My Honest Green Chef Keto Meal Box Review with Recipes
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Green Chef has plan size options for 2 or 4 people. You can choose between omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, keto, gluten-free, and paleo diets.
This is a review of the 2-person Green Chef Keto Plan, $12.99 per meal.
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About Green Chef
The Subscription Box: Green Chef
- Vegetarian $11.99 per meal (vegetarian meals)
- Omnivore $11.99 per meal (veggie, meat, & seafood meals)
- Vegan $11.99 per meal (plant-based meals)
- Gluten-free $11.99 per meal (veggie, meat, & seafood meals)
- Pescatarian $11.99 per meal (plant-focused meals with sustainably sourced seafood and fish)
- Paleo $12.99 per meal (paleo-friendly, gluten-free meals)
- Keto $12.99 per meal (low-carb, gluten-free meals)
Learn more here!
COUPON: Save $90 off your first four boxes! No coupon needed - just use this link.
The Products: Quick, chef-created recipes using organic, sustainable ingredients.
Ships to: Continental U.S. (except for some parts of Louisiana) for $6.99 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.
You can find full nutritional breakdowns under each meal on the site. The calories and net carbs are listed on the recipe card for quick reference.
Green Chef 2-Person Keto Meal Plan November 2018 Review
My husband John and I both like to cook but often run into a lack of recipe inspiration. I Like that, with Green Chef, three meals are picked and prepped for us so we just have to decide which meal of the 3 we want to eat. We also try to stick to a keto diet so it’s great to learn how to make it exciting.
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.
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, Fridays, or Saturdays. 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. Recently, I learned that you can pick your preferred 3 meals from 5 options.
Let’s see these dinners!
Meal 1: Chicken Fajita Salad
Chicken Fajita Salad with Bell Pepper, Creminis, Jicama, and Cilantro Dressing
Net Carbs Per Serving: 9
Calories per serving: 450
Total time, according to Green Chef: 25 minutes
Actual time: 30 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, net carb count, allergen info, and tools you’ll need. 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.
The first step, as usual, involved some simple chopping. I dread mushrooms because you have to wipe the dirt off of them. Plus, I think they’re creepy even though I’ve learned to like them.
Next, I seasoned the chicken thighs and seared them in a hot pan. To finish cooking, they went into the oven for a roast.
Before throwing the veggies into the salad, I sauteed them for a few minutes.
Chicken thighs are cooked and smelling delicious!
This meal was quick and easy to make. It was low in net carbs but packed full of flavor. The dressing was delicious and added the perfect amount of sharpness to the meal. I was super happy with how juicy the chicken was and loved the sear on the outside. The sauteed veggies added a savory depth to the crunchy romaine. Jicama, the white sliced veggie on top, has the mouthfeel of an apple but only a touch of sweetness. I liked it added to the top.
Meal 2: Malaysian Spiced Pork Patties
Malaysian Spiced Pork Patties with Broccoli, Cabbage, & Cashews, and Pickled Onion
Net Carbs Per Serving: 16
Calories per serving: 570
Total time, according to Green Chef: 30 minutes
Actual time: 36 minutes
Brocolli, onion, and cashews all got the chop.
We pickled the onion by cooking it for 1 minute in a saucepan, removing from heat, and adding vinegar and water. Then we just had to let it sit.
We seasoned the pork and formed it into 2 patties which we browned on the stove. They went into the oven to finish cooking.
The broccoli, cabbage, and nuts got cooked in a pan and drizzled with dressing.
This meal was delicious! The pork patties were super juicy and the pickled onion and ginger-lime sauce were amazing. Our sauce was pretty runny compared to what was shown in their picture, but it didn’t make a flavor difference. Green Chef knows how to put together a broccoli side! This one was crunchy, nutty, and brought out the flavors of the meat. This meal had a higher net carb count but it was well worth it.
Meal 3: Southern Barbecue Steaks
Southern Barbecue Steaks with Brussels Sprout Hash, Cheddar, and Pecans
Net Carbs Per Serving: 14
Calories per serving: 400
Total time, according to Green Chef: 35 minutes
Actual time: 50 minutes
When John opened the steaks for this meal, he noticed an “off” smell and didn’t feel comfortable using them. Luckily, we had some frozen beef patties, so we substituted them in. We did contact Green Chef and they credited this meal to our account. Their CS is great about helping with any mishap that comes up.
Wow, this was more prep than normal but it was easy. The brussels got prepped for roasting and the rest of the veggies got chopped.
The first cooking step was to brown the sprouts and cook the bell pepper and cabbage on the stove top. After a few minutes, we popped the entire pan into the oven to roast. (Make sure you check the tools list to see if you’ll need oven-safe pans)
Here are our “steaks” cooking. We used the same steps for our patties as if we had the steaks. Luckily the rub was good and made them taste a lot better.
We browned our shallots in the same pan we used for the meat. All that yummy flavor soaked right in.
Once we pulled the hash out of the oven, we sprinkled the pecans on top and seasoned with the applewood-smoked sea salt.
While this meal required a bit more chopping than usual, it was still pretty easy to make. The hash was so full of texture and flavor! I think it is a great substitute for fries. I love the caramelized shallots on top of the meat paired with the mustard-bbq sauce. I’m bummed that our meat was bad, but the patties turned out great anyway. It may have been that we waited too long to cook this meal but I wish Green Chef would mark which meals to make first.
The Verdict: Our Green Chef keto box this month had some great flavors! We did have an ingredient go bad on us, but a quick note to CS corrected for the issue. Green Chef’s new packaging is a huge improvement from before and makes keeping the meals organized even easier. 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 $30, we end up saving money versus if we went out and we eat healthier.
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 $90 off your first four boxes! No coupon needed - just use this link.
Value Breakdown: At $12.99 per meal for the 2-person Keto plan plus $6.99 shipping, we are paying $78.93 per box. This averages to about $13.16 per meal.
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