Green Chef Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 2017
Green Chef is a weekly meal delivery subscription service that sends ingredients to make dinner that is fresh, sustainable, and organic.
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Green Chef has two plan size options, a 2-person plan (3 dinners for 2 people) and a family plan (2 dinners for 4 people). The 2-person plan has options like vegetarian, omnivore, vegan, carnivore, gluten-free, and paleo. The family plan has the option of omnivore or carnivore. I choose the 2-person omnivore plan because I am interested in adding variety to my diet. As I was signing up, I had the option to select the types of meats I wanted or didn’t want to receive. I don’t love shellfish or game, and I was able to remove them from my profile. I saw my menu shuffle around as soon as I deselected those meats, so I’m glad they offer that option right up front.
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This is a review of the Green Chef Omnivore Plan, $11.99 per meal.
The Subscription Box: Green Chef
- Vegetarian $10.49 per meal (3 vegetarian dinners)
- Omnivore $11.99 per meal (3 veggie, meat & seafood dinners)
- Vegan $11.99 per meal (3 vegan dinners)
- Carnivore $13.49 per meal (3 meat & seafood dinners)
- Gluten-free $13.49 per meal (3 veggie, meat & seafood dinners)
- Paleo $14.99 per meal (3 paleo-friendly dinners)
- NEW! Keto $14.99 per meal (3 low-carb, vegan and non-dairy dinners)
- Omnivore – $11.99 per meal (2 veggie, meat or seafood dinners for 4 people)
- Carnivore – $12.99 per meal (2 meat or seafood dinners for 4 people)
Learn more here!
The Products: Quick, chef-created recipes using organic, sustainable ingredients.
Ships to: Continental U.S. (except for some parts of Louisiana) for &9.99 shipping & handling per box.
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My fiancé and I have recently moved and are now in an area that doesn’t have a grocery store within 5 minutes. We have been spoiled with being able to take quick trips to grab food to cook every night. We really like the convenience of having food sent to us and, with only a little prep, can have a prepared meal quickly.
One thing I have noticed with meal delivery boxes is the amount of packaging. Green Chef makes a great effort to use recyclable and compostable packaging. They also have a page on their site that walks you through preparing the packaging for recycling. Pretty responsible!
Green Chef also makes sourcing sustainable, organic ingredients top priority and provides options for customization of your meals. They are thorough in the ingredient list and allergy warnings on their recipes. The prices per meal are higher than some other competitors, but like eating high-quality, organic food from the grocery store, it costs more. Plus, we found that we spend much less than eating out.
As for shipping, you get to choose from a delivery day of Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. They say that their box is well insulated and you don’t have to be at home when it is delivered. Your food will stay fresh and cool. They make it very easy to change your delivery schedule or skip a week anytime. You don’t have the option of switching out meals, but you can see your menus a couple of weeks in advance so you can skip whichever weeks you don’t like.
Let’s see these dinners!
Grilled Shichimi Steak
Sautéed veggies & pad thai noodles, red-miso sauce
Calories per serving: 530
Total time, according to Green Chef: 40 minutes
Actual time: 50 minutes
The recipe cards that come with these meals are printed in full color on cardstock so they are great to hole punch and put in your recipe book if you want to reference them later.
There is a short description of the dinner, prep + cook time, calorie count, and each meal is color coded to help you organize your ingredients.
On the back, you will find a list of tools you will need from your own kitchen, items from your pantry, and a step-by-step guide on how to prepare your meal. You’ll also find chef’s tips and helpful bits of info to help if you aren’t a seasoned cook.
This meal required us to cook some pad thai noodles first. Then we cut the radishes and prepped the pickling liquid for them. We chopped a few veggies and grilled the steak after seasoning them with the shichimi togarashi. We quickly sautéed the veggies and combined the noodles.
Searing the steak brought out the flavor of the seasoning.
Sautéing the veggies.
This meal had a lot going on at once during the prep time but it turned out to be our favorite of the dishes. The steak was seasoned perfectly and the sauce was a savory compliment. I like the contrast of the soft noodles with the crunchy pickled radishes and the vinegar brightened up the dish. I felt full and satisfied and the calorie count was within my expectation for noodles and steak.
Baby Broccoli Salad
Capers & hard-boiled eggs, couscous, pine nuts
Calories per serving: 610
Total time, according to Green Chef: 35 minutes
Actual time: 45 minutes
The side salads are usually pretty great from this meal subscription, so I was excited to try this entree salad.
The prep on this meal was simple and easy. We cut the broccoli and onion and tossed them in a pan for roasting after boiling one egg. These are great basics to learn if you are new to cooking. Then we boiled some couscous and added pine nuts and feta cheese. To finish, we piled up the greens, broccoli, and couscous into a salad.
The smell of roasting onions is so good.
Mixing feta cheese into the couscous.
I like the simplicity of this meal and I feel like I could recreate this salad without instructions. Though the couscous wasn’t particularly exciting, the vegetables were hearty and filling. I slowed down before reaching the end of my serving and contemplated saving the rest. The lemon and capers that topped the salad infused a sharpness that kept the dish from being too heavy. 610 calories seem like a lot for a salad, but I could have saved half for lunch the next day and split that in half.
Chicken Salad Wraps
Lemon-pesto aioli, rice, toasted nuts & seeds
Calories per serving: 780
Total time, according to Green Chef: 30 minutes
Actual time: 60 minutes
My first thought was “Please let these be like P.F. Chang’s”.
I have never worked with black rice before so I was interested in trying it. After cooking it for the given time, it wasn’t done. It needed at least 10 more minutes. While that continued to cook, we toasted the pepitas and sunflower seeds in a pan. Next, we sautéd the chicken thighs and shredded them. We chopped some lettuce, grapes, and bell peppers and then mixed everything together and topped with aioli.
Sautéing the chicken thighs. Hint: Let cool before shredding. It is much easier.
Chopping the pepitas and sunflower seeds.
Well, these were not like P. F. Chang’s, but they were still really good! The black rice was a lovely mix of nutty and sweet and the aioli was a nice contrast with its tangy flavor. All of the different flavors stood out in the best of ways. I can see replicating this meal with any meat or even with some barbeque chickpeas. My only qualm was the calorie count. This was much higher than the other two meals and didn’t feel like it was nearly as much food.
Verdict: Green Chef did a great job again this time. We enjoyed all of the meals and felt great about eating organic, sustainable ingredients. The instructions are great for newer cooks and, if you are more experienced, you can just prep it your way. You still get all of the ingredients you need to be delivered right to your door. Both John and I had plenty to eat with each meal and I can see taking a leftover serving for lunch the next day if you cook for one. In terms of cost, we save money by using Green Chef. A meal for both of us breaks down to about $24. If we were to go out we would definitely spend more than that. And, to purchase all of the ingredients (at the quality level of Green Chef) would probably be more too. I’m looking forward to my next box because Green Chef has recently introduced a keto plan which is dairy and gluten free.
Do you subscribe to Green Chef? What meals have been your favorites?