Green Chef is a meal kit subscription that sends all the organic ingredients needed to create dishes that fit your dietary needs. This is our first Green Chef review, and most likely won’t be the last!
Green Chef is a meal kit subscription that is actually certified organic! The food they send does not contain GMO’s, antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, or artificial ingredients. All the ingredients are fresh and sustainably sourced.
How Green Chef Works
The way Green Chef works is similar to that of other meal kit subscriptions. You chose to receive either a 2 person/3 meal plan or a 4 person/2 meal family plan. The 2-person plans are further broken down into Carnivore, Omnivore, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo plans. The family plan can be either Carnivore or Omnivore. The prices start at $10.49 per meal for the 2-person plans and $11.99 per meal for the family plan.
Once you chose your plan, choose the date you want to receive your meals, and pay.
Your meals will arrive in an eco-friendly refrigerated box that will keep your food cold and fresh. The recipe cards and ingredients are all color coded to make finding everything you need per meal easy.
Green Chef Review
Our first Green Chef delivery arrived right on time! Nothing was damaged or missing, and everything was fresh.
The first meal I made was Bahārāt Chickpeas. This meal is red quinoa topped with Bahārāt-seasoned chickpeas and Miso Dressing. On the side is a Pickled Cucumber Salad.
The recipe card states that this meal will take 30 minutes to prepare and it did! This meal is very easy to make, and I love the fact that the carrots and celery were already diced for me! That was a huge time saver!
I loved this meal! I eat chickpeas all the time, but never like this! The Bahārāt seasoning on the chickpeas was a nice change and I loved the Miso Dressing! I would definitely order this meal again!
The next meal I made was Barbecue Chicken. The chicken is served in top of bulgur wheat and vegetables with Cucumber Salad on the side.
Even though this recipe is for Barbecue Chicken, you prepare it in a pan on your stove top! There is summer squash, roasted red peppers, and goat cheese to mix into the bulgur wheat, giving this dish a ton of flavor! The Cucumber Salad was pretty much identical to the one in the first recipe.
This recipe took me about 40 minutes to make.
Our final meal, of Mole-Spiced Steak almost ended in disaster, so just a few minutes longer than the recipe card stated it would take.
One of the side dishes with this recipe is Polenta Cakes. I can remember making polenta only once in my life. I can’t remember how I made it or if I even liked it, so I was excited to try it again.
Unfortunately, my polenta never thickened up enough to form “cakes” with it. I’m honestly not sure what went wrong. Either the measurements were off, or polenta takes a reallllllly long time to thicken up!
I attempted to make cakes but they just ran into one big blob. Then, I decided to put the entire pan in the refrigerator thinking it may firm up as it cooled, but that didn’t happen. My next grand idea was to cook the polenta as I would cook pancakes, since it was about the same consistency.
Nope, that didn’t work either!
As a final attempt to save the polenta, I poured it all into a large skillet, and cooked it the same way I would cook scrambled eggs! Eventually it started to thicken up and I shaped it into cakes the best I could. They still tasted really good, but this did add quite a bit of time to preparing the meal!
The steak was absolutely delicious, and while the peppers and beans weren’t my favorite, my fiancé loved them!
Green Chef Pros and Cons
- organic, non-gmo, and sustainably sourced
- suitable for many different dietary needs
- convenient scheduling with the ability to skip any time you want
- easy to prepare meals (except maybe for the polenta!)
- adequate serving sizes
- no waste
- eco-friendly packaging
- ships to most of the United States (except for Alaska, Hawaii, and parts of Louisiana)
- inability to pick and choose meals (I had to play around with plan choices to get the meals I wanted)
- cost (not so much a con when you consider the fact that the ingredients are organic and there is no waste)
- additional $9.00 for shipping
Try Green Chef!
I paid a total of $26.98 for my first Green Chef meal kit subscription box by taking advantage of a special deal to get 4 free meals.
To take advantage of the most current deal, visit www.GreenChef.com and click “Sign Up” to save $40 off of your first offer. It will ask for your email and zip code and then the offer will pop up!
There may also be an alternate offer at the top of the website to get your first box for only $9.00 (to cover shipping). There always seems to be some type of discount available for your first box, but the offers may vary with time.
I also received three cards for one free meal each to send to friends and family when my order arrived that I will definitely be passing on!
Overall, we really enjoyed Green Chef and will definitely be purchasing from them again in the future.
To see how this Green Chef review compares to other meal kit subscriptions available, be sure to check out The Ultimate Meal Kit Subscription Guide! We give you all the details, pros, and cons, of the meal kits we’ve tried so far!