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My family and I recently tried Home Chef based on a recommendation from a co-worker. I was a bit hesitant because I’m accustomed to doing my own grocery shopping and meal planning. Choosing what to have for dinner a week in advance, and having the ingredients show up at my door was a foreign concept.
When I first looked into Home Chef, I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of choices, nutritional profile of their recipes, and the overall convenience.
This article will provide you with a complete, unbiased review of the Home Chef subscription meal delivery service.
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What is Home Chef?
Home Chef is a weekly subscription meal delivery service designed to provide you with everything you need to bring more delicious meals to the table conveniently. Home Chef offers a variety of meal options and personalization. For example, you can adjust the number of servings or exclude specific ingredients.
The ordering process is simple and user-friendly. Another great feature is that the company uses all recyclable or reusable packaging, making Home Chef an environmentally-friendly choice. Furthermore, it’s easy to pause your account or skip an order.
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My first order from Home Chef
As previously mentioned, ordering was simple and incredibly user-friendly. I ordered four meals: hickory-seasoned salmon with everything bagel cauliflower, burrata and prosciutto flatbread, shrimp linguine, and maple cranberry bone-in pork chops.
Delivery was on time and conveniently placed right in front of my door. The meal ingredients were of good quality and most pre-portioned for the recipe. However, total cook time took approximately 10-15 minutes longer than the estimation on the recipe card. The prolonged cooking time was likely because I wasn’t familiar with some of the cooking techniques.
Honestly, if I were to continue to order meals, I would become much more comfortable with the techniques in the recipes. This is an unexpected benefit because I didn’t realize that ordering from Home Chef would improve my cooking skills!
The recipe cards were organized in a binder and simple to read. The level of difficulty of the recipes ranged from easy to medium. I felt that the level designation was accurate.
The meals were delicious! Both of my children gobbled them up. My husband and I both agreed the meals tasted like they were from a restaurant.
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The nutritional value of Home Chef
The nutrition information for each meal is conveniently available on Home Chef’s website. It was also printed on the front of the recipe card for easy referencing during meal prep.
The nutritional breakdown of each meal includes calories, carbohydrates, fat, protein, and sodium. The recipe card also has allergy information listed beneath the nutrition facts.
Home Chef allows personalization for specific eating styles, including vegetarian, pescatarian, low carb, or low calorie. Furthermore, if you have an allergy, you have the option to avoid meals with specific allergens like wheat, soy, nuts, milk, shellfish, or red meat.
The portion sizes were generous for our appetites. However, I would have preferred the vegetable portion to be a bit larger.
The calorie range for the meals I chose (without choosing low-carb or low-calorie) was 550 to 750. The sodium content was greater than 1,500 milligrams per serving, which is more than half of the recommended intake of 2,300 milligrams per day. Unfortunately, saturated fat and fiber content were not listed.
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New Home Chef features
Home Chef recently added an Oven Ready meal to every menu (and will be adding more soon). Oven Ready meals are no-prep, no mess meals! Home Chef sends you everything you need to make a meal, including the cooking tray. I’m unsure of any other meal delivery company offering this type of kit, which differentiates Home Chef. An example of an oven-ready meal offering is Cranberry Glazed Chicken with Roasted Green Beans and Wild Rice Casserole.
Fresh and Easy
Home Chef recently launched Fresh & Easy as a sub-brand. This plan is dedicated to Oven Ready, Grill Ready, and Dinner Salads (however, it does not include traditional Home Chef meals). Again, the advantage here is that the prep work and cleanup is minimal.
This new feature allows you to personalize meal. For example, you can swap or upgrade proteins in most of the Home Chef meals. If you want steak tacos instead of chicken, just swap steak for chicken!
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From Home Chef
- Fresh ingredients – Each week, we send perfectly portioned ingredients with our recipes, so you never waste food. We even organize ingredients by recipe, making life just a little bit easier.
