Home Chef Subscription Box Review + Coupon– February 28, 2017
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.”
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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 U.S. (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. You can also skip a week whenever you like.
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.
Ingredients for each meal are bundled together in plastic, and meats are always packed separately at the bottom of the box under ice packs to help maintain freshness.
Now, on to the food!
Meal #1- Mardi Gras Shrimp Po’Boy with Homemade Remoulade and Romaine Salad
Calories: 516 per serving
Prep Time: 25-35 minutes
Mardi Gras is February 28th this year, and Home Chef had this recipe for Po’Boys available in the week leading up to it. I love Po’Boys, so this was my first meal pick. (If only they had King Cake available as an add-on dessert!)
After cleaning and prepping my veggies, I made remoulade by mixing mayo, pickle relish, and Cajun seasoning. This box featured mayonnaise from Sir Kensington, which is a nice treat— I love their condiments!
After mixing up the salad and making a dressing from honey, vinegar, and olive oil, I started on the sandwich components. I grilled the bread, and then sautéed the shrimp in olive oil and Cajun seasoning. When everything was ready, I constructed the sandwiches and plated them alongside the salad.
These sandwiches were really yummy! The bread was toasty and soft, the shrimp seasoning was perfect, and the sauce was delicious. The salad felt a little bit like an afterthought (since it was really similar to what was on the sandwiches), but overall this was a fantastic, easy meal.
Meal #2- Skinny Chicken Mozzarella with Marinara and Garlicky Greens
Calories: 564 per serving
Prep Time: 25-35 minutes
For my next meal pick, I decided to go with this recipe for Skinny Chicken Mozzarella. I didn’t look at the recipe before ordering, and I was a little surprised to see that this recipe was labeled as “skinny” even though it incorporated a fair amount of butter and two kinds of cheese. (FYI- the calorie content did come in at only 564 per serving, but each plate contained 22 g. of fat.)
I started out by cooking the greens. After cleaning and prepping everything, I cooked the kale and spinach in a little olive oil and water with some garlic.
As the greens cooked down, I prepared the chicken by cutting breasts into chunks, coating them with a mixture of butter and parmesan, transferring them to a baking sheet, and topping them with shredded mozzarella.
I baked the chicken until it was cooked through and the cheese browned and bubbled, and then I plated it on top of marinara with the greens on the side.
This chicken was delicious, and I really enjoyed the greens on the side. The chicken was cheesy and very rich, and the buttery parmesan coating was absolutely delicious. It did leave me a little hungry afterward, but I enjoyed it.
Meal #3- Cider Beurre Blanc Pork Tenderloin with Parmesan Roasted Carrots and Brussels Sprouts
Calories: 586 per serving
Prep Time: 35-45 minutes
Last up, I decided to go with pork tenderloin. It’s fairly rare to see pork tenderloin available in a meal subscription box, and I was blown away by how much meat was included!
After cleaning and chopping the provided veggies, I tossed them with olive oil and parmesan and roasted them in the oven at 450.
While the veggies baked, I seared the pork loin and then added it onto the vegetable tray for it to finish cooking in the oven.
As I waited for the veggies and pork to finish cooking, I make the beurre blanc sauce from apple cider, butter, and thyme.
When everything was ready, I sliced the pork and plated the dish.
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the cheesy parmesan veggies (I’ve never cooked vegetables that way before), but I ended up really liking this dish. The veggies were tasty, and the pork was nice with the beurre blanc sauce.
Verdict: Home Chef offers great variety when it comes to meal selection, and I like that the menus often feature classic dishes and comfort foods. I really enjoyed all of my meal picks this week! 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 ($9.99 per serving).
Do you subscribe to Home Chef? Which dishes did you pick last week?