Most meal kit delivery services offer dinners but what about all the other meals you eat every day? Home Chef is the answer to the problem of still needing to meal plan and grocery shop for breakfast and lunch. They offer full dinners, no-cook lunches, and smoothies and fresh fruit. It is one-stop shopping for a full day’s worth of meals and snacks.
When you first sign on to the Home Chef website, they ask if you’re cooking for two, four, or six people and if you want two, three, four, five, or six meals each week. There are 15 meals offered each week, with a rotating choice of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. You may select meals yourself or opt to let Home Chef pick for you based on your preferences.
- One-pot creamy chicken chowder with poblano and crispy tortillas
- Farmhouse fried chicken with mashed potatoes, green onion gravy, and corn
- Beef and poblano tamale pie with cornbread-cheddar crust
- Wild rice-stuffed acorn squash with goat cheese and dried cherries
Home Chef Express meals, such as pork fried rice with peas and roasted red peppers, can be prepared in 15 minutes or less. For even quicker meals, you can pick up a five-minute, no-cook lunch. The lunch meats come pre-cooked so all you have to do is put everything on a plate and enjoy.
Home Chef offers premium meals, such as filet mignon with goat cheese butter and herbes de Provence-roasted potatoes and seasonal premium meals that include side dishes and dessert, as well.
They also offer breakfasts such as mini-quiches lorraine with apple and arugala salad and Nutella-churro French toast with crispy bacon. Each week a different smoothie is offered and if you just want something to snack on, Home Chef offers a seasonal fruit basket each week.
Recipes are labeled with common allergens and if the meal is vegetarian, low-calorie, or low-carb. They are designed around fresh ingredients sourced from suppliers throughout the United States. Home Chef lets you know how long each meal should take to prepare, what skill level is needed, and how soon after you receive the food you should cook it, to make sure it’s cooked while everything is still fresh.
You can view all the recipes in each category at any time on their website and download them or bookmark them to try on your own whenever you’d like. Home Chef also has a kitchenware page where you can buy some basic kitchen utensils and pantry staples, so you really can get everything you need to cook a delicious meal delivered to your door. You can manage all your meals through their app directly from your phone. If you need to skip a delivery, you can opt into their Plate It Forward campaign where your money is donated to Feeding America.
Home Chef is now available as boxed meals in grocery stores, too. The next time you pop into the store, you may see one of your favorite Home Chef meals and can grab it without having to wait for it to show up in the delivery rotation again.
The shipping box, bottles, jars, food bags, and cooling packs are all recyclable. Elements of the lining are compostable and recyclable, too.
- Smoothies and fresh fruit are $4.95 per serving.
- No-cook lunches are $7.99 per serving.
- Dinners are $9.95 per serving.
- Premium meals are market price, so the cost varies.
- Shipping is $10 for orders less than $45 and free for orders over $45.
- There’s a 50% off discount for students on their first order.
Customers rave that Home Chef delivers large portion sizes, so it’s great for hearty eaters and those who like leftovers. You’re not locked in to a certain number of meals each week, so you can choose as much or as little food as you’d like with each order. With so many options it could virtually replace grocery shopping.
Some of the meals take nearly an hour to prepare, so a little time management is necessary. The kitchenware sales take you to Amazon, so while it’s convenient that they let you know what kinds of pots, pans, or utensils you’ll need, they won’t be delivered with your food box. Home Chef has limited options for vegans and they don’t guarantee no cross-contamination for allergens.
Home Chef offers more variety than most other meal kit delivery services. From smoothies to wraps and salads to hot meals, they’ve got you covered from breakfast to dinner.