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. They offer at least one oven-ready meal a week and even have protein packs and seafood samplers. Need a quick no-cook lunch? They’ve got you covered!
Home Chef vs. the Grocery Store
With meals starting at $7.99, Home Chef is more affordable than shopping the same ingredients at a supermarket. Not only do our meal kits save you time, they can save you over $20 per entrée.
Home Chef vs. Other Ingredient Delivery Services
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For under $60, you get everything you need to whip up three restaurant caliber meals for two, including portioned out oils and spices. No wasted time. No wasted ingredients.
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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 also found two frozen gel ice packs.
Home Chef offers at least 10 selections available for 2, 4, 6, or 8 people. 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) – around $9.95 per person per selection, although there are options that are more or less, depending on the meal.
I found a green envelope on top of the packing.
Some offers were in the green envelope.
My meals were broken down into kits, one kit for each meal.
The raw meat was packed separately and placed below a cardboard divider.
Creamy Salsa Verde Taco Salad – 10 minutes, Easy, 245 calories per serving. Each kit came with a recipe card. The card lists prep and cook time, best-by date, difficulty level, spice level, ingredients included, and additional ingredients needed (usually salt and pepper or something like that).
I went with a quick salad that I could take to work , although I ended up eating it on an evening where I wanted a light supper.
I had to warm the corn but that was about it. I stirred in salsa, red pepper strips, and sour cream and then tossed with the lettuce and then added the toppings.
It was not bad, but the dressing was just different from what I’m used to (I love ranch). I probably could have added some leftover chicken to make it heartier.
Acapulco Steak Quesadillas – 45 minutes, Easy, 810 calories per serving. I love Mexican food so this one caught my eye. I think I tried it last year and was ready for a repeat.
A lot of the recipes can be customized and so additional cooking instructions are also listed.
Everything looked good except for an anemic tomato and I felt I needed more cheese so I went ahead and grated some cheddar and jack cheeses to supplement the pack that was already included.
I prepped all of the veggies. One thing to note is that sometimes one ingredient is used a couple of different times. First the lime rind was grated, then part of the lime was juiced, the other half was cut into wedges to squeeze over the finished dish. I also added an additional tomato to my pico.
I am not kidding, my mouth just watered looking at this picture.
I seared the beef strips after patting them dry.
Next I sauteed the onions and jalapeno.
I added the meat back to the skillet, added the spice packet and water, and simmered until the meat was cooked through.
I sandwiched the meat and cheese in the tortillas and placed them on the griddle to get everything hot and toasty.
I halved my quesadillas and served them with the sour cream and pico, plus squeezed a lime piece over the top. This is not even the full dish, I still have two more halves in my one serving, but I couldn’t eat that much! The flavor was delicious and I was really delighted with this dish. The seasoning was just right and it wasn’t overly salty. The meat didn’t have any gristle or fatty pieces at all, which is an improvement over some of the past meat strip dishes. I would order again!
Roasted Red Pepper Parmesan Chicken – 40 minutes, Intermediate, 466 calories per serving I’m so glad I can finally use my oven again! I ordered this dish because I like Brussels sprouts.
Instead of the standard chicken breasts, you can pay extra for organic chicken or go with pork chops or strip steaks. Most of the recipes have some kind of substitution offered.
The ingredients were in good shape.
I started by prepping the produce.
I browned the breasts in a skillet and then topped with red pepper pesto and parmesan. The instructions said to use an oven safe non-stick skillet, but I decided to move the breasts to a baking sheet lined with foil that I placed in the oven while it was preheating.
While the chicken baked I sauteed the Brussels sprouts and apples.
I cut the breast in half so you can see how good it looked after baking in the oven. I topped the saute with the almonds, although I wish I had given the bag a smack or two with a mallet to break them up a bit. The chicken was moist and the pesto added some good flavor with no effort at all. I enjoyed the sauteed side dish and the serving was generous. I would order again!
I was very pleased with the meals I ordered in my October Home Chef! They were easy to prepare and everything looked good and nothing was missing. I got to serve two dinners that were very delicious without any trouble or a sink full of dishes. I have even picked up a tip or two that I now use when preparing other recipes (like patting meat dry before browning). The salad wasn’t bad but just wasn’t to my taste and that is ok, I don’t absolutely love everything I make myself or order at a restaurant either. 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. My total was $53.78 (and qualified for free shipping!) for this order.
Have you tried Home Chef? What did you think of your meals?