Type in “home meal delivery” into an internet search engine and you’ll discover an array of companies promising high quality, healthy and cost-effective meals delivered straight to your doorstep. The home meal delivery trend is steadily growing in the United States, and for a good reason. It takes away the painstaking chore of planning dinners, writing out grocery lists, and hitting the grocery store. Instead, the planning and shopping is all done for you with just a credit card number and the click of your mouse. But is it really all that it’s cracked up to be?
I recently had the opportunity to try a home meal delivery from Green Chef©, which offers meals built with certified organic, non-GMO ingredients. They offer several meal options including vegetarian, omnivore, vegan, carnivore, gluten-free and paleo. The price per meal varies depending on what you choose, with vegan being the least expensive per meal and paleo being the most expensive. Each order comes with three meals and can be tailored to serve two, four, or six people. My promotional offer included meals for two. I chose the carnivore option for the variety of meat, grains, and veggies in the meal descriptions.
The meals were delivered in one box that kept everything cold with two large ice packs. I was impressed by the packaging of ingredients—all were individually wrapped and labeled with a color-coated sticker based on which recipe they went with. Recipe pages were complete with step-by-step instructions and accompanying pictures.
The first meal I cooked was the Buffalo-Blue Chicken Bowl. Overall, this meal was a delicious blend of flavors and textures. My husband said it had good crunch. It wasn’t spicy, despite having “buffalo” in the name, and my husband said he would’ve preferred a dark leafy green such as kale or spinach in place of the romaine lettuce. The avocado provided was too firm to cut, so I used one I already had. But all in all, it included a nice balance of protein, grains and vegetables and tasted great.
The second recipe I cooked was the Chili-Lime Rainbow Trout. I like fish, but I usually shy away from cooking it because it’s so easy to overcook. The fish was of excellent quality and flavor, and again there was a great combination of textures. Diced jicama gave a wonderful crunch and unique flavor. This meal was nice and light, leaving me satisfied without feeling over-stuffed.
The final meal was the Strawberry Balsamic Steak. This recipe took a little more work than the others because I had to actually make the balsamic sauce whereas sauces in the other recipes were ready to use. One summer squash was missing from the ingredients provided, and instead I received a lemon which the recipe didn’t call for. The steak was great quality. There was yet again a nice variety of flavors and textures, but my husband and I weren’t a fan of the strawberries in the balsamic sauce. This meal was very light on carbohydrates, which was a nice change and would be great for anyone wanting to cut back on carbs.
Does Green Chef Really Save You Time and Money in the Kitchen?
Overall, I was very pleased with the quality of the ingredients provided by Green Chef© and the flavor/texture combinations the meals provided. They gave me some great ideas to incorporate into my own meal planning and even boosted my confidence in cooking fish. In just 30-40 minutes, I had a healthy meal on the table without having to pick up ingredients at the grocery store.
On the down side, it is expensive. I was able to try these three meals for free, but if I were to continue purchasing carnivore meals for two, it would cost about $82 plus $9 shipping for three meals and I’d still have to find something to feed my kids. But for some, this cost could be well worth the convenience of skipping the grocery store on a long, tiring day.
If you think a meal delivery service might be for you, I highly recommend Green Chef© for its variety of meals, quality organic ingredients, and unique tastes and textures. It could be just what you need to fill in the days when dinner is the last thing on your mind. If it doesn’t work out, you can cancel at any time. Happy cooking!