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Green Chef: Can Yet Another Meal Delivery Option Really Impress?

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I heard about Green Chef last year, but back then they were only available in a few states, so I tried them out when I was visiting friends in Wyoming last summer. I was excited to see a few weeks ago that Green Chef is now available in Virginia and was interesting to see if it lived up to my original opinion.

Green Chef Aug dishes

Meal delivery — companies that send weekly boxes of fresh ingredients and step by step recipies are one of the new big things. As a frequent traveler, I’ve fallen in love.

  • I can arrange for a box to be delivered within a day or two of getting home and cook fresh meals without having to make time for the grocery store.
  • It’s a good social option with recipes easy enough that all my friends can join me in the kitchen for an evening’s entertainment (and it is entertaining!).
  • Best of all, they send just enough ingredients so I’m not cleaning out my fridge lest it go bad before my next trip.

How did Green Chef turn out?

Last summer my recently relocated friends were still waiting on their moving truck (a month later), so I attempted to cook with one sauce pan, one cookie sheet, two knives, and one mixing bowl.

cooking with no dishes

It wasn’t easy, but SUCCESS!  Surprisingly everything turned out well and it made for a nice break from going out to eat. My experience last week was equally satisfying and easier with all the right utensils.

Prices

Blue Apron is still the cheapest at ~$10 and Green Chef is a little more expensive than Plated and Hello Fresh at ~$11.99 per person/meal + $9 shipping for 2 meats & 1 vegetarian. Almost all the ingredients are certified organic and you can also pay a  little more to get Gluten Free and Paleo options. It’s the $9 shipping that gets you, making 3 meals for 2 people about $80.green chef prices 2016

Meal Selection

This is where Green Chef is really unique. With other companies they show you the full range of options and let you pick. With Green Chef your options are assigned based on your protein selection. So if you want more options you have to play around with unchecking various boxes until you get the preferred line up.

Here’s my order when everything but fish is selected.

green chef omnivore no fish

I added fish and removed chicken.

green chef omnivore no chicken

Then I removed pork, chicken, and fish and wound up with only vegetarian options so apparently no beef, game or shellfish was on the menu.

green chef omnivore no chicken pork fish

 

Ingredients

The box arrived and like Blue Apron, all the ingredients are individually wrapped.

Green Chef review veggies

Wait, there’s more!

Green Chef review ingredients

And more!

Green Chef review sauces and meet

For me this is a downside because then you’re “grocery shopping” in your fridge to hunt everything down. And the chances you’ll forget something if you’re taking it to a friend’s house is higher.

The plus side? Alot of their ingredients are pre-mixed or pre-chopped which saves alot of time! Whereas Hello Fresh will teach you how to make yogurt sauces and salad dressing, Green Chef sends them almost ready to go.

Green Chef review pre-mixed ingredients

Green Chef is a USDA-certified organic meal kit company, with almost everything being organic. And all the ingredients, particularly the produce seemed high quality, lasting a full 7 days with no wilting or aging until I could make the last recipe.

Recipes

I loved the flavors and options for my meals! I got to make a Honey Balsamic Chicken with Portobellos and Black Lentils, Ginger Tamari Steak with Black Ramen Salad and Quinoa & Spinach Fritters.

Green Chef review ginger tamari steak ramen salad

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The recipes were pretty straightforward and simple to make, though Green Chef underestimates the time it will take to chop and prep, which all the boxes do.

Green Chef review chopping

Resting the steaks

Resting the steaks

Occasionally the preparation order seemed off, but for the most part it was simple and some of the quickest meals I’ve made. Impressive since they were on the more exotic side, which was also the downside. It would be hard to replicate since the sauces were pre-made and things like black ramen aren’t common.

Overall Impression of Green Chef

I’ve tried out Hello Fresh, Plated, and Blue Apron meal deliveries.

  1. Blue Apron is by far my favorite. They tend towards more sophisticated recipes and flavors without complicated prep.
  2. Hello Fresh is also awesome. Their recipes are more basic, but ones you can easily repeat without having to hunt down unusual ingredients.
  3. Plated is good. They’re more sophisticated than Hello Fresh but not as much as Blue Apron.

I really liked Green Chef and it would tie for first with Blue Apron based on menu flavors and freshness of ingredients if it weren’t for the price. Since I don’t seek organic out, paying the $8-10 more per delivery isn’t worth it to me.

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7 Comments

  1. Green Chef

    March 28, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks so much for cooking with us and sharing your experience!

    • Rachel Rasdall

      December 27, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      I was very unhappy with this food delivery service, Green Chef. The meals are not very good, lots of oils and small component ingredients, with bad storage/shelf life. The most annoying part is that the subscription is difficult to cancel. I was charged $230 for four boxes, even though I tried to cancel through email over a month ago. They charged me for two extra boxes for not clicking on the cancelation link within my email. Somehow the customer service representative found this justifiable. This is a rip-off company.

  2. Mary

    March 28, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I had HelloFresh for a few months and it is great food BUT it is so expensive in my opinion. On that being said, there were a few occasions when I wasn’t home enough to make the meals so they went to waste due to the very minimal shelf life (especially on the proteins). I ended up canceling the service and going back to good ole fashion grocery store. 🙂

    • Keri Anderson

      March 29, 2016 at 1:49 am

      Yeah, I’ve had that problem with Hello Fresh ingredients not lasting more than a few days. That’s what really made Green Chef stand out in my opinion, even after a week ingredients like spinach were still crispy and fresh. Timing deliveries so I’m around enough to make all 3 meals is a whole other matter 🙂

  3. Ali

    March 29, 2016 at 2:52 am

    I’m interested in any pf these services that can provide good healthy meals that are calorie conscious, kind of like the nutrisystem setup but with real fresh food. I pulled one menu from the green Chef and it was 600+ calories for one serving and that is almost 50% of my daily allowed intake of calories.Any ideas?

    • Keri Anderson

      March 29, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      That’s always a consideration, especially for me. The serving sizes are typically huge! What serves 2 actually makes about 3 normal size servings if not more. So I usually try not to eat half in one sitting. I also limit how much oil, breadcrumbs and stuff I use. With options like Green Chef where alot of the toppings are pre-made, I just use less. For instance, I typically prefer much less salad dressing than most recipies recommend. Makes it harder to count exact calories but does make a big impact on actual consumption. 🙂 I’m trying out Home Chef next which actually has the option for low calorie. Will let you know how that goes!

  4. Eddie Mikell

    August 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I have tried all the ones you mentioned above, but also use Home Chef.

    While the meals aren’t as flavorful as Blue Apron, they have a wide selection every week, much more than the limited selection at Blue Apron.

    Good, but not great, and they are the same price as Plated.

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