GreenChef Meal Subscription Review
Why Green Chef is My Meal Subscription Box of Choice
As someone who’s tried a plethora of meal kits, there’s probably a good chance I’m addicted to the convenience. Not having to think about what’s going to be for dinner, getting a meal on the table quickly, and eating healthy are all reasons I like trying meal kit delivery services. Each time I try a new one – and this often happens because I want to see what’s out there – I find myself wishing there was just something better about it. That might have changed recently though because I think I’ve found THE ONE.
An Overview of Green Chef
Green Chef is one of the only meal kits I’ve found that offers healthy menu options that cater to all lifestyles. Whether you’re paleo, vegetarian, or want to eat healthier, the meals available cover all the bases. The ingredients are certified organic, and I’m able to give my body the nutrition it needs without having to overthink it. I’m an emotional eater and have built up some bad habits, and trying to eat clean on my own has been a struggle. Using the meals provided helps me learn what ingredients work while also allowing my family to enjoy the benefits right alongside me. I’m also not sacrificing taste, which has been a huge issue with other meal kits I’ve tried. If you’re like me, then trying this meal service might be just what you need.
The Best Part
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. The best part of this meal plan is that Green Chef was the first meal plan company to be USDA-certified organic. That means they’ve worked out all the kinks, taken all the feedback, and perfected clean eating as a meal subscription box.
A Variety of Plans
With six plan options to choose from, my family was able to find one that worked for us. The options are varied and include special diets and are geared towards both couples and families. Meal plans include three meals a week, so having half your week planned and provided for with only the cooking to be done is amazingly helpful. Here are the plans offered:
- Keto: Low-carb, gluten-free dinners that are both satisfying and easy to make
- Paleo: Recipes without gluten, dairy, soy, or grain that are packed with high-quality protein
- Balanced Living: Choose from plenty of options with this diverse, flexible menu that includes meat and vegetarian dinners
- Plant-Powered: If you’re vegetarian or vegan, this plan is the way to go
- Family Plan: Choose from either Carnivore or Omnivore and get a variety of dinner options for the whole family
A Pleasing Price Point
Clean eating isn’t cheap. Somehow, Green Chef managed to create a meal kit delivery service that fits within our budget, and that isn’t any more expensive than other plans out there. We pay around the same per meal fee as we have for regular services that don’t offer the organic ingredients. With plans starting around $10 a meal, that’s worth it in my book. And getting it shipped is easy, too. There are no surprise costs because Green Chef is upfront about the $7.99 shipping fee, which ensures my box gets delivered on my scheduled delivery date and is kept fresh and cold with the insulated packaging.
Let’s Dive into a Box!
Green Chef is a great program with six different plans to choose from. Many other plans only let you choose from one menu plan. The food is certified organic, so it allows for delicious meals that are non-GMO and nutritious. With meals like their buttermilk-brined chicken topped with a mushroom sauce and served over potatoes, radishes, and peas and including an arugula salad on the side, they aren’t your average dishes. Green Chef uses high-quality ingredients in every meal, and each meal can be made in about 30 minutes. I don’t know about you, but our busy family appreciates this quick alternative to fast food.
These tasty meals are made with a variety of ingredients and fashioned into a complete dish, meaning that there’s something for everyone. With certain ingredients a no-go for my pickiest of eaters, it’s easy not to include an ingredient or push it to the side because the included directions make each step a breeze. It truly is a convenient, cost-effective method for bringing a healthy meal to your table.
The Food is Fabulous
Each meal plan includes three meals for the week. If you choose the two-person plan, you can choose between the keto, paleo, balanced living, or plant-powered plans. For family plans that feed four, you can choose between the omnivore or carnivore plan. The difference in those two is simply whether or not vegetarian meals are options for the weekly menu choices. Even though we have a family of four, with our daughter’s special needs diet and son’s smaller portions, we could easily get enough for everyone out of the balanced living plan.
The complex flavors and textures of each meal and the ease of creating these balanced dishes make Green Chef the perfect meal kit delivery service for people (like me) that are afraid to try more complicated dishes. One of our favorite meals was the Togarashi-Spiced Steaks. The egg made the meal, and it was not only flavorful, but we knew that everything we were eating was sustainably sourced and perfectly portioned.
Honestly, you don’t have to take my word for it. Many customers rave about the plan, and you can find numerous reviews online. Lynn G touts their delicious meals, easy to follow instructions, and excellent customer service. Here are some other meal examples:
- Southwest Beef Enchilada Casserole with cabbage and radish slaw and a lemon-cumin dressing (Keto)
- Lemon-Pepper Trout with Gremolata and a side of sauteed cauliflower, green beans, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes (Paleo)
- Vegan “Crab” Cakes which are tempeh cakes with a basil-lemon aioli sauce and arugula slaw (Plant-Powered)
The Idea is Top-Notch
The idea behind their meal kits is convenience and healthy eating. Green Chef achieves both of these goals. Every step is spelled out with pictures and words on their recipe cards, making it simple to create each meal. Every meal has pre-measured and perfectly portioned ingredients, so there’s no guessing. Most meals take around 30 minutes from prep to plate, meaning we were able to have family dinners even on our busiest nights. Like me, Shari F loves Green Chef because her teenage son is learning to cook, she hasn’t had to go to the grocery store as often, and she gets delicious meals delivered right to her door.
The price point is right, as well. We were spending at least this much on takeout each week for the convenience, and it wasn’t nearly as healthy. For $67 and up each week, you can have three meals for your busiest nights. Want to try it out? There’s no commitment, making it even more convenient. You can skip any order or cancel anytime. And when the time comes, you can benefit from their referral program that lets you earn credits.
The Difference is the Deal-Maker
What makes this meal service my top choice is the customer service and the stand-out points that make them different. They were the first meal plan company to be USDA-certified organic and having started in 2014, I’d say that’s quite impressive. They also get an excellent rating on Consumer Reports, a site I highly trust for information when shopping around. I love that you can change the type of plan you are on – say staring with keto and then moving to the balance plan after a month or so. That makes a huge difference because situations change and meal plan options should too. The recipe cards are a great keepsake because I plan to fill the rest of my weekly menu with repeats from previous weeks – the meals are just that delicious and easy!
If you’re looking for a great meal subscription box, I’d suggest trying Green Chef out for yourself. You can even benefit from savings on your first three orders and get shipping on the first box, so you’ve got nothing to lose.
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