- Environmentally friendly – Going green? Your Home Chef box is lined with recycled, compostable, biodegradable textile fibers. Ice packs inside cool your box and keep your ingredients fresh.
- Local, sustainable suppliers – We provide you with fresh ingredients from our community of trusted suppliers, sourced locally when possible, and choose partners with sustainability practices we believe in.
- Easy and fun – Our easy-to-follow recipes include tips and tricks to help guide your culinary adventure.
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Is Home Chef right for you?
- A wide variety of meal recipes and choices (no recipes are ever repeated in the same year).
- Simple, easy-to-follow recipe cards for cooks of all levels (most recipes can be cooked in 30 minutes or less).
- A professional, easy to navigate website and mobile app (Apple or Google Play).
- Delicious and satisfying meals for all ages.
- Uses a proprietary algorithm that learns to pick meals based on your preferences (i.e. gluten-free, low-calorie) and past meal selections.
- A lack of certain nutrition facts (fiber, saturated fat, etc.).
- The sodium content is high enough that it would be difficult to stay below the 2,300 milligram recommended daily intake.
- Premium pricing
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How much does Home Chef cost?
The meals cost less than the same quality meal at a restaurant. On the other hand, it would’ve been cheaper for me to shop for the same ingredients and make it myself.
Meals start at $7.99 per serving, with an average order size of $59. The standard dinner cost is about $10 per serving. The lunch portions are $8, and they have premium meals around $20 per serving, but vary with market cost.
There is no subscription fee; you pay as you order. If you don’t want to continue the service, you can pause your account. If you’re satisfied with the service, Home Chef will automatically send meals based on your preferences.
You can earn credit toward meals by getting others to sign up with your account code. Delivery is free if your order is greater than $45. If less than $45, the shipping fee is $10.
Overall, you pay for convenience, which is the whole point of the service. If you can afford it in your monthly food budget, it is worth it!
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My personal experience
Home Chef is a great way to increase homemade meals and decrease restaurant and fast food-frequency. The company’s meal options accommodate various food preferences, specific nutritional needs, and portion control.
As a dietitian, I would not recommend Home Chef for individuals on a renal diet because the potassium and phosphorus content is unavailable. I also wouldn’t recommend this for those watching saturated fat and sodium intake (i.e. those with heart disease).
On the other hand, Home Chef is an excellent option for those with pre-diabetes or diagnosed diabetes. You can see the carbohydrate content for all recipes and filter to only see only low-carbohydrate options. If your goal is weight loss, you can use the calorie content information to plan meals and practice portion control effectively.
Overall, I had a positive experience with Home Chef. The meals left my family full-bellied and satisfied. Plus, I took one less trip to the grocery store that week.
While it may not be in my budget to use regularly, I have already found a few weeks that will benefit from a convenient, out-of-the-ordinary Home Chef meal. As a result, I recommend trying Home Chef if it’s suitable for your budget and personal health goals.
Have you tried Home Chef before? What did you think of it? Leave your feedback in the comments below 🙂
Home Chef Review
If you are thinking of trying a meal delivery service that has ample variety, tasty recipes, and a user-friendly ordering process, I recommend trying Home Chef. Whether you are cooking for two or four, adults or children, these meals are sure to satisfy while keeping convenience and personalization at the forefront.
- A wide variety of meal recipes and choices (no recipes are ever repeated in the same year)
- Simple, easy-to-follow recipe cards for cooks of all levels (most recipes can be cooked in 30 minutes or less)
- A professional, easy to navigate website and mobile app (Apple or Google Play)
- Delicious and satisfying meals for eaters of all ages
- Uses a proprietary algorithm that learns to pick meals based on your preferences (i.e. gluten-free, low-calorie) and past meal selections
- A lack of certain nutrition facts (fiber, saturated fat, etc.)
- The sodium content is high enough that it would be difficult to stay below the 2300 milligram recommended daily intake
- Might be out of most consumer’s budgets as it comes at a premium price