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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- $30 off your second box
- $10 off your third and fourth boxes
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 my items packed together by meal.
The meat was packed separately on the bottom of the box below another cardboard insert.
The reusable ice packs were still frozen solid!
I found a green envelope.
Some offers were inside.
I ordered two meals for two people, although you can order for more people or even order meat packs.
I received two recipe cards, however, this one was incorrect. I ordered a Roasted Red Pepper STEAK LINGUINE so I see where the problem happened. I found the preparation instructions online, which you can read before ordering in case you don’t want to cook in the oven or something like that.
My first meal was a simple one. The recipe card lists all the ingredients I will find in my box plus customization options that were offered at ordering time (like choosing organic meat or a double portion of protein, you can see the prices when perusing online for the upcharges). It also told me what I needed to prepare the dish, like olive oil and a baking sheet.
The instructions were listed on the back and included pictures. Customize It options had additional cooking instructions.
Chicken Caesar Mini Flatbreads with Shaved Parmesan (816 calories, easy, 15 minutes) First up is an easy peasy lunch for two that can easily feed at least 3 people.
I thought the tomato sent was under ripe so I cored and sliced one of my own and set the paler one aside for later. I rinsed the arugula but other than that there was no other prep.
Even the chicken was already diced so I just put it in the skillet after patting it dry and waited for it to brown. In the meantime I broiled the naan breads. I have never actually used the broiler on my stove in over 12 years of its life so this was a first!
After the chicken was cooked and the naan was toasted I was ready to top the flatbreads. I placed the tomatoes down first, put the chicken over that, then sprinkled the mozzarella over everything.
Back under the broiler it went to melt the cheese.
I plated two of the flatbreads for myself and topped with the arugula, parmesan, and dressing. This was such an easy recipe, and I am now over my fear of the broiler! The flavor was good too and the serving size was generous, I couldn’t eat both of these at one sitting. I packed up the leftovers (minus the post-baked toppings) and sent them with my husband to work the next day (he topped them after reheating). He came home asking where did I come up with this meal because he loved it too! I can easily recreate the meal myself at home, and the recipe card has holes already punched so I can just stick it in a binder for later.
Roasted Red Pepper Steak Linguine with Spinach and Parmesan (660 calories, easy, 20-30 minutes) My second meal didn’t have the correct recipe card so I followed the recipe by reading it on my iPad.
Not a whole lot of prep was involved but make sure to start the water for the pasta first. It doesn’t really help to continue on with the recipe until the pasta is cooked anyways because you need some of the pasta water for the sauce. In the meantime, I chopped the shallot and rinsed the spinach. I started sauteing the shallot next.
I patted the beef dry and then added it to the shallot in the skillet. Next I added tomato paste, red pepper pesto, cream cheese, and some of that drained off pasta cooking water (which has starch and will help thicken the sauce).
I stirred in the spinach and the cooked linguine.
I stirred in the parmesan and got ready to plate.
It was another good, easy meal that can be recreated in my kitchen. The steak was tender and I only found a piece or two of gristle, which happens when I prepare meat from the store too. I think this could benefit from something extra, maybe a sprinkle of red pepper on top would have been a good touch. Again, I had more than enough for three servings.
I was really happy with my Home Chef meals for December! I received two meals for two, which was $39.80 total, plus paid $10 for shipping. Usually I order another meal to take it over $49.99 to get free shipping but forgot this time, I blame the holiday hustle and bustle! It was very nice to have two easy to prepare meals in my fridge ready to go and for me, that is priceless.
Have you tried Home Chef? What did you think of your meals?