Green Chef Keto Meal Box Review + Coupon – February 2018
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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)
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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.
Good to know: Green Chef lists the nutrition info for each meal on their website. You have to go under delivery schedule and click on the meal to find 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.
Green Chef Keto Meal Plan February 2018 Review
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.
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!
Roasted cauliflower, hazelnuts, salad with carrots
Calories per serving: 410
Total time, according to Green Chef: 35 minutes
Actual time: 45 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.
This meal was simple to prep with lots of veggie chopping and tossing with oil. We had to cut pockets in the cod filets but that wasn’t difficult because the filets were even in thickness. Everything was cooked on a pan in the oven except for the hazelnuts which got a short toast in a saucepan on the stove.
Olives, capers, roasted red peppers, and thyme make up the filling.
Stuffing the cod after cutting pockets into the filets.
All of the ingredients compiled for the salad.
Of the types of fish that are included in this plan, cod is typically my favorite. It is just light and flaky and works well with so many flavors. I loved the way this cod was cooked but the olives and capers in the filling overpowered all of the other subtle flavors in the meal. The roasted cauliflower had a simple, earthy flavor that was enhanced by the hazelnuts. The salad had a light, citrusy vinegar flavor and brought a fresh, crunchy component to the meal. And, there was so much salad! Each of us had a large dinner plate full of salad.
Spaghetti squash tossed in artichoke tomato sauce
Calories per serving: 420
Total time, according to Green Chef: 40 minutes
Actual time: 60 minutes
We make spaghetti squash all of the time so I was glad to receive a recipe with a new way to top it. I also love creamy tomato based sauces.
The first prep step of this meal was to halve the squash and scoop out the seeds. We roasted it face down on a baking sheet and then shredded the soft insides out with a fork. While that cooked, we prepped the kale filling by sauteing the kale, red onion, and garlic together on the stove. Then we had to cut a pocket into the chicken which was trickier than the cod from the previous meal because the chicken was thin. We prevailed and stuffed the chicken with the kale filling and stuck it in the oven next to the squash. Then we chopped the celery and artichokes and mixed them together on the stove with the creamy tomato sauce. Everything was done one step at a time, which made prep easy, but it took an hour! We were hungry.
Sauteing the kale filling.
Stuffing the chicken. You can see our awkward pockets.
Simmering the sauce.
Here, John is shredding the squash after it cooked. It is so easy to get it out but the squash stays HOT for a while so we had to give it a while to cool.
I really enjoyed the creamy tomato sauce on this spaghetti squash. It had a great mix of acidic and smooth flavors and surprised me with its richness because the whole meal had only 420 calories. We spooned crushed, seasoned sunflower seeds over the chicken before baking and it added great crunch and flavor and complemented the sauce. I’ll say, for all of the work to make the filling and stuff it into the chicken, it just didn’t add much to the meal. I think it would be just as good without stuffing.
Thai Steak Salad
Broccoli, bok choy, ginger-sesame vinaigrette
Calories per serving: 420
Total time, according to Green Chef: 30 minutes
Actual time: 30 minutes
I love Thai flavors and ginger dressing so I had high expectations for this meal.
The prep for this meal was very simple because it was just the veggies and meat. We started by chopping the broccoli and tossing it on a baking sheet with some oil. While those broiled, we started the slaw by chopping some bok choy and bell pepper and tossed them in a bowl with cabbage, carrots and crushed red pepper flakes. Next, we seasoned the steak with a chili-ginger spice blend and cooked it on the stove. The broccoli then went into the slaw with the sesame seeds and vinaigrette.
Roasted (a.k.a. Kind of burnt) broccoli.
Chopping the bok choy.
The shaved sirloin sizzling on the stove.
All of the ingredients for the slaw before being tossed together.
Firstly, I want to pat our backs for cooking this in the time that Green Chef thought we should because that rarely happens. This meal prep seemed like a lot of steps at first, but because of only three components, it was fast and simple. That doesn’t mean it lacked in flavor though. The steak was subtle yet savory and was tender and juicy. The slaw added a great acidy, bright flavor and texture. With all of that said, there was so much of it that we found ourselves a little bored by the end. I can see us making this again and kicking up the flavors a bit.
The Verdict: We enjoyed our Green Chef Keto Box this month but weren’t blown away. We do really enjoy learning how to prepare and incorporate new ingredients into the diet and found one meal we definitely want to try to replicate (with our own spin). And, we feel great about eating organic, sustainable ingredients and love getting all of the ingredients needed delivered right to our door. Even though this plan cost a little more than the other plans offered by Green Chef, a meal for both of us (John and I) 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?