If you’re looking for a quality meal delivery program, Home Chef, may be for you. Meal delivery subscriptions like Home Chef, Freshly, Hello Fresh, and Blue Apron have become very popular over the past few years and even more so under the Covid-19 quarantine. For the same cost of a trip to the grocery store you can have delicious, healthy, easy to prepare meals, delivered right to your front door.
We first signed up for Home Chef about 6 months ago. I normally do the grocery shopping and cooking in our home, but had switched to working some very long hours. My fiance wanted an easy way to shop and prepare meals without having to go to the grocery store. She was also interested in a subscription that would cater towards a novice cook like herself.
So far our experience with Home Chef has been positive. The meals are simple and easy to prepare, as long as you follow the illustrated recipes and directions on each card that comes with your order. Each meal comes in its own bag with each ingredient proportioned and sealed in labeled separate containers. All the meats in your order are in their own sealed bag to prevent cross contamination. This brings me to my one real gripe with Home Chef; there is a lot of packaging to deal with after you’ve opened your box. Between the chill packs, insulation, box, plastic bags, and small plastic sauce containers, you’re left with a small mound of garbage after each order. While the box, chill packs, and insulation are technically recyclable, it’s still a lot of bulk. But they have to get your food to you in a safe and chilled state, so it is what it is.
Now, my review is a little skewed. From 2004 to 2010 I worked as a Sous Chef and kitchen manager all over the southeast, so my skills are a bit higher than the average subscription purchaser may posses. That being said my fiance who is a true novice has thoroughly enjoyed learning how to cook gourmet meals by following the instructions included with every meal.
Home Chef goes out of their way when it comes to the quality of the ingredients. They may be a little repetitive at times, for instance they seem to be stuck on a green bean and potato kick for the last few weeks. Or it might be that’s just what my fiance keeps picking, green beans and potatoes are some of her favorite foods.
The other place this company shines are in the portion sizes. Having been a certified nutritionist and fitness coach since 2008, I can say Home Chef gets it. I would have no hesitation in recommending a company like this to any number of my past or present fitness clients looking to drop some body fat and switch to a healthier diet. The macro ingredient ratios are dead on and there is very little sugar or artificial ingredients in their recipes. All in all this is a great way to experience just how tasty and flavorful, healthy meals can be.
If you’re tired of wandering the grocery store aisles stressing over what to make for dinner, a meal delivery service may be the answer. These services are on par with and often cheaper than the cost of having to buy your own ingredients piecemeal without having to leave the comfort and security of your home. They are approachable to any level of culinary skill and fun to make. Give them a shot and increase your food vocabulary.