Home Chef Review & Coupon – January 2020

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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.

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    We offer you variety and flexibility. Order today for delivery next week. Delivery is free when you meet our minimum order.

  • We make Fancy Food Approachable & Inexpensive

    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 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 found one more offer.

I can hand these cards to two friends so they can save on their new subscription!

I ordered 3 meals for two people.

Cowboy Steak Sandwich with Chile-Cumin Oven Fries (969 calories, intermediate, 35-45 minutes) Every meal kit comes with a recipe card that you can follow as you prepare your meal. You can also find the instructions on the Home Chef website. It lists what you will find in your bag, tells you how many days it will keep, and gives the spice level.

The back of the card lists the step by step instructions plus a visual guide. Since a lot of the recipes can now be customized with various protein choices, it also lists the directions for using those alternative items.

I inspected my ingredients and they were all there!

I started by cutting those huge potatoes and rubbing them with oil and seasoning before placing in the oven.

Next I prepped the remaining vegetables.

Toasting the buns was a piece of cake.

Time to saute the veggies.

I stirred in the sliced steak and cooked until it was no longer pink. I added the demi-glace and then topped with mozzarella and let that melt for a bit.

Don’t forget to slather on that green chili aioli, it has so much flavor and heat! I placed my pile of meat and cheese on the bun and then served with the fries alongside. This was absolutely delicious and the meat was so good, not a piece of gristle in sight. The fries had a lot of flavor without being overly salty or spicy and I dipped them either in leftover aioli or ketchup.

Chicken Thigh Tinga Tacos with Pickled Shallot and Jalapeño (671 calories, easy, 25-35 minutes) I had the opportunity to customize this with boneless diced chicken breast for no extra cost so I did!

The jalapeno looked a little wrinkly but other than that everything else looked good!

I started by prepping the veggies. I only used a bit of the jalapeno because it was huge.

Next I mixed the veggies in a bowl with the lime juice and then microwaved it for 30 seconds to “pickle” the vegetables. PS, I wasn’t supposed to add the cilantro, oops! (Don’t worry, it was all good!)

I patted the chicken dry and then sauteed it in oil until it was finished. The directions said to cook until it had an internal temperature of 165° but since a meat thermometer wasn’t going to work here I just used my eyes. Next I added the corn and seasoning and after a minute or so I added the marinara. I was a little weary of using marinara, why not use salsa, but it worked very well!

I heated the tortillas and then filled two of them with some chicken, then topped with the veggies and a squeeze of lime. Cotija cheese went on the very top. A serving was supposed to be 3 filled tortillas but I’ve never eaten 3 tacos before and don’t plan on starting now. This was simply scrumptious and I was super pleased with the flavors and textures. Yes, I considered eating a third taco but now I have a snack for tomorrow.

Spicy Korean Chicken with Rice and Broccoli (671 calories, easy, 30-40 minutes) I’ve never tried a Home Chef oven ready recipe but I’m glad I did!

It came with its own baking tray and no chopping was needed, clean up was a breeze!

I opened the precooked rice and placed it in the dish. It was in one solid piece so I had to “crumble” it with my hands (you can see some of the chunks above). I rinsed and dried the broccoli and then placed it on top, drizzled with teriyaki sauce, and then shoved it all to the side.

I placed the chicken breasts on the other side, topped them with some mayo, and then divided the gochujang sauce between the two. I swirled it together with a knife and then placed in the oven to bake.

After removing from the oven I topped the breasts with honey and wonton strips. It doesn’t quite look like the picture, which shows bright green broccoli pieces, but when you place a sweet sauce on broccoli and stick it in a hot oven, it’s going to get roasted, and that’s just how I like it. The rice was kind of crunchy in places where the sauce caramelized in the pan. The chicken had good flavor but I didn’t plan this well and we had eaten at one of Austin’s best Korean restaurants for lunch but it was still tasty. Also maybe don’t prepare it with a teenager nearby who says teriyaki is Japanese and wontons are Chinese.

I admire the choices that Home Chef offers every week because they are pretty varied. I also appreciate that meals can be customized to my preferences. I was overjoyed to try an oven ready meal, what a time saver to come home and plop the ingredients in the dish and then walk away and take care of some other business. As always the portions were huge and can feed more than two people in my opinion, although your appetite may vary. I will usually make these dishes for my lunch and then my husband will take the other portion to work the next day and he says they are always delicious and filling. My total cost was $59.70 for three meals for two people, and shipping was free since it was over $49.

Have you tried Home Chef? What did you think of your meals?

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