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Home Chef Subscription Box Vegetarian Review + Coupon – May 2018

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Home Chef is a subscription meal delivery service that delivers you a weekly box of the pre-portioned ingredients you need to make two to six meals that feed two, four, or six people. Home Chef advertises easy recipes that can be made in about 30 minutes. They say their ingredients are fresh (though they don’t provide a lot of information about their sourcing practices), and they offer vegetarian, gluten-free, and calorie/carb-conscious recipes.

home chef box

This is a review of the vegetarian plan (starting at $9.95 per serving) for two people, twice a week ($39.80 per week + shipping). Delivery is free with orders over $45. Shipping is $10 for orders less than $45.

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About Home Chef Vegetarian Meal Kit Subscription Box

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.)

Home Chef Vegetarian Menu May 2018 Review

When I first signed up for Home Chef, I took a short quiz about meal preferences and dietary restrictions. They asked me what I like to eat, as well as what I like to avoid. Based on my answers, Home Chef recommends recipes each week. As is the case with most meal kit services, you can also log in and hand-select the recipes you’d like to receive. Note though, that the more particular you are with your diet, the fewer options you’ll have.

Home Chef offers “Add On” items like fruit or breakfast picks that you can choose to include in your box, too!

home chef packaging

All of the ingredients you need arrive snugly inside insulating packaging made of cotton fiber. The fiber does go in the trash, but the idea is that it, unlike other materials, will eventually decompose. The plastic covering goes into the recycling.

Each meal’s ingredients are packaged in a handy zip-shut bag. Bigger items that might not fit in the bag arrive loose in the box. Inside those bags, most ingredients are pre-portioned and only individually wrapped as necessary to minimize waste.

home chef cheesy pasta dish

home chef pasta recipe

Home Chef Mexicali Cheesy Penne with Corn and Poblano

Calories per Serving: 681

Prep and Cook Time, According to Home Chef: 20-30 minutes

Actual Time to Table: About 30 minutes

Difficulty Level: Easy

home chef pasta ingredients in bag

home chef pasta ingredients

This week, I forgot to check in and see what recipes were coming my way before my box shipped. These were two dishes that were picked for me based on my preferences. This pasta recipe had me feeling kind of skeptical right out of the gate—pasta and southwestern flavors? But I was willing to give it a shot!

home chef poblanos and corn

The process for this recipe involves cooking up some pasta while you sautee peppers, corn, and other tasty veggies in a pan. That mix of veggies becomes the sauce for the pasta with the addition of cream and cheese.

For the longest time, I’ve been scared to cook with poblanos or any kind of peppers above the standard red and green. I kind of assumed the heat would be hard to control. But these green poblanos were easy to cook up in the pan, and I liked how cooking them reduced their natural zip just enough.

home chef pasta cooking

Once the pasta is ready, you mix it with your other ingredients until every inch is coated with ooey gooey goodness.

home chef spicy pasta

home chef pasta with mexican flavors

On one hand, I find this dish to be just a tad too overwhelming for me. Tortilla strips and corn and chain restaurant style spicy, cheesy sauce all in one big bowl of pasta? Whew, it’s hearty, y’all. But at the same time, it’s a ton of fun to eat. It seems like a quirky, mix-everything-you-love-into-one-dish recipe that would be awesome for kids!

home chef sushi bowl recipe card

home chef tofu recipe card

Home Chef Avocado and Tofu Sushi Bowl with Carrots, Cucumber, and Spicy Mayo

Calories per Serving: 850

Prep and Cook Time, According to Home Chef: 35-45 minutes

Actual Time to Table: About 40 minutes

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

home chef chirashi bowl ingredients in bag

home chef chirashi bowl ingredients

Now this recipe? I was 100% bought in the second I saw it in the box. I love Asian-inspired flavors, and I’m a big fan of anything with avocado involved!

Cooking the tofu was a breeze. After frying it up in the pan, you give it a coating of teriyaki glaze for good measure. Yum!

If you’ve read my food reviews before, you know that cooking rice is the bane of my existence. For some reason, it just never seems to work out on my electric stove. I think the temperature just can’t be controlled precisely enough for the rice to cook and not burn on the bottom. This time around, the rice ended up being a tad overdone in my efforts to cook it on slightly lower heat for a bit longer. It wasn’t so far gone that it wasn’t tasty, though, especially when mixed with the other ingredients in the dish!

home chef tofu chirashi bowl

home chef chirashi bowl finished product

Look at this beautiful bowl! I could eat this every day. The tofu is slightly sweet, the spicy mayo is zippy and creamy, and the cucumber salad, which is doused in rice vinegar, adds a refreshing note that cuts through the mild rice and avocado. It’s a wonderfully balanced bunch of textures and flavors, and it was shockingly easy to make. I could see making the components ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until I was ready to bowl it up. I’m definitely saving this recipe!

The Verdict: I was really pleased with the second dish in this month’s box. Even though the pasta dish was a little too heavy for me (it seemed like something you’d find at Cheesecake Factory, y’know?) the recipe was undoubtedly a fun one to try. I’ll probably hand-curate my box next month, just to make sure I get two recipes I really love. $10.00 is about what I’d pay for this kind of food from a takeout lunch place, so I think the price point per serving is okay this month.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Each week, Home Chef introduces new recipes to choose from, though there are favorite dishes that repeat now and then.

Coupon: Get $30 off your first box from Home Chef. No coupon required, just use this link.

Value Breakdown: Price-wise, Home Chef 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).

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Would you want to try either of these Home Chef recipes? And if you have tried them, what did you think?

Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

6 Comments

  1. You know…if you add seven dollars worth of smoothies or breakfast items you will save ten bucks shipping.
    Costs less in the long run and adds something else to review.

    • Haha you’re right, though I always worry the add-ons will go to waste. (I’m bad at remembering to grab breakfast and usually just grab snacks at the grocery store.) But maybe I’ll give it a shot in an upcoming review, just to see what they snacks are like!

  2. I also had problems cooking rice until I kept experimenting and now I have refined it to this:
    To cook rice on stovetop, 8-10 minutes on medium to low flame with lid on. Watch to make sure it doesn’t overflow and give it a stir at the end (this step is important so the top and bottom of the rice cooks evenly). Open lid slightly to let steam out, lower flame and cook for additional 6-8 minutes until you no longer see any water. Close lid and lower the flame again (almost no flame) for 4-5 minutes. Turn off the flame, leave lid on. Serve after around 6 minutes, be sure to fluff the rice.
    It sounds complicated but I find with this technique the rice is cooked evenly and more importantly I don’t burn the rice on the bottom! I would love to hear other people how they cook rice on the stove.

  3. Instead of cooking rice on the stove, I would suggest buying a rice steamer. The great thing is that you can use them for more than rice. Target & Amazon have several low price options.

    Did you get the email from Lot about them phasing our plastic packaging?

    • “Phasing out”

    • YES! And I’m so into it. I think LOT does a great job listening to their customers’ concerns (and acting on them). Fingers crossed food boxes start using even more paper/biodegradable solutions, too!

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