recipe comes with a card that has the ingredients listed, plus it tells you if you need oil or any pans. All of this info is also on the website so you can look up preparation instructions before ordering. Right now I am avoiding the oven so I made sure to pick things that could be coked on the stove, or in this case, in a toaster oven!
You can often order different cuts of meat for an upcharge, and the card now reflects the additional prep info under “Customize It Instructions”, as shown above.
I checked on my ingredients. Looking good!
I started by sauteing the chicken.
I had to preheat the naan breads and since these were mini naan I was pretty sure they would fit in my toaster oven. There were 4 breads total so I did it in two batches.
I sliced the tomatoes.
I placed the shredded cheese on top and then stuck them back in the toaster oven.
I drizzled with the pesto and sprinkled the grated Parmesan on top. This was so delicious and was a huge serving. I sent the other two to work with my husband and he loved them too. I never would have thought to use naan as a pizza base but since I discovered this through Home Chef it is something I plan on using for quick lunches in the future!
Ginger Steak And Peppers With Peanuts And Jasmine Rice – 35 minutes, Easy, 723 calories per serving
Here are all the ingredients for my stir fry. The bell pepper was looking a little squishy but I only had to discard a few pieces.
I started by prepping the veggies and put the rice on to cook. I always need to use more water for the rice than the instructions call for.
I got a sear going on the steak strips.
Next came the rest of the ingredients. I set some of the green onion aside for garnish. I added half of the gochujang, a Korean spicy condiment, as directed and didn’t feel the need to add the rest since it is spicy.
Here is the finished product! It was supposed to be garnished with peanuts but when I opened the packet I could tell they were rancid so I didn’t use them. They didn’t have a best by date on that ingredient. Everything else was very tasty and we only used about 3/4 of the rice. The meat was tender and I didn’t find it fatty or gristly.
Chipotle Ranch Chicken Salad – 10 minutes, Easy, 493 calories per serving
I went for a no-cook lunch that I could pack ahead and then grab and go.
I started by chopping and washing the greens.
I placed the lettuce and a dressing packet into two lunch containers. I divided the rest of the ingredients and placed the chicken and corn into a microwave safe bowl since I knew they needed to be heated before serving.
I packed my containers into my lunch box and took it with me to work and it made for a satisfying meal. I topped the lettuce with the cooked chicken and corn and then added the dressing, cheese, and fried jalapenos.My husband took the other half and raved about it. The chicken wasn’t the best consistency, it was a little spongy, but it had good flavor and the rest of the ingredients were in tip top shape.
Home Chef makes putting a meal on the table pretty quick and simple, depending on which items you choose. There are some fancier choices available but I knew it would be a hectic week and chose my meals accordingly. My favorite was the mini pizzas while my husband couldn’t stop commenting on how much he liked the stir fry, and he usually doesn’t care for stir fries. The salad was easy to prep and wasn’t too heavy so I had lots of energy for the rest of my day. Keep in mind when ordering that your order needs to be above $49 to qualify for free shipping. I appreciate that there is the option of choosing different cuts of meat for some meals. My order as shown, with no extras or upcharges, was $55.78.
Have you tried Home Chef? What did you think of your meals?