Green Chef Keto Meal Box Review + Coupon – January 2018
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.
About Green Chef
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)
- 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!
COUPON: Save $25 off 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.
Green Chef Keto Meal Plan January 2018 Review
Good to Know: This box is great for people with dietary restrictions or special diets. Some plans offer even further customization to make it suit your family best.
Recently, my husband and I have really jumped into the Keto diet. Green Chef’s Keto plan works well for us because I like to eat low carb and he is lactose-intolerance (the plan is dairy-free). There isn’t the same level of customization offered with this plan that is available with some of the other plans, but it has forced me to vary my diet.
Green Chef makes sourcing sustainable, organic ingredients top priority. 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 and love not having to play the “what should we eat for dinner” game.
BIG NEWS: I found out that Green Chef lists the nutrition info for each meal on their website. You have to go under delivery schedule and click on the meal and, voila, the nutrition breakdown. Here’s the catch with the calories listed on the recipe cards: they don’t include the oils you add while cooking which can add another 100-200 calories per serving! I would like to see at least a macro breakdown on the recipe card (calories, carbs, fat, and protein) so that I could plan my day without having to hunt down the nutrition online. I’m glad to know it is there though.
They also have a page on their site that walks you through how you can recycle all of the packaging.
As for shipping, you get to choose from a delivery day of Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. The 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!
Cod with Chermoula
Broccoli with olives & artichokes, roasted veggies
Calories per serving: 520
Total time, according to Green Chef: 35 minutes
Actual time: 40 minutes
The recipe cards include the amounts of each ingredient so the meals are easy to recreate if you keep them. There is a short description of the dinner, prep + cook time, calorie count, allergen info, tools you’ll need, and each meal is color-coded to help you organize your ingredients.
On the back, you will find a step-by-step guide with pictures on how to prepare your meal. The checkboxes are a new addition and help a lot if you jump around or split the prep between two people. You’ll also find chef’s tips and helpful bits of info to help if you aren’t a seasoned cook.
I’m always impressed with the fish in this box because it never smells fishy. There were a few things to chop, the turnip, bell pepper, and broccoli, but overall the prep was simple. There did seem to be a lot going on at once with the cooking steps and I had to step in to help my hubs coordinate.
The turnip and bell pepper seasoned with chermoula sauce.
Searing the cod. Look at that blackening from the spice blend. Yum!
Stirring up the broccoli with olives, artichoke hearts, and almonds.
I really liked the flavor of the cod with the spices. I usually always like the fish meals the best which is weird for me. The sides could have used more texture or crunch because they were kind of mushy. Granted, we added the broccoli to the water before it was really boiling so it was definitely overcooked. Even so, I think a roasted broccoli and onion dish would have been better than blanched broccoli.
Roasted portobello, bell pepper & broccoli, bacon
Calories per serving: 590
Total time, according to Green Chef: 35 minutes
Actual time: 40 minutes
I love mustard but I’m not a fan of mushrooms. So, I wasn’t super excited about this meal.
The first prep step of this meal was to halve the chicken breasts horizontally. They were already thin so this was a little tricky. We kind of accomplished that and then moved on to coating it with the mustard. We then chopped some onion and broccoli and popped that into the oven to roast. Meanwhile, we cooked the bacon, mushrooms, and bell peppers. Ugh, I hate prepping mushrooms…they’re so weird. The last step was cooking the chicken on the stovetop.
Cooking the bacon. This is not your typical bacon. It’s super chunky.
Cooking the chicken breasts. You can see our halving job wasn’t perfect…
Roasting the mushrooms and bell peppers on the baking sheet with the broccoli.
The dijon mustard was the star of this meal. It caramelized on the chicken, creating a little bit of a crust that was so tasty. The veggies were crunchy and flavorful and the mushrooms cooked down and were camouflaged. (I’ve tried to like mushrooms…I really have.) And, of course, the bacon and ranch dressing were delicious additions.
Braised kale, bell peppers & red cabbage
Calories per serving: 490
Total time, according to Green Chef: 30 minutes
Actual time: 35 minutes
Meatballs for under 500 calories…let’s try!
I like that the prep for this meal was done up front. It helps the cooking process be a little less hectic. After chopping veggies, we mixed up the meatball ingredients and formed the meatballs. Then we threw them on the stovetop to cook and created a sauce for them to simmer in. Meanwhile, we braised the veggies. There were 2 pans going at the same time but it was manageable.
Meatballs coming together.
Simmering in the coconut milk sauce.
Wilting the kale into the other braised veggies.
There were really only two things going on with this meal; the meatballs and the salad. The meatballs were juicy and flavorful while the salad was warm and vinegary. They balanced each other well and we were surprisingly full and satisfied with this being a meal with under 500 calories.
The Verdict: This week of Green Chef Keto Box was just ok. I don’t think it was exciting as some other weeks but all of the meals tasted good and filled us up. I have really expanded my palate and have loved learning how to incorporate different ingredients into my diet. And, I felt great about eating organic, sustainable ingredients. And yay for getting all of the ingredients I need delivered right to my door. 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 and we stick to our eating plan.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, this week of meals has passed. But you can sign up for the Keto box today and preview the upcoming meals.
Coupon – Save $25 off your first order by using this link!
Value Breakdown: At $14.99 per meal for the 2-person Keto plan, we are paying about $89.94 per box plus $9 for shipping. This averages to about $16.49 per meal.
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Do you subscribe to Green Chef? What meals have been your favorites?