Home Chef Subscription Box Review + Coupon– March 31, 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.)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
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- Chicken Chili Verde with Lime Crema and Fresh Cilantro
Calories: 591 per serving
Prep Time: 35-45 minutes
Even though the weather has been warming up where I live, I haven’t been able to shake my wintery cravings for soups and stews. When I saw this recipe for Chicken Chili Verde on the menu, I couldn’t resist— it looked delicious, and I’ve never made green chili at home before.
After dicing an onion, mincing some garlic, chopping cilantro, and zesting and quartering a lime, I got to cooking.
First, I seared two chicken breasts in a Dutch oven and then transferred them into the oven to cook through. When they were done cooking, I set them aside to cool and started working on the chili.
Home Chef provided the pre-made verde sauce (it’s actually green enchilada sauce), so the chili came together really quickly. After sautéing the onion and garlic, I simply added beans, water, shredded chicken, chopped cilantro, and the green enchilada sauce. (Note that Home Chef recommended adding the beans and the bean liquid from the can, but I opted to rinse them instead. I’m just not a fan of the viscous liquid that comes with canned beans, and I’ve always been taught to discard it.)
I let the chili simmer for a few minutes, and while I was waiting for it to cook I made lime crema by combining sour cream with lime juice and zest.
This dish was extremely easy to make, and it turned out really tasty! It was hearty and filling, and I like that the flavor was brighter and more vibrant than the traditional red chili that I typically make. I think I’m definitely going to try recreating this recipe at home!
Meal #2- Classic French Green Peppercorn Pork Tenderloin with Mashed Carrots and Roasted Asparagus
Calories: 625 per serving
Prep Time: 25-35 minutes
Next up, I decided to pick this recipe for Classic French Green Peppercorn Pork Tenderloin. If you regularly read my Home Chef reviews, you’ll know that I’ve been on something of a pork tenderloin kick, so I couldn’t resist this dish! (I think all three of my past boxes have contained pork tenderloin dishes!)
First, I peeled and chopped the provided carrots and got them boiling in salted water.
While they cooked, I seared the tenderloin and then transferred it to a baking sheet alongside asparagus tossed in olive oil.
I let the asparagus and pork cook in the oven while I mashed the cooked carrots with butter and made the peppercorn sauce from minced shallot, heavy cream, sherry, demi-glace, and green peppercorns.
When everything was ready, I sliced the pork and plated it with the veggies and sauce.
This dish was incredible! The peppercorn sauce was extremely easy to make, but it tasted like something I’d expect to receive in a French steakhouse. The carrots were buttery and rich, and I loved the asparagus.
Meal #3- Avocado and Tofu Sushi Bowl with Carrots, Cucumber, and Spicy Mayo
Calories: 686 per serving
Prep Time: 35-45 minutes
Last up, I picked out this Tofu Sushi Bowl recipe. I don’t often cook with tofu at home, but I LOVE sushi and this recipe was calling my name!
I cooked the rice in salted water, cubed the tofu, sliced the provided mini cucumbers, and made spicy mayo by combining sriracha with mayo. (Side note: I love that Home Chef always sends mayo from Sir Kensington’s— so fancy!)
I sliced the avocado and then made the salad by combining carrot, cucumber, rice vinegar, olive oil, and salt.
For the tofu, I seared it in a hot nonstick pan and then added in a little water and some teriyaki glaze. (The tofu was seriously delicious— I couldn’t stop sneaking little bites while I was finishing off the cooking.)
To plate, I transferred the cooked rice between two bowls and topped each one with tofu, carrot salad, and sliced avocado. I served the spicy mayo on the side and topped each dish with some furikake.
These bowls were such a delight. First of all, they were so pretty! I also loved the combination of ingredients. Altogether, this was a fresh and tasty meal.
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?