Green Chef Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 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.
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This is a review of the Green Chef Keto Plan, $14.99 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)
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COUPON: Get 4 meals free in your first order by using this link!
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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Recently, I have been eating low-carb and eating meals sans-dairy (thanks to my husband’s lactose-intolerance). Green Chef recently started offering a keto meal option for their 2-person plan which seems perfect for us because it offers low-carb and dairy-free meals. There isn’t the same level of customization offered with this plan that is available with some of the other plans, but we thought we would give it a try.
If the amount of waste from the packaging of food delivery boxes bothers you, then you’ll be happy to know that 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. They are thorough on 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 and love not having to play the “what should we eat for dinner” game.
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!
Bun bo xao dressing, rutabaga slaw, cashews, herbs
Calories per serving: 560
Total time, according to Green Chef: 30 minutes
Actual time: 45 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 was pretty easy to prepare. I started by seasoning and searing the chicken before transferring it to a pan to roast in the oven. After toasting some cashews, I grated the rutabaga and chopped the veggies for the slaw. Then, assembly of the slaw was quick and simple.
Cooking the chicken breasts. I often see chicken thighs in keto meals (for fat content) but Green Chef has always included chicken breasts. I wonder if they are trying to keep the calorie count down.
Zesting the lime for the slaw.
I enjoyed this meal a lot. It is very similar to something I would prepare on my own and I love slaws. The chicken was spicy (cinnamon and clove) and was very fitting for the cooler weather. Plus, there was plenty to fill up both myself and my husband. The slaw was vinegary and a nice contrast to the chicken’s depth. The green curry vinaigrette was also delicious!
Green Curry Cod
Bell pepper, roasted bok choy, cashews & coconut
Calories per serving: 410
Total time, according to Green Chef: 35 minutes
Actual time: 40 minutes
I’m admittedly not a big seafood fan and my last fish meal was underwhelming. But this is a different kind of fish, so I’m willing to try.
There was more prep with this meal than the last, but it was still pretty straightforward. The first step was to prep and marinate the cod. While that sat, I cut the bok choy into strips and placed it on a pan with the cod to roast. Then I chopped the carrot and bell pepper and de-stemmed the cilantro. I made the curry by adding the curry paste and coconut milk to the veggies after sauteing them. Then, for the topping, I chopped some cashews and coconut flakes and tossed them with red pepper flakes.
Flipping the bok choy and cod halfway through roasting.
Simmering the curry.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this meal. The fish was not “fishy” at all and was light and flaky. I might actually try to cook with cod outside of this meal too (big step for me). This is the first time I’ve worked with bok choy and I find it comparable to brussel sprouts in flavor. Yum! The veggie curry was savory and brought a nice creaminess to the dish. Curry seems to be used in varying ways in Green Chef’s meal and I have like it each time.
Steak ‘N’ Eggs
Thyme-seasoned cauliflower & Brussels sprouts hash
Calories per serving: 400
Total time, according to Green Chef: 20 minutes
Actual time: 35 minutes
Breakfast food for dinner in the best time for breakfast food.
There’s always one meal that feels like SO much happens in such a short time, and this is the meal. I recruited my husband to help with the many steps in this one. Chopping and broiling the cauliflower was the first step. Then we cut the brussel sprouts and onion and sauteéd them. While that was happening, the steaks were being cooked on the stovetop. We quickly warmed the sauce and fried an egg while mixing up the cauliflower and sprouts to finish the hash. Woo! That’s a lot at once!
Sautéing the sprouts and onion.
Steaks sizzling on the stovetop. They were different sizes, so we had to throw the thicker one back on for a few minutes.
Frying the egg.
Even though the cooking of this meal was a whirlwind, I appreciate it being done quickly. For a filling meal of steak and eggs, I was surprised to see it only had 400 calories. While it did lack some flavor it was still hearty and satisfying. I always love brussel sprouts and have been trying to incorporate cauliflower more now that we are eating a keto(ish) diet.
The Verdict: I’m happier with Green Chef keto this month. Each meal felt like something I could and would replicate. Plus, I felt great about eating organic, sustainable ingredients. And yay for getting all of the ingredients you need delivered right to your door. Both my husband and I had plenty to eat with each meal and are happy that they are lower calorie. Even though this plan cost a little more than the other plans offered by Green Chef, a meal for both of us breaks down to about $30, we end up saving money versus if we went out. One big issue I’ll put out there is that I wish they provided macro counts for these meals, or at least carb counts. For someone eating a specific diet like keto, that is a huge part. Plus, it would be super helpful for carb counting for diabetics (I’m a Type 1) who need to bolus for carbs.
Do you subscribe to Green Chef? What meals have been your favorites?