I can’t even remember the last time I made a good, from-scratch sit-down meal, beyond just basically heating and eating. There usually just isn’t enough time and energy, even though there are tons of great recipes I would love to try. And even when I’m in the mood to cook, there always seems to be at least one key ingredient that I’m missing for just about every recipe I want to make! (You know what I’m talking about.) So when an opportunity came along to review Home Chef, a weekly meal delivery service that is designed to save you time and money, I jumped at it.
Home Chef advertises that it has everything you need to prepare home-cooked meals in about 30 minutes, and sends you fresh, pre-portioned ingredients to make those meals. Each meal is $9.95 per serving.
My first thought before receiving my first package was “I like fresh ingredients but, really? At $9.95 a serving, how can this save me money and time, and will I even like the meals? Are they going to be fancy and have weird ingredients?”
Placing my order
When creating my account, I learned that you can customize your taste preferences, such as whether you like to eat meat and seafood, and what foods you avoid, like soy and nuts. You can also set your preferences for low-carb and low-calorie.
You can also choose from 2-8 weekly meals, and 2, 4, 6, or 8 servings. I signed up for the 2-person, 2-meal delivery option. Then, the meals sent to you will be automatically added to your basket, but you can easily change them.
The meals added to my basket were Italian Wedding Soup with Pork Meatballs, and Pan-Seared Chicken and Roasted Beet Salad. I looked at my other options, which all looked good, but I thought these two options sounded (and looked) tasty enough so I left them.
My Home Chef package arrives!
My package was set to come on the following Friday, and I came home to find it sitting on my doorstep (it’s ok to not be at home when it arrives as they are packaged with ice packs to stay cold for a while). Inside were tons of ingredients, including fresh vegetables and meats, labeled and packaged by recipe. And all the ingredients really were fresh and ready to use. [Read more…]