Home Chef Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2016
Home Chef is a subscription meal delivery service that sends a weekly box of “perfectly portioned, premium ingredients, spices & sauces, and easy, step-by-step recipes.”
Boxes contain “fresh ingredients” and “chef-designed, restaurant-quality” recipes. You can skip a week whenever you like.
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The Subscription Box: Home Chef
The Cost: Meals start at $9.95 per serving, and delivery is free for orders over $40.
COUPON: Get $30 off your first box from Home Chef. No coupon required, just use this link.
The Products: Fresh ingredients and chef-designed recipes— everything you need to make restaurant-quality meals at home.
Ships to: 90% of the US. (You can check to see if Home Chef delivers to your zip code here.)
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When you first sign up for Home Chef, you take a short quiz about your meal preferences and dietary restrictions.
Based on this quiz, Home Chef selects meals for you each week. If you’d rather receive different meals, it’s easy to swap them.
I think the Home Chef website is very user-friendly, and I like how many meal options they offer. Most weeks, Home Chef offers 10 dinner options, a breakfast, a smoothie, and a fruit basket!
When my box shipped, I received an email with tracking information.
Meal #1- Lemon Shrimp Couscous with Spinach, Peas, Radish, and Feta
Calories: 561 per serving
Prep Time: 30-40 minutes
It’s been so hot lately, that I’ve been craving salads a lot more than I usually do. This one looked great!
I began by cleaning and prepping my ingredients.
I boiled the couscous in salted water, and I made a dressing by combining lemon zest, garlic, oregano, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
I cooked the shrimp with olive oil and dill, and I assembled the salad greens in a large bowl.
When the couscous was ready, I strained it and stirred it into the bowl with the shrimp.
I divided the salad between two plates, and I topped each one with feta.
I really liked this dish! It was fresh and filling.
Meal #2- Classic Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta and Lemon-Caper Sauce
Calories: 572 per serving
Prep Time: 25-35 minutes
After the knockout Chicken Piccata I had in last month’s Blue Apron box, I’m kind of obsessed with the dish. I couldn’t resist trying Home Chef’s version!
I cleaned all of my produce and prepared my veggies.
Next, I boiled the pasta and breaded the chicken and cooked it in a pan with olive oil.
When the pasta was ready, I drained it and added in tomatoes, parsley, lemon juice, and a sauce made from chicken base, water, lemon zest, and evaporated milk.
I plated the chicken on top of the pasta, and drizzled sauce on top.
Unfortunately, I thought this dish was a bit of a letdown. The sauce lacked the tanginess I usually look for in a good piccata, the pasta was a little bland, and I was sad the recipe didn’t include capers (many piccata recipes do).
Meal #3- BBQ Turkey Burger
Calories: 778 per serving
Prep Time: 35-45 minutes
The last meal I picked for this box was BBQ Turkey Burgers.
I got my ingredients ready, and chopped my veggies.
First, I sautéed sliced onion in olive oil, stirring until they were well caramelized. (This took awhile…)
While they were cooking, I preheated my oven, sliced the sweet potatoes, and put them in to roast.
For the patties, I combined ground turkey, miso, ricotta, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. I seared them in a pan and then transferred them to the oven to finish cooking.
When the onions, potatoes, and burgers were done, I toasted the buns and assembled the burgers!
I’ve never made turkey burgers with miso, ricotta, and Worcestershire before, but it is a winning combination. These were the juiciest turkey burgers I’ve ever had!
Verdict: Home Chef offers over 10 meal options every week, and I absolutely love their large selection. I had no problem choosing three meals that sounded great this week, and, except for being a little disappointed with the Chicken Piccata, I’m happy with the meals I received. Since Home Chef offers so many different meals each week, I don’t want to generalize too much about their offerings; however, I will say that I’ve come to expect comfort food from Home Chef. In terms of value, Home Chef is very competitively priced in the meal box subscription market. Their meals start at $9.95 per serving, which is cheaper than Plated ($12 per serving) and on par with Blue Apron ($9.99 per serving) and Hello Fresh ($9.90 per serving).
Do you subscribe to Home Chef? Which dishes did you pick last week?