Skip The Store: We Tried Home Chef, The Meal Delivery Service
Restaurant food delivery is never going out of style. But for busy families and especially parents who want to provide more healthy meals for the kids and spouse, the new services that deliver the ingredients so you can create your own meal at home are super popular and fun, too.
You’ve probably heard about some of the biggest names in the business like Plated, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, which have debuted over the past three years. Recently, we at Mommynoire were able to try the home meal delivery service Home Chef. They specialize in easy-to-follow recipes which are created by their team of chefs using fresh, thoughtfully sourced ingredients for your meals are kept fresh in an insulated, recyclable box until you’re home.
Basically, the home meal delivery services are all about delicious food and convenience. The idea is that it’s all right there for you and all you have to do is cook. Their membership plans vary, but essentially they ship recipe cards and the necessary pre-portioned ingredients to your house in insulated packaging. You never have to figure out how to use the rest of the bok choy you bought for that one recipe because they only send what you need, and there’s no food waste.
$9.95 per serving for meals and $4.95 per serving for smoothies and fruit selections.
Free shipping when you order three or more meals, or else shipping is $10 (but often free anyway with promotions)
First, create a Home Chef account, and then choose how many meals you want to receive each week (from two up to seven) and how many servings of each (either two or four), and you’re charged per serving. Home Chef has a very large variety of meals — each week, 10 dinners are available as well as one smoothie recipe and one bag of seasonal fruit. When you sign up, you’re also asked to answer a few questions about your eating habits and desires (do you have any allergies? prefer low-carb meals?), so the system will then recommend meals. You can change your plan at any time.
Recipes I tried:
1) Seared Flat Iron Steak and Roasted Sweet Potatoes (shown)
2) Quick-Braised Salmon with Miso-Honey Caesar Salad (not shown, but delicious)
The food arrives with a Home Chef binder including recipe cards for whatever you’re ordered that week.
The recipe card which lists the ingredients, servings, spice level, nutritional information and cooking instructions and helpful tips.
Everything arrives securely wrapped and clean.
OK, so my picture isn’t as great as the Home Chef version, but the meal tasted delicious. The recipe was so easy to follow and I was done in about 30 minutes. The only things I needed to add was salt, pepper and olive oil. The recipes card also suggested wine and beer pairings for the food. Home Chef has been proven to be 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. We highly-recommend the service and have continued to use the service, all very yummy meals that the whole family is loving.
Have you tried a home meal delivery service? Would you try one?