Green Chef Keto Meal Box Review + Coupon – July 2018


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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 plan size options for 1-4 people. You can also choose between vegetarian, omnivore, vegan, keto, gluten-free, and paleo diets.

This is a review of the Green Chef Keto Plan, $12.99 per meal.

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Green Chef Keto July 2018 review

About Green Chef

The Subscription Box: Green Chef

The Cost: Green Chef is in the process of updating their pricing and shipping costs. The following is the updated pricing for new subscribers and in the process of being rolled out to existing subscribers:

  • Vegetarian $11.99 per meal (vegetarian dinners)
  • Omnivore $11.99 per meal (veggie, meat & seafood dinners)
  • Vegan $11.99 per meal (plant-based dinners)
  • Gluten-free $11.99 per meal (veggie, meat & seafood dinners)
  • Paleo $12.99 per meal (paleo-friendly dinners)
  • Keto $12.99 per meal (low-carb, vegan and non-dairy dinners)

Learn more here!

Coupon: Save $40 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 $5.99 shipping & handling per box.

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. The gluten-free plans are now Certified through the Gluten Intolerance Group’s GFFS program.

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 July 2018 Review

Both John and I try to stick to the keto diet when we are home because it helps greatly with my blood sugar control. We’ve also enjoyed that for the past several months, the keto plan has been dairy-free. That claim is no longer part of Green Chef’s Keto plan though. We just try to keep an eye out for any potential lactose so John can avoid it.

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 weekly (1-3 boxes per), bi-weekly, or monthly deliveries on 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!

Tomato-Braised Chicken Thighs

Cremini mushrooms & yellow squash, almonds

Calories per serving: 430

Total time, according to Green Chef: 30 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 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 one-pot meal was simple to prep. All we needed to chop were the mushrooms and squash.

Then we seasoned the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and tossed them into a hot pan to sear.

The mushrooms and squash go in the pan around the chicken.

We added the tomato sauce to the pan to finish the braising process.

This dish was easy to make and turned out to be hearty with lots of warm flavors and a nice little crunch from the almond garnish. Our dish looks like it has a lot more liquid than their picture. We added too much oil throughout the process. Oops! But, the chicken turned out tender and now we know how to braise. Winner!

Greek Salad with Pork Patties

Kale, bell pepper & zucchini, feta, tarator sauce

Calories per serving: 650

Total time, according to Green Chef: 30 minutes

Actual time: 45 minutes

The prep for this salad-based meal was super simple, like the first meal. We just chopped up the zucchini, bell pepper, and garlic.

We cooked the veggies until they were softened.

After forming the ground pork into patties, we cooked them in a hot pan until they were cooked through. Here is where we found out how different cooking on a flat top stove is compared to a gas range. I miss you open flame!

This meal has many different textures and flavors to make it interesting. The kale salad was cool and crunchy and pairing it with the warm, softened veggies was a great compliment. The patties were basic but good and the feta jazzed it all up with some saltiness. This would be a really easy meal to replicate with any ground meat.

Togarashi-Spiced Steak

Stir-fried veggies with cashews, fried eggs

Calories per serving: 400

Total time, according to Green Chef: 30 minutes

Actual time: 50 minutes

Thumbs up for another easy prep meal! This time we just had to slice some bell pepper, radishes, and scallion and cut the ends off of green beans.

After we seasoned the steak, it got seared on a hot pan. Then, we added the veggies and finished the stir-fry.

Lastly, we fried two eggs. John likes his runny and I like mine more cooked, so we just let one sit before adding the other.

Oh, these veggies were so good and the seasoning on the steak was delicious. The fried egg added a bit of crunch on mine and moisture to John’s. I do feel like there was too much oil in this meal again. I’d recommend starting with half of the suggested amount and work from there.

The Verdict: Our Green Chef keto box this month was really good. I was surprised to see dairy since all of our keto boxes up to this point included no dairy. But, feta has very little lactose, so John was good. We also enjoy learning new sides and flavors to add to this diet so it doesn’t grow redundant. 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 costs a little more than the other plans offered by Green Chef, a meal for both of us (John and I) breaks down to about $28, 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 $40 off your first order by using this link!

Value Breakdown: At $12.99 per meal for the 2-person Keto plan plus $5.99 shipping, we are paying $83.93 per box. This averages to about $13.99 per meal.

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Written by Tiffany Waldorf

Tiffany Waldorf

Tiffany found out about subscription boxes from a friend who followed MSA. The curiosity started with mystery beauty boxes and grew into an addiction from there. Beauty, clothes, home…she loves the sight of a subscription box in the mail.

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6 Comments

  1. This looks good. We are currently using another meal sub and it allows you to select meals from a large variety of options. We don’t eat beef, just seafood and chicken so I’m not sure this would work for us.

  2. Green Chef has been a revelation for our house. We’ve learned a bunch of new cooking techniques, eat delicious meals every week, and stick to our diet much better. I’d never used a meal subscription before, and the quality of the ingredients and recipes is way better than I expected. I can’t say enough good things about it, really. It has very quickly become one of my can’t-live-without-it subs.

  3. Perhaps the high oil levels was to boost the fat as Keto is low carb, moderate protein, and high fat.

  4. I thought for a Keto diet you had to consume mostly fats (low carb, moderate protein, and high fat), I think that is why the oil levels were so high to boost the fat content….just a thought?

  5. Do they only give calories and not macronutrient breakdown of the recipes? I don’t see that anywhere on the cards you photographed. That’s a huge downfall for people eating keto.

    • Yes, only the calories on the included card. I’ve suggested that they include at least the macros on the recipe card in my surveys. They do have the full nutritional breakdown on their site under each recipe.

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